James Taylor announced on his official website (JamesTaylor.com) that Bonnie Raitt will sit out the first portion of their joint summer tour. Citing “an unexpected medical situation that requires immediate attention,” Raitt is expected to make a full recovery and as of now, expected to be back onstage with Taylor for their June 22nd gig in St. Pail. Minnesota. The first leg of the tour, which kicks off on May 8th in Jacksonville, Florida, will now be an “Evening with James Taylor & His All-Star Band,” featuring two sets with a brief intermission.
Sheryl Crow has signed on to join Taylor as a special guest on May 29th in Phoenix, and on May 31st and June 1st for back-to-back shows L.A.’s Hollywood Bowl.
Both Bonnie Raitt & James Taylor posted messages to fans regarding the situation and closed with a quote from Seinfeld:
Message from Bonnie
“I’m deeply sorry to have to disappoint my fans, James and colleagues with these cancellations. I was so looking forward to our tour, but I’m very grateful that the doctors feel this can be taken care of with surgery. I’m feeling strong and am in great hands with my wonderful team. I fully expect to return for the second leg of the US tour in June followed by our European tour in July. Thank you all for your concern and understanding that the best gift you could give me is respecting my wish for privacy and giving me space to heal. Can’t wait to see you all back on the road again soon!”
Message from James
“This summer was to be Bonnie’s and my second summer touring together. We wanted to do it again because it was such good fun the first time, we didn’t want it to end. We are so looking forward to having her rejoin the tour in mid-June. Of course, there is no question as to the priority of your health, Bonnie. You will be constantly in our hearts and minds until we see you in June.”
Get well soon.
We hope you get well soon…”
— Elaine Marie Benes
Back in 2005, Bonnie Raitt lost both of her parents and also helped her brother successfully fight brain cancer in the time leading up to her then-new album, Souls Alike. Raitt told us that she was able to take comfort and wisdom from friends in the same boat: “The hallmark of this age is so many of our friends and family have cancer, and our parents are getting older and a lot of my friends have dealt with their illnesses and passing of their parents already, so I kind of, I was learning from them how to navigate through it.”