When James Taylor (JT to his fans), who looks more like a retired golfer these days than an ex-hippie heroin addict, announces he's going on tour, there are probably people in one of three camps.
Camp One holds the people looking around at each other saying, "Who? James Taylor? The only JT we know is Justin Timberlake. And how the hell did we get stuck in this camp?" Camp Two contains people who loved Taylor in his heyday, but are just too apathetic to muster up much excitement about seeing him now. "We loved JT, but don't enjoy seeing our rockstars looking so aged. Yes, we know Mick Jagger looks old, but he's always looked that way. And, bring us chairs. If we're going to be stuck in Camp Two, the least you could let us do is sit down." Camp Three contains people who, like Camp Two, have always loved JT but unlike those stiffs, still enjoy everything about seeing him perform live; buying tickets, hanging out in the parking lot before the show and holding hands with complete strangers when he sings "You've Got a Friend."
If you're in Camp Three, you probably already have your ticket, but maybe buy an extra. Take someone from Camp One and show them the predecessor of many of today's successful singer/songwriters. Or, take someone from Camp Two and as you hold his or her hand while Sweet Baby James sings a classic—and you know he will—they'll remember why they loved him in the first place.
James Taylor and Band, Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m., $55-$75. Idaho Center, 16200 Idaho Center Blvd. For tickets, call 208-442-3232. For more information, call 208-468-1000 or visit IdahoCenter.com.