Live music may be returning to the United Center this summer.
James Taylor on Wednesday announced his postponed world tour with special guest Jackson Browne will kick off at the Chicago venue on July 29.
Tickets purchased for the original dates will be honored for the trek that wraps up Nov. 1 in San Diego. (The tour was originally slated for a stop June 9 the United Center; refunds are available at point of purchase for those unable to make the new date.)
Taylor postponed the tour last April due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which shut down all live music/theater venues across the country. Browne contracted coronavirus last March, revealing at the time he suffered only minor symptoms and recuperated while quarantining at home.
“(Jackson and I/James and I) want to thank all those who have graciously held onto their tickets; we appreciate your continued patience as we navigate these unchartered waters. We didn’t want to have to cancel this tour that we’ve been waiting so long to perform together, so we’ve been working to get these dates rescheduled to a time period when the U.S. is reopened and safe to gather for a concert,” the two legendary singer-songwriters said in a joint statement.”
(1/2) James's #USTour with @JacksonBrowne has been rescheduled to begin in July. https://t.co/2LA4O8r4KV— James Taylor (@JamesTaylor_com) March 31, 2021
All previously purchased tickets will be honored, but please contact your point of purchase for a refund if you are unable to attend. #JT #JamesTaylor pic.twitter.com/kbLy8v9y7O
Currently, there are no plans in Chicago or the state for the reopening of indoor arenas/theaters in the wake of the recent uptick in COVID cases. Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the mayor earlier this week concurred the surge has put a halt to further easing reopening restrictions.
In March, the Ravinia announced concerts would be returning to the outdoor venue beginning in July.
“Of course we will be keeping a close eye and abide with all health and safety protocols throughout each venue and state. We can’t wait to get back on stage and see you out there soon,” Taylor and Browne’s statement said.
Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. concert are available at ticketmaster.com.