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Back so soon? James Taylor returning to Rupp Arena in February.

James Taylor sings ‘Everyday’ with his All-Star Band at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., Sunday, April 24, 2016.
James Taylor sings ‘Everyday’ with his All-Star Band at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., Sunday, April 24, 2016.

Pop music icon James Taylor will return to Rupp Arena early in 2019.

Sweet Baby James’ last visit to the Home of the Wildcats was in April 2016, and it was marked by a few notable events. Coming days after the death of another, but decidedly different pop icon, Prince, Taylor was one of many artists across the country who led concert crowds in a sing-along of the signature Prince tune, “Purple Rain.” 

It also marked a reunion of Taylor and his former babysitter, former Lexington mayor Pam Miller. Miller, then Pam Gundersen, babysat Taylor and his four siblings for several consecutive summers in New England when Taylor was in grade school and Miller was in her teens. 

Singer James Taylor made time Sunday after his concert at Rupp Arena to meet with former Lexington mayor Pam Miller, who spent three summers in the 1950s as a baby sitter to Taylor and his four siblings. Photo provided

Since the 2016 concert, Miller has moved back to New England, but Taylor has kept touring and now will put a lot less time between Lexington visits than his previous gulf of around 40 years. Prior to 2016, his last Lexington show was believed to have been in the early-to-late 1970s, as his star was just rising. 

 Taylor’s Feb. 27 Rupp stand will include a marquee opener, Bonnie Raitt

Tickets will be $69.50 and $103.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Oct. 19 at the Lexington Center Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by calling 859-233-3535 or visiting


At James Taylor's Sunday night concert at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., the singer-songwriter led the crowd in a chorus of Prince's "Purple Rain." It was one of many tributes across the nation to the late pop icon, who died Thursday at his Minneso