James Taylor opens his first-ever Vegas residency on Wednesday -- a 12-show run at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.
Taylor tells Entertainment Weekly, "I was a Vegas snob forever, for sure... Back in the day, Vegas definitely had a very specific connotation for us, and it was something [that folk and pop artists] in the late ’60s and early ’70s were distancing ourselves from."
That was then and this is now. "For one thing, it’s now a town of two million people. It’s not just the Strip; there’s an actual population there, and it’s just an excellent place to put on a show... It’s an opportunity to really put on our most elaborate and most complete presentation. This particular staging that we’re going to present is something we’ve essentially been perfecting over the past couple of years."
But James says he's not a gambler. "I think the excitement that most people experience when they’ve got a bet in...just leads to anxiety for me."