It was left to James to bring the day to a close and try to salvage some final pleasure from the chaos. A band that carry the song “Getting Away With It (All Messed Up) as a theme, opened with that very track as if to reference what had gone before. Despite being clearly frustrated with the whole event, Tim Booth and company strived to put on a good show. Saul complained they’d had to drop songs from the set list and had to be calmed down by the band’s lead man. They still smiled all through the show and the sense of relief they actually got on stage was obvious within the James faithful. Tim got close to the crowd on numerous occasions but there was to be no crowd surfing despite the inclusion of Curse Curse in the set. They made the best of, you can rely on them for that. Tim was due to return for the Sunday evening with Hacienda Classical but the cancellation of the festival for the day put a halt to that.
James played to a full Liverpool Echo arena last night and with, very special guests, The Charlatans opening with a sixty minutes greatest hits set including a cover of Echo and The Bunnymen’s “Rescue” featuring Tim Booth and Andy Diagram it all be set for a great atmosphere.
In my humble opinion it wasn’t the best shows either band have given. The Charlatans were a little sterile and I’ve seen better James sets but nevertheless it was still a great evening’s entertainment.
James were on the album promotion trail again last night (Monday 21st March 2016)
They treated their fans to a stripped back acoustic set & signed copies of their new album at the HMV store in Manchester’s Arndale Centre. The attendance was good as you would expect in Manchester. They played Girl At The End Of The World, Feet Of Clay, Dear John and their latest single Nothing But Love and then went on to sign copies of their new album along with anything else you could squeeze in without the fun police, sorry security guards, stopping you. With only David, Andy and Larry, on continued leave, missing it was almost a full line up with Adrian making a welcome return to proceedings. The band was on good form both on and off the stage and I had a brief loss of composure when I finally met Tim Booth after twenty-six years. He told me he liked my glasses and I have to admit I nearly lost it. I had a great back and forth with Saul too whilst conversations with Mark, Adrian and Jim were kept on a much more sensible level!
Check out the album, on Spotify, and the video for Nothing But Love below. It could help them beat Adele to the number one album this week!
Check out the new album from one of my most favourite artists, James. Despite having lost my mojo for them in recent times there’s no denying there’s some absolute belters to be had here.
Released on Friday, this is Girl At The End Of The World.
‘To My Surprise’
‘Nothing But Love’
‘Feet Of Clay’
‘Move Down South’
‘Girl At The End Of The World’
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