Thousand Yard Stare
Middlesbrough Evening Gazette
Sit Down? Tim can`t stay still!
Some might call it perverse, others would prefer the millstone theory, Sit Down was the second song in ‘James’ set at the Town Hall last Sunday. Half the crowd probably expected it to be a rousing encore.
Tickets for the show went on sale with the song No.2 in the charts, but plenty of more mature fans were in the audience along with the one-hit wonderers, This was betrayed by the long singalong to Johnny Yen, one of a mere handful of tracks from the group’s pre-superstar days.
Johnny Yen followed the beautifully plaintive Top Of The World and roaring Come Home as encore three, before a blast of the splendid How Was It For You ended the evening.
During Johnny Yen, Tim Booth – as skinny a front man as your likely to see – leapt into the crowd. Few could have realised that he had been ill and forced to cancel gigs just 2 days before as he spiralled and twisted maniacally.
Tim is a mesmering character, vital to James appeal. His overt strangeness was heightened by flashing shapes behind the band, which sent the crowd into overdrive particularly during a mind- bending God Only Knows and relentless Gold Mother.
Just because a band have a big hit doesn’t mean they have sold out.
How was it for you? For me it was sheer pleasure.