Fontana/Mercury artists James have secured an opening slot for nine west coast dates on the upcoming Neil Young acoustic tour. The normal seven-member band will be short one from their line-up (trumpeter Andy Diagram had already committed to another outside project) – as they play many of these US cities for the first time ever.
James performances on this tour will be solely acoustic, giving them a chance to present slightly different interpretations of their songs from one of their usual plugged-in concerts, and allowing both old and new fans to experience their material in a whole new light.
The group’s current album ‘Seven’ was released this spring and has garnered James an enormous amount of positive press attention as well as a Top 5 single at Modern Rock Radio with the track ‘Born of Frustration’. Additionally, the band completed their first American club tour in March which included many SRO shows. On a slightly larger scale in their native UK, James just recently played to a crowd of roughly 100,000 during the annual Glastonbury Festival in June as well as putting on a spectacular July 4th concert at Alton Towers which attracted a crowd of about 40,000 fans.
After completing the dates with Neil Young, James will remain in the US and begin a non-acoustic fall tour with the Soup Dragons, Black Sheep and the Tom Tom Club which is scheduled to start in late September and continue through November.