JAMES may have to cancel their appearances at T In The Park and V97. Their summer touring schedule was thrown into chaos last week when singer Tim Booth was hospitalised in America with a neck injury. The injury forced the band to cancel their entire US tour just four dates in. Booth injured his neck while dancing onstage at the first date of the band’s North American tour in Vancouver on April 30. He played the next two gigs in pain but had to ‘sit down’ during a gig at Seattle’s King Cat Theater on Saturday (May 3). By the time the group arrived in San Francisco a few days later, Booth was unable to perform at a promotional slot at radio station Live 105 where he was replaced by backing singer Michael Kulas.
Booth was taken to a San Francisco medical clinic where he was put in traction for seven days. James’ spokeswoman told NME: “He’s got a ruptured disc in his neck and it’s pressing on a nerve in his back. A physiotherapist told Tim he wouldn’t be able to perform ever again unless he got horizontal for seven days. He said it would be four to six weeks before he recovered enough to play. They’re really gutted. Ninety per cent of the US dates were sold out. But they’ve been offered some of the Lollapalooza dates and if Tim is well enough they will do that.” She added this would mean the T In The Park and V97 shows would probably have to be cancelled.