James: Saul Davies (guitar)
“The first time I played at Glastonbury after joining James was in 1991, I think, and I remember Del Amitri arguing that they should go on after us because they’d had a hit and we hadn’t. It fired us up so much that we did a really amazing show. You could see people sticking their heads out their tents, like ‘who’s that?’ By the time we’d finished the crowd stretched way, way up past the mixing desk and up the hill. It was really something.
“I’m going to enjoy watching Robbie Williams, seeing him work the Glastonbury crowd is going to be hilarious. I think he’ll be the hit of the festival.”
James play the main stage on Friday night.
Tim Booth – James
What was your first Glastonbury experience?
“James first played in 1985, the mud year. Saul (Davies, guitarist) wasn’t in the band then, but watched while covered in mud!”
What was your best Glasto moment?
“The whole band having a collective out-of-body experience in the ambient crystal tent.”
And the worst?
“The worst thing about Glastonbury is turning up on site in a huge double-decker bus with all the luxuries: clean sheets, flushable toilets, champagne, caviar, the works; and looking out over all those dirty people in tents. That makes you feel really bad.”