The British alt-rock band James will lose its singer of 20 years at the conclusion of its next tour.
Tim Booth announced his impending retirement from the act on the band’s official web site. Booth will play out until the end of the act’s December tour. The remaining members of the band will continue on without him, though there is no word on who will assume vocal duties.
Booth plans to work on a screenplay, teach, act and work on other musical directions.
“I want to stop while we are on top,” he wrote, apparently forgetting about the seven years since Laid came out. “To leave great memories knowing that I feel proud of just about everything we have done. And I am leaving because it feels like the right time. This is an intuitive decision enabling me to let go of a huge commitment and make space for something new to come in.”