ROCK star Tim Booth looks back on his glory years fronting James with real affection.
But after a notching up 20 UK chart hits including classics Sit Down, Come Home and She’s A Star he made a shock vow.
He said: ‘I didn’t want to sing songs or go on tour ever again.’
Luckily, Tim has had a massive change of heart. The result is Bone, his impressive new album which includes the single Down To The Sea.
It’s his first album since the demise of James three years ago.
Scots fans will get the chance to hear Tim’s new material when he plays the King Tut’s stage at T In The Park on July 11.
Tim said: ‘I didn’t want to sing the songs on Bone or even go on tour. My idea was to find some band and get them to do it.
‘But I was so excited about how they turned out it rekindled my desire to do it again.’
After James split, Tim channelled his energies into teaching a form of dance he claims can induce an increased feeling of excitement.
He said: ‘I’ve always been into dancing and beats. That was something James never had that I wanted more of.
‘I’m trained to enable people to reach an altered state through dancing without alcohol or drugs. It’s more of a natural high.
‘I wanted to create more of a groove on Bone. I think I’ve made a fantastic record I’m very proud of.’
‘Scotland was always a great place for our music Barrowland was the spiritual home of James,’ he said. ‘I’ll be playing lots of new songs from Bone.’
Tim has always shunned celebrity and is scathing about today’s pop scene.
He said: ‘For the first eight years of the group we were living on £40 a week.
‘It was a tough apprenticeship. We were doing it for the love of music it certainly wasn’t the money.
‘From The Spice Girls onwards it’s all been about making money. I find it really offensive.’