The rumours have turned out to be true as Xfm can confirm that Manchester legends James have announced a full UK tour including a London headline show at Brixton Academy.
While James never actually spilt, following the departure of lead singer Tim Booth in 2001, the Manchester outfit famous for singles like and ‘Come Home’, ‘How Was It For You?’, ‘Star’, ‘Born Of Frustration’ (of course) ‘Sit Down’ went into seemingly permanent shutdown.
Now the band have regrouped and will be playing a five date UK tour in April kicking off at the Glasgow Academy, taking in a headline show at Brixton Academy and culminating in a hometown show at the Manchester MEN Arena.
Speaking to Xfm, Booth explained that he isn’t really sure how the reunion happened, saying, “I don’t really know. If you had asked me in the summer would James get back together I would have said absolutely not, not a chance. It was kind of a load of synchronistic events that took place over about a month.
“And finally I ended up in Manchester and Larry [Gott] the guitarist who left in about ’93, had been ringing me up saying let’s meet. He’d been one of the initial founders with me and Jimmy [Glennie] and somehow I found myself in a room with with instruments and microphones and we just started jamming.
“We jammed for a few days and found that it was really fantastic, so we said ‘Alright let’s see how this goes’. We didn’t tell anyone, we didn’t even tell our manager. But it went so well musically that we felt we had to see how far it could go. And then the rest of it sprung from there really.”