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Ottawa Citizen (Lynn Saxberg)
The Bluesfest stop marked the third gig of James’s first North American tour in nine years, long enough that the band had almost dropped off the radar of a generation of music fans. Booth said there were a number of reasons for the long absence, starting with the lack of record-company tour support.
“We’re such a big band,” he said, “and we also bring a great sound man and lighting man, so we only end up breaking even, or losing money. This was a one-off opportunity to come with Psychedelic Furs and do a co-headliner. That’s what brought us here.”
In other parts of the world, James has been going strong. “We didn’t drop of the radar elsewhere,” said Booth, who’s 59. “We’ve had three records in the top 10, and we’ve sold more tickets in England last year than ever before in terms of live performances. We’re thriving in different countries, but just North America lost out.”
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