SetlistZero / Isabella / Sound / She's A Star / Gold Mother / Curse Curse / Wherever It Takes Us / Miss America / I Wanna Go Home / Born Of Frustration / Hymn From A Village / Beautiful Beaches / Maria / All The Colours Of You / Many Faces / Tomorrow / Getting Away With It (All Messed Up) / Come Home / Sometimes / Sit Down
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James warmed up for their Winter Arena tour with a two-hour career-spanning set at Wolverhampton’s KK’s Steel Mill. They covering ground from 1985’s second single to 2021’s sixteenth album with curveballs aplenty from across their catalogue. Bryony Williams opened up the evening as support.
There’s time for one last new one before the onslaught of hits that finish the show. All The Colours Of You has really come to life live, its references to lockdown feeling particularly appropriate as we (hopefully) come out the other side whilst its references to the political and social upheaval that coincided with it have a real resonance still. To emphasise they add the refrain to Many Faces on to the end and the audience sing back the important message – “there’s only one human race, many faces, everybody belongs here” to Tim as he stands atop his monitor and it’s the band’s turn to watch their audience.
“We needed that, we all need that” he tells us before they launch into Tomorrow, which has Tim singing right in Saul’s face and Getting Away With It (All Messed Up), their unofficial theme tune, to bring the main set to an end. The crowd are rewarded for their patience and attention and respond in kind, letting loose.
Read the full review at EvenTheStars.co.uk