Folklore: The James Timeline
This page is a scrollable timeline of key events in the James timeline. It starts in 1980. History is continually evolving and we may not have got everything, so contact us if you see anything that you think is missing.
James are awarded an Ivor Novello Icon award for songwriting. Tim, Jim, Mark and Saul were reunited with Larry for the ceremony in London where they were presented the award by Jo Whiley.
James finish off their orchestral tour with shows in Glasgow, Newcastle, Sheffield, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester (x2), Blackpool and London. Shows in Nottingham and Bath are postponed due to illness.
James release a brand new song, Love Make A Fool, from the Be Opened By The Wonderful orchestral album.
The tour in support of the album kicks off with shows in Brighton, Cardiff, York and Edinburgh.
James announce the release of their orchestral album Be Opened By The Wonderful and preview it with a reworking of their 1997 single She’s A Star.
James spend four days at Blueprint Studios in Salford with the Orca 22 orchestra and Manchester Inspirational Voices choir recording songs from throughout their career for release in June as an album entitled Be Opened By The Wonderful.
James announce a fifteen date show with the Orca 22 orchestra and Manchester Inspirational Voices choir for Spring 2023. All dates sell out in day.
James recreate their 1992 Alton Towers show at Castlefield Bowl in Manchester, playing all 22 songs from that show in a different order before adding an encore of four post-1992 songs. They headline Rhyl Events Arena before playing Mares Vivas Festival in Portugal and Tramlines in Sheffield.
James play a series of outdoor shows at Bath Racecourse, London Kenwood House, Edinburgh Highland Centre Big Top (replicating the 1998 Barrowlands set) and Black Deer Festival. They finish the month with a War Child at Warrington Parr Hall.
James head to Portugal for their two postponed shows at Porto’s Superbock Arena and Lisbon’s Campo Pequeno supported by The Slow Readers Club and Surma.
They contribute a Conservatory Version of Beautiful Beaches to EarthPercent’s Earth Day Campaign.
James complete their UK and Ireland tour with shows in Dublin, Manchester and London. Their Portuguese tour is postponed to April 2022 after two members contract COVID at the end of the UK tour.
James release the Campfire EP – a four-track CD and download of tracks recorded at their Broughton Hall get-together in May.
They kick off their UK tour with dates in Wolverhampton, Leeds, Birmingham, Cardiff and Glasgow.
James headline Lancaster’s Highest Point, Warrington Neighbourhood festivals as well as playing Isle Of Wight and Playground festivals and headline shows in Scarborough, Newcastle and Margate.
James record two tracks – Maria’s Party and All Good Boys – live to vinyl at Metropolis Studios in London
All The Colours Of You is released on June 6 and reaches number 3 in the UK album charts.
A video for Getting Myself Into, recorded at Broughton Hall in Skipton the previous month featuring the band wearing animal masks, is released.
A major show at Kenwood House in London to celebrate the post-COVID return of live music is postponed as restrictions are extended.
Tim Booth appears on Channel 4 news and BBC Breakfast to talk about the impact of the restrictions on the band.
James meet for the first time in 20 months at Broughton Hall near Skipton in Yorkshire to rehearse for their summer dates and to record promotional sessions for the release of All The Colours Of You.
They release two further singles from All The Colours Of You – Recover and Isabella
James release the lead track Beautiful Beaches from their All The Colours Of You album.
They perform the track, All The Colours Of You, Say Something and a cover of I’m A Believer, recorded in isolation, for Jo Whiley’s BBC Radio 2 Sofa Sessions
James announce the release of their sixteenth studio album All The Colours Of You and reveal the title track through an exclusive play on BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq show
Two James tracks are featured on the Music Feeds online festival curated by Saul’s Everybody Belongs Here initiative. The first is a soundcheck recording of I Wanna Go Home from Philadelphia in 2018 and the second is the first reveal of a track called Recover from the All The Colours Of You album, recorded in Costa Rica, Scotland, Portugal and London and edited together exclusively for the festival.
James announce the release of Live In Extraordinary Times on CD / DVD / Vinyl / download for December.
The variety of formats include a photobook and the album includes shows from their 2018/9 Living In Extraordinary Times tours.
Jim bucks the trend of artists performing live from home by reading bedtime stories from his armchair on Facebook Live.
Tim emerges from lockdown to perform an Isolation Session of three tracks with neighbour Joel Shearer from his home in Topanga and another online set as part of a dance workshop featuring five tracks from James, Booth And The Bad Angel and his solo career.
Four festival appearances for the summer of 2020 are cancelled due to the Coronavirus.
James round off their UK festival season headlining Bingley Live before heading to Iberia for a headline set broadcast live from Lisbon’s Rock In Rio anniversary celebrations and shows at Madrid’s La Riviera and Porto’s Parque Pastelaria. A scheduled performance at the Visor Festival in Benidorm is cancelled due to storms.
They announce that the band will go on a hiatus before regrouping to complete the studio album that were in the middle of writing.
James headline Lakefest, Hardwick Live and Cool Britannia festivals as well as playing their own headline shows in Edinburgh Princes Gardens and at Doncaster Racecourse and travelling to France to the Cabaret Vert festival where they are joined on stage by Patti Smith Band’s Lenny Kaye who produced their debut album Stutter.
James head to North America for a 24-date co-headline tour with The Psychedelic Furs that runs into August culminating at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.
James kick off the UK festival season playing The Great Estate Festival before heading to Greece to play a headline show in Thessaloniki and a festival in Athens.
From there they head to Malta for their first ever show there which is almost cancelled as Jim is taken ill shortly before stage time but the band soldier on.
They head back to the UK to play the Isle Of Wight Festival and support Courteeners at their massive hometown Heaton Park show in Manchester.
James tour the UK supporting themselves with a thirty minute acoustic slot on dates in Margate, Bath, London, Cambridge, Nottingham, Southampton, Stoke, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Carlisle and Hull. Tim injures himself during the tour and plays part of the shows seated in a chair.
James finish off the year with four arena shows at Glasgow SECC, London Wembley Arena, Manchester Arena and Leeds First Direct Arena supported by The Charlatans. Both Tim and Andy make guest appearances during The Charlatans set at the London and Manchester shows.
James played a series of international dates in Auckland and Christchurch (New Zealand), Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth (Australia), Dubai and Kirstenbosch and Pretoria (South Africa).
They also announced a twelve-date UK tour for March 2019 with them supporting themselves with a half-hour acoustic set.
They celebrate the release with an acoustic set and signing at Manchester’s HMV store as well as radio sessions for BBC Radio 2, BBC 5 Live and Absolute Radio as well as appearing on Zoe Ball’s ITV show.
They play festival sets at Grande Monte Verde in the Azores, Linlithgow Party In The Park, Scarborough Open Air Theatre, Festival de Vilar de Mouros in Caminha, Spain and Electric Fields in Scotland.
A live video for Hank, recorded at their show in Halifax in May, is revealed.
James headline the 6 Music Stage at Latitude Festival and also play Bilbao BBK and Kendal Calling.
James appear on Later With Jools Holland on BBC2 performing Many Faces, Hank, Coming Home (Pt 2) and Sit Down across two episodes.
Coming Home (Pt 2) is released a single with an accompanying video shot by Leif Tilden at Tim’s home in California. A live video for Better Than That, recorded at their show in Halifax in May, is also revealed.
They play at Rock In Rio Festival in Lisbon, Portugal.
James play a seven-date tour to coincide with the release in Llandudno, Warrington, Blackburn, Halifax, Middlesbrough, Oban and Scunthorpe before co-headlining the Southampton and Oxford legs of the Common People festival. During the tour they reveal seven songs – Hank, Coming Home Pt 2, Leviathan, Many Faces, Better Than That and What’s It All About – from their forthcoming Living In Extraordinary Times album.
The Better Than That EP is announced for release on 10″ vinyl / CD / download on May 18th and the title track is premiered by Steve Lamacq on BBC 6 Music.
As a warm up to the summer festivals and their upcoming album, James announce a short 7-venue tour. The ‘Better Than That’ tour focuses on smaller venues (less than 2,000) and sells out almost instantly.
The band announce a series of summer festival dates in the UK and Spain. On Twitter Tim says that the new album will be released in July.
James issue the following statement to mark the passing of The Fall’s Mark E. Smith: “Not only musically inspiring a hunt for originality, where melody meets grit and ideas, but also a bloody minded, fuck-you Manc attitude. The Fall gave us so many support slots. It’s where we fumbled around trying to find our feet. In a parallel universe The Fall are quite rightly the biggest band on the planet. Immeasurable thanks and praise.”
On Twitter Tim indicates that he’s finished recording all the vocals for the band’s new album.
James top off their year with a stunning, two-set intimate gig at their home-town’s Albert Hall to benefit the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, the first featuring two new songs Mask and Many Faces with a string quartet arranged by long-term collaborator Joe Duddell.
Tim announces that Ron Yeadon is taking paternity leave from the band.
James start recording new songs for the upcoming album including one called Mask that Tim references on Twitter. Composer and producer Beni Giles joins Charlie Andrews for the production.
The band announces a special concert to benefit the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund at the city’s Albert Hall. Tickets sell out in minutes.
The end of the summer tour is marred by the chaotic Liverpool Hope and Glory Festival, where James headline the first day. A lack of preparation and oversight by the event promoter leads to crowd safety issues and the second day being cancelled including Tim’s planned performance of Moving On with the Hacienda Classical.
Tim, clearly frustrated on behalf of fans, gets into a Twitter spat with the tour promoter.
Between gigs the band works on new material for a 2018 album at Yellow Arch Studios in Sheffield.
The band starts their UK summer festival season with a warm-up gig in Leicester, where they premier two new songs, Busted and Overdose.
Their packed Castlefield Bowl gig is their first hometown performance since the terrorist attacks at Manchester Arena earlier in the year. For the gig the band produces a unique ‘Manchester Bee’ t-shirt, with each sale providing a donation to the Manchester Emergency Fund.
Further shows at Kew Gardens, Pennfest and Newcastle Times Square see them play two more new songs Backward Glances and Trouble. At Newcastle Tim and Jim join support act Peter Hook And The Light for a one-off version of the Joy Division classic Love Will Tear Us Apart.
At the Roxy Fest in Guadalajara, James play second on the bill to their old friend Morrissey.
James play their first gig of 2017 in El Plaza Condesa in Mexico City and debut a new song called Trouble.
Sit Down is used in the trailer for the seventh series of Game Of Thrones.
In a return to Portugal James play Lisbon’s MEO Arena. The band then return to the UK for dates with The Slow Readers Club in Nottingham, Wolverhampton and Sheffield and with The Charlatans at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. Following the tour the band decamp to Sheffield to write songs for their fifteenth album.
Nothing But Love is featured in the Amazon Christmas adverts.
A July 2017 show at Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl is announced and sells out in under an hour.
James play their first shows in Australia and New Zealand starting in Auckland and moving through Wellington, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne before finishing in Fremantle.
James play a short series of European festival dates in Latvia, Greece, Spain, Romania and Portugal alongside a last-minute headline slot at the Beat Herder festival.
James open the 2016 Glastonbury Festival with a set on the Friday morning on The Other Stage, their first performance at the festival for eighteen years.
They precede this with their first headline shows in Paris since 1993 and Amsterdam and Berlin since 1992 as part of a short European tour which also includes a live webcast radio concert in Paris. They also perform a session for Radio 2’s Jo Whiley including a cover of Neil Young’s Heart Of Gold, before finishing the month off with a headline show in Sheffield’s Botanical Gardens.
James head out on their biggest UK tour since they reformed with dates in Bristol, Southend, London (x3), Norwich, Bournemouth, Llandudno, Manchester, Leeds, Hull, Newcastle, Glasgow and Birmingham with support on most dates from Manchester’s The Slow Readers Club who were hand-picked by Jim and Saul.
The final date of the tour in Nottingham is cancelled due to Tim having contracted a chest infection that led to him being unable to sing.
James perform a session for BBC Radio 2’s Dermot O’Leary show.
Prior to the UK tour kicking off the band invite twenty lucky fans to join them at an open rehearsal in the London studio where they have been preparing for the tour.
In the launch week they play in-store shows at HMV in London, Manchester and Glasgow as well as busking / signing in Leeds and Newcastle.
They perform sessions for Absolute Radio, BBC 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne show, Radio 2’s Chris Evans show including a cover of Beyonce’s Halo and BBC Scotland’s Quay Session including a cover of Glasvegas’ Daddy.
And in a packed launch week they perform Nothing But Love live on BBC1’s prime-time The One Show.
The first “proper” single from the album, Nothing But Love, is released.
The first single from the album, To My Surprise, is released with a video by celebrated New York director Kris Merc.
James headline Bingley Live with Mike Vennart on guitar duties as Adrian Oxaal had prior commitments.
They then head to Portmeirion for Festival Number 6 where Tim, Saul and Jim are reunited with Joe Duddell for a half-hour set with a classical ensemble in the Town Hall on the Saturday before co-headlining the festival with a full-band set on the Sunday.
James headline Expofacic Festival in Cantanhede, Portugal for the third time.
James play a sold-out and long-awaited headline slot at Delamere Forest for the Forestry Commission as well as sets at Nottingham’s Splendour Festival, a Thursday night Kendal Calling headline and Festa do Albariño in Cambados, Spain.
James play Isle Of Wight Festival before headlining Jersey Live, their first appearance on the island.
James open their 2015 festival season with two headline slots at Scarborough Open Air Theatre and Bearded Theory Festival. They debut Nothing But Love in Scarborough, the only time a Girl At The End Of The World song is played live before the album is recorded.
James’ UK tour starts with an intimate warm-up show at Stirling’s Albert Halls before heading to Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol, Liverpool, Glasgow, Newcastle, London’s Royal Albert Hall and Brixton Academy, Birmingham and Leeds. Support comes from Starsailor other than Blossoms in Oxford.
They then head to Portugal where they perform an afternoon guerilla gig in Porto’s Sao Bento station where 3,000 fans turned up to a gig announced in the morning before headline shows in Guimaraes, where they are accompanied by Nicolinos drummers, and Lisbon.
Moving On wins Best Animation In A Video at the UK Music Video Awards.
A radio edit of All I’m Saying is released a single with an exclusive b-side Let Us Die.
In a busy week at the start of the month, James perform a semi-acoustic set as a five-piece at Stirling’s Tolbooth including long-lost b-side Undertaker, a live set on BBC6 Music radio and website, five songs at Rugby League’s Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford Manchester as well as an intimate show for competition winners at Manchester’s Hard Rock Cafe.
They then head to New York for a show at Webster Hall as well as an in-store at the city’s Rough Trade store and sessions with KEXP and WNYC radio stations.
A Sky Arts session recorded earlier in the year is also broadcast.
The video for All I’m Saying by Hungarian animator Peter Vacz is revealed by The Quietus at the end of the month.
The album wins a poll on BBC 6 Music of albums overlooked by the Mercury Music Prize judging panel.
The winner of the Curse Curse remix competition – the RNZ Procrasination Remix – is announced. It is played at some shows on the November tour and is released on the Curse Curse 12″ Record Store Day single in April 2015.
James open the month with a headline slot at Camp Bestival where they’re joined by Johnny Marr for Come Home. They then head to Italy for the first time in twenty years for the Umbria Music Festival before a whistlestop trip to Lima, Peru for the La Feria Del Hogar festival.
James head to Berlin for a Meet The Musician session at the Apple Store involving a Q and A session and a short set.
They then travel to Ireland for two shows at Bray’s Groove and Waterford’s Daytripper festivals.
A warm-up show at Oxford’s Academy is cancelled due to Tim having a throat infection which puts the Manchester Castlefield Bowl slot in doubt until the last minute. Support at the show comes from Blossoms.
The T In The Park is webcast live around the world before the band head to Europe for shows at Vrachon Theatre in Athens, Benicassim Festival in Spain and the Mares Vivas Festival in Vila Nova da Gaia in Portugal. The latter show is performed in a torrential downpour and is filmed for the Curse Curse single video.
The band’s planned return to the UK is delayed by plane problems at Porto Airport so they miss their planned Saturday set at Latitude Festival. After frantic conversations the band open the 6 Music tent at noon on the Sunday.
A remixed version of Curse Curse is released to radio as a single.
DJ Mag announce a competition in conjunction with the band for a fan remix of Curse Curse to be included on an upcoming 12″ single release. Stems are provided for budding remixers to do their magic on the song and close to 100 entries are made.
The album reaches number 11 in the UK charts, missing out on a top ten slot by less than 30 sales.
James perform their first shows in Norway at Bergenfest and Slovakia at the BA Beats Festival in Bratislava before heading to Spain where Tim and Mark perform a unique in-store as a duo at Madrid’s El Corte Ingles before being joined by other members of the band at FNAC in Lisbon.
They also took over the airwaves of BBC 6 Music for two hours for a mix of live songs selected by the radio audience, interview questions and the band’s selection of songs that influenced them.
The La Petite Mort tour of the UK and Portugal is announced for November.
The video to Moving On is released, directed by BAFTA award winning animator Ainslie Henderson.
James perform four songs – including a cover of Neil Young’s Heart Of Gold – on BBC Radio 2’s Chris Evans show.
They perform Sit Down live on BBC 1 TV ahead of a launch gig at Camden’s Electric Ballroom where they performed eight of the ten songs off the album.
James open the month with a live session on Lauren Laverne’s BBC 6 Music show.
They also finally enter the 21st Century and set up an official @wearejames twitter account.
James announce a headline slot at Manchester’s Summer In The City festival at the 8,000 capacity Castlefield Bowl that promptly sells out in under an hour.
The release of La Petite Mort on June 2nd is announced and the following day the lead track Frozen Britain is revealed on 6 Music.
James announce the album will be released via an innovative deal partnering publishers BMG Chrysalis with indie label Cooking Vinyl.
James complete their summer season with gigs in Kastoria (Greece), Belladrum Festival, Feldkirch Poolbar (Austria), Haldern Festival (Germany), the Chelmsford and Stafford legs of the V Festival before heading to Ireland for shows in Dublin and their first Belfast show in over 20 years.
James headline Wakestock Festival in Abersoch before heading to Liberec in the Czech Republic for their first ever live performance in the country.
Oh My Heart is used by the Bereavement Team at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals as part of a campaign to encourage young people to register to donate organs.
In between shows, the band retreat to their London studio to record what will become La Petite Mort.
James headline a Forestry Commission show at Thetford Forest High Lodge supported by the magnificent Frazer King. The show saw them debut Curse Curse and Let Us Die.
They support The Killers at Wembley Stadium but their performance in Riga, Latvia is cancelled as there were significant concerns about the venue’s safety that delayed The Killers’ set for hours and meant James were unable to play.
James hit the road with Echo And The Bunnymen on The Gathering Sound tour which takes in Glasgow, Newcastle, Sheffield, Bristol, Brixton, Bournemouth, Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester. They precede it with a secret 200-capacity warm-up show at Stirling’s Tolbooth where they had been rehearsing for the tour.
Five songs that would make up half of La Petite Mort – Moving On, Interrogation, Quicken The Dead, All In The Mind and All I’m Saying – are revealed on the tour.
James announce they’ve been invited to support The Killers at two shows in June – at Wembley Stadium and in Riga, Latvia.
Andy Diagram’s band Spaceheads release their Sun Radar EP.
James return to a London studio to record Moving On and Gone Baby Gone for a planned Record Store Day release in April 2013. Schedules mean that the single is not completed in time to meet the production deadline.
A video of Sit Down featuring Peter Kay and the band on the streets of Bolton was aired as part of the Comic Relief charity event on BBC1.
Sit Down is voted as the fourth best number 2 single of all time by Radio 2 listeners and the Official Chart Company. Numbers 1 to 3 were Ultravox’s Vienna, The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl’s Fairytale Of New York and Don Henley’s American Pie.
James announce The Gathering Sound tour of the UK for April 2013.
The release date for the boxset of the same name is set for December 10th. No one believes it until they actually have it in their hand.
James completed their summer festival season with a headline slot at the Stockton Weekender.
James play a double-header weekend at the end of the month, headlining Margate Quex Park’s Sound Island Festival on the Saturday and Kendal Calling on the Sunday.
Multiple updates on the ongoing The Gathering Sound boxset saga have September, October and then November dates in the schedule.
James play Rock In Rio in Lisbon with Bruce Springsteen. Their televised performance included Tim walking on the shoulders of the audience and catapulted The Best Of back to number one in the iTunes album chart in Portugal and Sit Down into the Top Ten singles.
Back in the UK, they headlined Wychwood Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse before heading to Greece to headline Ejekt Festival in Athens.
James conclude their tour of the Americas with a first-ever performance in Argentina before returning home to play the rain-sodden Big Stooshie festival in Fife to raise funds for Help For Heroes.
James open the main stage at Coachella Festival in Indio, California on two consecutive Saturdays as part of a North American tour that takes in Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Tempe, Tucson and San Diego before shows in Monterrey, Mexico City, Santiago and Sao Paolo, their first visit to Brazil.
James sign a publishing deal with BMG Chrysalis.
Tim Booth plays “three new songs” at Molly Malone’s in Los Angeles supporting friend Julia Fordham.
James conclude their tour with The Orchestra Of The Swan and Manchester Consort Choir with shows in Manchester, Gateshead and London.
James headline three shows in Zaragoza, Thessaloniki and Istanbul as well as playing an impromptu set in a Thessaloniki bar near the infamous White Tower, before returning to the UK for the start of the orchestra tour with The Orchestra Of The Swan and the Manchester Consort Choir playing dates in Cardiff, Birmingham, Glasgow, Nottingham, Liverpool and Manchester.
Jim, Larry and Dave play a set of James and Inspiral Carpets tracks with former Inspirals front man Tom Hingley on vocals at Cavfest, a fund-raising event for the primary school that Jim’s grandson attended.
James headline three shows in Portugal – in Cascais (where they open the set playing Lose Control on a boat in the harbour), Viseu and Funchal (Madeira).
The band, after a year of it appearing in listings, announce the release of The Gathering Sound boxset for October although we do have to eventually wait another 14 months for it.
Tim Booth played his final gig of the Love Life promotional cycle at Hop Farm Festival in Kent.
James’ show in Thessaloniki was cancelled because a Greek general strike. They do however play their first show in Latvia headlining Positivus Festival as well as topping the bill at Scotland’s Wicker Man Festival.
James announce an October / November tour with Orchestra Of The Swan and the Manchester Consort Choir conducted by Joe Duddell.
They played a five-song set with a Portuguese orchestra as part of Rádio Renascença’s 75th anniversary at Porto’s Estadio do Bessa and supported The Killers in Hyde Park, London.
Tim Booth finishes his UK tour in Brighton and London, before playing three shows in Thessaloniki, Athens and Patras in Greece.
James headline the Queima dos Fitas Festival in Coimbra, Portugal.
Tim’s second solo album Love Life is released, along with a radio single As Far As I Can See. He starts a UK tour in support of the album including sold-out gigs in Manchester, Glasgow and Leeds.
Tim Booth announces the April release of his solo album Love Life, including a special edition vinyl with extra tracks, and a tour of the UK and Greece to coincide with it.
James play two sold out Portuguese shows at Campo Pequeno bullring in Lisbon and the Pavilhao Rosa Mota in Porto. James complete a successful UK tour taking in two nights in London and then Birmingham, Leeds, Leicester, Glasgow and Manchester. Tim Booth relaunches his solo website and gives away a free demo of a track called Buried Alive.
Track-listings appear on music sites for The Gathering Sound boxset – however, due to manufacturing issues, the release is put back until 2011 at the earliest. James announce that they will offer the VIP package that had been so successful in the US on their upcoming UK tour.
James have to cancel the last show of their North American tour in Monterey due to illness.
James make their debut at the Latitude Festival. However, plans to play with an orchestra and choir in the famous Sunday lunchtime slot are thwarted by the organizers. Tim makes his public reading debut in the Poetry Tent with short stories and poems he had written in the previous year. James return to Greece for two massive outdoor shows in Ioannina and Heraklion.
James headline the second stage at the Isle of Wight Festival, following a warm up show at Oxford Academy 2. They then head to Portugal to headline the Sanjoaninas Festival.
James headline the Versus Cancer gig at Manchester’s MEN Arena, backed by an orchestra. They are joined on stage by Peter Hook of Joy Division and New Order and Rowetta for cover versions of Joy Division classics Atmosphere and Transmission.
James head out on a short festival tour, taking in Dublin Academy and Oxegen in Ireland and Scotland’s T In The Park before playing three sweltering nights at the outdoor Earth Theatre in Thessaloniki, Greece.
James perform their first North American tour for 11 years. They play two shows in Boston and then move onto Philadelphia, Washington, New York, Asbury Park, Montreal, Toronto, Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Denver, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Anaheim, Mexico City and Guadalajara.
James headline three further Portuguese festivals in Crato, Agueda and Sao Miguel (Azores).
Saturn Cars use the Whiteboy song for an advert for their Astra model. James announce plans for their first North American tour in 11 years to take place in September and October, including their first dates in Mexico. James headline the Mares Vives Festival in Vila Nova da Gaia, on the outskirts of Porto in Portugal.
James appear as a five-piece on the legendary KCRW show Morning Becomes Eclectic in Santa Monica, CA. The following night, they play a low-key acoustic show at Los Angeles Spaceland, their first US show for eleven years. James play the main stage of the Isle of Wight Festival. Manchester band, The Courteeners, who had been segueing a section of Tomorrow into their hit What Took You So Long live, release a cover of Out To Get You as the b-side to their single No You Didn’t, No You Don’t.
James perform two small Spanish shows in Madrid and Barcelona before headlining the Murcia SOS Festival in Spain and local festivals in Braga and Coimbra in Portugal. Tim appears on Radio 2’s Jools Holland show and performs a cover of Lonnie Donegan’s cult hit “Paddy McGinty’s Goat”.
James retire to Chateau de Warsy in France with Lee Muddy Baker and record the album Hey Ma.
James play two nights at Hoxton Bar And Grill, with sets comprising entirely of new material before recording sessions for their new album.
James perform at festivals throughout the summer in Latvia, Portugal, Turkey, Greece Spain and Ireland as well as the T In The Park, Belladrum and V Festivals in the UK.
Tim Booth plays Judas and performs Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now and Blue Monday as part of BBC’s Manchester Passion reworking of the Easter story.
Tim Booth plays two songs – Lullaby and Sit Down – accompanied by Saul as part of Patti Smith’s Innocence and Experience evening at the Meltdown Festival in London.
Tim Booth tours the UK playing at the Move Festival, T In The Park, Bristol, Oxford, London, Brighton, Guilfest, Birmingham and Norwich.
Tim Booth and the Individuals play their first UK tour in Portsmouth, Liverpool, Cardiff and London.
Tim Booth plays his first “electric” shows with his new band at the Sussex Arts Club in Brighton.
Tim Booth plays first solo shows supporting The LoveGods in Brighton, as part of Manchester In The City festival and supporting The Music at the ICA in London as part of an Amnesty International festival.
Mercury Records reissue four James albums – Gold Mother, Laid, Seven and Whiplash – with extra live and remix tracks plus B-Sides Ultra. All fail to chart.
Jim Glennie issues a statement that James will continue in future in some form or other. James play three gigs in Madrid, Lisbon and Porto.
James headline the Madeira Island Music Festival in Portugal and the Electron Festival in Greece.
Rumours surface that James and Mercury Records are to part company after the Pleased To Meet You album. This was confirmed two weeks later by the band. James headline the Benicassim Festival in Spain and the Guildford Festival in England on consecutive nights before heading to Ireland for the Witnness Festival before enduring the stigma of supporting Bryan Adams at Nottingham’s Cities in the Park event.
James record their latest album in a three-week period at the House In The Woods studio.
James spend three weeks at the House In The Woods studios in Surrey writing and refining new material with Brian Eno. James perform a low-key UK theatre tour unveiling 12 songs written for their as yet unrecorded album.
James headline several Portuguese festivals, an MTV Five Night Stand concert in London (supported by Coldplay) and become one of the first Western bands to play China.
James play the last ever session at the old GLR basement in London. James play two nights at Dublin’s Olympia, their first headline Irish dates for eight years.
James headline BBC Radio 1’s live festival in Manchester’s Heaton Park. James perform an exclusive invitation only acoustic show at Glasgow’s Lighthouse.
James undertakes the final mixing sessions for the Millionaires album at three London studios.
James embark on an arena tour of nine dates including sold out dates at Wembley Arena and Manchester Nynex, supported by Stereophonics and Gene. Eight new songs are unveiled during the tour.
James play a warm-up show in Carlisle ahead of two performances at the V98 festival in Leeds and Chelmsford.
James headline the Finsbury Park Fleadh. James almost cancel Glastonbury Festival appearance due to a clash with the England vs Columbia World Cup match.
James spend two weeks at Bath’s Real World Studios rehearsing for the tour and writing new material. James play a six-date sold-out Greatest Hits tour in Manchester, Glasgow, Doncaster and Brixton.
James play invitation-only secret acoustic gig at London Whitfield Street Studios which is recorded for the Unhinged bonus CD given away with early copies of the Best Of.
Saul starts to write material at his home studio over Christmas which will form the basis for the Best Of singles and some Millionaires tracks.
James return to the UK to play Reading Festival. James cancel V97 appearance due to Lollapolooza commitments. .
James take part in the Lollapolooza travelling festival across America with bands like Korn, Prodigy and Underworld with Tim in a neck brace. James cancel T In The Park appearance due to Lollapolooza commitments. .
James begin North American tour in Vancouver. Three dates into the tour, Tim Booth’s neck injury means he has to spend a week in traction in a San Francisco hotel room and the North American tour is cancelled.
James play a series of low-key dates in the US to coincide with the release of the Whiplash album. James take on their first UK tour for almost four years, playing thirteen mainly sold out dates culminating in a hometown show at Manchester Apollo.
James reconvene at RAK Studios with Adrian on-board and Tim back to record the Whiplash album with Stephen Hague.
The Booth and the Bad Angel album is finished in Liverpool with the assistance of Bernard Butler who tried to convince Tim to leave James and form a band with him.
November 1994: Black Thursday
James spend a few days in a “big barn” near Woodstock, working on new material. James play some small festivals in Oregon and Washington on the West Coast before the massive Woodstock II festival, Larry’s last ever gig in his first stint in the band.
James return to the UK to play the Glastonbury Festival, Larry’s last UK gig in his first stint in the band.
To capitalise on the success of the previous tour and the massive radio success of Laid, James return for a second tour of the US, playing at significantly larger venues than two months earlier.
James tour the UK again supported by Radiohead. Andy Diagram makes a one-off reappearance at the Manchester show.
After a full-scale US tour is cancelled due to marketing disagreements, James play two low-key shows in California.
James support Neil Young on three European outdoor dates in London, Milan and Bad Mergentheim (Germany).
James play a one-off gig at Bath Moles Club as an attempt to record a live album and roadtest the new songs.
The Laid and Wah Wah albums are recorded over a six-week period at Real World Studios in Bath.
James play six dates in Japan with The Soup Dragons. Returning to the UK, James play five acoustic shows in Leeds, Glasgow, Bristol, Manchester and London, the latter being recorded for a Radio 1 In Concert broadcast.
James headline Saturday night at Glastonbury as a late replacement for Morrissey, kicking off the show with a cover of Morrissey’s We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful, reportedly a tribute to James.
James follow their US tour with dates in France, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Italy and Portugal.
James play a pre-Christmas fan-club show at Warrington Parr Hall previewing all 11 tracks from the Seven album, the show being filmed for subsequent release as the Seven Live Video.
James complete recording of the Seven album with Youth at Olympic Studios in London. James embark on their biggest ever tour, 31 sold out dates previewing most of the Seven album, which should have been ready to coincide with the tour.
After their own set was curtailed by power failure and with Andy and all their equipment shipped home, James are drafted in at the last moment to headline the Hultsfred Festival in Sweden after Status Quo withdrew. James headline Reading Festival and are critically mauled for daring to play Sit Down early in the set and playing five new songs.
James preview three new songs – Heavens, Protect Me and Born of Frustration – live on Channel 4’s Friday Night At The Dome.
James play a secret show at Paris La Locomotive club where they preview ten songs from their recent demos that were to form the basis of the Seven album, albeit sounding radically different and including Pressure’s On and the unreleased Somebody Help Me.
Three weeks before the single release, James perform Sit Down on Terry Wogan’s primetime BBC chat show.
They head to Paris and play a secret show at the Locomotive Club where they reveal ten songs from the recording sessions for Seven that they are in the middle of.
James play Wembley Arena as part of the indie night of the Brit Awards.
James play five songs included the unreleased Ring The Bells on the roof of Piccadilly Hotel in Manchester. 5,000 people turned up and the Manchester traffic was brought to a standstill.
James play two sold out nights at Blackpool’s Empress Ballroom. James support David Bowie and The Cure at outdoor shows at Manchester Maine Road and Crystal Palace.
How Was It For You? is denied a Top of the Pops appearance due to the video featuring Tim immersed in water.
James record the Gold Mother album at Out Of The Blue in Bury and the Windings in Wrexham.
James headline an Anti-Clause 28 show at Manchester International supported by The Stone Roses.
James play a three night tour of Manchester, London and Birmingham despite another delay to the release of the Strip-Mine album.
James record the original version of the Strip Mine album at Rockfield Studios in Wales with producer Hugh Jones.
James play two live shows at London ULU, broadcast by GLR, and Northampton Ring The Bells as preparation for their upcoming recording sessions.
James play a series of shows including the Manchester Platt Fields Festival and Bristol Aston Court Festival.
James announce to Factory Records that they want to leave the label and record for a major label.
James tour the UK as special guests of The Smiths on their Meat Is Murder tour from February to April, fuelling still further press comparisons of the two bands.
James support The Smiths on a nine-date Irish tour, travelling around in the back of a Transit van.
James play their only gig with both Paul Gilbertson and Larry Gott in the band at Manchester’s basement Devilles nightclub.
James support Big Country at the Hacienda in a show recorded for A Factory Outing video.
James record a four-track demo – Hymn From A Village, If Things Were Perfect, Withdrawn and What’s The World – with Nick Garside at Out Of The Blue – Tim’s first recorded work with the band.
After a meeting in a Withington scout hut the next day, Tim makes his live debut at Sheffield Leadmill supporting Orange Juice as Model Team International.
Model Team International record their first real demos in Hulme with Jenny Ingram on vocals.
Volume Distortion, as they were now known, support The Fall at Manchester Poly’s Cavendish Hall.
James, or Venereal and The Diseases as they were then known, play their first ever show at Eccles British Legion.