One Of The Three - The James Band Archive

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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.

At the Roxy Fest in Guadalajara, James play second on the bill to their old friend Morrissey.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.

A video is released for the next single Dear John.


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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.


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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.

A video for the band’s latest single, the title track from Girl At The End Of The World, is revealed.


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The Greenpeace Palace Concert is released as part of Record Store Day limited to 1,600 copies worldwide on double clear vinyl.

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.


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James release Girl At The End Of The World. After sitting at number one in the midweek charts, the band have to settle for number two at the end of the week, their joint-best placing for a studio album.

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.


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James play two intimate shows at Manchester Academy 2 and London Scala where they reveal the majority of tracks from Girl At The End Of The World for the first time live before heading to Dubai Jazz Festival for their first show in that country.

The first “proper” single from the album, Nothing But Love, is released.


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James announce the release of Girl At The End Of The World in March 2016 and a fifteen-date UK tour to follow in May.

The first single from the album, To My Surprise, is released with a video by celebrated New York director Kris Merc.


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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.


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James headline Expofacic Festival in Cantanhede, Portugal for the third time.

It’s announced that Larry Gott is taking a sabbatical from the band. Adrian Oxaal steps in on guitar duties for shows at Worcester Race Course as well as the band’s first visit to the Isle Of Man, a storm-ridden headline slot at Hardwick Live and Edinburgh’s Princes Gardens.


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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.


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James play Isle Of Wight Festival before headlining Jersey Live, their first appearance on the island.


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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.


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Curse Curse is released on limited edition of 500 12″ single for Record Store Day featuring the remix competition-winning RNZ’s Procrastination Mix as well as professional remixes from Topher Jones and Embody.


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Universal release a 4-disc Super Deluxe version of the Laid / Wah Wah albums as well as an abbreviated 2-disc deluxe version both featuring b-sides and a number of unreleased demos, jams and radio sessions. Both albums are also reissued on double 180g black vinyl with the Universal store also selling limited edition of 500 clear vinyl versions.


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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.


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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.


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La Petite Mort is released in the US and Canada.

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.


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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.

The alternative radio edit of Curse Curse is released via iTunes as a digital bundle that also features the single’s video recorded in July at Mares Vivas Festival.


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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.


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La Petite Mort is released on June 2. To tie in with the release they appear on BBC 1’s Breakfast show before performing two in-store shows at Manchester’s HMV store and at London’s Rough Trade East.

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.


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The La Petite Mort tour of the UK and Portugal is announced for November.

The video to Moving On, 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.


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Moving On is premiered on BBC Radio 2’s Chris Evans show.


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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.


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Come Home is voted as the winner in BBC 6 Music’s Manchester Anthems vote.

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.


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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.


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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.

 


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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.

 


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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.


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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.


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The Gathering Sound boxset is finally released on December 10. And the USB stick that caused untold problems actually works!

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.


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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.


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James completed their summer festival season with a headline slot at the Stockton Weekender.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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Tim Booth plays “three new songs” at Molly Malone’s in Los Angeles supporting friend Julia Fordham.


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James conclude their tour with The Orchestra Of The Swan and Manchester Consort Choir with shows in Manchester, Gateshead and London.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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James play their first shows in South America – a 15,000 sell out show in Lima, Peru and third on the bill at the Lollapalooza festival in Santiago, Chile.

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.


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Tim Booth performs radio sessions for Absolute Radio and Radio 2’s Dermot O’Leary show.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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James have to cancel the last show of their North American tour in Monterey due to illness.


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James release the second mini-album The Morning After, which reaches number 19 in the UK charts. James release a 2 CD collection featuring the two UK mini-albums entitled “The Morning After The Night Before” in the US. James headline the Bingley Music Live festival, before heading off to North America for a 21 date tour, taking in the US, Canada and Mexico, supported by Ed Harcourt. James offer fans the opportunity to purchase a VIP package on their North American tour, including access to the sound-check and priority access to the venue.


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James headline the Wizard and Solfest Festivals in the UK.


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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.


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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.


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The Night Before mini-album is released and reaches number 20 in the UK charts. James go out on the road for the Mirrorball tour playing shows in Edinburgh, Newcastle, Sheffield, Preston, Cambridge, Southend, Bournemouth, Bristol and Liverpool and a sold out show at the Royal Albert Hall in London. They then head off to Greece to play in Patras and Athens. Between the UK and Greek dates, James record the follow-up mini-album The Morning After in five days, trying to capture a spontaneous live feel to the recordings. A December UK tour is announced entitled “The Morning After The Night Before” tour.


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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.


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Not So Strong is released as a free download to wearejames.com mailing list subscribers. James play at the V Festival back in the UK, including preceding Oasis’ last ever show on the Saturday Stafford leg. James headline the Expofacic and Rock One festivals in Portugal and the Sonorama Festival in Spain and play their first ever show in Poland at Krakow’s Coca Cola Live Festival.


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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.


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James announce plans for a live album “James Live In 2008”, limited to 5,000 copies and only available on the We Are Sound tour.


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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.


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Hey Ma is released in the US on Decca. A limited edition seven-inch single of Waterfall is available with initial copies purchased through certain stores. Sit Down is used by UK Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, at the start of his keynote speech at the Labour Party Conference. Tim talked to the UK media about being unhappy that the song has been used in such a way.


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James headline three further Portuguese festivals in Crato, Agueda and Sao Miguel (Azores).


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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.


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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.


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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”.


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Hey Ma is released. James promote it with a lunchtime in-store show in Manchester’s HMV store. The album charted at number 10 in the UK and number 3 in Greece. James perform a sell-out UK tour featuring shows in Bradford, Derby, Lincoln, Liverpool, Newcastle, Sheffield, London, Norwich, Oxford, Bristol, Blackpool, Edinburgh and Aberdeen and announce a December arena tour. James are the main act on BBC2’s Later With Jools show on 28th April.


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James retire to Chateau de Warsy in France with Lee Muddy Baker and record the album Hey Ma.


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James play two nights at Hoxton Bar And Grill, with sets comprising entirely of new material before recording sessions for their new album.


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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.


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The Best Of compilation Fresh As A Daisy – The Singles – is released. James perform a triumphant sold-out tour of the UK taking in shows in Glasgow, Newcastle, Birmingham, London and Manchester. James perform two secret gigs – in Manchester HMV’s basement store and at the Club Academy where they first met.


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James play their first show for five and a half years at Hoxton Bar And Grill in London.


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James announce that they will be reforming for shows later in the year. Seven UK shows sell out on the day tickets go on sale, 35,000 tickets being shifted in a matter of hours.


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The Canadian compilation 20th Century Masters is released.


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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.


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Mark Hunter plays keyboards with The Bluetones on their UK tour.


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James release Seven – The Live DVD featuring the 1991 video release with additional bonus videos.


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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.


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Tim Booth does a short radio tour of the US.


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Tim Booth tours the UK playing Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester and London.


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James The Collection is released.


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Tim Booth releases Wave Hello as a single.


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Tim Booth tours the UK playing at the Move Festival, T In The Park, Bristol, Oxford, London, Brighton, Guilfest, Birmingham and Norwich.


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Tim Booth releases his debut solo album Bone and a single Down To The Sea. Tim Booth’s set at the Glastonbury Festival is broadcast in full by BBC 3.


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Tim Booth and the Individuals play their first UK tour in Portsmouth, Liverpool, Cardiff and London.


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Tim Booth plays his first “electric” shows with his new band at the Sussex Arts Club in Brighton.


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