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.
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.
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 announce plans for a live album “James Live In 2008”, limited to 5,000 copies and only available on the We Are Sound tour.
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.
Hey Ma album 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.
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”.
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.
James retire to Chateau de Warsy in France with Lee Muddy Baker and record the album Hey Ma.