James released a concert and features VHS and DVD entitled Getting Away With It Live on Monday June 10th 2002 through Warner Music Vision and an audio only CD entitled Getting Away With It Live on Sanctuary Records on the same day.
The DVD centres around the Manchester Arena show on Friday 7th December 2001 and features other bonus features including introductions to the songs, documentaries, promo videos and other special items. The VHS video and double CD feature just the concert.
The gig footage is be in Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound.
There was also a second DVD release that contained the 20 track video DVD of the concert, a 20 track audio CD, but didn’t include the features material.
Full DVD Release:
Song DVD: Say Something / Waltzing Along / Sometimes / Laid / God Only Knows / Someone’s Got It In For Me / Vervaceous / Protect Me / Out To Get You / Johnny Yen / Getting Away With It / Tomorrow / Born Of Frustration / Ring The Bells / Top Of The World / Sound / Space / She’s A Star / Come Home / Sit Down
Features DVD: Hooligans / Craft Work / A Drummer’s Tale / The Tradesman’s Entrance / Number 2’s / Saul And The One Note Solo / Eno / Getting Away With It / Missing Links / The Good The Bad And The Profitable / Exit Booth
Promos: She’s A Star / Say Something / Laid
CD + DVD Combo Release:
CD: Sit Down / Sound / She’s A Star / Tomorrow / Sometimes / Getting Away With It / Waltzing Along / Say Something / Laid / Ring The Bells / Come Home / God Only Knows / Vervaceous / Protect Me / Johnny Yen / Out To Get You / Someone’s Got It In For Me / Born Of Frustation / Top Of The World / Space
DVD: Say Something / Waltzing Along / Sometimes / Laid / God Only Knows / Someone’s Got It In For Me / Vervaceous / Protect Me / Out To Get You / Johnny Yen / Getting Away With It / Tomorrow / Born Of Frustation / Ring The Bells / Top Of The World / Sound / Space / She’s A Star / Come Home / Sit Down
Music videos and DVDs are usually pretty shit. They don’t capture the adrenalin of the live performance and ultimately disappoint. There are very few exceptions – the Come Home live video being a prime and very relevant example and the benchmark here for the live element of the DVD.
The DVD starts with the band backstage waiting to go on stage, the bellowing noise from the audience clearly audible as they mooch around. Onstage, the band then crash into Say Something and it’s evident that this is going to match, if not better, Come Home. The choice of camera angles captures perfectly the performance, focusing on key performers at key moments. The main focus is obviously on Tim, but the others are not neglected in the mix. The sound is spot on, the nuances, subtleties and sheer quality that often gets lost when you’re having the life squeezed out of your lungs on the barrier or having the world’s worst karaoke singer hollowing in your ear are all there. You even get the odd shot of the crowd, mostly young nubile things rather than some of us older uglier farts or the heaving mass stretching way back into the arena. This was a memorable gig and it all starts flooding back, tinged by the obvious sadness that we’re unlikely to ever experience this again.
The set covers almost all the songs performed. Hymn From A Village and I Know What I’m Here For are missing. But what’s there is spot on. A band at the peak of its rather substantial power. From Tim’s emotion evident in every note, in every facial expression to Jim’s seemingly ageless expressionless grace. Saul eggs the crowd on as only he can while delivering some stunning guitar and violin performances. Adrian really stands out with some virtuoso performances. Dave’s drumming is as manic, energetic and driving as ever. Less in your face but there adding colour and shade and underpinning the sound are Mark’s keyboard and Kulas guitar and backing vocals. Andy’s trumpet is a joy to behold, an extremely welcome and sadly shortlived return. Larry Gott puts in unmistakeable performances on Protect Me and in particular Out To Get You.
Say Something, Waltzing Along, Sometimes and Laid are rattled off for starters, songs played hundreds of times before, but still fresh and invigorated as if the nerves created by the cameras drive the band on rather than stifling them. God Only Knows is possessed, some superb mixing on the visual effects and Geoff Buckley’s lighting show, simply adding to the crescendo of sound the band create.
The mastery of James is then proven beyond doubt as the pace turns full circle into Someone’s Got It In For Me and Vervaceous. Tim once told me off for saying in a review that some of the tracks on Millionaires weren’t a patch on the live versions – judge for yourself, but I think I was right. Adrian’s performance on Vervaceous is simply breathtaking.
Larry comes on for a emotive performance of Protect Me with just Tim and Jim, before picking up his slide guitar for Out To Get You, complete with false start. It’d be unfair to ask anyone to play that as well as Larry does as he’s not lost any of his brilliance, just his hair. What is great is the banter in here – comments on working with amateurs, Tim’s pretend speech about unprofessionalism when it goes wrong and then the performance is almost indescribable, so I won’t even try. You could almost miss Saul’s brilliance on the violin in the the vocal interplay between Tim and Larry – you even can forgive him his offkey backing vocals. And we don’t get the asylum story from Tim either!
There’s an inexplicable cut of Hymn From A Village that ruins the synchronisation of the show – Tim says goodbye to Larry and Saul’s equipment goes down at the end of Out To Get You and then, almost by miracle, they’re both back for Johnny Yen. Discussions on what to do next ensue – unfortunately you can’t catch what was said, but what you get is nine members of James improvising old favourite Johnny Yen, first performed in 1983, almost 20 years ago and still sounding and looking as fresh and vibrant as ever. Trumpet, violin, bass, three guitars, drums, keyboards and Tim’s semi-improvised lyrics build to an unmistakeably James crescendo. For all their power and dynamism not even U2, in my own opinion before I get lynched, can match this.
Getting Away With It (All Messed Up) motors along, building up its own momentum. The simple lighting background and judicial mixing of the video again just bring home what a great and wickedly overlooked song this is.
Tomorrow, like God Only Knows, powers along, the mixing of the video matching the pace and intensity of the song and Tim’s increasingly impassioned vocals as it builds from its opening to a blurred crescendo of drums, trumpet and guitar at full tilt. There are some strange shots apparently taken from the crowd itself.
Born Of Frustration sees Tim climbing up into the crowd to the right of the stage as the standing area heaves up and down. Andy’s calling card trumpet pervades throughout the song as the band play on as if unaware and uninterested in Tim’s wandering.
Tim returns to the stage for the final song of the main set Ring The Bells. How could a song this good only get to number 38 in the charts? Here, as ever live, it is a highlight, Saul prowling the stage, Dave battering the drums like a man possessed as the song gets faster and faster to its end. Andy adds an indecipherible rap over the top and that’s it. The band leave the stage milking the well deserved applause.
Top Of The World sees Tim and Saul up high up in the seats either side of the stage. It’d been done before on previous tours and had become a little predictable, but it works wonderfully visually on the DVD as the arena is darkened and the spotlight focuses in on them, whilst Jim, Adrian, Larry and Mark play almost nonchantly down on the stage.
Sound has the full contingent of nine back on stage again, Larry and Adrian performing together and Andy on trumpet. Stretched over nine minutes with its switches in tempo, Sound has always been an aural and visual high point of the set, no mean feat over the length of the song. Again the lighting and camera angles, particularly the close-ups of Tim’s frenetic dancing and the interplay between the band, do not disappoint. The band leave again to an even more rapturous response.
Space is a surprise – both as a choice of a second encore track and just how good it is. The live version has much more spirit and emotion than the more staid album version. It’s a little sad that Pleased To Meet You is restricted to just two tracks on this DVD as it’s a sadly neglected work. But there’s a nice shot of some of the front row singing along. Adrian’s performance again deserves a particular mention – looks like Tim got him to be the rock guitar god he always threatened to just as he was leaving.
The live show then finishes off with perhaps James three best known tracks. She’s A Star is a wonderful almost camp run through, testament of the band’s ability to write truly great songs brimming with power and passion without crossing the line to becoming overblown. There’s a lovely panning shot over the arena which is a mass of upraised arms.
Come Home is just fucking brilliant (I’m running out of words to use here, so please excuse the swearing). It almost rambles along, the cameras hone in on Tim’s pointed delivery of the vocals, there’s lots of delirious crowd shots, close ups of Mark’s wonderful and often ignored keyboard lines. The languid trumpet from Andy takes the song back to former glories and it’s like Manchester 1989-90 had never gone away.
Sit Down is an absolute mess. Despite Tim’s threat to “stay all night and play obscure b-sides” (yeah, go on then, start off with Lazy….). Mark starts off with the keyboard intro off the extended 1989 version which was sadly lost in the more popular 1991 version. Cue Tim, in a James Lasts t-shirt. singing over the keyboards, lots of joyful audience shots singing every word back before the band kick in for the chorus and the arena goes mental. The second verse is similarly hushed before another raucous chorus. The song’s taken down again, the audience drown Tim out, before another chorus and a glorious beautiful elongated end section. It might have been released three times, been played to death, be the only James song your friends know, might not be the best song musically James have ever written, but it’s the greatest anthem of unity and togetherness ever. So there!
And that’s it. The band acknowledge the crowd, the crowd acknowledge the band. Everyone smiles even though it’s a sad occasion. You could say it’s very good.
So what about the rest of the DVD?
The two documentaries are actually one – a forty five minute trip through the story of James told by the players themselves. It’s done in a similar manner to Kevin Smith’s classic Clerks with each section having its own title. Whilst there’s very little new information here, it comes with a very different and very personal slant on it. A story told from start to finish by the band from the pre-James days through to Tim’s departure. It’s also interspersed by soundcheck snippets of How Was It For You?, I Defeat and What For.
Jim, in his own inimitable jovial style and located at Man City’s Maine Road, talks about his past in Moss Side and how James came about, Tim adds his story as to how he joined and the ealrand the others add their stories as the chronology of the documentary continues. You even get the strange scene of Tim semi-singing the lines “I have a way with girls. Me being so good looking. I have a fantasy. I want to be raped by a woman”. Larry also contributes to the story of the early years.
There’s a focus throughout on the songwriting methods stemming from jams, from the Withington scout hut in the early eighties, through the late eighties at the Beehive Mills where James rehearsed (and where Dave is located for his interviews), to the sessions for Laid with Eno and Adrian’s entry during the recording of Whiplash. Saul recalls his story from the Band on the Wall club where he was “discovered” by Larry on an improvisation night.
The band talk through problems with radio stations and getting airplay, the well-documented situation with record companies and how they triumphed over adversity to finally break both daytime radio and the charts. There’s a section on Brian Eno’s contribution to the band and the recording process including snippets from the man himself. The band also talk through their gig preparation on the day of the concert including a snippet of a meeting to decide the setlist, their approach to risk-taking and improvisation and their reactions when they get on stage.
There’s also some hilarious snippets of interviews with fans, two blokes who got into James with Strip-Mine and who think Sit Down is “shite” and two women who don’t realise Tim is leaving, Jim making a confession about their reluctance to be photographed in the early years, a tourbus discussion on Tim’s love of Val Doonican and Adrian telling the stories of busking with Saul in Hull and being hit by a bottle at V98.
There’s also an honest appraisal of Tim’s departure and the band’s, and particularly Jim’s, reaction to it leaving hope for the future of James and the satisfying feeling that Tim departed on good terms rather than an acrimonious split.
The promo videos are pretty standard fare – the “clean” version of Laid (“she only sings when she’s on top”), the second version of Say Something filmed in New York (rather than the original gorilla in a cage video) and She’s A Star.
The “Hidden Bits” appear to be short interview snippets which kick in between menus.
This DVD is a fitting end to a chapter in James history and a stunning document of everything that is good about the band. It shows a band at the peak of its powers live. Rather than simply give us a live video, the band have gone the extra mile to provide us with the documentary which is both informative and interesting and the promo videos are a nice bonus as well.
|Release Date:||10 June 2002|
|Label:||Warner Music Vision|
|Catalogue:||2 x DVD release: 0927 45160-2; CD+DVD release: Warner Music Entertainment 5051442914023|
|Additional Musicians:||Andy Diagram, Larry Gott|
|Recorded:||Manchester Arena – 7th December 2001|
- Born Of Frustration
- Come Home (Flood Mix)
- Come Home (Original)
- Laid (Version 2) (Clean)
- Laid (Version 3) (Explicit)
- Ring The Bells
- Say Something (US Version)
- Say Something (Version 1)
- She’s A Star
- She’s A Star (Orchestral Version)
- Sit Down
- Sit Down ’98 Apollo 440 Mix
- Sit Down (Original)
- Waltzing Along
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SetlistSay Something / Waltzing Along / Sometimes / Laid / I Know What I'm Here For / God Only Knows / Someone's Got It In For Me / Vervaceous / Protect Me / Out To Get You / Hymn From A Village / Johnny Yen / Getting Away With It (All Messed Up) / Tomorrow / Born of Frustration / Ring The Bells / Top Of The World / Sound / Space / She's A Star / Come Home / Sit Down
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This was the best James gig for a very very long time. Marred, if that’s ever the right word to use with this band, by technical problems when Saul’s equipment was lost completely half way through the set, they proved once again that when they really want it, they still have the capacity to stun and astound that marks them apart from all their contemporaries. Adrian in particular was on fire adding movement around the stage to his undoubted playing talents.
From the first bars of Say Something, it’s evident that whatever had been affecting them before on this tour had been blown away. Maybe it was the announcement that James will continue after Tim removing any residual bad feeling or fear in the band, but they were functioning as a unit, as one, but without the constraint of fitting into a pattern. Waltzing Along, Sometimes, Laid and I Know What I’m Here For shot past, each imbued with a sense of urgency and the feeling of real power. Manchester loved it as my sore ribs from the barrier will testify.
Tim prefaced God Only Knows with the dedication of “a regurgitated James song for regurgitated older James fans”. There certainly wasn’t anything vomit-inducing about this track, Tim playing the preaching messiah in the improvised middle section, before Andy’s trumpet kicked in, adding to the already building melee.
Slowing things down, James swooped into Someone’s Got It In For Me, a song that benefits exponentially from the live treatment, building to a crescendo that was simply stunning in its power and emotion. Vervaceous followed suit and was rightfully given the respect it deserves by an educated Manchester crowd. James are, were and probably always will be in whatever form they continue, more than just a singles band and these two songs won over any doubters.
Most of the band now left the stage to be replaced by Larry Gott, guitar hero to the older masses of James fans. Tim introduced him to a rapturous response, cracking a joke about Larry’s self-designed chair requiring cushions. What followed next was a simply stunning acoustic version of Protect Me from Jim, Tim and Larry, with the two guitar partners gazing at each other past Tim throughout the song. Larry proved he had lost none of the unique style that made him so integral to James on Laid and before, adding little flourishes to a wonderfully poignant acoustic song.
Out To Get You followed, played by the 1993 line-up of Tim, Jim, Saul, Larry, Mark and Dave. Tears were shed around the arena as Larry strummed the stunning lines that made this song so close to the hearts of so many James fans and won over so many on the Best Of. His backing vocals took the song still further into the stratosphere.
Temporarily without Saul who had lost all power to his amps (and who, to his credit, handled it in true Jamesian fashion by wandering on and off stage, adding what he could), James burst into Hymn From A Village. Manchester went ape, proving what we’ve been telling the band for years that these older songs are not out of place in the set, Tim hammering out the lyrics like a man possessed with Larry’s guitar again taking centre stage. From folk-driven angst in front of a few hundred in 1985 to 16,000 hit-thirsty punters in 2001, the song sits proudly alongside anything James have ever written since.
And then it just got better. All the debate about the best-ever Johnny Yen was swiftly dismissed. Mike and Adrian returned and the stage was full with nine Jameses. Saul’s violin fought with Andy’s trumpet which fought with Larry and Adrian’s twin guitars with Kulas adding more shade to the sound. Dave beat the drums like a madman and Mark’s understated keyboards merely provided the framework that held the whole thing together. Tim strutted the stage, prowling, tracking down the band one by one and confronting them, forcing them to take it up a notch. Simply stunning.
Larry and Andy left and James 2001 launched into Getting Away With It, the band’s adopted theme tune and what a tune it is. Criminally ignored by the public (and Mercury if we’re going to name names), the song is a uniting rallying call from band to fans and they respond wildly.
Andy returns to add his trumpet flourishes to a massive possessed Tomorrow endowed with a power all of its own. Born of Frustration is huge, again the trumpet taking the song to new higher plains. Tim went walkabout stage right, climbing way into the first tier. It’ll look good on the DVD, but it’s a shame that by doing so, it took the attention away from a stunning band performance. Ring The Bells followed, this time with Tim firmly on the stage, and built again to a stunning cresecendo, the highlight being a rap by Andy over the closing guitar-fuelled section.
For the first encore, Jim, Mark, Adrian and Larry returned to play the opening bars of Top Of The World without Tim and Saul. The vocals came in and the lights spun round to reveal Tim high up in the seats from where he proceeded to sing the whole song. Saul came in with violin directly opposite in the arena to Tim.
As the two made their way back to stage, the band extended the intro to Sound with a superb piece of improvisation by Larry. Back to the full complement of nine, Sound was even more powerful than ever. A song of ten minutes plus has to maintain the interest throughout and James succeed tonight. The band stop playing to enable Jim and Saul a wonderful piece of interaction before building to a stunning climax.
Coming back for a second encore, Space is a strange choice to open it, but the lyrics have gained an extra poignancy given recent announcements and the power of the performance is simply stunning. She’s A Star follows and whilst ecstatically received doesn’t quite match the highs of the rest of the set.
Come Home sends the crowd in a heaving mass, the band ratch everything up and it’s like Madchester had never gone away.
So to the final song, Tim acknowledges Mark’s understated and often ignored contribution to the band by insisting the crowd listen to his elongated intro. Saul dashes off stage to drag Larry from the seats to join in. The first verse is minimalist with Tim and the crowd singing before the band crash in, sending the crowd wild. An extended ending with all nine on stage is a fitting end to a wonderful night and Tim’s long association with James in Manchester.
So you’ve probably worked out that I enjoyed this show. The problems of previous nights were simply blown away. Larry’s presence was an undoubted highlight and Andy’s contributions pushed the sound yet further. They added that extra dimension that, despite consistently outstanding performances from the band since 1997, has been missing. That in no way denigrates Adrian or Michael’s contribution to James, but James since 1997 have been a band rather than a collection of musicians. There’s a very fine line between the two and James stepped back over that line last night. How many bands can overcome such terrible technical problems and turn it into a success?
They still didn’t play What For though. Oh well, we can forgive them that.
It’s Thursday evening and we (my wife and I) are making our way from Co. Limerick in Ireland, for what will be the last James show that we will probably ever see. This is our fourth show together and my fifth (starting with the now fabled Alton Towers gig.) We flew in Friday morning and spent the day anticipating what would surely be their finest hour. We arrived at the MEN at about 8:30, just missing Turin Brakes, I wasn’t particularly upset by this, we were only there for one thing – to say farewell to the boys after many, many years.
They started with Say Something, one of their better songs, Tim really belted this one out, absolutely superb, followed by a string of their ‘best of ‘ hits, Waltzing along, Sometimes, a rather tame Laid (tame in that Tim didn’t go running around the stadium for it, as he had done the last couple of times I had seen them do it live.) A brilliantly triumphant IKWIHF followed by the gem God Only Knows – which is superb, and which had lost none of its intensity through the passing of the years. Someone’s got it in for me was next, which is a beautiful song, especially live, at this point my throat was starting to hurt from all of the singing. Vervaceous was hauntingly sad, and then we got to see Larry again. This was what I really wanted to see more than anything else, with Andy back it was the full Monty, all the boys back together, the version of Protect Me that they did together brought back all the old memories, With Jim, Tim and Larry on centre stage, it was very emotional, what a beautiful song and what a wonderful moment – actually hearing it live for the first time acoustically – ‘He can still play a bit’ mocked Tim afterwards, there was never any doubting it. It was fantastic to see the seven of them on stage again. Out To Get You was restarted after Larry wasn’t happy with the volume of his guitar and we all revelled in seeing them all together again. Hymn From a Village and Johnny Yen followed taking me back a long time – still very powerful songs and wonderfully executed.
Finally we got to hear some of the new stuff, Getting away with it showed us that James are still a force to be reckoned with, the music – simple yet effective. Tomorrow, BOF and Ring the Bells followed, giving us more of what James are all about, brilliant music with great intensity. Top of the world was done with Tim and Saul on opposite sides of the stadium, Saul’s Violin playing dreamy and sad; a superb performance which will look good on DVD. The band then treated us to what they are very good at. Sound! What a song this is live, I could have listened to the band all night playing this, Adrian and Michael providing the booming sounds, and Larry back to pick out the notes as Saul and Jim did their usual live improvisation, I will miss that song. We knew at this point that we were all running out of time, it seemed to me that the boys were enjoying it so much that we might be here all night, a final encore gave us Space, She’s a Star, a fitting Come Home before ending with Sit Down.
A brilliant performance and a fitting monument to a great band, I was delighted to seeall the cameras, I can’t wait for the DVD.
For the first half of the gig I couldn’t help but be sad, how could this all be ending, what would we do now? Sure James will still be there, but it will never be the same. We have been fortunate you and I. James have always been our little secret, I don’t care that they never got the acclaim that their music so richly deserves. If they had got that, which they were in real danger of doing around the Seven album, then I don’t think that any of it would be the same. James for me are what they are because they have never received the plaudits of the press. We the fans know what they are.
Above the sadness of the what the concert actually meant though, the music started to take over, absolutely no band can touch what James are able to give on Stage. I would like to thank the boys for all the memories. I wish Tim well for the future, and will keep an eye out for any new material. Any new James material will always be welcome and I look forward to that to.
One thing I would like to say is that with the release of the Manchester gig, I hope that they don’t cut it, or edit it. Give us everything, Warts and all. It would be a shame not to see how the band reacted to Saul’s equipment breakdown (Jim suggested that Saul could dance whilst he waited for the equipment to be fixed!) For me it would be terrible shame to cut any of it out. Thanks for everything and Good Luck to them all.
Seb Ramsey, Manchester Evening News
Tim Booth looks wistful as he says “Good evening, hometown, good evening our roots and support for so long – thanks for coming.”
And that’s as sentimental as the rhetoric gets.
James boasts one of rock’s most loyal fanbases and obviously nowhere more so than in Manchester. So it was hardly surprising that the Arena was packed to bursting for Booth’s swansong.
For many, not least the departing Booth, it was a poignant emotional occasion.
But it was also a good reminder of why this band have managed to go as far as they have.
Their set breathes the sort of variety and power that only a handful of acts can ever hope to muster.
Anthem after anthem bursts forth and the crowd sing along, eyes closed, hands waving.
They kicked off with Say Something and the soaring Sometimes. By the time they hit Laid and God Only Knows, the Arena was seething at its impressive best.
Booth’s dancing has always bodypopped a fine and entertaining line between the exultant and the absurd and this performance was no exception.
The rubber man was on fine form, gyrating and convulsing with his trademark abandon.
James have 19 years of material to go at and their final Manchester set chronicled the whole unorthodox journey, from folk oddities via the outskirts of Madchester to stadium-filling superstars.
Guitarist Larry Gott and trumpet player Andy Diagram drew big cheers from the crowd as they returned to the fray, swelling the band to nine and adding extra nostalgia to the romp.
A rash of technical glitches put violinist/guitarist Saul Davies out of action, sending the band scurrying for the pre-Saul crowd pleasers Hymn From A Village and Johnny Yen. Back to full strength and jumping 12 years forward, Tomorrow was as effusive as ever and Booth joined the crowd for the Born of Frustration singalong.
Top Of The World began two sets of encores with Booth and Davies mid-crowd, spotlighted and counterpoised below opposite balconies.
Come Home and Sit Down were a suitably rousing send-off, and the band walked to the front of the stage and waved goodbye.
Live is what James always did best. Tim Booth will be missed.
Whilst on the way to the MEN arena I was thinking what to expect would be it be G:mex of 1990 or 1993 would it rate as one of the best of the 16 shows I’ve seen? At this moment I don’t know, could it be one of the gigs to go down where you would have to say I was there? How would Larry play and Andy I did not know or care
My wife had a little smile on her face as she said to me “well enjoy, as this is the last one we will go to” I don’t know where this relief or whether she was a little sad. One of our first dates was to go to see James at Liverpool in 97. That night they played Out to get you and it seemed as they were playing it for us, I know they weren’t but that’s how they can grab you with the heart felt lyrics.
The band entered from behind a curtain and I had seen the arena in such a way and it was so different than the other shows, I knew that I did not want the night to end. James have been a part of me since late 1986 early 1987 when a work friend gave me a copy of Stutter then I was on a hunt to get the vinyl of the factory stuff.
The band seemed different to me, even though Larry and Andy were on stage during the show, this was not it, it came to me when Tim wanted to leave when Bob’s equipment broke, it was Jim went up to Tim and said something the Band stopped on stage to perform Hymn from a Village and Jonny Yen, Jim was smiling, yet all the band were smiling at first from some time. The thing which I could put my finger on was that they were happy and enjoying the moment.
The set started with Say Something, Sometimes and Laid this followed by God only Knows, this is what I can remember of the set list but the set list went out of the window with technical problems when Bob’s equipment broke. As I said Tim wanted to leave but the band played on, Just like on the Titanic!
The high light of the show for me was Top Of the World, when Tim and Bob on opposite sides of the arena held the crowd with Tim’s singing and Bob’s violin playing a magical moment.
The best song for me was Tomorrow played with a trumpet another first for the night.
James did two encores with the evening brought to an end with Come Home and Sit Down.
The band didn’t want to finish but they did 2.15minutes after starting the show. They left the crowd wanting more and if they could have played all night the crowd would have sung and danced and scream for more.
The best way to James to finish any show is people wanting more and this is what they did
I can’t believe it’s over but for the time being without Tim, but James will be James as the spirit will carry on as they did when Paul, Gavin, Larry and Andy left.