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James are bringing their new tour with a full orchestra and gospel choir to Liverpool

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James are bringing their new tour with a full orchestra and gospel choir to Liverpool
Picture credit - Elly Lucas

James will play Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on 7 May 2023

James have announces the ‘James Lasted’ tour and will also release a double album, both featuring a full orchestra and gospel choir in celebration of the band’s 40th Anniversary.
 
The double album will feature new versions of their greatest hits, fan favourites and deep cuts and will also include one brand new track. Recorded at Blueprint Studios, Manchester with a 22 piece orchestra and gospel choir, the album is arranged and conducted by Joe Duddell (Elbow, New Order). Full details including release date, track-listing and formats are to be announced soon.
 
One of Britain’s most enduring success stories, James have released 16 studio albums, selling over 25 million copies with their recent run of Top 5 albums proving to be a golden era for the band. All The Colours Of You released in 2021 was their most critically acclaimed in many years, preceded by Living in Extraordinary Times and Girl at the End of the World which only narrowly missed out on the top spot in 2016 to Adele.

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The band will play the Phil in May 2023


 
Also announced today, to coincide with 40 years since their first show as James (The Hacienda, supporting Big Country – 17th Nov 1982) is the ‘James Lasted’ tour, accompanied by orchestra and gospel choir. 

 
Tim Booth says:

“There are a number of great bands who have been around for 40. But to get here and to be having the best time of our lives. To be part of a supportive loving  family that still has something to say and new ways to say it. To be turned on by every gig and song. To fall in love over and over again, Groundhog Day, with our bandmates and audience. Damn. That’s time well spent.
 
We should have recorded the orchestra tour first time round, as many of you have reminded us. Well, we’ve done it now. And here comes the tour. The Orchestra and Gospel singers expand our palette, heighten the tenderness, heighten the celebration and, despite their numbers, somehow leave us feeling more naked and raw. It will be different, probably each night, because we are James and Joe knows how to dance with us. And because you are different, each night.”
 
James are: Tim Booth, Jim Glennie, Saul Davies, Adrian Oxaal, David Baynton-Power, Mark Hunter, Andy Diagram, Chloe Alper, Deborah Knox-Hewson.

The new run of live dates next year includes Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall and Birmingham Symphony Hall and concludes at The Royal Albert Hall, London. Tickets go on sale Friday 18th November at 9.30am via www.wearejames.comwww.gigsandtours.com, and www.ticketmaster.co.uk.
 

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