After a 22 year absence, James were back in Belfast, and it was well worth the wait.
When this gig was announced, I was already excited about seeing Suede, but adding James to the bill a few weeks later made me even more so.
It was my third time seeing James, and they’d been fantastic both times. My only concern about this gig was that it might not have been as good due to the fact they weren’t headlining, playing to “Their crowd” and doing their usual 2 hour show. How wrong I was.
One thing about James concerts is, you don’t usually know what is happening.
They didn’t even make that grand of an entrance. Seconds after road crew finished their soundcheck, they just strolled on stage, playing a bluesy acoustic guitar riff. It took a while for the crowd to realise it was them, and not the road crew continuing their soundcheck, as they burst into Johnny Yen.
Tim Booth, was in his trademark baggy trousers and hat, and also a Green and Navy tartan shirt. Within a couple of songs his hat and coat were off.
It wouldn’t be a James concert without Tim Booth’s “Dad dancing” and it was there for all to see.
Hits such as Sit Down and Laid were played, but it was disappointing not to hear Destiny Calling or She’s A Star.
Highlight of the night was when Tim Booth jumped into the crowd, and continued to sing, as fans ran to get a touch of their hero.
Security were bemused and worried by this. Obviously, they had never seen a James gig before, as he tends to do that sort of thing.
During the set, Booth acknowledged the 22 year gap between Belfast gigs. Hopefully, it won’t be so long before James return.