James made a return to Scotland after last November’s controversial concert in Glasgow, by performing a gig at Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh as part of Magners Summer Nights, a music festival taking place in two cities, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Their last gig in Scotland, in Glasgow in November 2014, saw the leader of the Scottish Conservatives erupt in anger and uproar as they didn’t play Sit Down.
It gets funnier, as when I saw them in Glasgow in 2013, they did play Sit Down.
As the crowd waited for James to appear on stage, Gordon Strachan could be spotted loitering at the side of the stage.
It wouldn’t have been that surprising. Gordon Strachan is from Edinburgh and is a good friend of Tim Booth, meeting the Leeds supporting singer in the Player’s Lounge at Elland Road when Strachan played there.
If Scotland qualify for Euro 2016, don’t be surprised if James do their official song.
The support band, Little Eye, from Glasgow, were very good.
Tim Booth introduced the band as they arrived on stage, thanking fans for coming to see them “in amongst all this culture”
There are two things which are certain at a James gig, Tim dancing very badly, and Tim jumping into the crowd. We got both of those inside the first two songs.
Tim commented that he got anally probed at that Glasgow gig when he jumped into the crowd, before Jim pointing out that Edinburgh was more civilised.
Tim also told of how the Glasgow crowd were so busy trying to get photos of and with him, he was almost dropped by people using one hand to carry him when he needed two.
While singing Johnny Yen, Booth dedicated to some members of the “27 Club”, singing “God bless you Amy Winehouse, God bless you Kurt Cobain, God bless you Jimi Hendrix”
Booth reminisced about how Morrissey and Johnnny Marr (James toured with The Smiths during their early days) told him it should be their next single. He ignored them.
There was one fan who was enjoying it so much, she invaded the stage, before being removed from security.
Eventually, the band invited their favourite dancers from the crowd to join them onstage for their final song. Gordon Strachan sadly, wasn’t joining them onstage for a dance.
All the biggies were played – Sit Down, She’s A Star, Laid, Just Like Fred Astaire. It’s unknown if Ruth Davidson was there to hear Sit Down.
The only downside was, it felt like a NEDs Day Out, with pissed-up Neddies trying to storm their way to the front and getting involved in or starting fights.
It appears it was worse in other parts of the venue than where I was.
For the encore, they played Moving On and Come Home, and then it was time to go home, as fireworks blasted out from the Edinburgh Tattoo nearby.
James had kicked-off the Edinburgh leg of Summer Nights, leaving a high standard for Flaming Lips and Waterboys to follow.