News: James release 'Love Make a Fool' video and announce 40th Anniversary orchestral album and tour

News: James release ‘Love Make a Fool’ video and announce 40th Anniversary orchestral album and tour

James have released Love Make a Fool video, taken from Be Opened by the Wonderful– a new double album in celebration of their 40th Anniversary, released via Virgin Music on 9 June- it’s collection of some of James’ most beloved and rare tracks, reimagined with a 22 piece orchestra and eight piece choir. “Love make a fool out of me, love make good use out of me,” says Tim Booth. “Love Make A Fool is a simple prayer to be possessed by the ecstatic universal aspect of love – I’m a hopeless romantic.” Watch the video here:

Be Opened By the Wonderful is written and recorded at Blueprint Studios in Manchester, orchestrated and conducted by Joe Duddell with the ORCA22 Orchestra, led by Andra Vornicu, and featuring the Manchester Inspirational Voices choir directed by Wayne Ellington.

James begin their James Lasted tour this week and continue into May, calling at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and Birmingham Symphony Hall and concluding at The Royal Albert Hall in London. Tickets for the tour sold out in a record 6 hours.

The band will then play two unique shows this summer with full orchestra and choir. On 10th July, James headline The Odeon Of Herodes Atticus, a Roman Theatre on the south slope of the world famous Acropolis in Athens, one of only a handful of rock acts to play the historic venue. They will also play a headline set at Latitude Festival, performing as special guests on the Sunday afternoon at midday, a slot especially created to honour their 40th Anniversary.

One of Britain’s most enduring success stories, James have released sixteen 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 in 2018, and Girl At The End Of The World, which narrowly missed out on the top spot to Adele in 2016.

Be Opened by the Wonderful is out via Virgin music on 9th June. See details of James’ Headline orchestral tour and festival dates below:

Headline Orchestral Tour


Tue         25           Brighton                              Dome

Wed       26           Cardiff                                  St Davids Hall

Fri           28           York                                     Barbican

Sat          29           Edinburgh                           Usher Hall


Mon       01           Glasgow                               SEC Armadillo

Tue         02           Newcastle                            O2 City Hall

Thu         04           Sheffield                              City Hall

Fri           05           Birmingham                        Symphony Hall

Sun         07           Liverpool                             Philharmonic Hall

Tue         09           Manchester                        O2 Apollo

Wed       10           Manchester                        O2 Apollo

Fri           12           Blackpool                           Opera House

Sat          13           Nottingham                        Royal Concert Hall

Mon       15           Bath                                      Forum

Wed       17           London                                 Royal Albert Hall




Sun         28           Margam                             In It Together


Tue         20           Wolverhampton                 Civic Hall

Fri           23           Bristol                                  Bristol  Sounds


Sun         02           Liverpool                             Pier Head

Fri           07           Halifax                                 Piece Hall

Sat          08           Halifax                                 Piece Hall

Fri           21           Port Laois                            Forest Fest

Sun         23           Suffolk                                 Latitude

Fri           28           Dundee                                 Slessor Gardens

Sat          29           Pikehall                                 Y Not


Sat          05           Darlington                           Arena

Fri           11           Chrystal Palace    South Facing


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