Earlier today James were awarded a PRS for Music Heritage Plaque in a ceremony that took place on the site of the original Hacienda club, now described as ”Ëthe most famous club in the world’ – also present was Peter Hook who was a part owner of the Hacienda.
LTW were present to cover the event, which attracted a healthy crowd and the local TV stations. Despite the un-seasonally warmer weather it was raining in Manchester as James arrived at the site of the original Hacienda (Fac51), now an apartment block, however as the plaque was revealed the rain stopped and the sun broke through.
The award was presented by PRS Deputy Chairperson Paulette Long who in a heartfelt speech genuinely acknowledged the importance of both The Hacienda, and James who first appeared there on the 17th November 1982 whilst supporting Big Country. Factory boss Tony Wilson was so impressed with the band that he signed and subsequently released their first record the ”ËJimone EP’ – James went on to play a further four dates at the venue including the now legendary gig with The Smith’s in November 1983 which is often referred to as the best ever gig to be held in Manchester. Since then James have gone on to sell 25million albums worldwide.
After the gig Phil Newall took the opportunity to ask various members of James have they felt about receiving such an accolade; Larry Gott was clearly delighted and described his initial reaction to hearing the news as “unbelievable”Â ”â Gott went on to describe how he had actually been present in the audience that night back in 1982 “I was a music teacher, two of my students had this band ”â James, and they told me they were playing a gig, so I went along; not expecting much to be honest, however I was blown away”Â¦ two weeks after that I took to the stage with them, and now look where we are”Â
Gott confirmed that he recorded the gig, and is confident he still has the cassette somewhere in the archives.
Tim Booth confirmed that he too was delighted to accept the award, and when asked if he felt that such recognition in the UK was overdue he commented “I’m not concerned about that ”â James are very much about now, we are still growing ”â we are in the middle of the current tour accompanied by a full orchestra, we put out two albums last year; we still have more to give”Â
Jim Glennie when asked how he felt about the bands earliest material now being performed at such venues as The Bridgewater Hall accompanied by Orchestra of the Swan, The Manchester Consort Choir commented that he found it incredible “we were 19yrs old, just banging out tunes, no-one could of imagined this”Â
What I found to be particularly warming was the entire bands warmth and sincerity, they were clearly and rightly very proud to accept the award. Warmest congratulations to James”Â¦
James have three dates remaining on the current tour;
Tuesday 1st November The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Wednesday 2nd November The Sage, Gateshead, Newcastle
Friday 4th November Royal Albert Hall, London