James in Portugal for two shows

British pop band James is going to perform at Campo Pequeno in Lisbon on December 3 and at Pavilhão Rosa Mota in Porto on December 4.

As one of the first groups to be dubbed ‘the next Smiths,’ James became an institution on the British alternative music scene of the 1980s and 1990s with their pleasant folk-pop.

The group was pegged as second-rate Smiths, yet continued to tour and record, eventually gaining a sizable following.

With a handful of minor hit singles, the album Gold Mother finally became a breakthrough success in the spring of 1991, when a re-recorded version of Sit Down, now boasting a contemporary baggy beat, climbed to number two on the UK charts and became a staple on US modern rock radio.

Formed in Manchester in 1982 the band were active throughout the 1980s, but most successful during the 1990s.

Following the departure of lead singer Tim Booth in 2001, the band became inactive but re-formed in January 2007, returning for a new album and international tour.

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