In front of their two concert tours in New Zealand, James lead singer Tim Booth has shown that his family has been evacuated from his home in California because of the fires there.
As he prepares a concert in Auckland tonight, Tim Booth can be forgiven to be a bit distracted.
The premier singer of the English pop band James, who plays at The Power Station tonight, has kept his fans up to date with the status of his family in California and at home.
At the outset, he had hoped that the prevailing winds would keep them fracturing the fires that swept the state away from its property, but the 58-year-old later learned that his family had to be evacuated when the weather changed. When he wrote a picture of the fires, he said they were only five kilometers away from their home but it was his loved ones safe.
"This is the future of global warming," he added.
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Booth also revealed that they would play without regular rhythm guitarist Saul Davies in both Auckland on Sunday and at Christchurch's foundry on Monday night.
"Saul is not with us on this trip – he is suffering from vertigo. If you have not had what you may think – do not climb any high buildings (condemn Hitchcock!). In fact, the whole room wins and you are stuck on the floor. He gets treatment. "
Davie's place is taken by Ricki Glover, Booth.