In an interview with Gordon Smart on his Radio X show Sundays from 2pm, Alex James tells Gordon he hasn’t heard from the other band members in the last year.
“We did a record last year, ‘The Magic Whip’. It was a massive success, fantastic, toured it around the world and had a brilliant time. Last show was in Abu Dhabi, like high-fived the guys, brilliant, big hugs, everything. Haven’t heard a word from them since! No birthday cards – I always send them cheese on their birthdays, Christmas – I get nothing back! I only see them at awards ceremonies – I saw them at the BRITs, saw them at the Ivor Novellos…I’ve never ever known what’s going to happen next there. But when it does happen, it’s so good. And you know, it’s a lovely thing to have just occasionally.”
Alex’s farm in the Cotswolds is the site for The Big Feastival. He talked about his relationship with Jamie Oliver:
“I remember the first year he came [to the festival] we were starving you know. We’d been at the festival site all day and we were just absolutely starving. I had to make him a bacon sandwich. I’d had a few beers and I didn’t really think about it actually, until after I’d made it and he wolfed it, it was great. He goes: “it was awesome dude”.”
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