That will change this weekend, when
"I'm looking forward to that," James told
"I think it's a really good number, and we continue to have people calling," she said. "I think our numbers will probably go up a little bit more."
Known for hits like "Crimson & Clover," "Hanky Panky" and "
Along with the success, James said his career had the occasional dark side -- the band's record label for a time, Roulette Records, had known mob ties. He describes his book, "Me, the Mob and the Music," as a detailed look at his band's "crazy and tumultuous and sometimes really scary relationship with Roulette Records."
"People had been after me for a long time to write my memoirs, but I just kind of blew it off," James said.
Once he started writing, he and co-author,
"I was very nervous finishing the book, because some of these guys are still walking around," James said.
After enough time passed, James and his co-author released the book in 2010, which is being adapted into a movie and a
"I'm getting a he-- of an education," he said with a chuckle. "It really is interesting."
James, 67, lives in
"It was always about music," James said. "My first love was being a musician and singing. It's what I wanted to do. I really never thought about doing anything else."
Even after nearly 50 years in the business, James still feels that way. He loves getting up on stage, and described the relationship between the artist and fans as an amazing experience.
"I look out at our concert crowd now, and I literally see three generations of people. The fans have almost become like extended family to me," he said. "There's that magic relationship between the artist and the fans that never gets burdensome to me. I guess you could say it's as close to a spiritual experience as you can get in rock 'n' roll."
"I don't stay out on the road -- I learned my lesson about doing that," he said. "That really takes a toll."
He still keeps busy. He plans to return to the studio at the end of the year to record an "unplugged" -- all acoustic instruments -- album, which will include his hits and new songs. His Christmas album was released on vinyl last year, and will be re-released on vinyl this year. James also has his own YouTube channel, "Inside Tracks with
"We're keeping very busy and we're very excited about coming out and playing," James said. "It's going to be a fun night."
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