Ian Brown told NME.COM that last Christmas his festivities were hugely affected by the news that the soul legend had passed away.
“Last year was great until I switched on the radio and I heard James Brown had died,” he said. “That just marred the day.”
He added: “Someone said something really funny like, ‘Typical James Brown, he’s taken out Jesus on his big day.’ They were right – it took the shine off Christmas Day, really. Me lad phoned me up and said, ‘Dad, your hero’s dead. James Brown’s dead.’ I switched on the radio and was like, ‘No way, man!’ Gutted.”
To read the full interview with Ian Brown, get the bumper Christmas issue of NME, on newsstands now.