Simple Minds November tour
Updated: 21 April 2015
Simple Minds will perform in UK and Irish arenas this November.
The tour will include just four dates in the UK and Ireland’s biggest arenas and will commence at London’s The O2 on 26 November. The tour will continue at Leeds’ First Direct Arena (27) before Simple Minds return to their hometown of Scotland to play Glasgow’s The SSE Hydro (28).
Simple Minds’ arena tour will end in Ireland on Sunday 29 November at Dublin’s 3Arena. Their November live dates follow their extensive, and intimate, spring tour and celebrate the success of their sixteenth studio album, Big Music.
Simple Minds UK tour
Updated: 24 September 2014
Simple Minds are returning to the road in March 2015 in support of their first album in five years.
The Scottish band will head out on a huge 27-date tour starting in Grimsby on 27 March and ending in Ipswich on 4 May 2015.
The tour will see Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill hit the road with Mel Gayner (drums), Andy Gillespie (keyboard) and Ged Grimes and includes dates in cities such as Birmingham, Edinburgh and Norwich. Simple Minds will be joined by backing singers Catherine AD and Sarah Brown.
Simple Minds’ tour is support of their sixteenth studio album, Big Music, and will see the band return to what they do best: playing live music that has surpassed the test of time. For full tour dates and Simple Minds tickets see below.
Simple Minds announce 2013 Greatest Hits tour
Updated: 5 December 2012
Simple Minds return to their UK fans in 2013 with an extended Greatest Hits live tour. The Scottish ‘80s legends will play their rock anthems Don't You Forget About Me and Glittering Prize (amongst all their other gems) live between March and May 2013. Get your Simple Minds tickets now.
About Simple Minds
Simple Minds formed in Glasgow, Scotland in 1978 under the name Johnny and The Self Abusers. Simple Minds started with a more punky sound before expanding their musical palette with keyboards and becoming part of the post-punk and new wave scenes.
Their debut, Life In A Day, arrived in 1979 and expressed a modern psychedelic style. Subsequent albums, Real to Real Cocophony, Empires and Dance, Sons and Fascination and Sister Feeling Call, saw Jim Kerr and his men sounding more like a combination of Kraftwerk and Roxy Music.
1982's New Gold Dream (81/82/83/84) signalled a shift away from darker, experimental electro to a more pop-orientated sound. The singles Someone Somewhere In Summertime and Glittering Prize opened the band to a new audience.
While New Gold Dream signalled a new era for the band, it has since become the album that splits the band's fanbase into two camps; those who loved the darker Simple Minds until this album, and those who embraced the band's big ambition and even bigger sounds. Simple Minds were often compared to fellow bands that emerged from post-punk such as U2, Big Country and The Alarm, who all seized the moment during the mid-1980s and became massive.
The next two albums, Sparkle In The Rain and 1985's Once Upon A Time, includes some of the band's trademark songs with Waterfront, Speed Your Love To Me and, the live favourite, Alive and Kicking. The albums went Platinum and established Simple Minds as a major music force. During this time Jim Kerr aligned his band to many charities, including appearances at the original Live Aid and Free Nelson Mandela concerts.
Touring these highly successful albums around the globe delayed their next release until 1989. Street Fighting Years hit the record shops in May 1989 and became the band's biggest, as well as musically the most controversial, album.
The Trevor Horn produced sound on Street Fighting Years can be best described as cinematic pop. Belfast Child and Mandela Day are the key tracks on the album which lifted Simple Minds from arenas to stadiums. Its mass appeal earned the album incredible success, while long-time fans of the band seemed less impressed.
As a consequence, 1991's Real Life and 1995's Good News From The Next World returned them to what they did best: big catchy melodies. The songs saw Charlie Burchill's guitar chime over the tracks, while the synth and rhythm section carried the songs. Let There Be Love, She's A River, Hypnotised and See The Lights stormed the charts and reconnected Simple Minds with their hard-core fans.
Simple Minds entered the late 90s, and best part of the early noughties, quieter and scaled-down. 1998’s Neapolis commercially flopped and the band seemed out of step with what was going on elsewhere. Their record company dropped the once mighty Simple Minds and the band went into retirement until 2001's cover album Neon Lights was released. Without the backing of a major record company subsequent albums, Cry (2002) and Black & White appeared almost unnoticed.
In 2009 Simple Minds returned with a new found verve and major label backing. They released Graffiti Soul that shot into the UK Album charts at No.10, making Graffiti Soul Simple Minds' first Top 10 album in 14 years.
Simple Minds are now heading out to do what they can do best. The band is a live powerhouse and playing live has been the band's forte. Get your Simple Minds tickets for all UK live dates.