Simple Minds announce 2013 Greatest Hits tour
Last updated: 5th December 2012
The Simple Minds return with an extended Greatest Hits + Live Tour to their UK fans in 2013. The Scottish 80's legends 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!
Dublin, Olympia Theatre, (Mon., 25th March 2013)
Waterfront Belfast (Thu., 28th March 2013)
Carlisle Sands Centre (Fri., 29th March 2013)
Newcastle City Hall (Sun., 31st March 2013)
Aberdeen Music Hall (Mon., 1st April 2013)
Dundee Caird Hall (Tue., 2nd April 2013)
Llandudno Venue Cymru (Thu., 4th April 2013)
Leicester De Montfort Hall (Fri., 5th April 2013)
The Civic Hall (Wolverhampton Sat 6th April 2013)
Brighton Dome (Mon., 8th April 2013)
Plymouth Pavilions (Tue., 9th April 2013)
Lincoln Engine Shed (Thu., 11th April 2013)
Nottingham Royal Concert Hall (Fri., 12th April 2013)
Leeds O2 Academy (Sat., 13th April 2013)
Bournemouth O2 Academy (Mon., 15th April 2013)
Margate Winter Gardens (Tue., 16th April 2013)
Southend-On-Sea Cliffs Pavilion (Wed., 17th April 2013)
Blackpool Opera House (Fri., 19th April 2013)
Liverpool Empire (Sat., 20th April 2013)
Cambridge Corn Exchange (Mon., 22nd April 2013)
Guildford G-Live (Tue., 23rd April 2013)
Reading Hexagon (Thu., 25th April 2013)
Sheffield City Hall (Fri., 26th April 2013)
Hull City Hall (Sat., 27th April 2013)
Bristol Colston Hall (Mon., 29th April 2013)
Portsmouth Guildhall (Tue., 30th April 2013)
New Theatre Oxford (Thu., 2nd May 2013)
Norwich U.E.A. (Fri., 3rd May 2013)
Ipswich Regents (Sat., 4th May 2013)
Simple Minds formed in Glasgow, Scottland in 1978 under the name Johnny and The Self Abusers. Arriving in the middle when punk was at its height, 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.
The debut, "Life in a Day" arrived in 1979 and showed the band going for a modern psychedelic style and 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" signaled a new era for the band, its since become the album that splits the band's fanbase into 2 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 often got compared to fellow bands that emerged from post-punk like U2, Big Country and The Alarm, who all seized the moment during the mid 1980's and became massive.
The next 2 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, while writing songs for the next record delayed the 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 keytracks on the album that lifted Simple Minds from arenas to stadiums. Its mass apeal earned the album incredible success, while long-time fans of the band seemed less impressed.
As consequence, 1991's "Real Life" and 1995's "Good News From The Next World" return to what the band does best; big catchy melodies, Charlie Burchill's cinemascotic guitar chimes over the tracks, while the synth and rythm section carry the songs. "Let There Be Love" "She's A River" "Hypnotised" and "See The Lights" stormed the charts and reconnected Simple Minds with their hardcore fans.
Simple Minds entered the late 90's and best part of the early noughties quieter, scaled-down. "Neapolis" in 1998 commercially flopped. The band seemed out of step with what was going on elsewhere. As consequence their record company dropped the once might Simple Minds and the band went into retirement until 2001's cover album "Neon Lights" (2001) was released. Without the backing of a major record company susequent albums, "Cry" (2002) and "Black & White 050505" appeared almost unnoticed.
With the album "Graffiti Soul" in 2009, Simple Minds returned with a new found verve and major label backing. "Graffiti Soul" shot into the UK Album charts at Number 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 and the forthcoming "Best Of" shows are not to be missed. Get your Simple Minds tickets for all 2013 UK live dates.