Thetford Forest, Suffolk 11/06/2011 -
David Freezer - 'Eastern Daily Press' - 12th June 2011 (UK)

Simple Minds whipped an energetic Thetford Forest crowd into a frenzy on Saturday night, with their back catalogue of anthemic hits proving they can still rock with the best of them.

With over 40 million albums sold since 1979, it was no surprise that the sing-a-long hits just kept coming.

Simple, melodic chants midway through several songs really got the crowd involved – so much so that Kerr struggled to cut back into Don't You (Forget About Me) towards the end of the set, having left the crowd to sing into his microphone for a couple of minutes while he took a well-earned breather.

Once the "la la la las" had finally died down and the band were able to finish the song, Kerr seemed genuinely touched at the moment he had just shared with the 5,000-strong Thetford crowd.

The evening started with a fine solo acoustic set from James Walsh – better known as the lead singer of Indie group Starsailor – and was a nice way to begin a show amid the setting early-summer sun and surrounding forest.

But the pace soon soared as Simple Minds took to the stage and kicked-off with the exciting guitar riffs of new song Moscow Underground before steaming straight into fast-paced hit Waterfront.

Then the hits just kept rolling; Glittering Prize, Sanctify Yourself, Hypnotised, Promised You a Miracle, and the poignant Mandela Day, had most people struggling to keep the clapping going with the pace of the band.

Kerr, at 51, is showing no signs of slowing down, guitarist Charlie Burchill grinned his way through a set full of reverb and iconic riffs while drummer Mel Gaynor could not be ignored with a bass drum loud enough to have shaken leaves off the surrounding trees.

An encore of four more songs saw the night build to a thrilling climax with Gloria thumped out and rounded off with Ghostdancing to a hugely appreciative crowd.

The quality of music had built to an exciting end and made for a great night. But the truly pleasing part was how much the band seemed to enjoy themselves.

They all looked thrilled at the huge response they can still get from a crowd more than 20 years after their heyday.

And the crowd was equally as thrilled to see that Simple Minds are still one of Great Britain's finest live bands.

Cannock Chase Forest, Staffordshire 25/06/2011
John Corser - 'Express and Star' - 27th June 2011 (UK)

Simple Minds sparkled in the rain as they filled Cannock Chase Forest with their anthemic rock on Saturday night.

Simple Minds sparkled in the rain as they filled Cannock Chase Forest with their anthemic rock on Saturday night.

The band belied their 32 years together to prove they are definitely still alive and kicking.

Singer Jim Kerr was in superb form getting the 5,500, who filled the forest bowl, clapping, waving their arms and singing along.

A light rain began to fall as Simple Minds delivered Waterfront, but the rain – nowhere near as heavy as the downpour experienced for Erasure's Friday night performance – could not dim the enjoyment of the band's fans of all ages.

There were smiles on faces throughout the hour and 50 minutes the Scottish band were on stage. Charlie Burchill's chiming and splintered guitar work drove the concert along at a great pace.

Jim Kerr told the fans they were the best audience they had met on their short Forestry Commission greatest hits tour.

The band, who have sold more than 40 million albums, included new song Stagefright in the set but for the rest it was classic song after classic song including early synthesiser-tinged favourites Celebrate and Love Song.

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