WIN A UNIQUE NEW GOLD DREAM SONG STORYBOARD ART PRINT


Competition Time! Enter our latest competition for a chance to WIN a unique New Gold Dream inspired song storyboard A3 art print.

The A3 (297x420mm) art print will be produced on an Epson 4880 and printed on semi-gloss photographic paper which will showcase the deisgn's vibrant colours.

For a chance to win this unique art print simply click on the email link below and state your favourite 3 New Gold Dream tracks. Closing date for all entries is July 15th 2016. Good luck!

Email entry: competitions@simpleminds.org.uk




Added: 10th June 2016






SIMPLE MINDS PICK UP IVOR NOVELLO AWARD


Simple Minds have been awarded the Outstanding Song Collection award at this year's Ivor Novello Awards. Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill and Mick MacNeil collected their awards from Steve Harley at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane London.

"THANKS TO ALL: We had a great day yesterday and of course we were chuffed with the award. As with any award that Simple Minds win, we fully recognise all who have played a part. Including everyone who has played live – and everyone who has worked in the studio with us. That adds up to dozens of people, and if we had our way, they would all be present when these statues are handed out.

But why stop at that? What about all who have helped us immeasurably behind the scenes? Invested time, energy, belief, etc – as they guided as throughout our career, and continue to do so. And what about our road crews over the last almost 40 year? Hundreds of individuals putting their families on hold, as they tour(ed) the world, spending the longest days setting up the show so that we can give our best night after night. Do they not deserve to be up there with us also? Of course they do!

And finally, our story would not have happened, and would not be happening still if it was not for the millions who have encouraged us by listening to the music. To encourage is to contribute massively – it gives us the oxygen to do what we do, and continue still into the future. In summary, anyone who has ever cared about Simple Minds deserved to be up on the stage with us yesterday. In my mind you were. So let's celebrate a little."

Jim Kerr




Added: 24th May 2016






NEW GOLD DREAM (81-82-83-84) DELUXE BOX SET


On 29th July 2016 Universal Music release a six-disc box set of what is considered by many to be Simple Minds' finest album, NEW GOLD DREAM (81-82-83-84). It will be the first time the entire back catalogue of this era has been collected together.

"My loyalty towards Simple Minds is known to be considerable, yet even I am jarred by the constant beauty of this music. New Gold Dream robs me of my breath." – Paul Morley, NME 1982

Originally released in September 1982, NEW GOLD DREAM (81-82-83-84) was Simple Minds' fifth studio album and their crossover – the one that took them from revered cult status to a chart band with pop singles, launching their career worldwide. Featuring the no.13 and no.16 singles 'Promised You A Miracle' and 'Glittering Prize', it turned the band into a major force in pop music, reaching no.3 in the UK Albums Chart and spending a full year there.



CD 1

01. Someone Somewhere In Summertime
02. Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel
03. Promised You A Miracle
04. Big Sleep
05. Somebody Up There Likes You
06. New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
07. Glittering Prize
08. Hunter And The Hunted
09. King Is White And In The Crowd


CD 2:

01. Promised You A Miracle – [Extended] 12″ Single A1
02. Seeing Out The Angel – [Instrumental Remix] 12″ Single B1
03. Promised You A Miracle – [US Remix] 12″ Single A1
04. Promised You A Miracle – [US Dub] 12″ Single B1 FIRST TIME ON CD
05. Promised You A Miracle – [US Special Extended Remix] 12″ Promo Single A1 FIRST TIME ON CDM
06. Glittering Prize – [Club Mix] 12″ Single A1
07. Glittering Prize – [Extended Theme] 12″ Single B2
08. Someone Somewhere In Summertime – [Extended] 12″ Single A1
09. New Gold Dream – [German 12″ Mix] 12″ Single A1
10. King Is White And In The Crowd – [Instr] (unedited & restored mix originally released with Touch Tape mag) FIRST TIME ON CD
11. New Gold Dream – [German 12″ Remix with drums] Outtake
12. In Every Heaven – Outtake


CD 3:

01. Promised You A Miracle – [Edit] 7″ Single A1
02. Theme From Great Cities – 7″ Single B1
03. Glittering Prize – [Edit] 7″ Single A1
04. Glittering Prize – (Theme) 7″ Single B1 FIRST TIME ON CD
05. Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) – 7″ Promo Single A1
06. Soundtrack For Every Heaven – 12″ Single B1
07. New Gold Dream – [7″ Mix] 7″ Single A1


CD 4:

Kid Jensen Session. Recorded 11th February 1982
01. Promised You A Miracle – [BBC Session]
02. In Trance As Mission – [BBC Session]

John Peel Session. Recorded 15th February 1982
03. King Is White And In The Crowd – [BBC Session] FIRST TIME ON CD
04. Promised You A Miracle – [BBC Session] FIRST TIME ON CD
05. Love Song – [BBC Session] FIRST TIME ON CD
06. Sons And Fascination – [BBC Session] FIRST TIME ON CD
07. King Is White And In The Crowd – [BBC Session]

Kid Jensen Session. Recorded 13th August 1982
08. Someone Somewhere In Summertime – [BBC Session]
09. Glittering Prize – [BBC Session]
10. Hunter And The Hunted – [BBC Session]


CD 5:

01. Someone Somewhere In Summertime – [Full Duration] PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
02. Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel – [Full Duration Instrumental] PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
03. Promised You A Miracle – [Remix For Album: Long] PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
04. Big Sleep – [Instrumental] PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
05. In Every Heaven – [Full Duration] PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
06. Somebody Up There Likes You – [Full Duration Instrumental] PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
07. New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) – [Full Duration] PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
08. Hunter And The Hunted – [Alternative Take] PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
09. King Is White And In The Crowd – [Monitor Mix] PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
10. In Every Heaven – [Early Version] PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED


DVD

01. Someone Somewhere In Summertime – New Gold Dream – 5.1 Mix
02. Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel – New Gold Dream – 5.1 Mix
03. Promised You A Miracle – New Gold Dream – 5.1 Mix
04. Big Sleep – New Gold Dream – 5.1 Mix
05. Somebody Up There Likes You – New Gold Dream – 5.1 Mix
06. New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) – New Gold Dream – 5.1 Mix
07. Glittering Prize – New Gold Dream – 5.1 Mix
08. Hunter And The Hunted – New Gold Dream – 5.1 Mix
09. King Is White And In The Crowd – New Gold Dream – 5.1 Mix
10. In Every Heaven – New Gold Dream – 5.1 Mix
11. Promised You A Miracle – Promo Video
12. Glittering Prize Promo – Video
13. Promised You A Miracle – [Top Of The Pops] FIRST TIME COMMERCIALLY RELEASED
14. Glittering Prize – [Top Of The Pops] FIRST TIME COMMERCIALLY RELEASED


Pre-order New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) here

Added: 23rd May 2016






UNIQUE SIMPLE MINDS INSPIRED A3 ART PRINTS FOR SALE


Various unique Simple Minds inspired art prints can be purcahsed via my Etsy online shop, the art prints are unique in design and printed on A3 260gsm semi-gloss photographic paper via an Epson Stylus 4880 printer.

All art prints are priced £10 and for a limited time only you can purchase 2 prints for £15, just enter code 2FOR152016 at checkout.

For more information visit www.etsy.com/uk/shop/coloursflyartprints


SIMPLE MINDS INSPIRED A3 ART PRINTS


Added: 7th March 2016






HEINEKEN MUSIC HALL, AMSTERDAM 24/11/2015 SETLIST


Theme for Great Cities
Waterfront
Up on the Catwalk
See the Lights
Celebrate
Blindfolded
Mandela Day
Promised You a Miracle / Glittering Prize
Real Life
New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Rivers of Ice
Dolphins
Don't You (Forget About Me)

Book of Brilliant Things
This Fear of Gods
Honest Town
Banging on the Door
Someone, Somewhere in Summertime
Once Upon a Time
All the Things She Said
Let There Be Love
Midnight Walking
Let It All Come Down

Big Music
Alive and Kicking
Sanctify Yourself




Added: 27th November 2015






HEINEKEN MUSIC HALL, AMSTERDAM 23/11/2015 SETLIST


Theme for Great Cities
Waterfront
Up on the Catwalk
See the Lights
Celebrate
Blindfolded
The American
Promised You a Miracle / Glittering Prize
Real Life
New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Rivers of Ice
Dolphins
Don't You (Forget About Me)

Book of Brilliant Things
This Fear of Gods
Honest Town
Banging on the Door
Someone, Somewhere in Summertime
Once Upon a Time
All the Things She Said
Let There Be Love
Midnight Walking
Let It All Come Down

Big Music
Alive and Kicking
Sanctify Yourself




Added: 27th November 2015






MEDIOLANUM FORUM, MILAN 21/11/2015 SETLIST


Theme for Great Cities
Waterfront
Up on the Catwalk
See the Lights
Celebrate
Blindfolded
Mandela Day
Promised You a Miracle / Glittering Prize
Real Life
New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Rivers of Ice
Dolphins
Don't You (Forget About Me)

Book of Brilliant Things
This Fear of Gods
Honest Town
Banging on the Door
Someone, Somewhere in Summertime
Once Upon a Time
All the Things She Said
Let There Be Love
Midnight Walking
Let It All Come Down

Big Music
Alive and Kicking
Sanctify Yourself




Added: 27th November 2015






LE ZENITH, PARIS 20/11/2015 SETLIST


Theme for Great Cities
Waterfront
Up on the Catwalk
See the Lights
Celebrate
Blindfolded
Mandela Day
Promised You a Miracle / Glittering Prize
Real Life
New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Rivers of Ice
Dolphins
Don't You (Forget About Me)

Book of Brilliant Things
This Fear of Gods
Honest Town
Banging on the Door
Someone, Somewhere in Summertime
Once Upon a Time
All the Things She Said
Let There Be Love
Midnight Walking
Let It All Come Down

Big Music
Alive and Kicking
Sanctify Yourself




Added: 27th November 2015






TEMPODROME, BERLIN 18/11/2015 SETLIST


Theme for Great Cities
Waterfront
Up on the Catwalk
See the Lights
Celebrate
Blindfolded
Promised You a Miracle / Glittering Prize
Real Life
Hunter and the Hunted
New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Rivers of Ice
Dolphins
Don't You (Forget About Me)

Book of Brilliant Things
This Fear of Gods
Honest Town
Banging on the Door
Someone, Somewhere in Summertime
Once Upon a Time
All the Things She Said
Let There Be Love
Midnight Walking
Let It All Come Down

Big Music
Alive and Kicking
Sanctify Yourself




Added: 27th November 2015






BARCLAYCARD ARENA, HAMBURG 17/11/2015 SETLIST


Theme for Great Cities
Waterfront
Up on the Catwalk
See the Lights
Celebrate
Blindfolded
Promised You a Miracle / Glittering Prize
Real Life
Hunter and the Hunted
New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Rivers of Ice
Dolphins
Don't You (Forget About Me)

Book of Brilliant Things
This Fear of Gods
Honest Town
Banging on the Door
Someone, Somewhere in Summertime
Once Upon a Time
All the Things She Said
Let There Be Love
Midnight Walking
Let It All Come Down

Big Music
Alive and Kicking
Sanctify Yourself




Added: 25th November 2015






LOTTO ARENA, ANTWERP 15/11/2015 SETLIST


Theme for Great Cities
Waterfront
Up on the Catwalk
See the Lights
Celebrate
Blindfolded
Promised You a Miracle / Glittering Prize
Real Life
Hunter and the Hunted
New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Rivers of Ice
Dolphins
Don't You (Forget About Me)

Book of Brilliant Things
This Fear of Gods
Honest Town
Banging on the Door
Someone, Somewhere in Summertime
Once Upon a Time
All the Things She Said
Let There Be Love
Midnight Walking
Let It All Come Down

Big Music
Alive and Kicking
Sanctify Yourself




Added: 25th November 2015






FOREST NATIONAL, BRUSSELS 14/11/2015 SETLIST


Theme for Great Cities
Waterfront
Up on the Catwalk
See the Lights
Celebrate
Blindfolded
Promised You a Miracle / Glittering Prize
Mandela Day
Real Life
Hunter and the Hunted
New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Rivers of Ice
Dolphins
Don't You (Forget About Me)

Book of Brilliant Things
This Fear of Gods
Honest Town
Banging on the Door
Someone, Somewhere in Summertime
Speed Your Love to Me
Once Upon a Time
All the Things She Said
Let There Be Love
Midnight Walking
Let It All Come Down

Big Music
Alive and Kicking
Sanctify Yourself




Added: 25th November 2015






JIM KERR INTERVIEW: THE SIMPLE MINDS FRONTMAN ON HIS COUNCIL HIGH-RISE, LOVE OF HIKING AND THE IKEA IN CATANIA


www.independent.co.uk

Kerr is the lead singer of Simple Minds, whose upcoming UK tour runs from 26 November to 1 December


There is never going to be a band like The Who again I grew up with their music, and when I saw them recently [as part of a run billed as their last big tour] I felt emotional because I realised that it really is the end of an era for them – and for bands such as Simple Minds, as well. They came from a time and a place and a mentality that is not there any more. So when I heard them pounding out of the PA, I felt tinged with a sadness.

I was happy living in a high-rise council estate in Glasgow up until our sixth album We were on tour most of the time anyway, so I wasn't there much. I certainly didn't take any girls I met back there, though. I went to theirs instead: you don't want to blow the illusion! Nowadays, the only material thing that I really don't want to lose is my house – I don't want to go back to that flat!

There's not a lot I'm proud about, except that we never gave up In the 1990s, when the wheels came off Simple Minds, we'd pass a stadium we had once filled – on our way to a club we had half-filled – and I came perilously close to quitting. After a comparatively short space of time, I had a feeling that I had nothing left to give. But I learnt about why I was doing it: not to be popular, nor the rewards and riches. I realised that I did it because it was who I was, and it's only through that prism of making music that life made sense to me. And in the past 10 years we've made several more albums.

Hiking is the antithesis of a life on the road When I'm touring, everything is so structured and I'm surrounded by people all the time, so I love walking on my own in the open air in the countryside. The two places where I spend most of my time are Scotland and Sicily. In Glasgow, sure you've got to put up with the weather, but I'm just an hour from being in the middle of nowhere.

The world has lost its sense of wonder Like most people, I love the convenience of being able go to Barcelona for the weekend for £25. But it's all easier and all on demand, so there's less of that sense of exhilaration. You land at Catania airport, at the very top of Sicily, and you see an Ikea. And everyone there is buying the same lamp that you bought in Glasgow last week. Though I'm well aware I'm part of that globalisation, too, as we make music and try to get it adopted in every part of the world.

I still get exhilarated by going to Turkey If I'm sitting in the middle of Istanbul and I see the Bosphorus, see the skyline and see where East meets West – that still gets me excited. Same if I'm in Hong Kong and looking down from Victoria Peak to see those little Chinese boats.

We think everything is going to get us I remember getting a call two years ago from my son's mum [the actress Patsy Kensit], when he was 20. She was asking if it was OK for him to go to some dance festival in Croatia, saying, "Oh god, he's going to go on a bus to Croatia, they crash all the time!" I was like, get over it – my father was bombed in Sicily when he was 19! We all watch 24-hour news that tells us all these monsters are out there – and they are. But you've got more chance of winning the lottery.

I get wound up by bad manners on public transport I spend so much time travelling and one Friday night recently, when I was going up on the train to play in Liverpool, there was a guy sitting on the phone the whole way, rabbiting away. I had to say, do we have to listen to you the whole bloody journey – give us a break! He could have punched me out.

Jim Kerr, 56, is the lead singer of Simple Minds, whose upcoming UK tour runs from 26 November to 1 December

Article/Interview by Adam Jacques - www.independent.co.uk

Added: 23rd November 2015






MY FAVOURITE PHOTGRAPH BY JIM KERR


MY FAVOURITE PHOTOGRAPH BY JIM KERR

BECOMING a father for the first time brought a special love and happiness to Simple Minds frontman Jim, 56, as he tells Danny Scott.


"This is me and my daughter Yasmin in New York State in 1985. Was I ready to be a father at 25? Looking back now, 30 years later, I'd probably say no. There I am holding my beautiful baby, but I was just a baby myself. What the hell did I know about being a parent? I'm very lucky that I got on with my own parents and it created some sort of family thing deep within me.

I guess I'm from that generation where we looked at our own family and said: 'OK, so this is how life works. You meet someone, you fall in love, you get married and you have kids.' As far as me and Chrissie [Hynde, The Pretenders singer and Yasmin's mother] were concerned, that's exactly what happened. The Pretenders and Simple Minds were about to go on a tour of New Zealand and Australia in 1984 – it was a great line-up with Talking Heads and Eurythmics.

I was in a hotel lobby signing a few autographs when I heard this crazy voice shouting: 'Ooh, I love Simple Minds. They're great. I love you, Jim.' I didn't want to look across in case it was some nutter, but it was Chrissie taking the mick! We'd never met before, but I was a huge Pretenders fan and just burst out laughing. After that, we got on like a house on fire.

Chrissie already had a young daughter Natalie [from her relationship with Ray Davies of The Kinks] and there may have been a bit of us thinking: 'Wouldn't it be great if Natalie had a little friend to play with?' Anyway, Yasmin came along in March 1985, which just coincided with Simple Minds hitting the jackpot. We'd had our first number one album, we were number one in America with Don't You (Forget About Me), Bob Geldof asked us to play Live Aid… then I was blessed with a baby daughter.

Life couldn't get much better. This picture was taken a couple of months after Yasmin was born, when we were recording an album at the famous Bearsville Studio in Woodstock. Chrissie and Yasmin were over for a holiday and we were staying in this little cottage nearby.

It was a lovely day and we decided to have a picnic. The rock photographer Anton Corbijn was at the studio with us and he just happened to be walking by as I was playing with Yasmin. This wasn't posed – it was just a father and daughter getting to know each other.

You can see from how I'm holding Yasmin that I don't really have clue what I'm doing. It was all still so new to me. I'll admit those early years weren't easy. Obviously, having a number one hit and being in a successful band was something I'd dreamed about since I was kid, but the timing wasn't great.

My daughter was growing up and I was hardly there. I missed her terribly. Family life suffered – Chrissie and I ended up getting divorced in 1990. I thought I'd really messed things up with Yasmin. After the divorce, we didn't see much of each other and I was worried that I'd be a distant figure in her life. Thank God it didn't end like that.

Over time, things got better and Yasmin and I started having proper conversations. If she had a problem, she'd confide in me. It made me so happy. Yasmin's also got a brother, James [from Kerr's relationship with actress Patsy Kensit] and all three of us get together twice a year for 'Kerr-fest' – just us, going off somewhere nice and having a laugh. Yes, things come up from the past, but that's OK.

That's how families are. Look at any family – true love never runs smooth. What's important is what we've got today. I wasn't always comfortable being a father, but it's given meaning and perspective to my life. And, most of all, it's given me so much joy." The Simple Minds UK tour starts on Thursday.

Article/Interview by Danny Scott - www.express.co.uk

Added: 23rd November 2015






SCOTS ROCKERS SIMPLE MINDS REVEAL HOW THEY ALMOST 'FORGOT' TO RECORD HIT THAT HELPED THEM CONQUER AMERICA


SCOTS ROCKERS SIMPLE MINDS REVEAL HOW THEY ALMOST 'FORGOT' TO RECORD HIT THAT HELPED THEM CONQUER AMERICA

DON'T You Forget About Me topped the US charts 30 years ago, but Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill admit the song was almost forgotten.


SIMPLE Minds have revealed how they almost didn't record the hit that helped them conquer America — having lost songwriter Keith Forsey's original demo.

The band topped the US charts 30 years ago with Don't You Forget About Me. But frontman Jim Kerr and guitarist Charlie Burchill weren't impressed when Keith handed over a cassette tape to keyboard player Mick MacNeil.

Jim explained: "We played this club and got cornered by this guy backstage. He was drunk and had a cassette and was saying, 'When are you going to do my song?'

"Afterwards we were on the bus and Charlie asked, 'Well, where is this song?'

"Mick didn't know. That was the last we heard about it. Then, months later, Keith turned up and apologised for being drunk that night.

"Mick said, 'I've still got your song, it has never come out of my pocket'.

"Keith also came over another time and said he knew we weren't going to do the song. We thought, let's do it just to get him off our backs.

"It'll just be on a movie theme album and that'll be the end of it."

Used on the film soundtrack to John Hughes film The Breakfast Club, the song gave Simple Minds the break that propelled them to international fame.

Guitarist Charlie added: "We resisted it for years. "Keith was a big Simple Minds fan. We loved the guy and because we had resisted it, it was a bit begrudging. We were doing it to get a toe into America. But by the end of it we were proud because it sounded like Simple Minds.

"For years we made a big deal about that song. Now Jim and I are happy with it."

Jim said: "Aye, we look at our houses and go, la, la, la."

Simple Minds worried they would be one-hit wonders in America.

Jim said: "We were suspicious of the success because it was from a movie and they'd spent a fortune on promotion.

"We were terrified because if the next thing didn't happen, it would be bogus.

"We'd be Flock Of Seagulls."

Instead, Simple Minds recorded their classic 1985 album Once Upon A Time, which featured their iconic hit Alive And Kicking and is now being reissued as a 30th anniversary box set.

Jim said: "I did feel if we were going to get something that lived up to the Breakfast Club thing, it would have to be special. The pressure was on.

"Charlie and I had always wanted to work with Jimmy Iovine, who is now the biggest music mogul in the world, and Bob Clearmountain, who was making the best sounding records.

"We never thought they would work with us but they agreed. The last song we laid down in the studio was Alive and Kicking.

"We mixed it and we were staying nearby so I walked past Columbus Circle in New York with this big brick of a Sony Walkman listening to it, scared in case it didn't sound as good as it did in the studio.

"The sun was coming up and as I listened I thought, 'This is going to work'."

Sadly, Simple Minds' success was shortlived. They only made it to No3 with their next song...

Charlie said: "Don't You Forget About Me was a huge record so when Alive and Kicking made it to No3 we were beeling."

The band play two eagerly-awaited Scottish shows at the Glasgow SSE Hydro on November 28 and Aberdeen AECC on December 1, with special guests The Stranglers.

Both bands have just released a version of The Stranglers' 1977 punk classic (Get A) Grip (On Yourself).

Jim and Charlie will be joined by stalwart drummer Mel Gaynor, keyboardist Andy Gillespie, bass player Ged Grimes, backing vocalist Sarah Brown and Catherine AD on additional keys and guitars.

Looking back at previous homecomings, Jim said: "We had this thing that hometown gigs were the best and the worst because there was this unbearable pressure.

"It didn't matter that critics were in London and the record companies were in New York.

"Glasgow was Glasgow and the pressure would be enormous, especially in the early days.

"If you had a good sound, it worked. And if you didn't, it felt like the end of the world.

"We did all those memorable iconic gigs at The Barrowlands and Ibrox and I remember Tiffany's because it was the first time my dad came to see us.

"He'd been working late on the building site and I was embarrassed because I knew he'd have his manky gear on.

"I didn't see him but the next day he said to me, 'You lot are gonnae make it'. So I asked him what made him think that.

"He said, 'I watched this one guy and he queued for an hour for his chips then as soon as you started The American he threw them in the air'.

"He said, 'Anybody who can get the crowd to throw away their chips is going to make it'. Our parents were like that. My mum worked in Greggs and Charlie's mum worked in the bookies next door.

"We would be on our 10th tour of America and Charlie's mum would go, 'That Charlie's away to America with Jim and he's no got keys and we don't know when he's coming back so we cannae go oot or nothing'. We were playing Live 8 and stuff and she's saying, 'Charlie went to America without a jacket'."

Even then, Jim and Charlie continued to underestimate the power of their songs.

Jim said: "Our big songs were all songs that were never meant to be.

"On Belfast Child, Trevor Horn said we should do some Celtic thing.

"We would never do that with pipes and accordions. We told him he must be mental. We thought the song would be a B-side or a demo. It was all by accident.

"Mandela Day was done in half-an-hour."

Charlie added: "Jimmy Iovine (who worked with Bob Clearmountain on Once Upon A Time) asked Jim how he was getting on with the lyrics for Alive and Kicking.

"The opening line is, 'You turn me on' and Jim said it was OK but he needed to change the lyrics and get a decent opening line."

Jim added: "I said, 'Over my dead body, I'm singing, 'You turn me on'.

"Jimmy Iovine said, 'Here, take my car keys and the keys to my house because you just lost me a fortune'.

"I said, 'What are you talking about?'

"He said: 'I've been playing that to my wife and my girlfriends and they love it'.

"He kept telling me I was nuts and I came round to the idea."

Article/Interview by John Dingwall - www.dailyrecord.co.uk

Added: 19th November 2015






'HONEST TOWN' ACOUSTIC ON DE WERELD DRAAIT DOOR 30/10/2014


Jim and Charlie performed an acoustic version of Honest Town live on the Dutch De Wereld Draait Door show earlier this evening, video below.


Website: De Wereld Draait Door

Added: 30th October 2014






'SIMPLE MINDS' JIM KERR ON WORKING WITH CHVRCHES, RUNNING TO RYAN ADAMS AND BIG MUSIC' (wwwstereogum.com)


Even with my never-ending obsession with music from the early '80s, it's a pretty rare opportunity when I get the chance to write anything about my favorites from that era. Last week, one of those rare opportunities popped up. I called Jim Kerr, the frontman of the Simple Minds — i.e., the man who sang a handful of my favorite songs, ever — while he was in Glasgow to talk about the band's first new record in five years, Big Music. It's a title so appropriate for the Simple Minds' music that it's surprising it's taken them more than three decades to apply it. Whether it was the massive choruses of pop-era Simple Minds, like "Don't You Forget About Me" or "Alive And Kicking," or whether it was the twistier, artier stuff from Empires And Dance or New Gold Dream (81/82/83/84), there's always been an expansiveness to their music. At its core, Simple Minds' music has always sounded to me like the product of city rhythms, but also possessing a hunger to see and consume and understand all the permutations of our world and the people in it. Movement's always been a major theme, and accordingly my conversation with Kerr touched on little bits and pieces from the whole of this 35-year arc he's been on with the Simple Minds — from the new, big music to the old, big music, to his love for his adopted home in Italy..

STEREOGUM: The first thing I want to ask you about is the title Big Music. I was reminded of the Waterboys' use of the term "The Big Music" when I first heard about it.

JIM KERR: You've got a good memory. [laughs]

STEREOGUM: So how'd you wind up naming it that?

JIM KERR: Well, you're right about the Waterboys, [but] it came from the [new Simple Minds] song itself. The title track. It's quite a cute story actually. We had that music, this basic melody and the idea of the music, for about a decade now. And every time we went to it, we would get excited but I'd have some kind of stumbling block. I could never really get anything I thought matched the music or matched the track well. So, it would come out and it would go on the backburner, come out again and go on the backburner, and finally it really disappeared into the mists of time. We had forgotten about it. Last year, just as we were about to close the door on tracks for the album, the keyboard player, Andy Gillespie, he said, "Listen, I've found this piece of music—when was this done? It's great. You should really look at it," and all that. And [Simple Minds co-founder and guitarist] Charlie Burchill and I, were saying "Oh, not that one, it's slipped through our fingers so many times." [Gillespie] said, "Well, give me a chance to work on it over the weekend, see if I can maybe find the missing piece." I said, "Well, great, you can do that, but I'm going to see Prince in Switzerland." It had been organized for months. I said, "If you get anything, send me a mp3." I went to Switzerland, and the next day he sent me a mp3, and he found this missing musical piece for the track which I thought sounded great. Anyway, I go and see Prince. As I'm in there, it's one of those Prince nights where he doesn't play anything, really, that you want to hear. Some funky twenty minute jazz solos. It was cool, because it was Prince, it's always cool. But I was pissed, you know? I was actually saying, "Give me the music, give me the tunes, give me the big tunes!" I was kinda talking to myself and willing him to play the stuff I wanted him to play. Well, he didn't, but I was flying back on the plane, I was listening to the track, and all the sudden — really, what came to me when I was watching the thing was how much music still meant to me, how much the big melodies still meant to me, how much the emotions of music still meant to me after all this time, especially when you go to see it live. That became the song, not so much about Prince but about the effect of music. Once we got to doing the song, we started talking about it being a title track. And then, you know, when the marketing people came in they were like, "Oh, that's really good, because people in Italy and Germany can see Big Music and everyone understands it. It's such a catchy thing." And I was like, "Yeah, but what about the Waterboys…" [Waterboys frontman] Mike [Scott] might chase me down. But we're quite happy with it.

STEREOGUM: You worked with Iain Cook from CHVRCHES on some of these songs. I was wondering how you came to meet him and how you found the experience of working with him.

JIM KERR: It was a great experience. Exactly four years ago, it was a sad period for me because my mum was on the verge of passing away and I'd come back to Glasgow to be around during the last weeks. I was staying at the house with Mum and Dad. She actually said to me, "What are you doing sitting around, go and do some work." She just knew I wasn't being myself, obviously. I thought, "You know what, I'm probably freaking out just sitting and moping around, she's right." So Iain and I had a mutual friend and he said, "I'm gonna take you over to see [him]." I'd just previously done a solo record and worked with various people, and I was thinking about maybe doing another one. He said, "There's this kid that it'd be good for you to work with." I said cool. Iain was only ten minutes away, and it was amazing because the neighborhood Iain lived in was only three houses away from where we started as a garage band, really, as Simple Minds. It was like coming back full circle, but in Iain's basement. I went in, and I had never met him but I could see from all the stuff he had on the walls that he was a real music guy. I said, "Look, let's do something." He said, "Well, I've been working on a couple of things. I listened to some of your earlier records and I've been working on a couple of things that might be of interest to you." And, indeed, one of the first things he played me became the melody for the track "Honest Town." That was four years ago. They were just sort of putting together [CHVRCHES], they hadn't even found Lauren [Mayberry] yet, I don't think. CHVRCHES were just starting out. But it's been amazing to see the success that they've had. Iain and I wrote probably about ten songs over a period of two weeks.

STEREOGUM: Do you think the other stuff will wind up coming out at some point?

JIM KERR: I think it definitely will. There's two that I think — well, then we're gonna have a fight as to whether he gets them for CHVRCHES or I get them. Not really, I'll do whatever he likes to do. I mean, definitely, in my opinion, there's enough quality for them to see the light of day.

STEREOGUM: The other collaboration I was curious about with this record was that you worked with Steve Hillage again, for the first time since he produced Sons And Fascination/Sister Feelings Call in 1981. What was it like bringing him back into the fold so many years later?

JIM KERR: What had happened was, we did this thing about five years ago — it was interesting, we repackaged the first five albums and put them out in a box. We called it X5. [We did a tour] and we played five songs from [each of] those first five albums. For a lot of people who love those albums it was really special, and it was special for us as well. In doing that, we tuned into the essence of those earlier records again. To be honest, some of that process resulted in some of the songs on Big Music. Steve came to the London gig. It was great to see him, I hadn't seen him in the longest time. He said, "I've got a little studio just off of Ladbroke Grove, where we used to work. [Ladbroke Grove is a tube stop in London, not far from the Portobello Road Market —Ed.] We said, "Look, next time we're in London we'll get a couple ideas and we'll come in and just see what happens." And, indeed, that's what we did. We worked with Steve on two or three tracks and it got the ball rolling.

STEREOGUM: You've said this record deals with similar themes you've always been attracted to, and in particular I'm thinking of when you said you were writing about "great cities and movements of people." I've definitely always thought of Simple Minds very much as city music, but I was interested to hear how you thought about this stuff in relation to the new record, and how that might fit into the grander scheme of older Simple Minds music.

JIM KERR: They say that artists have two or three themes that they're always going back to or riffing off. If that is the case with Simple Minds, this idea of movement, or searching, or being on the move: it's obviously been the story of our lives, albeit through touring. But even before we were touring, Charlie and I used to hitchhike all over Europe. We were living out our version of the Beatniks, you know? Our version of Kerouac and all those guys. We would hitchhike to see bands, but then we'd hook up with people and end up in some [situation], living in Leipzig for two weeks or something like that. I guess it comes from a restlessness. Not sort of "ants in our pants," but a kind of restlessness. Especially in Europe — the States also, where you've got that landmass — but in Europe cultures and landscapes change within a hundred kilometers, and there's worlds within worlds. Within those worlds, there's good things going on. Within those worlds, there's tragic things. Especially back then, you know, when you had the Berlin Wall and all that stuff. That seemed to be … we always felt with our music we were on some kind of journey. We still do, both metaphorically and physically. Likewise, looking around, the first track of the album, "Blindfolded," it opens with an image — I remember the first time we'd been in El Paso in Texas, and Juarez, and first hearing about the immigrants across the border there and they go through these trips trying to come from one world into the next. Where I [live] in Italy just now, it's also a gateway for immigrants coming in from Africa. There's a lot of problems — a lot of them die on the way, lose their lives just making this journey. It seems to be that some of that imagery just pops in the songs. I'm sitting in Glasgow just now, I'm a Scotsman but third generation Irish, and there are people here who are the same thing. We're here because people went on the move. All of America's there because people went on the move. These are universal themes that are ongoing.

STEREOGUM: On the notion of movement and everything — when did you move to Italy? I didn't realize you lived there.

JIM KERR: Well, what happened was — I first went to Italy with school. School took us on a trip when I was fifteen and I like to say — I don't know what age you are, but it was like I discovered the world was in color. Glasgow — don't get me wrong, I love Glasgow, but in the '60s and '70s the city was on its knees. It was kind of bankrupt. It was pretty monochrome. Going to Italy was like, "Wow, look at this." I fell in love with the place. I've been going ever since. Probably about ten, twelve years ago was the only time in the band where for about a year we kind of started to think, "You know what, maybe this is it." Getting songs was like getting blood out of a stone. We didn't just want to go around like punch-drunk boxers because there was nothing else to do. We'd been looked after, we didn't have to do that. We weren't quite sure what was going to happen, but within that I thought, "Alright, here's my time to go and settle home in Italy," which is what I always wanted to do, and get the language, and all that stuff. I did that. That was about ten years ago, no, twelve years ago, sorry … no, fourteen years ago, I've got it. And then as soon as I got everything set up, the music kinda came back to us. We've been pretty busy ever since. I do have my place there, I do have the language, but I haven't had the chance to spend as much time there as I thought I was going to.

STEREOGUM: And you own a hotel there, right?

JIM KERR: I own it, I don't run it. There's professional people running it. It would last about a month if I was running it. Not only that, but I'm not there to run it. That was part of a thing I got into there. I got into it with a partner and he ended up bailing. It's mine and my son's now, he looks after it and he works in it. It's cool.

STEREOGUM: In the last ten or so years, there's been a lot of music where you could really see the influence of the early '80s coming back, whether melodically or bands just going synth-pop or whatever. At this pint, you've kind of seen your style come in and out of vogue a few times. I don't know how much you keep up with contemporary music, but what's it like seeing that unfold?

JIM KERR: I guess this stuff all does go in cycles, not just in music, but in literature, architecture, design, fashion. You know, one minute you're in fashion and then you're completely out of fashion, but if you hang around long enough and don't get desperate, suddenly you become "classic." You see that happening all the time. It has been … I mean, the thing with Simple Minds is that there's many Simple Minds within Simple Minds. There was definitely an electronic art-rock phase; a lot of people associate us with the big MTV pop age. Other people you talk to and they say "Oh, Simple Minds are stadium rock." I'll say, "Hang on a minute, I think it can be all those things." We have been all of those things. The electronics, I think those first four or five records … I can say it without thinking I'm blowing my own horn, but, you know, people do see them as pioneering. For decades now, the stuff's been getting sampled. It's a great thing to see. But, yeah, I mean, it's thrilling. I'm not blasé about it, even though I might seem blasé when I talk about the procedure of things going in and out of fashion. One minute, no one wants to know you, and the next minute it's like "Oh, they're using your music on the fashion catwalks in Paris." You think, "Well, what's gone on?"

STEREOGUM: Whether you met them or just heard them, have you come across any newer artists in the last five or ten years that you heard some Simple Minds influence in? Or anyone who's told you they were really inspired by you when they were younger?

JIM KERR: We don't really meet them so much, you know, but you read stuff. Bands like Editors, but yeah there has been quite a few and then there's been people you'd never expect. This isn't from the last ten years, but the other day over at the Q Awards, people like Billy Corgan come up. I read an interview with Ryan Adams, who I'm a big fan of, and he was going into a lot of detail about our earlier records. I wouldn't think Ryan Adams, I can't see the association. You're never quite sure what people listened to when they were kids, and if it's been us and we've inspired them or even given them a good time, then that's great.

STEREOGUM: It's funny you bring up Ryan Adams, because I interviewed him in September and we actually talked about the Simple Minds.

JIM KERR: Did you? Maybe it came from your interview.

STEREOGUM: We didn't really go into detail in mine, but he was talking about what music he listens to when he runs. He was talking about how he's always loved early '80s music and he mentioned Simple Minds.

JIM KERR: Well, you know what, if you ever talk to him again — I run to his music! [laughs] Especially that track "New York, New York," I love that.

STEREOGUM:To go back to what you were saying about how Simple Minds have been all these different things, from art-rock to stadium rock—how do you feel about that divide between the earlier, more experimental years and the poppier MTV years? I'm wondering what you think of the pop breakthrough years these days, based on some of your comments I've read. Whether you aren't really a fan of how things went after that. Not that you've disparaged it, necessarily, but I've seen a few comments where it seemed like you were more about the earlier stuff before that.

JIM KERR: Genuinely, I like the pop years as well. The Once Upon A Time album, that we did — we decided to do that, that's what we wanted to do. I've gotta say, when we really put our minds into something, we're pretty good at pulling it off. You know, if you're gonna do … lots of other people have done America and failed miserably. So we said, "Let's do this." We went to New York and we worked with Bob Clearmountain and Jimmy Iovine, these great American guys in these American studios. In my opinion, we flourished. It was a different … I could see why people who liked the earlier records might go, "Hang on a minute, this is not my thing anymore." But, you know, things evolve. We couldn't … we had a voracious appetite for listening to all different kinds of music. If you were in our touring minivan in 1978 and 1979, you would have heard all the German electronic krautrock, but you also would've heard Springsteen. You would've heard Diana Ross, James Brown. Our [original] drummer [Brian McGee] was the biggest damn ELO fan in the world. He didn't last long. [laughs] There was only two kinds of music to us: great music and music that wasn't worth its salt. Obviously through the periods we would tune into different styles we were consumed by, and I think sometimes we just moved too fast for certain people. I could understand that — I didn't like it, but I could understand it. And then when it came to this thing, when this MTV thing took over the world, that was like, suddenly … it's hard to describe, there was nothing, and then MTV was in every bar in the world. Go into Tokyo, MTV's there. Go to Australia, MTV's there. Go to the north of Scotland, MTV's there. You're like, "You know what, we better get on that." If we want people to hear the music. So, no, I don't…on one hand, I understand that the band's imagination was probably at its most fertile in those five years, those early five years and those early five albums, but when it came to songwriting — when you say, "Let's do a big pop rock album," you know, Once Upon A Time, it hits the mark. So I'm not tough on it. There's a few records that I am tough on because I think we didn't finish them off. We were one or two songs short, and for that, you know, I feel bad. You know, all of the periods, I embrace them.

STEREOGUM: Is there a particular Simple Minds record that's your personal favorite, or sums up the whole story for you?

JIM KERR: I think, New Gold Dream, for the critics … when I think about making that record a smile comes to my face. It was just one of these things where everything we tried worked. Other records you think, "Yeah, we went in, and the first half worked and the other half we were tearing each other's hair." It just worked. The weather was good. We finished the album, and we played it for the next six months to ourselves. We just loved it. You know, it's hard to separate all the great feelings with that. But, you know, you mentioned Hillage and Sons And Fascination, and although we didn't quite have our chops together and some of the things were a little bit over-ambitious, but there's nothing wrong with that. I have a great affinity with that record also.

Article/Interview by Ryan Lees - www.stereogum.com

Added: 29th October 2014






SIMPLE MINDS - BIG MUSIC: EXCLUSIVE ALBUM STREAM


Have a listen to Simple Minds' first album in five years.

The Guardian Big Music Exclusive Album Stream - Click HERE



Added: 28th October 2014






'BIG MUSIC' - Q MAGAZINE REVIEW


Stadium-rock giants still very much alive and kicking.

The once mighty Simple Minds have spent most of the last 15 years in musical limbo. Torchbearers for what vocalist Jim Kerr once paraphrased as "artrock with muscle", by the end of their golden decade, the '80s, Simple Minds' songs certainly sounded pumped up but also strangely hollow.

After a long run of mainly undistinguished releases, 2009's super-confident Grafitti Soul put the group back in the Top 10. The follow up, Big Music, is all muscle. But the art can be found in the fact that it's Simple Minds' best work since '85's UK and US hit Once Upon A Time.

Seemingly buoyed by Grafitti Soul, Kerr and his songwriting partner, guitarist Charlie Burchill, have embraced doing what they always did best: portentous vocals, arena-sized riffs and choruses as big as a Glaswegian tower block. In fact, Blindfolded, Midnight Walking and Imagination couldn't sound more like Simple Minds if they came wrapped in an old pair of Kerr's black leggings. They're also a reminder of how much the band's influence has seeped into the music of early fans Manic Street Preachers, and, particulary, The Killers.

If the line, "Up on the rooftop" in Concrete And Cherry Blossom slips perilously close to reprising the chorus of their 1984 hit Up On The Catwalk, then so be it. Elsewhere, Honest Towns dancefloor pulse and Blood Diamonds' melancholy pop refrain anchor the album firmly in the here and now.

Big Music's bold title matches the bold music within. This is Simple Minds at their ideal fighting weight, and with barely an ounce of fat.

4 out of 5

Review by Mark Blake

Added: 28th October 2014






SIMPLE MINDS: BIG MUSIC – BEHIND THE SCENES


Glasgow band Simple Minds return with Big Music, their first album in five years.

The album, the band's 16th to date, was made with a selection of collaborators old and new – including co-writer Iain Cook (of fellow Glaswegian band Chvrches) and producers Steve Osborne, Andy Wright and Steve Hillage – who worked on 1981's Sons And Fascination / Sister Feelings Call – their new album follows 2009's Graffiti Soul.

The first single to be released from the album is Honest Town, which is a dream-like travelogue through Kerr's childhood stamping grounds on Glasgow's South Side and inspired by fond memories of Jim Kerr's mum, who passed away four years ago.

During their 30-year career Simple Minds have been responsible for some of the most enduring anthems in rock music, such as Alive and Kicking and Don't You (Forget About Me), which was used in the John Hughes film The Breakfast Club.

With a line-up that sees Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill joined by stalwart drummer Mel Gaynor, keyboardist Andy Gillespie, Ged Grimes, backing vocalists Sarah Brown and Catherine AD (additional keys and guitar), Simple Minds are to go on a 29-date UK tour in 2015 beginning March 27.


Article: The Telegraph

Added: 28th October 2014






SIMPLE MINDS WIN Q MAGAZINE INSPIRATION AWARD


Simple Minds picked up a long overdue Q Magazine Inspiration Award at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London this afternoon. The band were out in full force and were presented with the award from the Manic Street Preachers frontman James Dean Bradfield, interview and pics below.


Q Magazine Inspiration Award

Added: 22nd October 2014






SIMPLE MINDS SHARE NEW SONG 'MIDNIGHT WALKING'


It's been nearly 30 years since Judd Nelson raised his fist in the air at the end of The Breakfast Club, Simple Minds' anthemic "Don't You (Forget About Me)" blaring in the background. Since then, the Glasgow quintet has been anything but a distant memory, consistently releasing new music throughout the '80s and into the 21st century. Now, they're getting ready to self-release their first LP in five years, Big Music, on November 4th. The album's new single, "Midnight Walking", finds the band once again exploring the dramatic sentiments associated with youth.

"I was thinking of my 17-year-old son and his mates in North London, all of them skint and just cruising/hanging around," frontman Jim Kerr said of the track in a statement. "That in turn got me thinking of people on the move all over the world, for one reason or other, 'all those people, marching people, trying to find somewhere to go.'"

Keeping with the vibe of the album title, "Midnight Walking" feels massive and especially well-suited for an arena. Charlie Burchill's synthesizers sound plucked from the band's Once Upon A Time era, steadily building the tension that lies between the thudding bass lines and booming drums. Meanwhile, Kerr croons with a sense of omniscient detachment, bellowing bleak observations regarding the world around him. Even after all these years, the band still knows how to blend the perfect amounts of synthpop and melancholy while striking right at the ol' heartstrings.

Click here to listen to Midnight Walking


Simple Minds

Added: 22nd October 2014






'HONEST TOWN' SOMETHING ELSE REVIEW


There's a lot to take in with this advance track from Simple Minds' forthcoming album Big Music. Its crisp modernity. Its heart-opening lyric. And, maybe most of all, the way that the big-voiced Jim Kerr holds back.

"Honest Town" heralds Simple Minds' first new album in five years, due on November 3, 2014 — along with a big 2015 tour. But, more than that, it sounds like someone reevaluating everything that came before. If you've come looking for another version of their career-making 1980s hit "Don't You Forget About Me" — or even the deliriously off-kilter "Promised You a Miracle" — you won't find it.

Co-written with the Chvrches' Iain Cook, "Honest Town" instead joins Kerr on a surprisingly modulated journey into the depth of emotion surrounding his mother's death — specifically through the course of a drive across Glasgow's south side, even as her health badly faltered. The images that rose in their car windows and then faded, including his childhood home and the factory where she once worked, are punctuated by his mom's simple assessment of the place where he grew up. His, she says, was an honest town — and he's produced a song to match.

Elsewhere, Simple Minds (featuring Kerr's fellow original member Charlie Burchill on guitar, as well as early-1980s addition Mel Gaynor on drums) promise something far more expected in the anthem "Let the Day Begin," dedicated to the late Call frontman Michael Been. Co-producers for Big Music include Steve Hillage, who also worked on the group's 1981 studio efforts Sons And Fascination and Sister Feelings Call. Kerr says they return to themes familiar to any who bought 1980's Empires and Dance, as well.

For now, though, there's something more unexpected, something more personal — and something as involving as anything Simple Minds has ever done.

Review: Something Else Reviews

Added: 13th October 2014






Q MAGAZINE GUEST COLUMN – AN ODE TO GLASGOW BY SIMPLE MINDS' JIM KERR



An Ode To Glasgow

With Simple Minds returning with new album Big Music on 3 November, and touring the UK next sping, frontman Jim Kerr is set for an extended period away from Glasgow. In a guest column for Q he examines the forces that always draw him back home.

I'm a traveller and most likely always will be. Nevertheless, no matter how far and wide I venture, and no matter the extent of the restless curiosity that drives me on continuously, I still travel in a circle that consistently brings me back to my beginnings in the southside of Glasgow. The city that produced both me and then latterly the music of Simple Minds. It has of course produced much else besides, but hopefully you already know that.

As I write, I am in my hometown and happy to be so. Doing mostly weekend festival shows in Europe with the Minds, I have been flying in and out over the summer months, recharging between some unforgettable gigs. And what an eventful summer it has been, with the eyes of the sporting world fixed on this city throughout the recent Commonwealth Games, and then soon a fter the eyes of the political world on us throughout the final days of the referendum.

The weather today was fantastic, with an end of summer sun and deep blue skies. All around the leaves are turning red, orange and gold. Glorious. Getting up before 6am as I usually do, I spontaneously thought about driving over to the dreamy Ayrshire Coast, as we often did as a family during my childhood. Soon after, and still undecided, I then thought about heading to the Trossachs where the idea of spending the morning hiking one of the Munro's always appeals.

In the end I settled for something a good deal more leisurely, deciding on a stroll to Pollok Country Park, and in turn a walk along the banks of the River Cart. The park is arguably my favourite place in the entire city. Situated 20 mins walk from my house and only 10mins drive from the city centre, with waterfalls, Highland cattle, and huge Clydesdale horses featuring, it is difficult to believe that we are not somewhere else entirely more rural.

Being a regular to the park, I often chat with some other regulars familiar to me. Some of the people I meet recognise me, while others have no clue. In general I am more interested in them and their stories, than I am in revealing mine.

Both myself and Charlie Burchill, another Glaswegian, were raised in the same street within the now infamous Toryglen housing estate. Both from Gorbals families suddenly rehoused in those then fabulously modern, high rise buildings that started to populate Glasgow's skyline in the mid sixties. Badly designed and made of cheap materials that were wholly unsuited to the damp west of Scotland climate, as a result the flats that we lived in from the age of eight to 18, were demolished some time ago. Sweet memories of living there, live on inside us all the same.

Today, as I walked into the city centre, en route meeting up with a friend of long standing. I passed many landmarks central to our childhood, our teenage years, and of course the origins of our band. Toryglen itself was visible in the distance, as was Holyrood School, complete with the classrooms that Charlie and I sat in, dreaming mostly of Brian Eno and Mark Bolan. Neglecting our Latin classes all the while, ironically we are both mysteriously fluent in Italian these days. We still occasionally dream about Eno and Bolan, it has to be said.

Further on, I pass by Shawlands Cross and the building where Simple Minds played some of our initial gigs. That was back in February 1978 and Shawlands was the place to hang and see new bands. It still is by all accounts and current local greats, like Lola In Slacks, are due to play there tomorrow night. I might go see them. If I don't go and watch piss-poor Celtic, that is.

Reading all of this you might well think that I am fixated on our past? You'd be wrong however. Fact is, while in Glasgow my past is all around me and its echoes are pleasingly unavoidable. Meanwhile, my days are spent putting all my energy into creating an on-going future for Simple Minds. Yes, I'm still committed to that same goal, almost 40 years after we began. Thrilled to be so.

The result of some of that energy manifested today as our new song Honest Town (above) was aired on BBC Radio. A worldwide premier, I caught it being played as I walked on over the Clyde Bridge and into the city centre. Honest Town sounded special I have to say. And the city somehow never looked, or felt, so good to me.

Jim Kerr @simplemindscom


Article: Q Magazine

Added: 12th October 2014






REINVENTIONS OF THE NEAR FUTURE: JAMES DEAN BRADFIELD'S FAVOURITE LPs


The Manic Street Preachers frontman talks Emily Mackay through his all-time favourite albums.


Simple Minds - Sons And Fascination

I don't want to sound like a broken fucking record but I've gotta go Simple Minds and Sons And Fascination. I've always picked Empires And Dance, but I keep switching to Sons And Fascination. If I remember rightly it was produced by Steve Hillage, so you could see the direction they were going in: he'd been and gone and was a real mainstay of the 70s prog scene, and it just shows the ambition of this band at that point in time.

They'd been Johnny & The Self-Abusers, the quintessential proto-punk band, and then they'd done their first album which is kind of still punk-ish or punk-inspired. And then you realise there's a sea change, where they realise it's not the language they wanna speak. Sons And Fascinations comes after Empires And Dance, and working with Steve Hillage was symbolic of them wanting to explore something in themselves. I think if a posh lad reinvents himself and explores avenues he gets a plaudit for it, but rock & roll history is littered with lots of working class lads that have really reinvented the wheel and reinvented themselves and they've searched for things which should have been out of their reach. And they never get the credit for it. Simple Minds are another band that happened to.

This album is full of pure, post-abstract expressionism. 'In Trance As Mission', 'Sweat In Bullet', '70 Cities As Love Brings The Fall', 'Boys From Brazil, 'Love Song'. 'Love Song!' Amongst all that! A fucking amazing white Scottish pop-dance record with an industrial backbone. Not many people achieve that kind of mash-up or fusion in their lives. They were concurrently making Sister Feelings Call at the same time. Another band who got pilloried for being pretentious. But they were working class boys who were just reaching for pretension and saying, "No, we will not be fucking defined by you. This is what we're doing. Go fuck yourselves."

I've been listening to Sons And Fascination again, and it's just a crowning, towering achievement for a bunch of working class boys from Glasgow, because they weren't allowed to do it; they weren't supposed to do it. People told them to fuck off and they said, "No, we're gonna do it, and we're gonna do it better than anybody else."


James Dean Bradfield

Article: The Quietus

Added: 1st October 2014






HONEST TOWN OFFICIAL VIDEO



Added: 28th September 2014






BIG MUSIC SOUNDCLOUD PREVIEW


Simple Minds Official have uploaded 90 second clips of every track that appear on the new album 'Big Music'. Click on the following link to listen to the previews, you won't be disappointed https://soundcloud.com/simple-minds-official/sets/simple-minds-big-music-preview


Big Music SoundCloud Preview


Added: 27th September 2014






THE CHRIS EVANS BREAKFAST SHOW ACOUSTIC SET


Simple Minds performed a stunning 4 track acoustic set on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show earlier today. Jim and Charlie were joined by Mark Kerr and performed 'Honest Town', 'Riders On The Storm', Alive & Kicking' and 'Don't You (Forget About me)'. The Chris Evans Breakast Show show averages 9.8 million listeners a week and is classed as the UK's favourite radio show.


The Chris Evans Breakfast Show









Added: 26th September 2014






'HONEST TOWN' GETS FIRST AIRING


Simple Minds new single 'Honest Town' received its first airing on the Ken Bruce show this morning. Fans responded in a mostly positive manner on social media and hailed the Minds new sound. Honest Town can be heard via the bands official Sound Cloud account, Click Here and I hope that you find these words comforting.


Honest Town

Added: 24th September 2014






NEW 'FANS MEMORY' ADDED


A new Fans Memory by Robert Angus has been added to the site. Robert remembers his first Minds concert at the 'Nelson Mandela Tribute Concert' in 1988, to read Robert's memory click here.


Added: 24th September 2014






'BLINDFOLDED' PROMO VIDEO & NEW ARTWORK RELEASED


Simple Minds have released the long awaited video for 'Blindfolded' via their official website and YouTube channel. The song, which made its debut at Montereau in June, is the first to be released from the forthcoming album 'Big Music' which is due out in November. The colour scheme for the official website has been updated to black & white and new artwork has also been added to the home page. Expect news thick and fast over the next few weeks.



new Artwork

Added: 4th September 2014






SIMPLE MINDS: DON'T YOU FORGET ABOUT THEM


Simple Minds, alive and kicking after 37 years, are preparing to release their 16th album and appear at next month's Electric Picnic. As frontman Jim Kerr explains, they like to go forward, not back!


When you have been the frontman of a world-famous rock band for almost four decades, it stands to reason that you'll get recognised every now and again – but Jim Kerr draws the line at being confused with Mick Hucknall.


"I get in a taxi and the guy looks at me and goes 'Ohhhh, I know your face – you're the fella in Simply Red'," he says, chuckling. "Then he goes, 'Oh no, it's Simple Minds. Oh aye, I've got one of your records – we played it at my wedding'."


More than a few Simple Minds records have been spun at various social functions over the decades. Formed in Glasgow in 1977, the band's line-up has chopped and changed over the years, but founding members Kerr and guitarist Charlie Burchill have been its lynchpins, steering the band from tentative punk-edged beginnings through to stadium rock glory.


Songs such as Don't You (Forget About Me), Alive and Kicking and Belfast Child are instantly recognisable to anyone who grew up during the mid-to-late 1980s. Yet given that the band have a number of fine albums in their canon – most notably 1979's Real to Real Cacophony and 1980's Empires and Dance – it must get irritating to hear constant calls for "the hits".


"No, no," Kerr protests. "Nobody owes us anything. It's the same whether you like one song, or whether you like the whole thing and all the B-sides. Of course, I thank you more if you've added to my mammy's Christmas club by buying it all, but even that [the taxi driver's comment] speaks volumes. Do I think that's great? I think it's fantastic. So they're all a blessing, those songs; some are bigger blessings, I suppose."


Like any relationship, being in a band and sustaining longevity has taken work over the past 37 years, but Kerr doesn't speculate too much on the minutiae. "I would like to avoid the obvious answer, but it's music that's kept us together – the desire to create it, make it, play it, record it," he says in his Glaswegian brogue, still robust despite years living away from Scotland. "I wouldn't say that there haven't been times where we did feel perhaps that was that, but those times have been few and far between.


The dangers of nostalgia

Nostalgia, he agrees, can be dangerous for bands who have been around as long as Simple Minds have. "It's a two-track thing, because if you've had a long career – and especially when you go on stage to play songs from that career – you could say that in essence, that is a retrospective," he says. "You could debate what the difference between nostalgia and a retrospective, but you're saying 'This is us, this is out story', and you're reflecting on it.


"We have audiences within our audiences who only care about the greatest hits – but new material brings vitality to the set, and should stop you calcifying and being a museum piece."


Those new songs will be on the forthcoming 16th Simple Minds album, Big Music, set for release later this year. When we speak, Kerr is in London preparing to head back to the studio for the finishing touches. "We've been really lucky these past few years, and we've been working on it off and on for the past few years, because of the way we tour.


"It's been very pleasurable in the sense that – and this is rare – but sometimes you get periods where everything you try sounds – well, I wouldn't like to say effortless, but it all adds up. And then there's other times where you think 'Jesus, this just isn't adding up' and you're pulling your hair out. But this album has been one of those times where it's sounded good the whole way along, and obviously I'd much rather have it that way."


The way that he and Burchill write songs may have altered over the years, but essentially, he says, they are the same teenagers trying to cobble together a decent tune.


"What it boils down to is that we look for a melody and we look for a lyric, and we look for an atmosphere and an emotion, and we try to concoct a song out of all of those ingredients," he says. "We record it, and we take it around the world and play the billy-o out of it. That's still what we're doing, and it's what we've been doing since we were 18.


"Okay, the gear and the technology are different; Charlie might send me an MP3 and I might be in southern Italy, and he might be in Alaska, but the actual essence is still the same. And thank God for that, because we're still able to recognise what we do and why we still do it."


Accept no substitutions

The band are closing in on their 40th anniversary and show no signs of calling it a day, but even if they were, Kerr doubts whether there is a young band who could take on the mantle – although he does make a concession for Baltimore's Future Islands, who make him "want to jump around".


"I should be nice and say 'Oh yeah, everyone could'," he chuckles. "But we're from a time and place with certain values and sounds and I don't think you can build that again. We were Cold War kids to begin with.


"I was reading just now – not that they're any spring chickens – but Manic Street Preachers have got a brand new album. And they've been great supporters of us and have talked about us a lot, and apparently the new album reflects on our album Empires and Dance.


"Someone said to me 'I wonder if you could do that', and I said 'No, you couldn't do that [album again]', because we were going through the Berlin Wall, we were watching Tiananmen Square, we put up with Thatcher. We came from parents that were a war generation. All that is part of our music as well, and that's the genetics. The melody and all that stuff is incidental."


After such a long period in the business and with that 40th milestone on the horizon, Kerr (55) has taken time to reflect on his career with Simple Minds recently. Although he branched out with a solo album in 2010, it is clearly his work with the band that he is most proud of.


"We made a lot of people happy, y'know?," he says, shrugging. "I was doing some interviews yesterday and a question that came up a lot was 'What's the best minute of the live set? What song do you enjoy playing the most?' And I said 'I enjoy the last one, because I'm going to get something to eat soon'," he says, chuckling.


"But seriously, that's when you look out, and usually – 99 times out of 100 – people are jumping up and down, and they're happy. There's a feeling of satisfaction, that it all worked. There's a lot more people involved in it than us, and that net result is, I guess, what I'm most proud of. That's why you keep doing it."


Simple Minds play Electric Picnic, Stradbally, Co Laois, August 29th-31st


Article by Lauren Murphy: Irish Times

Added: 4th September 2014






SSE HYDRO, GLASGOW DVD TEASER



Added: 5th March 2014






INCHEBA ARENA, PRAGUE 28/02/2014 SETLIST


Broken Glass Park
Waterfront
Stars Will Lead the Way
Hypnotised
Once Upon a Time
One Step Closer
Let There Be Love
Promised You a Miracle / Glittering Prize
Dolphins
Let the Day Begin

Speed Your Love to Me
Dancing Barefoot
She's a River
Someone, Somewhere (In Summertime)
This Is Your Land
Hunter and the Hunted
The American
Love Song
See the Lights
Don't You (Forget About Me)

Light Travels
Sanctify Yourself
Alive and Kicking
Ghostdancing



INCHEBA ARENA, PRAGUE 28/02/2014

Photo by Vincent Barker: Facebook Page
Added: 5th March 2014






FESTHALLE, BERNE 26/02/2014 SETLIST


Broken Glass Park
Waterfront
Stars Will Lead the Way
Hypnotised
Once Upon a Time
One Step Closer
Let There Be Love
Promised You a Miracle / Glittering Prize
Dolphins
Let the Day Begin

Speed Your Love to Me
Dancing Barefoot
She's a River
Someone, Somewhere (In Summertime)
This Is Your Land
Hunter and the Hunted
The American
Love Song
See the Lights
Don't You (Forget About Me)

Light Travels
Sanctify Yourself
Alive and Kicking
Ghostdancing



FESTHALLE, BERNE 26/02/2014

Photo by Vincent Barker: Facebook Page
Added: 5th March 2014






ALCATRAZ, MILAN 25/02/2014 SETLIST


Broken Glass Park
Waterfront
Stars Will Lead the Way
War Babies
Once Upon a Time
One Step Closer
Let There Be Love
Promised You a Miracle / Glittering Prize
Dolphins
Let the Day Begin

Speed Your Love to Me
Dancing Barefoot
She's a River
Someone, Somewhere (In Summertime)
This Is Your Land
Hunter and the Hunted
The American
Love Song
See the Lights
Don't You (Forget About Me)

Light Travels
New Gold Dream
Sanctify Yourself
Alive and Kicking



ALCATRAZ, MILAN 25/02/2014

Photo by Vincent Barker: Facebook Page
Added: 5th March 2014






STADTHALLE, SINGEN 23/02/2014 SETLIST


Broken Glass Park
Waterfront
Stars Will Lead the Way
War Babies
Once Upon a Time
One Step Closer
Let There Be Love
Promised You a Miracle / Glittering Prize
Let the Day Begin

Speed Your Love to Me
Dancing Barefoot
She's a River
Someone, Somewhere (In Summertime)
This Is Your Land
Hunter and the Hunted
The American
Love Song
See the Lights
Don't You (Forget About Me)

Light Travels
Big Music
Sanctify Yourself
Alive and Kicking



STADTHALLE, SINGEN 23/02/2014

Photo by Vincent Barker: Facebook Page
Added: 5th March 2014






STADTHALLE, FÜRTH 21/02/2014 SETLIST


Broken Glass Park
Waterfront
Stars Will Lead the Way
Hypnotised
Once Upon a Time
One Step Closer
Let There Be Love
Promised You a Miracle / Glittering Prize
Let the Day Begin

Speed Your Love to Me
Dancing Barefoot
She's a River
Someone, Somewhere (In Summertime)
This Is Your Land
Hunter and the Hunted
The American
Love Song
See the Lights
Don't You (Forget About Me)

Light Travels
Big Music
Sanctify Yourself
Alive and Kicking
New Gold Dream



STADTHALLE, FÜRTH 21/02/2014

Photo by Vincent Barker: Facebook Page
Added: 25th February 2014






WERFHALLE, GÖPPINGEHN 20/02/2014 SETLIST


Broken Glass Park
Waterfront
Stars Will Lead the Way
Hypnotised
Once Upon a Time
One Step Closer
Let There Be Love
Promised You a Miracle / Glittering Prize
Let the Day Begin

Book of Brilliant Things
Dancing Barefoot
She's a River
Someone, Somewhere (In Summertime)
This Is Your Land
Light Travels
The American
Love Song
See the Lights
Don't You (Forget About Me)

Dolphins
New Gold Dream
Sanctify Yourself
Alive and Kicking



WERFHALLE,
GÖPPINGEHN 20/02/2014

Photo by Vincent Barker: Facebook Page
Added: 25th February 2014






PHÖNIXHALLE, MAINZ 18/02/2014 SETLIST


Broken Glass Park
Waterfront
Stars Will Lead the Way
War Babies
Once Upon a Time
One Step Closer
Let There Be Love
Promised You a Miracle / Glittering Prize
Let the Day Begin

Book of Brilliant Things
Dancing Barefoot
She's a River
Someone, Somewhere (In Summertime)
This Is Your Land
Light Travels
The American
Love Song
See the Lights
Don't You (Forget About Me)

Dolphins
New Gold Dream
Sanctify Yourself
Alive and Kicking



PHÖNIXHALLE, MAINZ
18/02/2014

Photo by Vincent Barker: Facebook Page
Added: 25th February 2014






CAPITOL, HANNOVER 16/02/2014 SETLIST


Broken Glass Park
Waterfront
Stars Will Lead the Way
War Babies
Once Upon a Time
One Step Closer
Let There Be Love
Promised You a Miracle / Glittering Prize
Let the Day Begin

Book of Brilliant Things
Dancing Barefoot
Stay Visible
Someone, Somewhere (In Summertime)
This Is Your Land
Light Travels
The American
Love Song
See the Lights
Don't You (Forget About Me)

Dolphins
New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)
Sanctify Yourself
Alive and Kicking



 CAPITOL, HANNOVER
16/02/2014

Photo by Vincent Barker: Facebook Page
Added: 25th February 2014






KONZERTHALLE, OLSBERG 15/02/2014 SETLIST


Broken Glass Park
Waterfront
Stars Will Lead the Way
Hypnotised
Once Upon a Time
One Step Closer
Let There Be Love
Promised You a Miracle / Glittering Prize
Let the Day Begin

Book of Brilliant Things
Dancing Barefoot
Stay Visible
Someone, Somewhere (In Summertime)
This Is Your Land
Blood Diamonds
The American
Love Song
See the Lights
Don't You (Forget About Me)

Dolphins
New Gold Dream
Sanctify Yourself
Alive and Kicking



KONZERTHALLE, OLSBERG 15/02/2014

Photo by Vincent Barker: Facebook Page
Added: 24th February 2014






PALLADIUM, COLOGNE 14/02/2014 SETLIST


Broken Glass Park
Waterfront
Stars Will Lead the Way
Hypnotised
Once Upon a Time
One Step Closer
Let There Be Love
Promised You a Miracle / Glittering Prize
Let the Day Begin

Speed Your Love to Me
Dancing Barefoot
Stay Visible
Someone, Somewhere (In Summertime)
This Is Your Land
Blood Diamonds
The American
Love Song
See the Lights
Don't You (Forget About Me)

Dolphins
Light Travels
Sanctify Yourself
Alive and Kicking
New Gold Dream



PALLADIUM, COLOGNE 14/02/2014

Photo by Vincent Barker: Facebook Page
Added: 24th February 2014






EUROPAHALLE, TRIER 12/02/2014 SETLIST


Broken Glass Park
Waterfront
Stars Will Lead the Way
Hypnotised
Once Upon a Time
One Step Closer
Let There Be Love
Promised You a Miracle / Glittering Prize

Let the Day Begin

Speed Your Love to Me
Dancing Barefoot
Stay Visible
Someone, Somewhere (In Summertime)
This Is Your Land
Blood Diamonds
The American
Love Song
See the Lights
Don't You (Forget About Me)

Dolphins
New Gold Dream
Sanctify Yourself
Alive and Kicking



EUROPAHALLE, TRIER 12/02/2014

Photo by Vincent Barker: Facebook Page
Added: 24th February 2014






TOLLHAUS, KARLSRUHE 11/02/2014 SETLIST


Broken Glass Park
Waterfront
Stars Will Lead the Way
Hypnotised
Once Upon a Time
One Step Closer
Let There Be Love
Promised You a Miracle / Glittering Prize
Let the Day Begin

Speed Your Love to Me
Dancing Barefoot
Stay Visible
Someone, Somewhere (In Summertime)
This Is Your Land
Blood Diamonds
The American
Love Song
See the Lights
Don't You (Forget About Me)

Dolphins
Sanctify Yourself
Alive and Kicking
Ghost Dancing



TOLLHAUS, KARLSRUHE 11/02/2014

Photo by Vincent Barker: Facebook Page
Added: 24th February 2014






RINGLOKSCHUPPEN, BIELEFELD 09/02/2014 SETLIST


Broken Glass Park
Waterfront
Stars Will Lead The Way
Hypnotised
Once Upon A Time
One Step Closer
Let There Be Love
Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize
Let The Day Begin

Speed Your Love To Me
Dancing Barefoot
Stay Visible
Someone, Somewhere (In Summertime)
This Is Your Land
Blood Diamonds
The American
Love Song
See The Lights
Don't You (Forget About Me)

Let It All Come Down
Sanctify Yourself
Alive And Kicking
Ghostdancing



 RINGLOKSCHUPPEN, BIELEFELD 09/02/2014

Photo by Vincent Barker: Facebook Page
Added: 14th February 2014






SPARKASSEN ARENA, AURICH 08/02/2014 SETLIST


Broken Glass Park
Waterfront
Stars Will Lead The Way
Hypnotised
Once Upon A Time
One Step Closer
Let There Be Love
Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize
Let The Day Begin

Speed Your Love To Me
Dancing Barefoot
Stay Visible
Someone, Somewhere (In Summertime)
This Is Your Land
Blood Diamonds
The American
Love Song
See The Lights
Don't You (Forget About Me)

New Gold Dream
Sanctify Yourself
Alive And Kicking
Ghostdancing



 SPARKASSEN ARENA, AURICH 08/02/2014

Photo by Vincent Barker: Facebook Page
Added: 14th February 2014






STADHALLE, BREMERHAVEN 07/02/2014 SETLIST


Broken Glass Park
Waterfront
Stars Will Lead The Way
Hypnotised
Once Upon A Time
One Step Closer
Let There Be Love
Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize
Let The Day Begin

Speed Your Love To Me
Dancing Barefoot
Stay Visible
Someone, Somewhere (In Summertime)
This Is Your Land
Blood Diamonds
The American
Love Song
See The Lights
Don't You (Forget About Me)

New Gold Dream
Sanctify Yourself
Let It All Come Down
Alive And Kicking



STADHALLE, BREMERHAVEN 07/02/2014

Photo by Vincent Barker: Facebook Page
Added: 14th February 2014






RARE US 1981 TOUR POSTER


Rare Tour Poster of Simple Minds supporting New Order at The Cinema, San Francisco November 7th, 1981.



RARE US 1981 TOUR POSTER

Added: 10th February 2014






JOVEL MUSIC HALL, MUNSTER 05/02/2014 SETLIST


Broken Glass Park
Waterfront
Stars Will Lead The Way
Hypnotised
Once Upon A Time
One Step Closer
Let There Be Love
Promised You A Miracle
Glittering Prize
Let The Day Begin

Speed Your Love To Me
Dancing Barefoot
This Fear Of Gods
Someone, Somewhere (In Summertime)
This Is Your Land
Blood Diamonds
The American
Love Song
See The Lights
Don't You (Forget About Me)

New Gold Dream
Sanctify Yourself
Let It All Come Down
Alive And Kicking



JOVEL MUSIC HALL, MUNSTER 05/02/2014

Photo by Vincent Barker: Facebook Page
Added: 10th February 2014






DOCKS, HAMBURG 04/02/2014 SETLIST


Broken Glass Park
Waterfront
Stars Will Lead The Way
Once Upon A Time
One Step Closer
Let There Be Love
All The Things She Said
Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize
Let The Day Begin

Speed Your Love To Me
Dancing Barefoot
This Fear Of Gods
Someone, Somewhere (In Summertime)
This Is Your Land
Blood Diamonds
The American
Love Song
See The Lights
Don't You (Forget About Me)

New Gold Dream
Sanctify Yourself
Space
Alive And Kicking




DOCKS, HAMBURG 04/02/2014

Photo by Vincent Barker: Facebook Page
Added: 10th February 2014






DOCKS, HAMBURG 03/02/2014 SETLIST


Broken Glass Park
Waterfront
Stars Will Lead The Way
Once Upon A Time
One Step Closer
Let There Be Love
All The Things She Said
Promised You A Miracle - Glittering Prize
Let The Day Begin

Speed Your Love To Me
Dancing Barefoot
I Travel
Someone, Somewhere (In Summertime)
This Is Your Land
War Babies
The American
Love Song
See The Lights
Don't You (Forget About Me)

New Gold Dream
Sanctify Yourself
Space
Alive And Kicking




DOCKS, HAMBURG 03/02/2014

Photo by Vincent Barker: Facebook Page
Added: 10th February 2014






HUXLEYS, BERLIN 01/02/2014 SETLIST


Broken Glass Park
Waterfront
Stars Will Lead The Way
Once Upon A Time
One Step Closer
Let There Be Love
All The Things She Said
Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize
Let The Day Begin

Speed Your Love To Me
Dancing Barefoot
I Travel
Someone, Somewhere (In Summertime)
This Is Your Land
Blood Diamonds
The American
Love Song
See The Lights
Don't You (Forget About Me)

New Gold Dream
Sanctify Yourself
Space / Alive And Kicking



"Book Of Brilliant Things, Sweat In Bullet, Stay Visible, Moscow Underground, This Is It, Pleasantly Disturbed, Home, Dolphins, 7 Deadly Sins. Stand By Love and This Earth That You Walk Upon are among the collection of songs we will be adding to the setlist over the nights and weeks ahead. The idea is to try never playing the exact same set twice. Keeping it fresh for us, for all who come to see more than one show, and for everyone collecting those live USB stick recordings"
Jim Kerr, February 2014



HUXLEYS, BERLIN 01/02/2014

Photo by Vincent Barker: Facebook Page
Added: 10th February 2014






SIMPLE MINDS LINED UP FOR LINLITHGOW PALACE GIG


International rockers Simple Minds, Wet Wet Wet, who scored one of the biggest British hit singles of all time, and anthemic chart-toppers Del Amitri provided melodies that shaped the memories of thousands. Now the Evening News can reveal these very acts could be joined by a host of other top talent to celebrate the best of Scottish music at a new two- day music festival to be held at Linlithgow Palace this summer. Other bands tipped to play at the referendum curtain-raiser include Deacon Blue, Hue and Cry, Aly Bain an Eddi Reader.

The Party at the Palace, which will be held in the surrounding gardens, is being brought together by music promotor PDF Promotions.

PDF's Peter Ferguson said plans for the event were well advanced.

"We're 80 per cent down the line," he said. "We're just waiting on the final sign-off now from the various agencies. And then we're good to go. It's looking really great.

"Linlithgow Palace is such a fabulous location for the event. It's so centrally based in Scotland. It's accessible from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Falkirk, pretty much anywhere in Scotland for rail links."

The majestic venue has already been previewed by production specialists to achieve the best sound quality for the event. Mr Ferguson said: "The acoustics are going to sound absolutely fantastic. And it's also going to be beneficial for the local residents because it won't cause too many problems as far as noise pollution is concerned."

The event has already won the backing of Visit Scotland, Visit West Lothian, West Lothian Council, local business groups, musicians and various media partners.

Each day is expected to draw around 7500 music lovers and with briefs priced at £50 organisers are expecting them to be snapped up straight away.

Mr Ferguson said: "The line-up we've got planned at the moment is quite exciting. We do have a couple of big names and we're looking at a major headlining act for each night.

"The minute we get the green light and we're ready to announce our headliners, I'm pretty sure we'll be sold out pretty quickly."

The palace previously hosted an extravagant fashion show in December 2012, when luxury Paris brand Chanel launched its Metiers d'Art collection. This event, however, was closed to the public. For the Party at the Palace, PDF Promotions is taking a different approach. "We're going to really focus on the community this year," said Mr Ferguson. "We will involve all the community groups as much as we can, so it's looking to be absolutely great."

Bruce Findlay, former manager of Simple Minds, expects the festival to be a huge success. "The palace is a fabulous setting and these types of iconic settings are made for this kind of thing. It's spectacular."

The event will take place the weekend of August 2-3.

SIMPLE MINDS LINED UP FOR LINLITHGOW PALACE GIG


Article: www.scotsman.com
Added: 26th January 2014






'TONIGHT, STONEHAVEN IS THE ROCK CAPITAL OF THE WORLD'


Stoney's spectacular Hogmanay party featuring Simple Minds was so good that the organisers are already planning their next huge event.

Over 5000 fans packed and enjoyed Open Air in the Square which saw a message flash up on a big screen reading: "You ain't seen nothing yet...watch this space!"

It is understood a number of big name acts have already contacted the organising committee to say they are interested in topping this year's New Year bill.

One thousand "earlybird" tickets for Hogmanay 2014 will go on sale shortly through the web site www.oaits.org.

A spokesman for the delighted volunteers, who pulled off this year's show against all the odds, said they would be looking to sign a crowd-pulling act as soon as possible.

Chairman David Lawman added: "A lot of blood, sweat and tears and a lot of time and effort was given voluntarily by our small group of everyday people to make this work.

"Several times we thought we would have to throw in the towel because of the obstacles we faced and the massive financial burden of organising an event on this scale.

"But now we are encouraged to do it all again by the success of this year's party and the amazing support we have had from the entire community."

VIP guests on Tuesday night included catering worker Eileen Johnson, 51, from Aberdeen's Ferryhill area, who bid £2000 at an auction on Original 106 FM radio for the amazing chance to welcome Simple Minds to the stage.

Eileen, who admitted she only had one Simple Minds album, said: "I have always liked their music - but mostly hear them on the radio which I listen to all day.

"I have never seen them live and I have never been to Stonehaven on Hogmanay so this was just fantastic. I did not put my bid in until the last minute and I was delighted when it came out tops".

Eileen, who shared her VIP prize with friend Colin Wishar,t from Shetland, added: "I have not been on holiday for 12 years and I like to support charities, so I thought 'Whynot?'"

Another VIP guest was "superfan" Neil Howell, 44, from Harwich, who supported the committee in their battle to have the event approved by Aberdeenshire Council area committee in the face of major concerns by police over crowd safety problems.

Neil and his partner, Karen Privett, attended a VIP reception and dinner in the town's Carron Restaurant before seeing in the New Year to a string of Simple Minds hits.

Frontman Jim Kerr told a roaring crowd: ''Tonight, Stonehaven is the rock capital of the world!''

The show marked the 45th time Neil had seen the Minds on stage since 1989. He has followed them to France, Belgium, Germany, Italy and Spain as well as a host of UK venues, including Edinburgh.

Neil, who constantly posts messages of support for the organisers of the Hogmanay show, said: "At first, I had no idea just how big a task this event was for the organising team but felt it was only right, since I was coming to Stonehaven for this historic concert, that I support Open Air In The Square in any way I could as a token of my appreciation towards them.

"The dedication of the volunteers has to be applauded. This wasn't just a concert that they organised against all the odds, it was a huge celebration to see in the New Year and they have all work tirelessly to make it work. I salute each and every one of them."

'TONIGHT, STONEHAVEN IS THE ROCK CAPITAL OF THE WORLD'


Article: www.kincardineshireobserver.co.uk
Photo by Vincent Barker: Facebook Page
Added: 26th January 2014






STONEHAVEN 31/12/2013 SETLIST


Waterfront
I Travel
Broken Glass Park
Once Upon A Time
All The Things She Said

Let The Day Begin
Love Song
Someone Somewhere In Summertime
The American
See The Lights
Don't You (Forget About Me)
New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)

Sanctify Yourself
Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize
Alive And Kicking




Added: 26th January 2014






JIM KERR LOOKS FORWARD TO A NEW YEAR AND A NEW ALBUM


We might have to go back to 1985 for the release of "Don't You (Forget About Me"), but there is no danger of Jim Kerr suffering from memory loss when it comes to the history of Simple Minds.

Instead, whether discussing the group's imminent concert in Stonehaven at Hogmanay, the recent death of Nelson Mandela, or unveiling details of the band's new studio album, Kerr answered questions with a rat-a-tat-tat rapidity.

During our chat, a variety of emotions filtered through his psyche. There was surprise - "I can hardly believe it will be 30 years in 2014 since we recorded "Waterfront" - and sadness - "I was in New York the day after Lou Reed died [on October 27] and it really felt like the end of a certain era."

Yet there was also pride that, long after most of their Scottish contemporaries have packed away their plectrums, Kerr and his long-time collaborator, Charlie Burchill, are still striving to create new material which proves they are alive and kicking.

As he told STV: "People tell us the hits from the 1980s still sound fresh, and it's good they haven't dated, because it means new generations are listening to them.

"But we don't just want to rely on the past. We are in the process of completing a new album, and, almost by stealth, we are getting close to the finishing line.

"We will be coming to Stonehaven the day before the concert - and we do feel we have a big responsibility to make the event a success.

"Because, to be honest, when I first heard about the idea, I thought it sounded unlikely. I mean, we've played Edinburgh Castle and other big venues.

"However, Charlie had never been near Stonehaven until recently and, once we sorted out the details, he was a bit like: "Hey, what have you got me into here?

"But, you know, the attitude of the organisers has been brilliant. They have been gung-ho, they have made it happen, and I loved coming up to Dunnottar Castle."

At one point, Simple Minds were one of the biggest names in global rock. They rubbed shoulders with all manner of iconic figures, and grew accustomed to the incessant routine of airport check-ins and being conveyed from hotel to hotel.

They also met such inspirational characters as the former South African president, Nelson Mandela, forged a friendship with him, and wrote a song in his honour, which subsequently became an anthem to Madiba.

Jim revealed to STV: "We had been in South Africa in the autumn and we knew things weren't good. There had been scares before, but this was something else.

"It had been one of of the greatest privileges of my life to talk to him and have the opportunity to see how much he meant to people in his homeland.

"When we visited his country recently, we were aware that his life was coming to an end, and it was very emotional to be in and around South Africans.

"We had grown up watching him and marvelling at the wonderful things he did.

"You couldn't really get it into your head that he wasn't going to be there any more.

"But what a legacy he left the world. He was absolutely unique, wasn't he?"

These have been a heart-rending few weeks for Kerr and his colleagues - "I also knew the Clutha Bar very well, so it was difficult reading about what happened there" - but he appears determined to lift spirits where he is most in his element.

Which, expressed simply, is on a stage with a microphone in his hand.

He said: "We had never played in Scotland on Hogmanay until last year [in Edinburgh], but the reception showed there was a warmth from the crowds.

"Without getting all corny, it just felt right and we will aim to do the same in Stonehaven. I just hope the weather is okay, because we were once within minutes of a concert being cancelled at Edinburgh Castle.

"But, all being well, it should be an occasion to remember and the organisers deserve that, given the hard work they have done to make it happen."

As usual, Kerr isn't promising miracles. But he will bow out of 2013, committed to making sure nobody ever forgets about him or the songs he has made famous.


Article: www.aberdeen.stv.tv
Added: 27th December 2013






HYDRO ARENA, GLASGOW 27/11/2013


Headliners Simple Minds never knowingly underperform. Jim Kerr was sure-footed and relaxed as they opened with Waterfront.

"I can't tell you how good it feels to be back in Glasgow," he said by way of introduction to Broken Glass Park.

This was a greatest hits show to accompany a compilation album and there wasn't an ounce of slack in the running order. Wall to wall classics were performed with steely accuracy by Kerr, Charlie Burchill - whose birthday it was - and their session musician stalwarts, awash in sumptuous lighting and stalked by cameras filming for a DVD.

"You're my partners in crime" Kerr told the audience. "I want to show the world what makes Glasgow audiences great."

'They finished with an emotional version of Alive and Kicking and it's a fact worth celebrating that both Simple Minds and Midge Ure left Glasgow as gauche young hopefuls, with rather uncertain futures and that, despite some well documented ups and downs, they took to the stage here, quite properly, as elder statesmen of Scots rock.

(5 out of 5)


Review by Jill Sinclair, Glasgow Evening Times



BIG MUSIC



"So we'll play it, and if you could act like it's favourite song, the best thing you've ever heard.. and you's just don't tell anybody I said that, anyway I hope you like it. It was written about venues like this and playing our music to people like you so I hope it works.. Big Music"





SET LIST


Intro | Waterfront | Broken Glass Park | I Travel | Once Upon A Time | All The Things She Said | Hunter & The Hunted | Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize | Theme For Great Cities | Mandela Day | Someone, Somewhere (In Summertime) | This Fear Of Gods | The American | Love Song | See The Lights | Don't You (Forget About me) | Let It All Come Down | New Gold Dream

Speed Your Love To Me (Electro) | Big Music | Sanctify Yourself | Alive & Kicking


Hydro Arena, Glasgow 27/11/2013







'SOMEONE, SOMEWHERE (IN SUMMERTIME)' SLEEVE PHOTOGRAPH ORIGINS


It's amazing what you can find when browsing the internet whilst eating your cheese & salad sandwiches on a Thursday lunchtime!

A Twitter account which focuses on Historic pictures was brought to my attention by a work college earlier today, whilst trolling through numerous tweets I came across a photo which captured the face of the Statue of Liberty before it was installed in 1886.

It took me a few minutes to realise where I had seen the image before and that was on the cover artwork for the 1982 release of 'Someone, Somewhere (In Summertime)' which was designed by the hugely talented Malcolm Garrett.

Someone, Somewhere (In Summertime) Sleeve Photograph Origins


History In Pictures Twitter Account: @HistoryInPix
Added: 21st November 2013






'SIMPLE MINDS AFTERSHOW PARTY 30th NOVEMBER'


A special aftershow party has been arranged for fans of Simple Minds and Ultravox on 30th November.

Fans can meet up after the London O2 concert at The London Stone, 109 Cannon Street, London EC4N, doors open at 10pm until 3am and admission is just £5.

For more information contact Anthony Kay.

London O2 Aftershow Party


Added: 21st November 2013






SSE HYDRO LIMITED EDITION DELUXE DVD AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER



Pre-Order the Limited Edition Deluxe DVD


Pre-Order: www.simpleminds.com
Added: 21st November 2013






'LEICESTERSHIRE FILMAKER TO RECORD BIG HOMECOMING GIG'


They were one of the biggest bands of the 1980s – responsible for hits such as Alive and Kicking, Don't You Forget About Me and Book of Brilliant Things.

As well as topping the charts on both side of the Atlantic, Simple Minds were hailed by Bob Geldof as one of the best acts at 1985's Live Aid and filled stadiums all over the world.

Now an award-winning filmmaker from Leicestershire is to document their homecoming concert in Glasgow this month.

Danny O'Connor is overseeing the job of catching the band on stage at the £125 million, 13,000 capacity Hydro venue built for next year's Commonwealth Games.

A crew of between 25 and 50 will be involved in capturing the concert on November 27, and the film will be released next year.

Danny, from Medbourne, near Market Harborough, said it was a big coup for his company, Document Media, which he runs with Karen Craig.

He said: "This news is somewhat monumental as the band's last 'live in concert' film, recorded in Verona way back in 1989, is now regarded as a rock classic.

"Simple Minds don't make a DVD every day – or even every decade – so the Glasgow Hydro is in for a real treat.

"To get them is beyond significant – and it's contextual because this film will be about a brand new Glasgow and a brand new tour.

"The city has been reborn – that's what the band are keen to convey and I share that with them all the way."

Danny has brought in Matt Askem to direct filming.

Matt has filmed some of the world's biggest bands and filmed the opening and closing of the last year's London Olympics. Danny will oversee the editing.

One of his biggest successes was Upside Down: The Creation Records Story, a documentary telling the story of the influential indie record label, its founder Alan McGee and bands such as the Jesus and Mary Chain, Primal Scream and Oasis.

That film, directed by Danny, was released in 2011 and won a Mojo magazine vision award and NME music critics' award.

Other projects have included radio documentaries on Billie Holiday, Kasabian and disco pioneer Giorgio Moroder, and concert films for Franz Ferdinand and Kaiser Chiefs.

Simple Minds frontman Jim Kerr said it was a privilege to be playing the new venue in their home town of Glasgow.

He recently blogged: "To say that we were impressed with what we saw would be a massive understatement.

"In fact, we were initially quite speechless, such was the impact.

"We agreed that what we saw has the makings of what may well be the perfect arena venue.

"Of course, Simple Minds fans can have the opportunity to decide for themselves the true merits of this venue when we perform there.

"As for those who cannot be there, well you will still have the chance to experience the atmosphere of that night due to our decision to film the show."

Danny O'Connor is to film homecoming gig


Article: www.leicestermercury.co.uk
Added: 8th November 2013






'DON'T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) LIMITED EDITION 7" PICTURE DISC'


A 7" Vinyl Limited Edition Picture Disc of 'Don't You (Forget About Me)' has been released by Virgin Records / Universal Music to tie in with the Virgin 40 celebrations.

The picture disc, which was released this week, can be purchased from www.uvinyl.co.uk for £7.99.

Track listing:
(A) Don't You (Forget About Me) 4:20
(B) A Brass Band In African Chimes 5:01


Danny O'Connor is to film homecoming gig


Added: 8th November 2013






9.30 Club, Washington 18/10/2013 Review


A representative of a music production company once told my favorite lady Yasmin that Simple Minds would not be about to mount a tour of the United States. They wanted too much money for their current place in the echelon of UK bands, the rep said.

It was quite satisfying then to see this fellow proved wrong as the 9:30 Club solidly sold out its $40-a-ticket show of the Glasgow quintet, who were in fine form for a 35th anniversary greatest hits tour. Vocalist Jim Kerr and company only hit seven dates in North America, so it was doubly satisfying that D.C. was on the tour bill.

I went to the show hoping that the band would not neglect its earlier material in favor of radio staples that got them noticed in the United States after "Don't You (Forget About Me)," the number one hit they logged from The Breakfast Club soundtrack. As the band broke through here, their sound shifted direction to my ear away from the synth-driven music they embraced in their earlier albums toward soulful arena rock. While pleasing nevertheless, I do not find those radio hits like "Alive and Kicking" as satisfying as some of the material more obscure to Americans.

Well, I was not disappointed! Kerr and the band struck up new song "Broken Glass Park" and followed it up with "Waterfront," a classic from their fifth album. But it was really the stretch of "Glittering Prize," "New Gold Dream" and "Theme for Great Cities," near the halfway mark, that really got me excited. A significant part of the audience actually knew the words to "Glittering Prize" and sung along to it. A strong selection of songs from my favorite album, New Gold Dream (81/82/83/84), was more than enough to make the show for me. The band was in great form–they sounded polished and they had some strong interpersonal chemistry.

Kerr was able to take a break during the soaring "Theme for Great Cities," as well as during the follow-up, a cover of Kraftwerk's "Neon Lights" that allowed backup singer Sarah Brown to steal the spotlight for a bit. She sounded terrific, and I was very pleased that this lineup of Simple Minds had embraced the band's New Romantic legacy.

Simple Minds continued to showcase New Gold Dream with a stirring rendition of "Someone Somewhere in Summertime" and even closed the set with "Promised You a Miracle," an amazing classic. Before that closing number, however, the band played "Don't You (Forget About Me)" to the delight of the audience. I too was actually relieved to hear it as I previously heard that Kerr harbored distaste for the song for years, as Simple Minds did not write it.

The encore put a spotlight on the US hit album Once Upon a Time with "Sanctify Yourself," "Alive and Kicking" and "Ghostdancing." Although I came listening for slightly earlier material, these songs sounded really great — and the audience ate them up. The band closed with a cover of "Gloria" by Them (mixed with a medley of Al Green's "Take Me to the River"), which allows Ms. Brown to shine again and permits Kerr to provide proper introductions to members of his band.

With the success of this short tour, it seems that Simple Minds may be back in the United States after a touring absence of 11 years! A charming and confident Kerr seemed elated by the response to all of the songs from across his career, and his enthusiasm was carried in his Scottish brogue as he thanked the audience for its warm reception.

Simple Minds surely will return again soon, and I hope that they will address my only complaint from this show–no performance of the cult favorite "I Travel" from their third album, Empires and Dance! So I have a reason to see them again. You should see them as well if you can when they play Canadian dates Monday and Tuesday and close out the tour in New York City on Thursday.

Pic by Vincent Baker 9.30 Club, Washington 18/10/2013


Article: www.welovedc.com

Photo by Vincent Barker: Facebook Page
Added: 21st October 2013






Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles 15/10/2013 Review


Simple Minds frontman Jim Kerr was pretty direct when they announced their short North American tour earlier this year: If you want to see a bigger tour, come see this one. Some people took that as an ultimatum but let's be realistic - the economics have to be there to interest promoters. Last night at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles the band did more than enough to make their case.

There is no opening act for this tour and so when the lobby lights flashed the crowd streamed into the hall to the opening strains of Broken Glass Park, one of two new tracks on the recent Greatest Hits + release. The stage filled with fog and suddenly there was Jim Kerr, weaving and gliding around the stage like he had been transported in from 1985 - a little older, maybe a little wiser, but no less potent a singer or showman.

With a 50-track greatest hits package to promote, the set list was impressive. After opening with one of the two new tracks on the collection, they moved into more familiar territory with a block of tunes including Waterfront, Up On The Catwalk, and All the Things She Said before stepping it down a notch for Mandela Day.

During this track large swaths of the audience stepped out to refresh their drinks or themselves, leading Kerr to thank the rest of the audience for sticking with them before pointing out that we should save some energy because there was, in his words, "a lot of music left." Another highlight of their first set was a cover of Let The Day Begin, originally performed by The Call. Perhaps it's strange to find a cover in the midst of a set like this, but I enjoy a glimpse into what tracks a band likes or feels connected to, and Simple Minds gave the song great flavor.

The second set opened with I Travel and moved through another litany of mainstay songs, playing Someone Somewhere in Summertime, She's A River, and Love Song before arriving at what I thought was the most powerful performance of the evening, See The Lights.

The ringing, open chords and the lyrics bemoaning a lost love seemed to soak into the audience, Jim Kerr and '80s Nation acknowledging together that summer is perhaps gone. On the heels of this soaring anthem to heartbreak, it was fitting that the bridge led into Don't You (Forget About Me). You could feel the crowd exhale as we all surged to our feet to sing along with Jim Kerr, who cheerfully led us all through a singalong of what may be the definitive anthem of the '80s. They closed the set with Promised You A Miracle before quickly vanishing from stage in preparation for the obligatory encore.

The encore opened with the instrumental Theme for Great Cities (which of course I personally interpreted as a nod to Los Angeles), presumably to give Kerr a moment for a costume change and a sip or two of water, before closing out the night with Sanctify Yourself and Alive And Kicking.

Bottom line, this was a great concert by a band that is absolutely hitting their spots and having a great time doing it. The band was tight and seemed to be enjoying themselves; Jim Kerr not only sounds great but was an absolute presence onstage, working the crowd like a seasoned pro, tossing his microphone cable over his shoulder to strike a pose or lead the clapping. He waved, shook hands, and shouted out "Thank you for making us feel so welcome!"

No Jim, thank you. Thank you for caring enough to do justice to your music.

Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles 15/10/2013


Article: www.tampabay.com
Photo: www.vintagerock.com
Added: 19th October 2013






KEEP CALM & LISTEN TO NEW GOLD DREAM CANVAS PRINT COMPETITION WINNER


The winner of our unique 'Keep Calm & Listen To New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)' canvas print competition is..... Stephen Morgan.

Stephen's Top 3 favourite Simple Minds albums are:

New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Sons & Fascination
Sparkle In The Rain

Many thanks to everyone that entered, a new competition will be announced in the coming months.


Added: 29th September 2013






GLASGOW HYDRO CONCERT TO BE FILMED AND RELEASED AS DVD


Simple Minds' concert at the brand spanking new Hydro Arena in Glasgow will be recorded and released on DVD and Blu-Ray it was announced today.


Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill were given a guided tour of the new 12,000 capacity venue this afternoon, the November show will be the first live filmed concert since Verona which was released in 1990.


Hydro Arena, Glasgow

Jim & Charlie photo: www.facebook.com/thehydro
Added: 10th September 2013






SIMPLE MINDS ON 'DON'T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME)' - MORRISSEY SHOULD HAVE DONE IT


Simple Minds performed at the BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park event yesterday, wowing the early-afternoon crowd with a seven-minute version of their 1985 smash 'Don't You (Forget About Me)'.


After the band's set, Digital Spy and some other journos caught up with frontman Jim Kerr and asked him all about how his band came to soundtrack Judd Nelson's fist-raising on classic John Hughes movie The Breakfast Club.


"We turned that down about a half-dozen times. We saw the movie and thought, 'Nahh'," Kerr said.


"We were busy working and doing stuff and the record company - the big bad record company - were saying, 'You don't understand, this is going to be the movie of a generation, and he's the Zeitgeist and all that'. We were like, 'Really?'


"It wasn't that even they cajoled us, because we were sticking to our ground. But the fellow who produced the song, Keith Forsey, he came up to Glasgow and said, 'I know you're not going to do it, but can I hang out, because I'm a fan of the band, and maybe we'll work together in the future?'


"We said sure - we were working, he said, 'Let me hang out for a week'. We liked Keith more than we liked his song. You know when you like someone and you're in the pub...


"He was very clever. He said, 'Why don't we do it... if it's good, great, if it's not, it'll get the record company off your back'. So we did in a drafty studio in an afternoon, and thank God we did.


"It was great fun, and then we met John and apart from the whole movies thing, he was such a music fan. Strangely enough he was such an English music fan - Psychedelic Furs and The Cure and Morrissey.


"In fact the other day I was thinking it was really Morrissey that should have done 'Don't You (Forget About Me)'. On his death bed, he would never do it, but that kind of lyric... It wasn't really a Simple Minds thing.


"But musically I think when you hear it coming on the radio, I think we put our Simple Minds heart into it. It'll never be one of ours, but in a way it's a song that belongs to everybody now. It's not bad to have one of them either."


Article: www.digitalspy.co.uk
Added: 9th September 2013






STEP IN, STEP OUT OF THE RAIN


Simple Minds performed at BBC2's Live In Hyde Park earlier today to a crowd of 35,000. The band were the opening act for the annual 'festival in a day' concert, other acts performing included Texas, Manic Street Preachers and Smokey Robinson.


Due to time constraints the Minds were restricted to playing just 4 songs, short but sweet!


Waterfront
Alive & Kicking
Sanctify Yourself
Don't You (Forget About Me)


The audio show is available via the BBC iPlayer for the next 7 days whilst a video clip of Don't You (Forget About Me) can be found on the official BBC Radio 2 website, both links below (UK only).


BBC iPlayer: www.bbc.co.uk
BBC Radio 2 website: Don't You (Forget About Me) Video


Jim Kerr performing at Hyde Park, London

Photo: BBC Radio2
Added: 8th September 2013






JAMES DEAN BRADFIELD'S FREAK ZONE


Manic Street Preachers frontman James Dean Bradfield sat in for Stuart Maconie on BBC Radio 6's 'The Freak Zone' on Sunday evening (1st September 2013). The 2 hour long programme featured James' favourite left field music and B-sides and included the splendid 'Empires & Dance' track, 'Twist/Run/Repulsion'. The programme is available via the BBC iPlayer until the 8th September 2013, 'Twist/Run/Repulsion' appears at roughly 38minutes.


"I've gone on about how this era of Simple Minds for me is unsurpassed in terms of how creative and inventive they were. I was always searching around the margins of these bands that I loved in the 80s, whether it be a B-side of Echo & The Bunnymen, whether it be Shriekback, whether it be Simple Minds, I used to find interesting stuff in the margins of those bands."


BBC Radio 6 website: www.bbc.co.uk


James Dean Bradfield

Added: 3rd September 2013






PRAGUE AND MILAN 2014 DATES ANNOUNCED


Simple Minds have added two more dates to the Greatest Hits Live 2014 Tour.


25/02/2014 - Alcatraz, MILAN
28/02/2014 - Incheba Arena, PRAGUE


More details: Tour Dates

Added: 2nd September 2013






WIN A KEEP CALM & LISTEN TO NEW GOLD DREAM CANVAS PRINT


It's competition time! Enter our competition for a chance to win a unique 'Keep Calm & Listen To New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)' canvas print.


The 14"x18" canvas will be produced on an Epson Stylus 4880 Pro and printed on 380gsm pure cotton canvas, the print will be gallery wrapped around 18mm Standard Stretcher Bars.


For a chance to win this unique print simply click on the email link below and state your favourite 3 Simple Minds albums. Closing date for all entries is September 15th 2013. Good luck!


Email entry: competitions@simpleminds.org.uk


Keep Calm & Listen To New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)


Added: 21st August 2013






'RETURN TO SOUTH AFRICA 'SPECIAL' FOR SIMPLE MINDS'


As Simple Minds enter their fourth decade of making and performing music, Scotland's most successful rock band return to South Africa to play hits like Alive and Kicking, Don't You (Forget About Me) and Waterfront – and visit a country they helped reach democracy.


Simple Minds have topped the charts for decades with songs like 1985's smash hit Don't You (Forget About Me) from the film, The Breakfast Club, to the album Graffiti Soul, which hit the UK Top 10 in 2009.


Alongside the feel-good, slow-dance and stadium anthem songs were political works like Belfast Child and Mandela Day, and the band headlined the Nelson Mandela – An International Tribute for a Free South Africa event at Britain's Wembley Stadium in 1990, alongside Peter Gabriel, Tracey Chapman and Hugh Masekela, with the recently freed Nelson Mandela in attendance.


Musically, the band have straddled art-rock and avant garde inclinations, pop and stadium rock hits as well as folk and instrumental pieces.


They're listed as key influencers by artists as diverse as Moby and Primal Scream, and have been sampled by a new generation of artist like David Guetta and Nicky Minaj.


hrough it all, though, Simple Minds have always aimed to be an unforgettable live band experience and, following the success of their 5x5 international tour (playing five songs each from their first five albums), frontman Jim Kerr and guitarist Charlie Burchill return to South Africa after shows in 1995 as part of their international Greatest Hits tour.


Co-founder and frontman Kerr answers the telephone at his hotel in Italy with a confession.


"Here we are, me and Charlie Burchill, my songwriting partner, behaving like kids, riding around on Vespas and eating one too many ice-creams. But all that will change in a few days time when we start listening to our drummer banging away on a snare for hours at a time.


"Then, we're looking forward to coming to South Africa. It's belated. It's been a long time, and we only had one opportunity to play in your country, and we enjoyed it immensely. I imagine that everyone says that, but it's true for us."


Part of Kerr and company's happiness at playing in South Africa is their involvement in the cultural boycott against this country's apartheid government, part of chipping away to achieve change and democracy.


"Chipping away," says Kerr. "I think that's a good way to put it. We definitely did do a bit to try and change things, and that obviously makes it more special for us, because we've got some sort of dialogue with the country. We're looking forward to getting there, and giving it 100 percent. Because that's what we do and, because of that, we've managed to have a lengthy career, that I hope will continue."


"Then, we're looking forward to coming to South Africa. It's belated. It's been a long time, and we only had one opportunity to play in your country, and we enjoyed it immensely. I imagine that everyone says that, but it's true for us."


Simple Minds were born in 1977 when Kerr and Burchill formed the band following the demise of their first project, a Glaswegian punk outfit called Johnny and the Self Abusers. Since then, there have been countless nights on stage, in stadiums, then back to smaller venues, and then filling stadiums again – with countless repetitions of the same songs. What is it like for Kerr to have done that and still be doing it today?


"I think you've got to be a special type of person to do that, talent apart," he says.


"There are a lot of talented people who hate touring, and singing the songs that an audience wants to hear. Maybe they see it as routine, or whatever. We don't feel like that. When we're on stage, we are there to be of service. If it was just about you, then you'd stay in the garage and play the songs for yourself.


"Here, we're playing for people who have maybe grown up with the songs, or maybe never seen you, or maybe they're seeing you for the fifth time.


"We looked at people who've been in the game a long time, the real greats. I remember something that Neil Young said once, and he's always full of great quotes and who knows which ones he's more or less serious about, but he said: 'It doesn't count what you do when you're a young man. That's easy. It's what you do when you're older that really comes into play'."


So, with a successful 5x5 tour in the bag, and an international Greatest Hits album and tour under way, what's next for Simple Minds.


"There's an amazing momentum, actually," says Kerr. "We're not only doing more shows than you could imagine at this stage of the game but, over the last two years when we've not been playing, lo and behold there's a new chapter. We've been writing songs and – whisper it – it might even be a double album."


With dozens of song and album hits in Britain, America, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Australia and New Zealand, and with seminal albums like Once Upon A Time, Street Fighting Years and a hallmark of live recordings, Live In The City Of Light, what is it like being on the cusp of releasing new material to the mercy of the critics and the fans?


"What can we do?" says Kerr. "You can only do what you know, which is write the songs, and play them and produce them as well as you can. Then, once it leaves you, it's all a bit of a lottery"


Article by: Evan Milton

Website: www.iol.co.ze


Added: 19th August 2013






'SIMPLE MINDS IN SECRET COMEBACK BID'


U2 went to Berlin to re-invent themselves for landmark album Achtung Baby.


But long-time rivals Simple Minds have been holed up in Moate for the last few months creating what they hope will be the comeback record to return them to the height of their 80s glory.


Having sold 40 millions albums in their 30-year career, the Glasgow band have followed in the footsteps of REM and Snow Patrol by recording their latest album in Grouse Lodge Studios, Co Westmeath.


However, a studio insider said that it was the setting of the facility near the Hill Of Uisneach, the royal residence of the High Kings of Ireland, and also the location of the pagan festival Bealtaine, which brought the Celtic rockers to the Midlands.


Locals have reported sighting of Simple Minds singer Jim Kerr on the Hill Of Uisneach in the past few weeks seeking inspiration as he writes new material with guitarist Charlie Burchill.


"Simple Minds could have recorded in the South of France but Jim and the lads wanted to immerse themselves in the Celtic World whose centre is the Hill Of Uisneach," the insider said.


Veteran drummer Mel Gaynor has also rejoined Simple Minds for the big comeback record, their 17th, which is due to be released early next year.


Although Simple Minds are now taking a break from recording, aspiring bands and musicians can tour Grouse Lodge studio this Saturday when the renowned studio hosts an open day.


Scottish singer Paulo Nutini and local Mundy are among other artists working in the facility in the past few months.


Article by: Ken Sweeney, Entertainment Editor

Website: www.herald.ie


Grouse Lodge Studios


Added: 18th August 2013






VIRGIN RECORDS 40TH ANNIVERSARY


To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Virgin Records, Simple Minds will perform a full length show at the KOKO in Camden, London on Thursday 7th November 2013.


To mark the event there will be a series of events taking place this autumn celebrating the label's rich history and ability to "distrupt the status quo".


Taking place in the autumn and including artists past and present, the events to celebrate Virgin Records '40 Years of Disruptions' will be supporting the charity, War Child. War Child protects children from the brutal effects of war and received the Special Recognition Award at this year's Brit Awards.


For more details about all events then please visit the official Virgin 40th Anniversary website.


Website: www.virgin40.com


Virgin Records 40th Anniversary


Added: 12th August 2013






SOUND IN 70 CITIES: THE EUROPEAN URBANISM OF SIMPLE MINDS


A fascinating essay has surfaced that proposes the importance of Simple Minds' urban aesthetic across the bands first six albums.


The compelling piece by Leonard Nevarez argues that today we all inhabit, to some extent, the urban world envisioned in Simple Minds' early work.


An absolutely wonderful study that deserves to be read, enjoyed and shared.


Website: http://pages.vassar.edu/musicalurbanism


Sound In 70 Cities: The European Urbanism Of Simple Minds


Added: 11th August 2013






UNIVERSAL YOU COVER 'LOVE SONG'


Simple Minds' classic track 'Love Song' has been superbly covered by Scottish band Universal You. It is contained on their June released 4 track EP 'MMXIII - I' which has received some glowing comments on social media sites.



"If Madonna, Calvin Harris and John Frusciante jammed the night away in a hot basement club this is how they might sound. Universal You"


Website: www.universalyou.co.uk

Twitter: @UniversalYou

Facebook: Universal You


Added: 29th July 2013






WEBSITE REDESIGN


It's been a long time coming but a redesign of www.simpleminds.org.uk is finally underway! Updates over the last few years have been somewhat sparce due to an increasing personal workload which unfortunately had a knock on affect with the amount of time I could dedicate to the site, the redesign will hopefully make visiting the site a little more enjoyable and of course updates will be a lot more regular.


The initial redesign has started with the Home, News and Tour pages, a new section has been added to the site which is dedicated to Fans Memories, a page where you can share your Simple Minds related stories. The redesign will continue over the coming months with the Discography, Articles & Reviews and Video pages all getting a makeover. A Twitter group has recently been set-up and now boasts over 850 followers and is proving a great place to share memories and meet some lovely people with the same great taste!


Finally, a big thank you to all of the Minds community for their continued support over the years, to regulary received 300-400 page impressions a day shows that the band are still very much Alive & Kicking, long may it continue.


Added: 27th July 2013






USA & CANADA DATES ANNOUNCED


Simple Minds will take their acclaimed Greatest Hits+ show to North America this October. Dates have been announced in the US and Canada and will be the first time the band have played North American shows since 2002.


15/10/2013 - Orpheum Theatre, LOS ANGELES

17/10/2013 - Count Basie Theatre, NEW JERSEY

18/10/2013 - 9:30 Club, WASHINGTON

20/10/2013 - Wilbur Theatre, BOSTON

21/10/2013 - Metropolis, MONTREAL

22/10/2013 - Massey Hall, TORONTO

24/10/2013 - Roseland Ballroom, NEW YORK


Count Basie Theatre, New Jersey 17th October 2013


Added: 20th July 2013






CIRKUS, STOCKHOLM DATE ANNOUNCED


Simple Minds have announced that will play the 1,650 capacity Cirkus in Stockholm, Sweden on January 29th 2014 as part of the Greatest Hits Tour. Tickets will go on sale on Friday 5th July.


Cirkus, Stockholm, Sweden


Added: 20th July 2013






NEWMARKET RACECOURSE 21/06/2013 REVIEW


The first time I saw Simple Minds was at the height of their 80s pomp, playing to 80,000 people in Leeds' Roundhay Park in that period when they briefly threatened to edge ahead of Celtic rivals U2 in the race for global rock supremacy. The last time I saw them was six years later, by which time they were already starting to look like an anachronism amidst the white heat of the Britpop revolution.

The intervening two decades have brought mixed fortunes for the Scottish rockers: while they've largely failed to generate much interest in their new material, they remain a solid live draw, and have enjoyed something of a critical reappraisal, particularly for their experimental early period (Simple Minds, lest we forget, were doing Teutonic dance-rock a good decade before U2 decamped to Berlin with Brian Eno).

Tonight's show is their first at a racecourse, and Jim Kerr admits to some hesitation: playing to the faithful is one thing, holding the attention of refreshed turf enthusiasts quite another. Are Simple Minds, to put it bluntly, a party band?

The signs don't look good when the first thing I overhear is a beery lad telling his mates "Do you think we can ask them to play it first?" – presumably a reference to Don't You (Forget About Me), the band's signature anthem and, gallingly for them (and their bank manager) the only one of their hits they didn't write.

Against this backdrop, it's brave to open with a newie, but the hypnotic pulse of Broken Glass Park succeeds in luring the stragglers out of the Pimm's bar and, a few minutes later, any lingering doubts are firmly dispelled by those mighty slabs of bass that introduce Waterfront.

Newmarket Racecourse 21/06/2013


From then on in, the set majors on songs from the early to mid-80s, from the sequenced, eyelinered synthpop of The American and Love Song to breast-beating stadium anthems like Once Upon A Time and All The Things She Said.

There's nothing from Street Fighting Years – the album that famously killed them in America with its lyrical preoccupations with apartheid, the Irish Troubles, the Poll Tax and the siting of Polaris missiles off the Scottish coast. But 1991's Real Life is represented by the gorgeous Let There Be Love and a revelatory See The Lights, which is a bit mimsy on record but sounds positively muscular here.

Kerr is a frontman of the old-skool, unselfconscious about wielding a mic stand above his head, while his on-stage patter consists of repeatedly shouting "Is everybody okay?" like Neil Kinnock at that Labour rally. But he, like the rest of the band, is in fine fettle tonight, and as the sun sets over the July Course, the majestic Someone Somewhere in Summertime has never sounded better.

When it comes, Don't You (Forget About Me) elicits some triumphant call and response action from the crowd, as does set closer Alive and Kicking. For an encore, we get Sanctify Yourself and New Gold Dream: watching well-fed racegoers of a certain age in their Premier Enclosure finery rattling their jewellery along to latter's piledriving electropop is something to behold.

The band are clearly delighted by the response, as well they might be. And that's when it strikes me that, with their prolific use of woah-woahs, yeah-yeahs and hey-hey-hey-heys, backed by a powerhouse rhythm section that positively dares you to stand still, Simple Minds might just be the perfect party band after all. Who knew?


Article: Cambridge News

Photo: Simple Minds Official Facebook Group


Added: 20th July 2013






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