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Simple Minds To Tour Early Albums
John Doran , November 22nd, 2011 05:09

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Simple Minds have announced that they are currently rehearsing material from their first five albums for a 2012 tour.

The hugely influential Scottish post punk band turned stadium rockers will be selecting material solely from the albums Life In A Day, Real To Real Cacophony, Empires And Dance, Sons And Fascination/Sister Feelings Call and New Gold Dream (81, 82, 83, 84).

Speaking about the move, frontman Jim Kerr said: "This is the set that so many who appreciate Simple Minds have been begging us to play and finally this is that one-off chance to see it.”

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Tue 14 Coliseum, Lisbon, Portugal

Wed 15 Riviera, Madrid, Spain

Thu 16 Razzamatazz, Barcelona, Spain

Sat 18 Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Sun 19 Admiralpalast, Berlin, Germany

Mon 20 Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark

Tue 21 Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway

Thu 23 Cirque Royal, Brussels, Belgium

Fri 24 Birmingham Academy

Sat 25 Glasgow Barrowland

Mon 27 Casino De Paris, France

Tue 28 Alcatraz, Milan, Italy

Wed 29 Komplex 457, Zurich, Switzerland


Fri 2 London Roundhouse

Sat 3 Manchester Ritz

Sun 4 Olympia Theatre, Dublin

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Nov 24, 2011 12:08pm

This is brilliant news. Hopefully now my friends will believe me when I tell them that Simple Minds used to be good.

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Post-Punk Monk
Nov 30, 2011 1:20pm

S'funny. There's a thread on the OMD forum about the "worst gig you ever attended" and Simple Minds are the clear and ahead leaders among the six pages of responses. Even I weighed in with my first Simple Minds gig; the horrifying "Once Upon A Time" US tour - which was my first chance to see them live after loving them from the "Sons + Fascination" era on import. At their worst, they stagger the imagination with just how far they can fall from their lofty peaks. A set list comprised of this material can't help but be a winner. If they roped Derek Forbes back in, I'd be obliged to sell a kidney to attend. In recent years Kerr seems to have gotten a handle on what he lost for all of that cash years ago, and his solo electro sets show him moving in the right direction. The last album was very tasty and actually sounded like the Simple Minds I have fond memories of. This tour seems to be another indication of Kerr's artistic rehabilitation.


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Pat Coyne
Dec 5, 2011 9:29pm

Best band in the world, been a fan through all the early albums.
A repeat of the brilliant night in Galway would be great.
Looking forward to dublin gig. Kerr-y on Jim.

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