Great live pic from Simple Minds Cape Town Concert

Grand West -Sunday 3 Nov -7pm SIMPLE MINDS Live

Since 1977 Simple Minds’ frontman Jim Kerr, along with his fellow band members Charlie Burchill, Mel Gaynor, Andy Gillespie and Ged Grimes have committed themselves to being of the worlds greatest live acts. 36 years on and the music of Simple Minds remains as important, vital and loved as all of their many chart topping hits combined.

As the tours name suggests Simple Minds will be unpacking and delivering all the hits and memories from each of their critically acclaimed studio albums including 1984’s Sparkle In The Rain, Once Upon A Time (1985) and Street Fighting Years, as well as the Ballad Of The Streets EP (both originally released in 1989).

The Grand Arena at GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World will play host to the band and capacity crowd keen to hear the likes of the1989 game-changer “Mandela Day”, the track that arguably played a critical role in highlighting Madiba’s contribution and sacrifice for the freedom every single South African enjoys today. “We were rocking against racism,” Kerr recalls. “Peter Gabriel did it with “Biko”, and we found our voice in a man who’s a living legend. We were young, filled with idealism and possibility. Hopefully that’s what rubbed off and helped in making South Africa a great country and one we love coming back to.”

Loved for their ballads as much as their rich, guitar-driven rock, Simple Minds has always successfully sidestepped being locked into any one style or mood. “One of the things I’m most proud of is that people say to me what Simple Minds are you talking about?” Kerr explains. “The avant-garde, the art-rock, the pop, the ambient, the instrumental group, the political, the folk, the stadium band? We’ve been on one hell of a journey. To play all those different styles, but at the same time be quintessentially Simple Minds, is an amazing thing.”

Relevant and as dynamic as they’ve ever been, Simple Minds may have a wall of greatest hits that go back decades, but what’s even more amazing is they continue to make new memories in a time that’s radically different from when they first started out in. “We’ve seen a lot, played our hearts out, and we keep coming back for more,” Kerr confesses. “The best part for me now is being able to enjoy so many of songs in the places that inspired their creation. Better still is seeing just how each has grown, just as we have.

“When we started Simple Minds, our objective was to be considered as one of the great live bands,” Kerr concludes. “We wanted to be a band that had the desire to go all around the world – playing everywhere and anywhere. We’re still living the dream and are looking forward to sharing it with as many people as possible.”

Simple Minds -N America show review -Stunning ! They arrive in SA this week for 3 shows -2 JHB one CT

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.

by Brad Williams
http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/80s/concert-review-simple-minds-at-las-orpheum-theater-oct-15-2003/2147583

Simple Minds return to South Africa this November with their Greatest Hits Live

SIMPLE MINDS’ HAPPY RETURN

Simple Minds, Scotland’s finest rock export, return to South Africa this November with their Greatest Hits Live and with it comes a wall of hits and memories that run close on four decades deep.

Since 1977 Simple Minds’ frontman Jim Kerr, along with his fellow band members Charlie Burchill, Mel Gaynor, Andy Gillespie and Ged Grimes have committed themselves to being of the worlds greatest live acts. 36 years on and the music of Simple Minds remains as important, vital and loved as all of their many chart topping hits combined.

On Friday 1 and Saturday 2 November the Big Top Arena at Carnival City will play host to the five-piece that brought us director John Hughes The Breakfast Club’s powerful anthem “Don`t You (Forget About Me)”, “Alive and Kicking” and the UK Number One hit single “Belfast Child”.

Next stop for the quintet will be Cape Town, on Sunday 3 November. The Grand Arena at GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World will play host to the band and capacity crowd keen to hear the likes of the1989 game-changer “Mandela Day”, the track that arguably played a critical role in highlighting Madiba’s contribution and sacrifice for the freedom every single South African enjoys today. “We were rocking against racism,” Kerr recalls. “Peter Gabriel did it with “Biko”, and we found our voice in a man who’s a living legend.

We were young, filled with idealism and possibility. Hopefully that’s what rubbed off and helped in making South Africa a great country and one we love coming back to.”

Besides helping shape our reality, Simple Minds is currently touring almost every country they’ve ever had a Number One album in. The band arrives in South Africa having just played sold out shows across North America. Post Cape Town they’ll fill two nights at the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam. The Greatest Hits Live show started in Ireland in March this year, and will, after more than 80 shows, wrap up in Poland, almost a year later.

Loved for their ballads as much as their rich, guitar-driven rock, Simple Minds has always successfully sidestepped being locked into any one style or mood. “One of the things I’m most proud of is that people say to me what Simple Minds are you talking about?” Kerr explains.

“The avant-garde, the art-rock, the pop, the ambient, the instrumental group, the political, the folk, the stadium band? We’ve been on one hell of a journey. To play all those different styles, but at the same time be quintessentially Simple Minds, is an amazing thing.”

Relevant and as dynamic as they’ve ever been, Simple Minds may have a wall of greatest hits that go back decades, but what’s even more amazing is they continue to make new memories in a time that’s radically different from when they first started out in. “We’ve seen a lot, played our hearts out, and we keep coming back for more,” Kerr confesses. “The best part for me now is being able to enjoy so many of songs in the places that inspired their creation. Better still is seeing just how each has grown, just as we have.”

The music of Simple Minds continues to attract and influence new fans, many of who have become incredibly success bands and artists in their own right.

Simple Minds

Simple Minds

From Manic Street Preachers, Primal Scream, Moby, all the way through to relative newcomers The Horrors, they all took a cue from Kerr and crew. Nicky Minaj, David Guetta, Joey Negro and Freddy Bastone have also all sampled a Simple Minds hit, and movies too have benefited from their inclusion. From directors Christian Carion (L’Affaire Farewell), Gregor Jordan (The Informers), Cameron Crowe (Elizabethtown) and, of course, John Hughes (The Breakfast Club), each movie reminds us just how Simple Minds’ music permeates every aspect of pop culture.

As the tours name suggests Simple Minds will be unpacking and delivering all the hits and memories from each of their critically acclaimed studio albums including 1984’s Sparkle In The Rain, Once Upon A Time (1985) and Street Fighting Years, as well as the Ballad Of The Streets EP (both originally released in 1989).

In keeping things a little more current fans of the band’s 2009 UK Top ten album Graffiti Soul are also sure to be rewarded too for heading out to either of the band’s three-night, highly anticipated, return. “When we started Simple Minds, our objective was to be considered as one of the great live bands,” Kerr concludes. “We wanted to be a band that had the desire to go all around the world – playing everywhere and anywhere. We’re still living the dream and are looking forward to sharing it with as many people as possible.”

Johannesburg
Friday 1st November – 8pm at The Big Top Arena, Carnival City.Saturday 2nd November – 8pm at The Big Top Arena, Carnival City.

Cape Town
Sunday 3rd November – 7pm at The Grand Arena, GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World.

Tickets are available from Computicket.

For more information contact:
Triple M Entertainment for and on Behalf of Real Concerts
Martin Myers
E-mail: martin@triplementertainment.co.za

Time to celebrate the majesty of Simple Minds they coming to tour SA

Simple Minds are arguably one of the best live bands in the world and over a thirty year career have been responsible for some of the most innovative and enduring anthems in rock music.

The band scored a string of hit singles, and are best known for their 1985 hit “Don`t You (Forget About Me)” (UK #7, US #1), from the soundtrack of the John Hughes film The Breakfast Club.

Their other more prominent hits include “Alive and Kicking” (UK #7, US #3) and “Belfast Child” (UK #1)

Simple Mind’s fans will revisit the many chapters of their storied career and more on the group’s Greatest Hits Live tour to South Africa.

Simple Minds

They will be playing

1 & 2 November 2013 at the Big Top Arena at Carnival City in Johannesburg and

3 November at Grand Arena at GrandWest Casino in Cape Town.

Book at  www.computicket.co.za

For more info re tour see www.realconcerts.co.za
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