As already mentioned, it was three years ago this week that our last album
Big Music was released.
Fans who know that record will undoubtedly have their favourite tracks, as indeed they will for all the albums that
are in their respective collections.
Obviously I also have my own preferences, albeit I do change my mind from time to time.
Big Music and Midnight Walking would
certainly be among my chosen highlights from
Big Music. In terms of playing them live however - Midnight Walking would
probably be my overall preference.
I simply loved the tune from the first time Andy Gillespie played it to me, and
was determined that we should pursue developing it so much more, despite Charlie’s initial
lack of enthusiasm.
To be fair though, Charlie did eventually come round, and made a stunning contribution
to Andy’s tune via one of his trademark, searing guitar solos. That contribution
certainly sealed the deal for me - in terms of turning something that was already strikingly good - into something great.
Only my opinion of course!
Alternately it was Andy’s input that contributed the missing dimension to a tune that
Charlie came up with and would later emerge as the title track
Big Music - another tune that just worked so great live, particularly as an encore song.
Andy’s contribution to
Big Music was therefore more than considerable, as indeed his high level of
contribution to Simple Minds has been throughout the hundreds of gigs performed since he first made his
Minds debut in Aberdeen Concert Hall in May 2002 - and leading
right up to our Australian tour earlier this year.
Although not involved at the moment, or for that matter during the most recent acoustic tour, it would nevertheless be very
wrong to assume that we wouldn’t be on the phone to Andy at some point in the
future, or as soon as the need again arises.
No doubt about it. He has truly been an outstanding ally, supporter, and all round contributor to our musical cause to date.
And it is certainly worth us taking the time to point that out at this moment in time.
7th November 2017