John Giblin joined Simple Minds after the departure of
Derek Forbes. The band were writing and rehearsing in his
recording studio, Barwell Court, when Derek was asked to leave and so
John was asked to step in to fill the void. (Although John only accepted the role after talking it through with
The internationally renowned double bassist and bass guitarist had already worked with many notable artists
(Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel, John Lennon) and was first publically
seen with Simple Minds for their Live Aid appearance.
After recording duties on Once Upon A Time, he accompanied the
band on the subsequent world tour and was therefore featured on the live souvenir Live In The City Of Light.
He also joined the band for writing and recording sessions for Street Fighting Years with
Let It All Come Down being his sole composition for the group.
However he left the band after the recording of the album. The reasons for his departure have never been revealed.
"If you are a fan of Kate Bush, you will have already read the glowing tributes she received
for her London concerts (August 2014). Did she merit them? Of course she did. It was a real pleasure to watch
and listen to her unique talents live. One of the highlights for me however was to see former Minds bassist,
John Giblin, on stage with her. I knew John played on her records, but I had no idea
that he would be in the live band. Nice surprise then to see "a Mind" up there. John Giblin
was always a class act, and he still is. One of the true great bassists. Bravo Kate.
Bravo John." - Jim, 28th August 2014
discography: mainstream singles
discography: mainstream albums
Simple Minds #12
Simple Minds #13
Simple Minds #14
Live Aid 1985
Once Upon A Time Tour 1985
Cash For Kids 1987
Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute 1988
Artists Against Apartheid Rally 1988