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Real To Real Cacophony Tour

"We feel really restricted in Glasgow. There isn't anywhere for us to play because of size, organisation and that kind of thing. We played a college gig a while back, it was a tiny hall and there were five hundred people in it and no bouncers anywhere. It was bedlam." - Charlie Burchill.

The tour for Real To Real Cacophony stretched the band’s horizons with lengthy visits to the European mainland and even a quick visit to the USA.

Split by a Christmas break, the first half of the tour took in Germany, Belgium and Sweden before the band returned to the UK for a lengthy circuit of the college venues. It was punctuated with two dates in the USA; the brief stopover being arranged by Bruce Findlay and Ruth Polskey so the band could be filmed live for the Old Grey Whistle Test.

The first half of 1980 was spent again in Europe, this time visiting France, Germany and The Netherlands. With foundations set around Europe, and with their broadened travelling experiences, Simple Minds returned to the studio to work on the next album.


JK: "Magazine were quite a prototype for us; Howard Devoto had all this danger. I always thought of the great frontmen - I had to cut a bit of a shape. Howard was great; Richard Butler of The Psychedlic Furs was a great. If you think I was scary, you should have seen Peter Murphy. There was an intensity ot the band - it was like 'Jesus Christ!'"

Record Collector Interview
Record Collector #364
July 2009






These flyers were produced for the tour (which mentioned that the band were on tour with Gary Numan).




A page from the tour itinerary of the October dates.




Handwritten dates for March.



Kant-Kino, Berlin, Germany
October 11th, 1979

"Our first ever gig outside of the UK was in the arthouse cinema on Kant Strasse in October '79. Real to Real Cacophony was just released and we started the set with Premonition... still feel the shivers!" - Jim

"How could I forget that we played Hamburg night before? Had taken the overnight ferry from Harwich arriving on beautiful morning at Hamburg docks. After we traveled by mini bus through the "corridor" into Berlin. I played non stop with my new toy. It was called a Sony Walkman and I had only one cassette. Fortunately the cassette had been given to me by Mick MacNeil. Featured an idea, I called it I Travel thinking we needed a tune that reflected all this sudden mobility within our lives. A sonic postcard to send back home!" - Jim

Advert for the Kant Kino

Gigs at the Kant Kino




Rotation Club, Hannover, Germany
October 12th, 1979
Some photos from this gig by Alwa Glebe are published here.




Hyde Park, Osnabruck, Germany
October 13th, 1979
Alternatively this gig was dropped, and Simple Minds played the Rotation again, at the request of the headlining band Golden Earring.




Fabrik, Hamburg, Germany
October 14th, 1979
Tickets cost 5 DM and the band came on at 20:30.




Alladin Club, Bremen, Germany
October 15th, 1979




Ruhrer Saal, Nurnburg, Germany
October 16th, 1979




Auderghen Canotier, Brussels, Belgium
October 18th, 1979
The gig was initially planned for the Klaccick, in Ukkel, where journalist Gilles Verlant with others, organised showcase gigs for up-and-coming bands in a small venue of around 400. OMD, The Human League and The Cure had already played, but the venue was subsequently refused a performance certificate by the local council. Therefore the gig was held at the Catonier in Brussels instead.

Brian McGee was the only person in the band who could drive and, in addition to his drumming duties, he had to drive the band from gig to gig in their battered old "tour bus" (read van). En-route to this gig, he scrapped the side of the van. Distrught he got out of the driver's cab, sat in the road and announced he wouldn't be playing. He didn't get much sympathy from the rest of the band.

Many thanks to Clive for the poster photograph.




Hurrah's, New York, USA
October 24th, 1979
Main Set: ...Factory / Changeling / Premonition...
This gig was recorded by The Old Grey Whistle Test and broadcast on the 27th November. Premonition was subsequently mixed and appeared as the B-side of Changeling. But it wasn't until 2003, and the Seen The Lights DVD release, that the footage was officially released.
Changeling single Seen The Lights DVD - A Visual History




Trax, New York, USA
October 25th, 1979




Errol's, Gothenburg, Sweden
October 29th, 1979
Main Set: ...Wasteland / Scar / Here Comes The Fool / Changeling / Factory / White Light/White Heat / Chelsea Girl / Pleasantly Disturbed / Someone / Pablo Picasso




Music Palais, Stockholm, Sweden
October 31st, 1979
Main Set: ... Premonition / Life In A Day / Destiny / Factory / Wasteland / Scar / Here Comes The Fool / White Light/White Heat / Changeling / Chelsea Girl / Pleasantly Disturbed / Someone / Pablo Picasso




Högskolerestaurangen, Orebro, Sweden
November 1st, 1979
Main Set: ... Premonition / Life In A Day / Destiny / Factory / Wasteland / Scar / Here Comes The Fool / White Light/White Heat / Changeling / Chelsea Girl / Pleasantly Disturbed / Someone / Pablo Picasso

"I attended that concert but it was not at Magasinet. It was a long time ago but I don’t recall that it was a concert at Magasinet at all. The location was Högskolerestaurangen (Örebro University restaurant) as you can see from the attached pictures of the poster. Even though it was the Real To Real Cacophony Tour the poster said Life In A Day as the new record wasn’t released yet. I’m still a bit crossed that Derek Forbes left the party before signing the poster…" - Stellan


Erols, Gothenberg, Sweden
November 2nd, 1979




Musikteatret, Aarhus, Denmark
November 4th, 1979
Support: The Lost Kids




University, Stirling, UK
November 15th, 1979
Main Set: Capital City / Here Comes The Fool / Calling Your Name / Naked Eye / Life In A Day / Premonition / Citizen (Dance Of Youth) / Factory / Changeling / Chelsea Girl / Pleasantly Disturbed / Room / Pablo Picasso




University, Aberdeen, UK
November 16th, 1979



Queen Margaret Union, Glasgow, UK
November 17th, 1979



University, St. Andrews, UK
November 18th, 1979



Tiffany's, Edinburgh, UK
November 19th, 1979
Main Set: ...Scar/... ...Real To Real/... ...Destiny/... ...Life In A Day/... ...Factory/... ...Chelsea Girl/... ...Pleasantly Disturbed/... ...White Light/White Heat
Support: Those French Girls

"...Once the headliners occupy the stage, though, the difference is as obvious as it is striking. No longer do the Minds sulk in the shadows amid accusations of Roxy/Magazine cloning, and their own new-found direction and maturity asserts itslef through the music and its presentation. The impressive array of equipment has Mick MacNeil banked up high within his keyboard console and Brian McGee set aside behind his kit to the far left, leaving a visual attack of bass, vocals and guitar at the front.

Material-wise, the new songs took pride (and I mean pride) of place, with eight selections from the forthcoming Real To Real Cacophony album forming the basis of the set, which lasted over an hour by hardly seemed to flag. Established favourites such as Life In A Day and the triumphant closing Pleasantly Disturbed were deservedly greeted by roars of approval, but Destiny seemed oddly dated and even worse, Chelsea Girl appeared as their willing albatross with Jim Kerr singing like an uneasy and unhappy Ancient Mariner.

By contrast, more recent compositions explored a greater range of emotions, utilitsing different rhythms and experimenting with various styles and tempos. Accordingly, Factory featured a hypnotic bass/keyboard melody under a bubbling guitar line plus a quasi-Iggy chorus that I sang all the way home! Elsewhere Scar and Real To Real are positive deliberate steps towards a composure that fits them well. Gone are the frantic attempts at catchy, jerky tunes which prompted much early criticism, to be replaced by a blending of all that is best from Ultravox and Talking Heads.

It was a pity therefore, that because of time restrictions the encore was their version of White Light/White Heat - I'd rather have heard some more chilling film themse from the Minds' own repertoire than a spirited rehash from the past. I'm looking to the future and I want it now!"

Johnny Waller
Sounds
01/12/79




Tiffany's, Hull, UK
November 20th, 1979



Polytechnic, Wolverhampton, UK
November 21st, 1979



Troubadour, Port Talbot, UK
November 22nd, 1979



Aston University, Birmingham, UK
November 23rd, 1979



University, Newcastle, UK
November 24th, 1979
Main Set: Veldt [Intro Tape] / Premonition / Calling Your Name / Life In A Day / Destiny / Naked Eye / Wasteland [curtailed due to a fight] / Someone / White Light/White Heat / Factory / Chelsea Girl / Pleasantly Disturbed
"The gig was unique in as much as that half way through Wasteland (about the 4th track) the band have a fight with a few members of the audience and walk off for about 15 minutes. They do return but only to play another five or so songs. I may also still have a photo or two from the gig. I remember taking one of Jim Kerr as he stormed past me on his way to the dressing room! - Steve

The planned set-list was:
Main Set: Veldt [Intro Tape] / Premonition / Calling Your Name / Life In A Day / Destiny / Naked Eye / Wasteland / Scar / Here Comes The Fool / Citizen (Dance Of Youth) / Factory / Changeling / Chelsea Girl / Pleasantly Disturbed
Encore: Someone / White Light/White Heat




Music Hall, Shrewsbury, UK
November 27th, 1979



Essex University, Colchester, UK
November 28th, 1979



Troubadour, Port Talbot, UK
November 29th, 1979



Eric's, Liverpool, UK
November 30th, 1979
Support: The Portraits




Student Union, Manchester Poly, Manchester, UK
December 1st, 1979
Tickets cost £1 in advance. The Student Union was on Cavendish Street hence the poster.




Fforde Green Hotel, Leeds, UK
December 2nd, 1979
The set-list for this gig is still unknown. Some other lists document one, but it turns out to be the set-list from their appearance here during the Life In A Day tour.




University Of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
December 5th, 1979



The Limit, Sheffield, UK
December 6th, 1979



North Staffs Polytechnic, Stafford, UK
December 7th, 1979



Sandpiper, Nottingham, UK
December 8th, 1979



University, Exeter, UK
December 10th, 1979
Main Set: Veldt / Scar / Here Comes The Fool / Calling Your Name / Life In A Day / Destiny / Naked Eye / Premonition / Citizen (Dance Of Youth) / Factory / Changeling / Chelsea Girl / Pleasantly Disturbed / White Light/White Heat




University, Keele, UK
December 12th, 1979



The Marquee, London, UK
December 17th, 1979
Adverts for both the Simple Minds tour and the Marquee state the 13th and 14th December, whilst other adverts for The Marquee give dates of the 17th and 18th. However the gig was on this date.




The Marquee, London, UK
December 18th, 1979
Adverts for both the Simple Minds tour and the Marquee state the 13th and 14th December, whilst other adverts for The Marquee give dates of the 17th and 18th. However the gig was on this date.




University, Exeter, UK
December 20th, 1979
Main Set: Scar / Calling Your Name / Life In A Day / Destiny / Naked Eye / Premonition / Citizen (Dance Of Youth) / Factory / Changeling / Chelsea Girl / Pleasantly Disturbed / White Light/White Heat
A second gig at Exeter seems unlikely (after 10th December) so one of these would appear to be an error.




Technical College, Glasgow, UK
December 31st, 1979



Tiffany's, Glasgow, UK
January 7th, 1980
Main Set: Bells / Here Comes The Fool / Calling Your Name / Life In A Day / Destiny / Naked Eye / Premonition / Citizen (Dance Of Youth) / Factory / Changeling / Chelsea Girl / Room / Pleasantly Disturbed


Paris Theatre, London, UK
January 9th, 1980
Main Set: .../Here Comes The Fool / Calling Your Name / Factory / Changeling / Room
Recorded and broadcast live by the BBC as part of their In Concert series.




Theatre De Palace, Paris, France
January 12th, 1980
Main Set: Scar / Here Comes The Fool / Life In A Day / White Light/White Heat / Chelsea Girl / Pleasantly Disturbed / Room




University, Stirling, UK
February 15th, 1980
Support: FK9




YMCA, London, UK
February 23rd, 1980



Strand Lyceum Ballroom, London, UK
February 24th, 1980
With: The Only Ones and Martha And The Muffins

Ross Stapleton saw the band that night after hearing Premonition being played at a German club almost three weeks before. This performance convinced him that he had to sign the band to Virgin Records.




Stratosphaere, Oberhausen, Germany
March 2th, 1980




Kant-Kino, Berlin, Germany
March 3rd, 1980



Aladin, Bremen, Germany
March 4th, 1980



Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany
March 5th, 1980
Main Set: Capital City / Here Comes The Fool / Calling Your Name / Life In A Day / Premonition / Citizen (Dance Of Youth) / Factory / Changeling / Pleasantly Disturbed / White Light/White Heat / Room




Rotation, Hannover, Germany
March 6th, 1980



To Act, Nurnberg, Germany
March 7th, 1980
Some photos from this gig by Alwa Glebe are published here. The gig was originally supposed to be at the Nuremburg Art Centre.




Pavillion Espace Baltard, Paris, France
March 9th, 1980

"As far as our first ever festival appearance goes, I reckon that would have been Sunday, March 9, 1980 at Pavillon Baltard, Nogent-sur-Marne, France. The festival, indoor, went under the name of Euro Rock, and if I remember well, we shared the bill with Joe Jackson, Rezillos, Little Bob Story and a wonderful band from Rennes called Maquis de Sade. As our first ever French date, I recall that we were delighted to receive such a warm response. But I also recall that as result of suffering such bad bouts of stage fright, which was common to me during those early days, I somewhat unprofessionally had had more than a few drinks along with Derek Forbes in the hotel bar prior to our late afternoon set. Therefore it is safe to say that I was more than half drunk throughout. He on the other hand was falling all over the place, and yet still manage to seemingly perform flawlessly. What talent!" - Jim, 22nd June 2017




Cercle, Gent, Belgium
March 12th, 1980
This venue could be wrong as posters exist for a gig at Salle De La Chapelle, Liege for the same date:




De Piek, Vlissingen, The Netherlands
March 14th, 1980



Eksit, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
March 15th, 1980



Vera, Groningen, The Netherlands
March 16th, 1980
Main Set: Capital City / Here Comes The Fool / Calling Your Name / Life In A Day / Citizen (Dance Of Youth) / Factory / Changeling / Pleasantly Disturbed / I Travel




Uilenstede, Amstelveen, The Netherlands
March 17th, 1980



Stockvishal, Arnhem, The Netherlands
March 19th, 1980



De Harmonie, Tilbourg, The Netherlands
March 20th, 1980



Effenaar, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
March 21st, 1980



De Gigant, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
March 22nd, 1980
Main Set: Film Theme / Capital City / Here Comes The Fool / Calling Your Name / Life In A Day / Premonition / Citizen (Dance Of Youth) / Factory / Changeling / Pleasantly Disturbed




Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
March 23rd, 1980
Main Set: Capital City / Here Comes The Fool / Calling Your Name / Life In A Day / Premonition / Citizen (Dance Of Youth) / Factory / Changeling / Pleasantly Disturbed / White Light-White Heat / Pablo Picasso / Sister Midnight - Room
The Best Years Of Our Lives bootleg LP A Voyage To Remember bootleg LP Live Adventures bootleg CD Life In A Day bootleg CD




March Musikhalle, Hamburg, Germany
March 24th, 1980
Supporting: Gary Numan




Philipshalle, Dusseldorf, Germany
March 25th, 1980
Supporting: Gary Numan




Deutches Museum, Munich, Germany
March 27th, 1980
Supporting: Gary Numan




Les Bains Douches, Paris, France
March 31st, 1980

Many thanks to Clive for the picture.




Les Bains Douches, Paris, France
April 1st, 1980
Main Set: Veldt / Capital City / Here Comes The Fool / Calling Your Name / Life In A Day / Premonition / Citizen (Dance Of Youth) / Factory / Changeling / Pleasantly Disturbed / Film Theme
According to biographer Adam Sweeting, these European gigs were David Henderson's last gigs as sound engineer. Their roadcrew chief, Billy Worton took over the role.

However, this is disputed by Eddie Carins who remembers David leaving before the European dates: "Billy was in charge then I can assure you."




Ruffles, Aberdeen, UK
May 1st, 1980



Nite Club, Edinburgh, UK
May 2nd, 1980



Nite Club, Edinburgh, UK
May 3rd, 1980



Vredenburgh, Utrecht, The Netherlands
June 6th, 1980
Main Set: Capital City / Factory / Thirty Frames A Second / Premonition / Today I Died Again / Pleasantly Disturbed


Lyceum, London, UK
June 20th, 1980
Main Set: Kant-Kino / Capital City / Factory / Thirty Frames A Second / I Travel / Constantinople Line / Premonition / Today I Died Again / Celebrate / This Fear Of Gods



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