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Life In A Day Tour

"And then we went straight into the Magazine tour, and we were already getting the Magazine soundalike tags, even though we'd got our sound before we'd even heard 'Real Life'. And we went on this tour with no LP and no single... and we got out there and really there seemed to be no pressure on us and we just went out to enjoy ourselves." - Jim Kerr.

No sooner than Life In A Day was finished, Simple Minds embarked on a series of tours, TV and radio appearances. After their first national TV exposure on The Old Grey Whistle Test, and an all-important BBC Radio One session, the band were on the road, performing at a series of warm-up gigs.

They then supported Magazine on their Secondhand Daylight Tour, the first time Simple Minds travelled extensively south of the Scottish border. After a brief break, where it appears another batch of songs were written, Simple Minds traced their footsteps again; although this time they were the headlining act.

Winding up in London in August, the band were quick to make trails for Wales, where they immediately started to record the follow-up to Life In A Day. However, there was time for a quick appearance at the Paris Theatre; and the recording and broadcast of a gig for the BBC.




Magazine's tour dates were pushed as full page advertisements in the music press.




Adverts for the Chelsea Girl single featured the second leg of UK dates.




Adverts for the The final dates were advertised as these quarter page adverts. Announcements were also distributed through press releases from Zoom Records.



This tour was the first to feature Simple Minds memorabilia. 'Red Eye' badges were available during the second leg.



Pollock Halls of Residence, Edinburgh University, Edinburgh, UK
January 9th, 1979
"I saw the band play at Edinburgh University Pollock Halls of Residence sometime around Janury 9th 1979. They had been hired by one of my mates to play at his 20th birthday party. Recollections are very hazy - Chelsea Girl, another song with Charlie on violin, and White Light White Heat as an encore" - Ian







Astoria Abbeymount, Edinburgh, UK
March 28th, 1979
Main Set: ... Life In A Day ...
Support: The Cheetahs
The gig took place the day after their Old Grey Whistle Test appearance. However it wasn't a brilliant night: there was a power-cut midway through the set and Jim challenged some punks who were spitting. But only cost 1.50 (tickets) or 1.75 (on the door). Record Mirror (7/4/79) mentioned a set featuring several new songs. (It probably featured the live debut of Life In A Day.)

Concert flyer

Ticket stub




Technical College, Dumfries, UK
April 5th, 1979




Fforde Green Hotel, Leeds, UK
April 6th, 1979




Memorial Hall, Newbridge, UK
April 8th, 1979




Grand Hotel, Dawlish, UK
April 11th, 1979




76 Club, Burton On Trent, UK
April 13th, 1979




Winter Gardens, Malvern, UK
April 16th, 1979
Supporting: Magazine




King George's Hall, Blackburn, UK
April 17th, 1979
Supporting: Magazine




Top Rank, Sheffield, UK
April 18th, 1979
Supporting: Magazine




De Montfort Hall, Leicester, UK
April 19th, 1979
Main Set: ... Chelsea Girl ...
Supporting: Magazine

"Having appeared on the Old Grey Whistle Test quite recently, Simple Minds show style and panache. Their perception is discerning, composed stealthfully of a balanced power and access ability. Musically they don't have limits set by social statements, but rather produce songs to last any test of time whatever the current vogue. Jim Kerr, the articulate lyricist shines on Chelsea Girl one of the strongest compositions." Peter Escrett, NME




Clouds, Edinburgh, UK
April 20th, 1979
Supporting: Magazine




University, Aberdeen, UK
April 21st, 1979
Supporting: Magazine
There are supposedly bootlegs of this concert circulating, but the set-list is exactly the same as the later gig at the Paris Theatre on the 8th September. As Scar was probably not written yet, it's reasonable to suggest that the bootlegs are of the later concert.




University, St. Andrews, UK
April 22th, 1979
Supporting: Magazine

Ticket stub




Apollo, Manchester, UK
April 23rd, 1979
Supporting: Magazine
Main Set: ... Hell / Take Me To The Angels / Life In A Day / Destiny / Chelsea Girl / Special View / Garden Of Hate / Pleasantly Disturbed / Murder Story ...
Simple Minds are often listed as playing The Hacienda on April 24th, but this venue did not exist in 1979. So it's more likely that this is the correct date and venue. Furthermore this is probably the source of the 'Rotters Club' tape; also stated to be from Manchester and the source of this set-list.




City Hall, Newcastle, UK
April 25th, 1979
Supporting: Magazine




Victoria Hall, Hanley, UK
April 26th, 1979
Supporting: Magazine




Odeon, Birmingham, UK
April 27th, 1979
Supporting: Magazine




Gaumont, Southampton, UK
April 28th, 1979
Supporting: Magazine




New Theatre, Oxford, UK
April 29th, 1979
Supporting: Magazine




Colston Hall, Bristol, UK
April 30th, 1979
Supporting: Magazine




University, Exeter, UK
May 1st, 1979
Supporting: Magazine




London Theatre, London, UK
May 2nd, 1979
Supporting: Magazine
Someone pulled the plugs on Simple Minds. The finger was pointed at Magazine's crew. When the power was restored, Simple Minds limped through the rest of their set. But, at the end of the evening, they came away with an agency deal and a publishing contract.

There was a German promoter in the audience, wanting to book Magazine for a German tour. He offered the tour to Simple Minds instead.




Odeon, Canterbury, UK
May 3rd, 1979
Supporting: Magazine




Corn Exchange, Cambridge, UK
May 4th, 1979
Supporting: Magazine




Leeds University, Leeds, UK
May 5th, 1979
Supporting: The Human League
Supporting: Magazine




Liverpool Empire, Liverpool, UK
May 6th, 1979
Supporting: Magazine




Art School, Glasgow, UK
May 8th or 9th, 1979
"On the 8th or 9th May 1979 my mate and I went to see Roxy Music (Manifesto Tour) at the Glasgow Apollo and I'm 100% certain that after the Apollo concert we ran up Sauchiehall Street and Scott Street area to the Haldane Building, which as you probably know is part of the Art School. We also seen Simple Minds at Queen Margaret University off Byres Road around that time too, but I can't remember the exact date. I remember the other one at the Haldane Building because of the mad dash after the Roxy Music gig." - Dave Cumming




Tiffany's, Edinburgh, UK
May 21st, 1979



Ayr Pavillion, Ayr, UK
May 23rd, 1979



Aberdeen Music Hall, Aberdeen, UK
May 25th, 1979



Music Machine, London, UK
May 31st, 1979
Support: Bruce Woolley
Tickets cost 1.50 and it was the band's first date as headliners in London.

Simple Minds returned to the rechristened venue in 2013 (it is now Koko) and Jim recalled this gig. Apparently they played to 18 people - 15 of whom were on the guest list.




The Factory, The Russell Club, Manchester, UK
June 1st, 1979



Barbarella's, Birmingham, UK
June 30th, 1979



Marquee, London, UK
July 3rd, 1979
Support: Joe Lung
Tickets cost 1.00.




Nottingham University, Nottingham, UK
July 4th, 1979



Lafayette, Wolverhampton, UK
July 6th, 1979



Nashville Rooms, London, UK
July 7th, 1979



Fusion, Chesterfield, UK
July 12th, 1979



Grey Topper, Jacksdale(Notts), UK
July 13th, 1979
Two days after this gig, The Pretenders played the Grey Topper. And on the same day six years later, the band played Live Aid. In the small audience, a group of lads were so inspired they formed their own band: B-Movie.



Ajanta, Derby, UK
July 19th, 1979



Norbreck Castle Hotel, Blackpool, UK
July 20th, 1979
Earlier advertising listed The Country Club, Kirklevington for this date. This was moved to August 3rd.




J.B's, Dudley, UK
July 21st, 1979



Tracy's, Gloucester, UK
July 22nd, 1979
Earlier advertising listed Newbridge Memorial Hall.




Marquee, London, UK
July 24th, 1979



Stowaway, Newport, UK
July 25th, 1979
Support: The Zones



Limit Club, Sheffield, UK
July 26th, 1979



Erics, Liverpool, UK
July 27th, 1979
'Red eye' badges were definitely sold at this gig.




Grey Topper, Nottingham, UK
July 28th, 1979



Fforde Green Hotel, Leeds, UK
July 29th, 1979
Main Set: Scar / Here Comes The Fool / Life In A Day / Destiny / Wasteland / Kaleidoscope / Calling Your Name / Chelsea Girl / Pleasantly Disturbed - Memory Of A Free Festival / Murder Story / White Light/White Heat / Someone / Pablo Picasso
Copy master tapes (reel-to-reel spools) for this gig are owned by a collector. Therefore the subsequent cassette copies are very high quality.




Music Machine, London, UK
July 30th, 1979
Support: London Zoo and The Park




George Square Theatre, Edinburgh, UK
August 2nd, 1979



Country Club, Kirklevington, UK
August 3rd, 1979



Rock Garden, Middlesbrough, UK
August 4th, 1979



The Marquee, London, UK
August 7th, 1979




Paris Theatre, London, UK
August 8th, 1979
Main Set: Scar / Here Comes The Fool / Life In A Day / White Light/White Heat / Chelsea Girl / Pleasantly Disturbed - Memory Of A Free Festival
Broadcast by the BBC, the venue and date suggest a special recording specifically for broadcast. This show was heavily bootlegged.
Silver Box

Ticket stub




The Lyceum, London, UK
August 12th, 1979
Supporting: Squeeze with Yachts
Tickets cost 2.50.





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