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Empires And Dance Tour 1980

"We're having a pretty hard time on this tour. The audience seems to be real early Genesis fans - age about 28 to 30, Yes T-shirts - and they're not really interested in any support band. But it's still good to play again." - Jim Kerr.

Peter Gabriel came to the band's rescue. Impressed by the experimental edge of Real To Real Cacophony, he offered them the support on his European Peter Gabriel III tour. Not only did he offer them support, he also paid their expenses.

The tour was problematic, not only for the relatively unknown Scots band, but also for the organisers, who had to reschedule several dates (some down to riots at Donovan gigs!)

Simple Minds had also changed, swelling their numbers to six for the tour. Paul Wishart from Endgames joined them on the tour as their sax player.




Tour poster for the Peter Gabriel concerts.
Hammersmith Palais, London, UK
August 26th, 1980
Supporting: The Skids
Support: Pink Military
This was Jaine Henderson's last gig as lighting engineer.

"So many good memories of seeing The Skids back in those late '70's post punk days. Best was seeing them for the first time in their home town of Dunfermline. I was stunned, much in the same way as when seeing U2 live for the first time. Both bands of course having unique and electrifying guitarists, as well as seemingly possessed frontmen that could light up any venue. Sounds easy? Try doing it yourself! By the time we supported The Skids at the Hammersmith Palais in 1980, you could feel that their wheels were sadly coming off, coincidentally just as Simple Minds were really starting to get into gear. I recall Richard was dressed (not unimpressively) like Imran Khan, while Stuart just wanted to get off stage and on the overnight train back to Scotland. Nevertheless they were still a force to be reckoned with that night, even if they eventually disbanded not so long after." - Jim, February 22nd 2017




Eriksdalshallen, Stockholm, Sweden
August 30th, 1980
Supporting: Peter Gabriel




Scandinavium, Gothenburg, Sweden
August 31st, 1980
Supporting: Peter Gabriel




Audimax, Hamburg, Germany
September 1st, 1980
Supporting: Peter Gabriel
Main Set: Capital City / Thirty Frames A Second / Factory / Celebrate / I Travel / Today I Died Again / Premonition / Pleasantly Disturbed




Kuppelsaal, Hannover, Germany
September 2nd, 1980
Supporting: Peter Gabriel




Deutschlandhalle, Berlin, Germany
September 4th, 1980
Supporting: Peter Gabriel




Phillipshalle, Dusseldorf, Germany
September 5th, 1980
Supporting: Peter Gabriel




Musiek Centrum, Utrecht, Holland
September 6th, 1980
Supporting: Peter Gabriel




Follies, Marseille, France
September 7th, 1980
Supporting: Peter Gabriel




Olympia, Paris, France
September 9th, 1980
Supporting: Peter Gabriel




Olympia, Paris, France
September 10th, 1980
Supporting: Peter Gabriel




Olympia, Paris, France
September 11th, 1980
Supporting: Peter Gabriel




Olympia, Paris, France
September 12th, 1980
Supporting: Peter Gabriel




Olympia, Paris, France
September 13th, 1980
Supporting: Peter Gabriel




Palais Des Sport, Nantes, France
September 14th, 1980
Supporting: Peter Gabriel




Stadthalle, Offenbach, Germany
September 15th, 1980
Supporting: Peter Gabriel




Mozartsaal, Mannheim, Germany
September 16th, 1980
Supporting: Peter Gabriel




Deutsches Museum, Munchen, Germany
September 17th, 1980
Supporting: Peter Gabriel




Stadion, Berlin, Germany
September 19th, 1980
Supporting: Peter Gabriel




Alpex Po, Grenoble, France
September 20th, 1980
Supporting: Peter Gabriel




Pavillion De Sports, Geneva, Switzerland
September 21st, 1980
Supporting: Peter Gabriel




Patinoire, Bordeaux, France
September 24th, 1980
Supporting: Peter Gabriel




Palais Des Sport, Toulouse, France
September 25th, 1980
Supporting: Peter Gabriel




Palais Des Sport, Toulouse, France
September 26th, 1980
Supporting: Peter Gabriel




Parico Casino, Florence, Italy
September 28th, 1980
Supporting: Peter Gabriel
Main Set: Kant-Kino / Capital City / Factory / Premonition / Thirty Frames A Second / Pleasantly Disturbed




Palasport, Genoa, Italy
September 29th, 1980
Supporting: Peter Gabriel
Main Set: Kant-Kino / Capital City / Factory / Premonition / Thirty Frames A Second / Pleasantly Disturbed




Palasport, Torino, Italy
September 30th, 1980
Supporting: Peter Gabriel




Parc Des Expositions, Avignon, France
October 1st, 1980
Supporting: Peter Gabriel




Palais Des Sports, Lyon France
October 2nd, 1980
Supporting: Peter Gabriel




Pavelló Juventut, Badalona, Spain
October 3rd, 1980
Supporting: Peter Gabriel

"Cannot be many people who do not, or would not, enjoy a visit to one of Europe's most popular cities. And how easy it is to visit these days. That was not the case in 1980 when Simple Minds gave their first performance in Spain on October 3 at Pavelló Olímpic de Badalona, Barcelona - as the opening act for Peter Gabriel. Our transport then was a Ford Transit type mini-bus, and we had travelled all the way through Europe beginning weeks earlier in Sweden. I don't remember anyone ever complaining about feeling tired back then, but almost certainly we were exhausted. Feeling a little ragged, after a six weeks road trip and many concerts, spending so much time cooped up together night and day, might explain "the band punch up" that occurred around 2 AM - outside a cheap restaurant on the world famous Ramblas. The fight was already forgotten about by breakfast and we set out afterwards to explore the city including the Gaudi architecture of course. Unforgettable. Do I miss those days? No. Despite the great fun, there is little that I miss. But I am glad to have experienced it all. The best years of our lives continue. We travel - still! - Jim, 9th September 2016




Sports Pavilion, Cascais, Portugal
October 6th, 1980
Supporting: Peter Gabriel




Sports Pavilion, Cascais, Portugal
October 7th, 1980
Supporting: Peter Gabriel




Sports Pavilion, Porto, Portugal
October 8th, 1980
Supporting: Peter Gabriel




Grand Theater, Groningen, The Netherlands
October 10th, 1980




Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
October 11th, 1980




Kidderminster, UK
October 17th, 1980
Support: Music For Pleasure
Tickets cost £1.80.

"I remember that night well although it was nearly 30 years ago. Kidderminster is hardly known as a hot bed of music, some of the local yobs were at the front and were baiting Charlie for some reason. After about 25 minutes of the set he had enough, threw down his guitar, jumped off the stage and laid into them with a volley of punches. The roadies soon sorted it out but that was the end of the gig. Me and mates were some of the few there that seemed to have any interest in the music anyway, and I remember talking to the soundman after, asking if we could have a refund as we had travelled 40 miles to be there, didn't get one though!" - Tim




Pavillion, West Runton, UK
Support: Music For Pleasure
October 18th, 1980




Jenkinsons, Brighton, UK
October 19th, 1980
Support: Music For Pleasure




Polytechnic, Sheffield, UK
October 22nd, 1980
Support: Music For Pleasure




Watermeed Civic Centre, Rickmansworth, UK
October 23rd, 1980
Support: Music For Pleasure
"This gig was poorly attended. To my reckoning only about twenty people, although Charlie seemed to have friends in the area as he was chatting to them in the bar beforehand. A few days later they played a sold out gig at the Lyceum, London. We felt privileged to have see them in a small crowd The gig was memorable because it was a brilliant album and I was blown away by the band." - Anthony




Cedar Ballroom, Birmingham, UK
October 24th, 1980
Support: Music For Pleasure




Strand Lyceum, London, UK
October 26th, 1980
Support: Music For Pleasure
Support: Positive Noise
Main Set: Kant-Kino / Capital City / Factory / Thirty Frames A Second / I Travel / Constantiople Line / Premonition / Today I Died Again / Celebrate / This Fear Of Gods / New Warm Skin / Changeling / White Light-White Heat




Rotters, Liverpool, UK
October 27th, 1980
Support: Music For Pleasure
Support: Positive Noise




Rotters, Manchester, UK
October 28th, 1980
Support: Music For Pleasure
Support: Positive Noise
Main Set: Capital City / Factory / Thirty Frames A Second / I Travel / Constantiople Line / Premonition / Today I Died Again / Celebrate / This Fear Of Gods / New Warm Skin / Changeling / White Light-White Heat




University, Keele, UK
October 29th, 1980
Support: Music For Pleasure
Support: Positive Noise

This date is also listed as the Playhouse Nite Club, Edinburgh which is probably incorrect.




Odeon Theatre, Edinburgh, UK
October 31st, 1980
Support: Music For Pleasure
Support: Positive Noise
Main Set: ... Constantiople Line ... / ... Life In A Day ...




University, Bradford, UK
November 1st, 1980
Support: Music For Pleasure
Support: Positive Noise






Unity Hall, Wakefield, UK
November 2nd, 1980
Support: Music For Pleasure
Support: Positive Noise






City Halls, Glasgow, UK
November 5th, 1980
Support: Music For Pleasure
Support: Positive Noise




Top Rank, Birmingham, UK
December 16th, 1980






Marquee, London, UK
December 17th, 1980
Support: Jerry Floyd





Marquee, London, UK
December 18th, 1980
Support: Jerry Floyd





Edinburgh Nite Club, Edinburgh, UK
December 19th, 1980





Edinburgh Nite Club, Edinburgh, UK
December 20th, 1980





Edinburgh Nite Club, Edinburgh, UK
December 31st, 1980




Edinburgh Nite Club, Edinburgh, UK
January 1st, 1981




Edinburgh Nite Club, Edinburgh, UK
January 2nd, 1981





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