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New Gold Tour Tour 1982


Soundcheck at the Cirque Royal, Brussels (3rd March 1983).

It was an extensive tour from the start: warm up in the UK (Glasgow, Edinburgh and London) followed by Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Canada before returning to the UK. Plans for the Japanese visit were quickly shelved before the tour started, and the Canadian leg of the tour was marred by accidents and delays.

It all proved far too demanding for Mike Ogletree, who left immediately after the Canadian leg. Therefore the band quickly contacted Mel Gaynor who joined them for the remaining UK dates.

The second UK leg marked a significant ramp up in terms of merchandising and promotion. Whilst T-shirts and badges were for sale on previous tours, a tour programme appeared for the first time. And the single Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) was issued to remind everyone that Simple Minds were back and touring.

The band were clearly overflowing with ideas. Not only did many of the songs take on extended, rearranged forms, but new songs, such as Street Hassle, The Kick Inside Of Me and, as a triumphal conclusion, Waterfront all started to appear; all of which would appear on the next album Sparkle In The Rain.




The band's first tour programme; a 14 page booklet packed with pictures, biographies, discography and more. It was written by Adam Sweeting (who was writing the official biography of the band) and designed by Malcolm Garrett.





Total access pass for the entire tour.



AAA pass for the French leg.



AAA pass for the American dates.



Backstage pass for the Italian concerts.



And a slightly different version of the above.



The A&M tour jacket. With a red A&M logo on the front...



...and band logo and cross on the back.


Finlandiatalo, Helsinki, Finland
September 3rd, 1982
Main Set: ... Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel ... / ... Glittering Prize / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Promised You A Miracle / The American / King Is White And In The Crowd...

Part of the gig was recorded and broadcast by the Finnish Broadcast Company (YLE). The tracks broadcast were: Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel, Glittering Prize, Someone Somewhere (In Summertime), Promised You A Miracle and The American.




Coasters, Edinburgh, UK
September 8th, 1982
Support: Hey Elastica!
Main Set: 70 Cities As Love Brings The Fall / Hunter And The Hunted / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / Glittering Prize / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Sweat In Bullet / Promised You A Miracle / King Is White And In The Crowd / I Travel / Celebrate / The American / Big Sleep / Love Song / Room




Coasters, Edinburgh, UK
September 9th, 1982
Support: Hey Elastica!
Main Set: Somebody Up There Likes You [Intro] / 70 Cities As Love Brings The Fall / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / Hunter And The Hunted / Glittering Prize / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Sweat In Bullet / Promised You A Miracle / King Is White And In The Crowd / I Travel / Celebrate / The American / Big Sleep / Love Song / Room




Coasters, Edinburgh, UK
September 10th, 1982
Support: Hey Elastica!
Main Set: Somebody Up There Likes You [Intro] / 70 Cities As Love Brings The Fall / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / Hunter And The Hunted / Glittering Prize / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Sweat In Bullet / Promised You A Miracle / King Is White And In The Crowd / I Travel / Celebrate / The American / Big Sleep / Love Song / Room




Lyceum, Sheffield, UK
September 11th, 1982
Support: Hey Elastica!
Main Set: Somebody Up There Likes You [Intro] / 70 Cities As Love Brings The Fall / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / Hunter And The Hunted / Glittering Prize / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Sweat In Bullet / Promised You A Miracle / King Is White And In The Crowd / I Travel / Celebrate / The American / Love Song / Room




Strand Lyceum, London, UK
September 12th, 1982
Support: Hey Elastica!
Main Set: Somebody Up There Likes You [Intro] / 70 Cities As Love Brings The Fall / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / Hunter And The Hunted / Glittering Prize / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Sweat In Bullet / Promised You A Miracle / King Is White And In The Crowd / I Travel / Celebrate / The American / Big Sleep / Love Song




Strand Lyceum, London, UK
September 13th, 1982
Support: Hey Elastica!
Main Set: Somebody Up There Likes You [Intro] / 70 Cities As Love Brings The Fall / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / Hunter And The Hunted / Glittering Prize / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Promised You A Miracle / King Is White And In The Crowd / I Travel / Celebrate / The American / Big Sleep / Love Song / Room




Top Rank, Reading, UK
September 15th, 1982




Top Rank, Brighton, UK
September 17th, 1982
Main Set: 70 Cities As Love Brings The Fall / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / Hunter And The Hunted / Glittering Prize / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Sweat In Bullet / Promised You A Miracle / King Is White And In The Crowd / I Travel / Celebrate / The American / Big Sleep / Love Song / Room




Friars, Aylesbury, UK
September 18th, 1982
Support: Hey Elastica!

Thanks to Mike for the ticket and poster scan. See Friars Aylesbury Online for more information about the gig.





A recording of an unspecified concert from September exists in Mick MacNeil's archive. Taken from the mixing desk, the quality ranges from fair to good (and the tape has been unfortunately slightly chewed in places). Additionally the concert was recorded on two tapes so I Travel was prematurely faded out and Celebrate quickly faded in. The recording features: 70 Cities As Love Brings The Fall, Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel, Hunter And The Hunted, Glittering Prize, Someone Somewhere (In Summertime), Sweat In Bullet, Promised You A Miracle, King Is White And In The Crowd, I Travel, Celebrate, The American, Big Sleep, Love Song and Room.





Embassy Ballroom, Perth, Australia
September 27th, 1982




Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, Australia
September 29th, 1982




Latrobe University, Victoria, Australia
September 30th, 1982




The Venue, Melbourne, Australia
October 1st, 1982




Bombay Rock, Melbourne, Australia
October 2nd, 1982




Collendina Hotel, Geelong, Australia
October 3rd, 1982




Australian National University Union Bar, Canberra, Australia
October 5th, 1982
Support: Riptides
"There must have been 1500 – 2000 punters that night – the word was out by then. We waited at the back and the band let us in for free, they hopped out of the minibus, the tour manager who was a really nice woman gave us some towels to carry and we walked in with the band straight past security, into their backstage room, towel bearers, what a laugh!" - Jono




Capitol Theatre, Sydney, Australia
October 6th, 1982
Support: Riptides




Capitol Theatre, Sydney, Australia
October 7th, 1982
Support: Riptides




Cloudland Ballroom, Brisbane, Australia
October 9th, 1982
Support: Riptides




Playroom, Gold Coast, Australia
October 10th, 1982
Support: Riptides




Manly Vale Hotel, Sydney, Australia
October 12th, 1982
Main Set: Love Song / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / Hunter And The Hunted / Glittering Prize / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Sweat In Bullet / Promised You A Miracle / King Is White And In The Crowd / I Travel / Room




Manly Vale Hotel, Sydney, Australia
October 13th, 1982




Manly Vale Hotel, Sydney, Australia
October 14th, 1982
Main Set: Love Song / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / Hunter And The Hunted / Glittering Prize / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Sweat In Bullet / Promised You A Miracle / King Is White And In The Crowd / I Travel / Room




Manly Vale Hotel, Sydney, Australia
October 15th, 1982




Manly Vale Hotel, Sydney, Australia
October 16th, 1982




Manly Vale Hotel, Sydney, Australia
October 17th, 1982




Mainstreet, Auckland, New Zealand
October 18th, 1982




Mainstreet, Auckland, New Zealand
October 19th, 1982




Wellington, New Zealand
October 20th, 1982




Palmerston, New Zealand
October 21st, 1982




Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, Canada
October 24th, 1982
Support: Visible Targets




Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, Canada
October 25th, 1982
Support: Visible Targets




Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, Canada
October 26th, 1982
Support: Visible Targets




Edmonton, Canada
October 28th, 1982
Support: Visible Targets




Calgary, Canada
October 29th, 1982
Support: Visible Targets




Student Union Building, Regina, Sanatachewan, Canada
October 30th, 1982
Support: Visible Targets




Winnipeg, Canada
October 31st, 1982
Support: Visible Targets




Guelph, Ottawa, Canada
November 2nd, 1982
Support: Visible Targets
Main Set: 70 Cities As Love Brings The Fall / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / Hunter And The Hunted / Glittering Prize / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Sweat In Bullet / Promised You A Miracle / King Is White And In The Crowd / I Travel / Celebrate ...




Le Spectrum, Montreal, Canada
November 3rd, 1982
Support: Visible Targets




Barrymore's Nightclub, Ottawa, Canada
November 4th, 1982
Support: Visible Targets

Many thanks to Brad for the ticket scan.

"The show was originally scheduled for Porter Hall at Carleton University in Ottawa but was moved to "Barrymore's" nightclub in Ottawa as there was a small fire at Porter Hall less than a week before the show so they moved the location. The show was amazing and took place on November 4th 1982. The Guelph show took place on November 2nd 1982." - Brad




Barrymore's Nightclub, Ottawa, Canada
November 5th, 1982
Support: Visible Targets

Many thanks to Mike for the poster picture.




Toronto, Canada
November 6th, 1982
Support: Visible Targets
Main Set: Somebody Up There Likes You [Intro] / 70 Cities As Love Brings The Fall / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / Hunter And The Hunted / Glittering Prize / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Sweat In Bullet / Promised You A Miracle / King Is White And In The Crowd / I Travel / Celebrate / The American / Big Sleep / Love Song / Room




Toronto, Canada
November 7th, 1982
Support: Visible Targets
Main Set: Somebody Up There Likes You [Intro] / 70 Cities As Love Brings The Fall / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / Hunter And The Hunted / Glittering Prize / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Sweat In Bullet / Promised You A Miracle / King Is White And In The Crowd / I Travel / Celebrate / The American / Big Sleep / Love Song / Room




Tiffany's, Glasgow, UK
November 18th, 1982
Support: China Crisis
Main Set: Somebody Up There Likes You [Intro] / In Trance As Mission / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / Hunter And The Hunted / Glittering Prize / Sweat In Bullet / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Promised You A Miracle / King Is White And In The Crowd / I Travel / Celebrate / The American / Big Sleep / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Love Song / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime)




Tiffany's, Glasgow, UK
November 19th, 1982
Support: China Crisis
Main Set: In Trance As Mission / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / Hunter And The Hunted / Glittering Prize / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Sweat In Bullet / Promised You A Miracle / King Is White And In The Crowd / I Travel / Celebrate / The American / Big Sleep / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Love Song / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime)




City Hall, Newcastle, UK
November 20th, 1982
Support: China Crisis
Main Set: In Trance As Mission / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / Hunter And The Hunted / Glittering Prize / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Sweat In Bullet / Promised You A Miracle / King Is White And In The Crowd / I Travel / Celebrate / The American / Big Sleep
Encore: New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Love Song / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime)
Waterfront single Theme 8

Glittering Prize 81/92 Seen The Lights - A Visual History DVD Seen The Lights - Live In Verona DVD

The gig was filmed and recorded for Italian TV.

A complete copy of this gig appears in Mick MacNeil's archive. The quality is excellent (except for some hiss during the start of Love Song) and was taken directly from the mixing desk.

Virgin also have the complete gig in their vaults.




Ulster Hall, Belfast, Ireland
November 22nd, 1982
Support: China Crisis




St. Francis Xavier Hall, Dublin, Ireland
November 23rd, 1982
Support: China Crisis




University, Leeds, UK
November 27th, 1982
Support: China Crisis
Main Set: In Trance As Mission / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / Hunter And The Hunted / Glittering Prize / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Sweat In Bullet / Promised You A Miracle / King Is White And In The Crowd / I Travel / Celebrate / The American / Big Sleep / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Love Song / Sweat In Bullet




Apollo, Manchester, UK
November 28th, 1982
Support: China Crisis
Main Set: Somebody Up There Likes You [Intro] / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / Hunter And The Hunted / Glittering Prize / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Sweat In Bullet / Promised You A Miracle / King Is White And In The Crowd / I Travel / Celebrate / The American / Big Sleep / Love Song / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)




Royal Court, Liverpool, UK
November 29th, 1982
Support: China Crisis
Main Set: Somebody Up There Likes You [Intro] / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / Hunter And The Hunted / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Sweat In Bullet / Promised You A Miracle / King Is White And In The Crowd / I Travel / Celebrate / The American / Big Sleep / Love Song / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)

The PA broke down halfway through the set. After the problems were fixed, the band ran through the whole set again.




Top Rank, Cardiff, UK
November 30th, 1982
Support: China Crisis




University, Exeter, UK
December 1st, 1982
Support: China Crisis




Apollo, Oxford, UK
December 2nd, 1982
Support: China Crisis
Main Set: Somebody Up There Likes You [Intro] / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / Hunter And The Hunted / Glittering Prize / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Sweat In Bullet / Promised You A Miracle / King Is White And In The Crowd / I Travel / Celebrate / The American / Big Sleep / Love Song / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
A complete copy of this gig appears in Mick MacNeil's archive. The quality is mostly excellent, although the mix isn't quite right for the first few tracks (the vocals and guitars dominate).




Dome, Brighton, UK
December 3rd, 1982
Support: China Crisis
Main Set: Somebody Up There Likes You [Intro] / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / Hunter And The Hunted / Glittering Prize / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Sweat In Bullet / Promised You A Miracle / King Is White And In The Crowd / I Travel / Celebrate / The American / Big Sleep / I Travel




Gaumont, Ipswich, UK
December 5th, 1982
Support: China Crisis
Main Set: Somebody Up There Likes You [Intro] / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / Hunter And The Hunted / Glittering Prize / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Sweat In Bullet / Promised You A Miracle / King Is White And In The Crowd / I Travel / Celebrate / The American / Big Sleep / Love Song / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)




University, Norwich, UK
December 6th, 1982
Support: China Crisis




Strand Lyceum, London, UK
December 7th, 1982
Support: China Crisis
Main Set: Somebody Up There Likes You [Intro] / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / Hunter And The Hunted / Glittering Prize / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Sweat In Bullet / King Is White And In The Crowd / I Travel / Celebrate / Promised You A Miracle / The American / Big Sleep / Love Song

This gig was recorded by Pete Walsh for Virgin. Nothing has been offically released yet.




Strand Lyceum, London, UK
December 8th, 1982
Support: China Crisis
Main Set: Somebody Up There Likes You [Intro] / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / Hunter And The Hunted / Glittering Prize / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Sweat In Bullet / Promised You A Miracle / King Is White And In The Crowd / I Travel / Celebrate / The American / Big Sleep / Love Song / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)

This gig was recorded by Pete Walsh for Virgin. Nothing has been offically released yet.




Kings Hall, Stoke, UK
December 9th, 1982
Support: China Crisis




Odeon, Birmingham, UK
December 10th, 1982
Support: China Crisis




De Montford Hall, Leicester, UK
December 12th, 1982
Support: China Crisis
Main Set: Somebody Up There Likes You [Intro] / King Is White And In The Crowd / Glittering Prize / I Travel / Celebrate / The American / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / Hunter And The Hunted / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Promised You A Miracle / Big Sleep / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Love Song / Sweat In Bullet




Locarno, Bristol, UK
December 14th, 1982
Support: China Crisis
Main Set: Somebody Up There Likes You [Intro] / King Is White And In The Crowd / Glittering Prize / I Travel / Celebrate / The American / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / Hunter And The Hunted / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Promised You A Miracle / Big Sleep / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Love Song / Sweat In Bullet
Tickets cost £4.00




Lyceum, Sheffield, UK
December 15th, 1982
Support: China Crisis




Assembly Rooms, Derby, UK
December 16th, 1982
Support: China Crisis




Caird Hall, Dundee, UK
December 17th, 1982
Support: China Crisis
Main Set: King Is White And In The Crowd / Glittering Prize / I Travel / Celebrate / The American / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / Hunter And The Hunted / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Promised You A Miracle / Big Sleep / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Love Song

A complete copy of this gig appears in Mick MacNeil's archive. The quality is pretty good throughout except for King Is White And In The Crowd which fades in and struggles with the recording levels.




Capital Theatre, Aberdeen, UK
December 18th, 1982
Support: China Crisis
Main Set: King Is White And In The Crowd / Glittering Prize / I Travel / Celebrate / The American / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / Hunter And The Hunted / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Promised You A Miracle / Big Sleep / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Love Song / Sweat In Bullet

This concert also appears in Mick MacNeil's archive and is almost a perfect recording - except for the unfortunate fade-out during Someone Somewhere (In Summertime).




Playhouse, Edinburgh, UK
December 19th, 1982
Support: China Crisis
Main Set: Somebody Up There Likes You [Intro] / King Is White And In The Crowd / Glittering Prize / I Travel / Celebrate / The American / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / Hunter And The Hunted / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Promised You A Miracle / Big Sleep / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Love Song / Sweat In Bullet




Tiffany's, Glasgow, UK
December 20th, 1982
Support: China Crisis
Main Set: King Is White And In The Crowd / Glittering Prize / I Travel / Celebrate / The American / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / Hunter And The Hunted / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Promised You A Miracle / Big Sleep / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Love Song




Tiffany's, Glasgow, UK
December 21st, 1982
Support: China Crisis
Main Set: I Travel / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / Hunter And The Hunted / Celebrate / The American / King Is White And In The Crowd / Glittering Prize / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Promised You A Miracle / Big Sleep / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Love Song / Sweat In Bullet
All Kings Are White Bootleg LP Super Golden Radio Shows CD




Koninklijk La Carre, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
March 1st, 1983
Main Set: King Is White And In The Crowd / Glittering Prize / I Travel / Celebrate / The American / Promised You A Miracle / Big Sleep / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Love Song / Sweat In Bullet




Cirque Royale, Brussels, Belgium
March 2nd, 1983
Main Set: Somebody Up There Likes You [Intro] / King Is White And In The Crowd / Glittering Prize / I Travel / Celebrate / The American / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / Hunter And The Hunted / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Promised You A Miracle / Big Sleep / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Love Song / Sweat In Bullet


Thanks to Paul for the ticket scan.




Cirque Royale, Brussels, Belgium
March 3rd, 1983




Brielpoort, Deinze, Belgium
March 4th, 1983




De Doelen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
March 6th, 1983





Vereniging, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
March 7th, 1983
Main Set: Somebody Up There Likes You [Intro] / King Is White And In The Crowd / Glittering Prize / I Travel / Celebrate / The American / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / Hunter And The Hunted / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Promised You A Miracle / Big Sleep / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Love Song / Sweat In Bullet
Dutch Daze CD




La Salle Mutualite, Paris, France
March 8th, 1983
Main Set: Somebody Up There Likes You [Intro] / King Is White And In The Crowd / Glittering Prize / I Travel / Celebrate / The American / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / Hunter And The Hunted / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Promised You A Miracle / Big Sleep / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Love Song / Sweat In Bullet
Absolutely Live Bootleg LP




L'Espace, Rennes, France
March 9th, 1983




Salle Du Parc, Bordeaux, France
March 10th, 1983




Grande Odeon, Montpellier, France
March 11th, 1983




Palais D'Hiver, Lyon, France
March 12th, 1983
Main Set: Somebody Up There Likes You [Intro] / King Is White And In The Crowd / Glittering Prize / I Travel / Celebrate / The American / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / Hunter And The Hunted / Promised You A Miracle / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Big Sleep / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Love Song / Sweat In Bullet




Palasport, Bologna, Italy
March 14th, 1983
Main Set: Somebody Up There Likes You [Intro] / King Is White And In The Crowd / Glittering Prize / I Travel / Celebrate / The American / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / Hunter And The Hunted / Promised You A Miracle / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Big Sleep
Encore: New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Love Song / Sweat In Bullet
In Italia Bootleg LP Form Phallus Function Bootleg CD

A complete copy of this gig exists in Mick MacNeil's archive. Slightly flat (due to the volume auto-level struggling with the drums and bass) it is, however, a good solid recording of the concert.




Teatro Del Lido, Ostia, Italy
March 15th, 1983
Main Set: King Is White And In The Crowd / Glittering Prize / I Travel / Celebrate / Hunter And The Hunted / Promised You A Miracle / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Love Song
Art Appeal Bootleg LP




Rolling Stone, Milan, Italy
March 17th, 1983
Main Set: Somebody Up There Likes You [Intro] / King Is White And In The Crowd / Glittering Prize / I Travel / Celebrate / The American / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / Hunter And The Hunted / Promised You A Miracle / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Big Sleep / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Love Song




Deutsches Museum, Munich, Germany
March 20th, 1983




Phillipshalle, Dusseldorf, Germany
March 21st, 1983




Stadthalle, Offenbach, Germany
March 23rd, 1983
Main Set: King Is White And In The Crowd / Glittering Prize / I Travel / Celebrate / The American / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / Hunter And The Hunted / Promised You A Miracle / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Big Sleep / Love Song / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)




Metropol, Berlin, Germany
March 24th, 1983
Main Set: King Is White And In The Crowd / Glittering Prize / I Travel / Celebrate / The American / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / Hunter And The Hunted / Promised You A Miracle / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Big Sleep / Love Song / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)




Saga, Copenhagen, Denmark
March 25th, 1983




Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden
March 26th, 1983
Main Set: Somebody Up There Likes You [Intro] / King Is White And In The Crowd / Glittering Prize / I Travel / Celebrate / The American / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / Hunter And The Hunted / Promised You A Miracle / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Big Sleep / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Love Song / Sweat In Bullet




Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden
March 27th, 1983
Main Set: Somebody Up There Likes You [Intro] / King Is White And In The Crowd / Glittering Prize / I Travel / Celebrate / The American / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / Hunter And The Hunted / Promised You A Miracle / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Big Sleep / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Love Song / Sweat In Bullet

Many thanks to Putte for the ticket scan.




Chateau Neuf, Oslo, Norway
March 28th, 1983
Main Set: King Is White And In The Crowd / Glittering Prize / I Travel / Celebrate / The American / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / Hunter And The Hunted / Promised You A Miracle / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Big Sleep / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Love Song




Konserthuset, Gothenburg, Sweden
March 29th, 1983
Main Set: Somebody Up There Likes You [Intro] / King Is White And In The Crowd / Glittering Prize / I Travel / Celebrate / The American / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / Hunter And The Hunted / Promised You A Miracle / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Big Sleep / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Love Song




Eagles Hippodrome, Seattle, USA
April 8th, 1983




Kabuki Theatre, San Francisco, USA
April 12th, 1983
Main Set: Somebody Up There Likes You [Intro] / King Is White And In The Crowd / Glittering Prize / I Travel / Celebrate / The American / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / Hunter And The Hunted / Promised You A Miracle / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Big Sleep / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Love Song




Kabuki Theatre, San Francisco, USA
April 13th, 1983
Main Set: Somebody Up There Likes You [Intro] / King Is White And In The Crowd / Glittering Prize / I Travel / Celebrate / The American / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / Hunter And The Hunted / Promised You A Miracle / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Big Sleep / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)




Beverley Theatre, Los Angeles, USA
April 15th, 1983




Perkins Palace, Pasadena, USA
April 16th, 1983




Fox Theatre, San Diego, USA
April 17th, 1983




Tower Theatre, Houston, USA
April 22nd, 1983
Main Set: Somebody Up There Likes You [Intro] / Love Song - Glory / Glittering Prize / King Is White And In The Crowd / I Travel / Celebrate / The American / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / Hunter And The Hunted / Promised You A Miracle / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Big Sleep / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Sweat In Bullet




Ritchies Club, New Orleans, USA
April 27th, 1983
Main Set: Somebody Up There Likes You [Intro] / Love Song / Glittering Prize / King Is White And In The Crowd / I Travel / Celebrate / The American / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / Hunter And The Hunted / Promised You A Miracle / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Big Sleep / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)




Ontario Theatre, Washington, USA
May 2nd, 1983
Main Set: King Is White And In The Crowd / I Travel / Glittering Prize / Celebrate / The American / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / Hunter And The Hunted / Promised You A Miracle / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Big Sleep / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Love Song
Perfect Reception Bootleg CD




Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, USA
May 5th, 1983




The Metro, Chicago, USA
May 6th, 1983




Massey Hall, Toronto, Canada
May 9th, 1983

Many thanks to Dan for the scan.




Massey Hall, Toronto, Canada
May 10th, 1983




Le Paladium, Montreal, Canada
May 11th, 1983
Simple Minds were the first act to play at this venue according to this press release.




The Ritz, New York, USA
May 15th, 1983





A recording of concert recorded in Dallas exists in Mick MacNeil's archive. Taken from the mixing desk, the quality ranges from fairly good to good. The recording features: Glittering Prize, King Is White And In The Crowd, I Travel, Celerate, The American, Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel, Hunter And The Hunted, Someone Somewhere (In Summertime), Big Sleep and a rare coupling of New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) - Glory.

It's possible that Promised You A Miracle was played but is missing from this recording.





Pinkpop Festival, Geleen, The Netherlands
May 23rd, 1983
Main Set: Love Song - Glory / Glittering Prize / I Travel / Celebrate / The American / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / Hunter And The Hunted / Promised You A Miracle / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Big Sleep / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
This gig was recorded and broadcast.

Many thanks to Paul for the pass and ticket scans.




Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
June 24th, 1983




Roskilde Festival, Roskilde, Denmark
July 1st, 1983
Main Set: Somebody Up There Likes You [Intro] / Premonition / Sweat In Bullet / The American / Glittering Prize / King Is White And In The Crowd / Thirty Frames A Second / Hunter And The Hunted / Promised You A Miracle / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Big Sleep / Street Hassle / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)




Torhout Festival, Torhout, Belgium
July 2nd, 1983
Main Set: Premonition / Sweat In Bullet / The American / Glittering Prize / King Is White And In The Crowd / Thirty Frames A Second / Promised You A Miracle / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Big Sleep / Street Hassle / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)

Many thanks to Paul for the flyer scan.




Werchter Festival, Werchter, Belgium
July 3rd, 1983
Main Set: Somebody Up There Likes You [Intro] / Premonition / The American / Glittering Prize / King Is White And In The Crowd / Thirty Frames A Second / Promised You A Miracle / Hunter And The Hunted / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Big Sleep / Street Hassle / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) - Take Me To The River

"There is a field in Belgium that lies silent and rain sodden for much of the year round. Otherwise it is fairly nondescript with no particular features to make it any different from the patchwork of brown and green earth that covers the surrounding countryside. This particular patch of ground is however more than a little special within the history Simple Minds."

"Situated 30 kilometers from Brussels, the aforementioned field borders a small village belonging to the municipality of Rotselaar. It is however annually transformed - rather incredibly so - out of its tranquil existence and into the site of the massive Rock Werchter Festival. For that reason, and thanks to the volume of accompanying memories and experiences - both distant and fresh - this site could almost be named by Simple Minds as our "Field Of Dreams."

"I remember with great clarity the first time we made the journey that takes you into the backstage entrance that is reserved for the festival's artists and organisers. It was 1983 and Simple Minds had never played at any event that could hold an audience of upwards of 60,000. The previous day's gig in Tourhout (also Belgium) was in itself a daunting experience in terms of magnitude, but Werchter seemed altogether on a bigger scale. Despite the overnight confidence that had been instilled - we had gone down an absolute storm in Torhout, featuring on a bill alongside U2 and Peter Gabriel. Regardless, I felt so nervous on arrival at Werchter that I am sure I was shaking more than the small leaves that covered the trees marking the perimeter of the festival site."

"Ah, but at least the breeze kept us cool as we awaited our appointed performance time. It also offered some respite from the soaring heat of that entire weekend. To be honest, I felt afterwards that as glorious as our Werchter debut may have been, we had played as if our lives depended on it and again were met with a sensational reaction after all. But we had not quite reached the performance level of the previous day in Torhout in my opinion. Perhaps we had given too much of ourselves there? Likewise, perhaps performing in intense heat, then staying up all night afterwards, had taken too much out of me in particular. But hey, we celebrated afterwards in the bar of the Sheraton Brussels, all the same. For having now "delivered" in front of two huge audiences, we were convinced that our music was more than able to succeed at any kind of live event, no matter the scale. What was there not to celebrate in that? Werchter had been great to us after all, beyond our dreams in truth."

"Only 12 months later we returned to the same site, this time we were to fulfill the headlining role on a Werchter bill that featured our idol, (no other word for it) Lou Reed. By that time we were feeling very comfortable performing in front of huge festival audiences, and to many onlookers it was obvious that Simple Minds had grown so much in stature since our performances of the previous summer. Waterfront had recently become our signature intro song, and if ever a tune was designed for the festival situation, this was surely it."

"The chance to headline the festival for a second time came only two years later, following a period of 24 months that had seen our band become known the world over. While that may have been so, we never forgot the fact that it was Werchter that gave us the chance to launch ourselves on the bigger scale as a live act. Even currently we still feel humbled by the opportunity and encouragement that the audience at Werchter, and indeed promoter Herman Schueremans gave us back in those formative days."

"Since then and by my estimation, we have played in one form or another at Werchter a further 4 times, making it seven in total. Amazingly that number is due to increase the weekend after next when we return for an eighth performance, and where none other than The Rolling Stones themselves will be headlining the festival."

"If you had told me as teenager in Glasgow, walking to school with my Rolling Stones albums under my arms, that our little band would one day have the chance to play alongside the Stones, as we have already done on two occasions, I would have told you that you were an bigger dreamer than me. Likewise, if you had told me backstage at Werchter in '83, that over 30 years later we would be preparing to once again walk on with nothing but our music, our energy, and our desire to entertain and uplift 60,000 plus people. I would have been dumbfounded as to how i could be possible?"

"But dreams can pan out, just as some places do seem to have a way of bringing out the best in us. For those reasons then, Werchter is very much our own Field Of Dreams. - Jim, 17th June 2014

A complete copy of this gig appears in Mick MacNeil's archive. The quality is fairly good boarding on good. Despite being a soundboard recording, it suffers from volume and distortion (especially at low frequencies).




Teatro Tenda, Rome, Italy
July 6th, 1983
Main Set: King Is White And In The Crowd / Glittering Prize / I Travel / Celebrate / Hunter And The Hunted / Promised You A Miracle / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Love Song




Tursport, Taranto, Italy
July 7th, 1983
Main Set: Somebody Up There Likes You [Intro] / Love Song / Sweat In Bullet / King Is White And In The Crowd / Glittering Prize / The American / Premonition / Hunter And The Hunted / Promised You A Miracle / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Big Sleep / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Street Hassle

Thanks to Francesco for the ticket scan.

Taranto in Southern Italy wasn't on the rock circuit in the early 1980s, so Simple Minds' appearance prompted in a major spread in a local paper. This was later documented in the book 80, New Sound, New Wave

Thanks to Francesco for the information. Image © Marcello Nitti - Giuseppe Basile, Geophonie 2007




Palasport, Turin, Italy
July 8th, 1983




Palasport, Bologna, Italy
July 10th, 1983
Main Set: Somebody Up There Likes You [Intro] / Love Song / Sweat In Bullet / King Is White And In The Crowd / Glittering Prize / The American / Premonition / Hunter And The Hunted / Promised You A Miracle / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Big Sleep / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Street Hassle / I Travel / Love Song / The Kick Inside Of Me




Palasport, Messina, Italy
July 11th, 1983
Main Set: Love Song / Sweat In Bullet / Glittering Prize / The American / Premonition / Hunter And The Hunted / Promised You A Miracle / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Big Sleep / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Street Hassle

"I will never forget the first time back in July ’83 when we made the short morning crossing of the Messina Straits by ferry. Waving goodbye to friends on the docks of Calabria, we could already see the rooftops of Messina and the fearsomely powerful outline of Mount Etna, the symbol of Sicily itself, which lay ahead of us across the bluest water. The advancing golden daylight told us that we were about to enter a very different world. That we did. My life seemingly changed in those moments. I have never looked back." - Jim, 30th July 2012


"Most groups can usually recall specific gigs that for some reason of importance were "career defining" or "career changing" for them. In our case there are quite a few, notwithstanding our first ever gig of course. After all, it is said that every journey begins with a first step. However a few gigs, due to consequences; perhaps mysterious and therefore unforeseen, actually became "life changing" as a result of them having taken place. And well, next month marks for me the anniversary of one of those gigs in particular."

"The show I refer to took place almost 30 years ago in a smallish, outdoors sports arena, situated near the harbor front at the port of Messina. It was to be my first night in Sicily, a place that at no time prior had I given much thought to, or at least so out with the context of Francis Ford Coppola’s award winning Godfather movies. But lo and behold; some kind of magical seduction seemingly took over me when I set foot in Sicily for that first time, and as some might already know, a whole three decades later and as a result of that first gig, I am still there. (Or at least I am still there very often when not on concert tours, or writing and recording with Simple Minds and Lostboy! AKA.)"

"I don’t have a place that I call home and it has been that way for a decent amount of time. The main reason I have no home is that I don’t spend enough time in one specific place for me to feel like it is really my home. Sentimentally speaking, Scotland of course will always be "home" for me. It is where I grew up, is to where I will always feel that I belong. I am quite sure of that, but the reality is that for most of my grown up life I have not lived there enough for it to be my home as I am neither based or work from there."

"All of which brings me back to Sicily, because in the absence of having any real physical home, Sicily has been a kind of on-off sanctuary for me, it is quite definitely my spiritual home and continues to be so even decades later. Or it is as long as we agree that the definition of "spiritual home" is: A place where you feel you belong, although you were not born there, because you have a lot in common with the people, the culture, the landscape and the way of life."

"And what was it about the gig in Messina all those years ago that influenced such an outcome that led to Sicily getting under my skin and into my heart? Well, I could write a book on what happened during my first 48 hours in Sicily. I could explain how Taormina floored me with its charms in a way no place has done quite since. (Kyoto in spring comes close though.) I could also hint at many other things that came to pass in a couple of days that then led me to make my base within striking distance of Mount Etna. But much of that would be way too intimate, relevant only to me for the most part."

"So let’s just say that it was the fact that the gig occurred, otherwise in a busy schedule that has kept me active all of my working life, I might not have found my way yet as a tourist to this most southern tip of Europe. And with that being so I might have remained in the dark with regards to a place that has brought so much mystical light to me." - Jim, 28th May 2012




Teatro Del Lido, Ostia, Italy
July 13th, 1983
Main Set: King Is White And In The Crowd / Glittering Prize / The American / Premonition / Hunter And The Hunted / Promised You A Miracle / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Big Sleep / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Street Hassle / I Travel / Celebrate




Elixir Festival, Toulouse, France
July 15th, 1983




Elixir Festival, Guehenno, France
July 16th, 1983
Main Set: Love Song / Sweat In Bullet / King Is White And In The Crowd / Glittering Prize / The American / Premonition / Hunter And The Hunted / Promised You A Miracle / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)




Comiskey Park, Illinos, USA
July 23rd, 1983
Supporting: The Police
With: Joan Jett, A Flock Of Seagulls and The Fixx
Simple Minds were considered for gig, but decided against it, as they wanted to start work on Sparkle In The Rain. It is possible that they were mentioned in press releases and advertising.




Market Square Arena, Indianopolis, USA
July 25th, 1983
Supporting: The Police
Simple Minds were considered for gig, but decided against it, as they wanted to start work on Sparkle In The Rain. It is possible that they were mentioned in press releases and advertising.




Olympic Amphitheatre, Montreal, Canada
August 3rd, 1983
Supporting: The Police
Simple Minds were considered for gig, but decided against it, as they wanted to start work on Sparkle In The Rain. It is possible that they were mentioned in press releases and advertising.




Pheonix Park, Dublin, Ireland
August 14th, 1983
Supporting: U2
With: Eurythmics and Steel Pulse
Main Set: Waterfront / Sweat In Bullet / Glittering Prize / The American / Premonition / Hunter And The Hunted / Promised You A Miracle / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Big Sleep / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)

Street Hassle, I Travel, Love Song and The Kick Inside Of Me are also sometimes included on various listings but the band didn't play them.



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