"The famous Celtic Park pitch is to play host to one of the most spectacular events ever held at the stadium."
"It is expected that around 2,000 fans will pay tribute to the Lisbon Lions to mark the 40th anniversary of
the Club's greatest ever achievement."
"The glittering, star-studded event will take place on May 25, 2007, exactly 40 years after the Lions'
famous European Cup victory against Inter Milan."
"In a huge, specially constructed marquee on the hallowed turf at Celtic Park, the event will feature a
sumptuous four course dinner, top comedy and music acts, unique video compilations, as well as special tributes
to the Lions from guests from the world of sport and entertainment."
"It is with great pleasure that the Club can also confirm that
Jim Kerr and
Charlie Burchill from
Simple Minds will be performing live on the evening."
"Jim Kerr and
were delighted at their invitation to perform and commented: "As lifelong fans we are delighted that
the club is recognising the Lisbon Lions, the greatest ever Celtic team, on the 40th anniversary of
their magnificent achievement."
"We, along with our families, friends and undoubtedly many other Celtic fans look forward to spending
the evening of the 25th of May with our Lisbon heroes, and once again thank them deservedly for giving us the
most glorious day in our clubs on going great history."
"Celtic Chief Executive Peter Lawwell said: "The memories of Lisbon still remain very strong for all
Celtic fans and it is the Lions' achievement in 1967 which is a major part of what makes Celtic the Club
it is today."
"To become the first British Club to lift the famous European Cup is an honour which is Celtic's
forever and one which we are rightly very proud of. We are sure that the event in May will be a most fitting
tribute to the Lions’ magnificent achievement."
Simple Minds appearance at the gig was initially prompted by
Andy Gillespie who'd heard about the event and how Simple Minds
were scheduled to appear. So he called Charlie - who knew nothing about it.
So Charlie called Jim - who knew
nothing about it. But the momentum gathered from there.
As a Celtic supporter Andy Gillespie demanded to play. With
Mel unavailable, Jim McDermott
picked up the sticks. And a bearded Eddie Duffy appeared on bass.
Footage of the gig (including backstage and rehearsals) appeared in Live Bundle 6
and Live Bundle 7 (including the full performance of Alive And Kicking.)
"Tonight we get to play in Celtic Park which is a place Charlie and I (and
some of the other guys in the band) which was a great focus for us when we were kids. But up until
tonight, I've never had the chance to play here. And if there was a night to play here, it's probably
this event." - Jim.