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acoustic live 2017


"The concert stage is where Simple Minds do their best work, it is where we forged our distinctive live reputation. For that reason we look forward immensely to taking "Simple Minds Acoustic" out on tour. Don't be fooled by the acoustic tag however! These shows will be as energetic and passionate as ever." - Jim, November 2016



Acoustic Live 2017 is the natural evolution of an album project that has seen the band strip down and re-imagine songs spanning their eclectic and illustrious career. On Simple Minds Acoustic the band have found a way of doing the acoustic thing without losing their essence, and Simple Minds songs loved by millions now sound more organic and even more likely to leave a lasting imprint.


"It's that time of year where we get asked what were the highlights of the past 12 months. Best live show for me was U2 at Glasgow Hydro. (Just over a year ago in fact.) The music and performance was searingly good as always. And although the ground breaking technology of the video screens mesmerised, the biggest impact for me was when the guys played some of their earliest songs under a solitary lightbulb e.g. I Will Follow... It's just dawned on me that a year later Simple Minds currently begin our sets under a solitary... chandelier. Same difference I suppose!" - Jim, 24th November 2016.

(One quip at the Hackney Empire gig was that the chandelier came from Elton John's bathroom.)



"It really has been encouraging to see how much pleasure the acoustic album has already given to those open-minded enough to take a chance on it. There were plenty of doubters and still are. Some really quite ignorant comments came our way and that that will probably continue, but it will never deter. Blunt negativity of any sort has had no real effect on us whatsoever for four decades, so why would it do so now? Usually it causes us to laugh, if truth be known. But then again, given that it has taken us until now to release such a project, it might be obvious to suggest that we ourselves had plenty of reservations? And we certainly did. Until... the music started that is! Because as soon as Charlie Burchill came up with the haunting acoustic template for the album opener The American, it was obvious to us that this would be more than a worthwhile exercise, and something we should commit to wholeheartedly. That commitment will extend to this tour. And for those who saw and enjoyed the Hackney Empire preview I would like to say - you really have not seen anything yet! The news that tickets for that tour are selling so well throughout UK/Europe, and that additional dates are being added etc, is of course heartwarming. So again, we say thanks to all who have "backed us" with the acoustic record and tour. Your enthusiasm has an immense effect on who we are and what we do. It really means the world!" - Jim, 3rd December 2016


"With praise still coming in for the acoustic album, how can we not be looking forward to the upcoming Spring tour of Europe/Ireland/UK. The one-off London, Hackney gig that featured live on the BBC last November, did the profile of the project a world of good. I guess on the back of that we were delighted to see ticket sales for the tour go so well. Not a bad result then? Considering the amount of hostility that came our way initially. (And all for having the temerity to desire hearing our classic sound stripped down a little!) But let's be clear. A Minds version of a live acoustic performance is bound to be different from what most people probably think of when they imagine an acoustic show? Our version will definitely not revolve around two "earnest troubadours" perched on stools, eyes closed and surrounded by a circle of little tea-light candles. Strumming away forlornly. Jeez Oh... To hell with that! No. Simple Minds Acoustic Live will be about a different kind of energy. One that pours from the heart but aims to get the feet moving. Moving that is, as in jumping up and down. These shows will be sweaty rather that icey cool. Passionate and noisey, rather than ponderous/airy fairy. All manner of dynamic songs, featuring plenty of drama, and with a rock n roll spirit still very much in attendance throughout. Plus, having KT Tunstall with us in Europe, kick starting the evening - well, that is an unimaginable bonus. You might think you like her already? But I vouch you'll love her by the end of her set. Both Charlie and I were head over heels in awe of her talent, when she came down to our studio and performed on the acoustic version of Promised You A Miracle. The inspired new arrangement owes more to her incidentally, than it does us. And that's not all! We will also be bringing some fantastic lighting, and a beautiful stage design that to be very frank - a project that only plays small and beautiful concert halls like this - usually cannot afford. But we will "dig deep", we will give all to make it happen. A true one - off then. A genuinely unique Simple Minds tour that those who support us deserve. What else to say? Huge thanks to all who have indeed supported us by buying the album and of course tickets to the shows. We will not let you down." - Jim, 2nd March 2017


"It was more than fifteen years ago, however it was Gordy Goudie's rearrangement of Cry (we retitled it Cry Again) that started to convince us that maybe Simple Minds could and should work on some more acoustic based arrangements for a future project. Fast forward to early last year, to when we finally decided to record our Acoustic album. It made sense to reconnect with Gordy, (who had previously written and produced for Simple Minds) and set him the challenge of helping to rearrange some of the earlier iconic Minds tunes. The result is the versions of Glittering Prize, Speed Your Love To Me and Richard Hawley's haunting Long Black Train, all of which feature on Acoustic. Many who appreciate the acoustic project will agree that the aforementioned tracks are among the standouts, and for that we are grateful to Gordy's talent. We are also excited at the prospect of a few other Minds classics that Gordy and Charlie are currently working on for the upcoming Acoustic tour. It's going to be good. Really good!" - Jim, 20th February 2017



Tour flyer for the UK gigs.


Colosseum Theater, Essen, Germany
8th April, 2017
Support: KT Tunstall



Colosseum Theater, Essen, Germany
9th April, 2017
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Jahrhunderthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
10th April, 2017
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Meistersingerhalle, Nuremberg, Germany
11th April, 2017
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Admiralspalast, Berlin, Germany
13th April, 2017
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Laeiszhalle, Hamburg, Germany
14th April, 2017
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The Koncerthuset, Copenhagen, Denmark
15th April, 2017
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Kurhaus, Baden-Baden, Germany
17th April, 2017
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Rockhal, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
18th April, 2017
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KKL Luzern, Luzern, Switzerland
19th April, 2017
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Teatro Colosseo, Turin, Italy
21st April, 2017
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Teatro delle Muse, Ancona, Italy
22nd April, 2017
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Auditorium Conciliazione, Rome, Italy
23rd April, 2017
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Teatro Auditorium Manzoni, Bologna, Italy
25th April, 2017
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Teatro Verdi, Florence, Italy
26th April, 2017
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Teatro degli Arcimboldi, Milan, Italy
27th April, 2017
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Halle aux Grains, Toulouse, France
29th April, 2017
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L’Auditori, Barcelona, Spain
30th April, 2017
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Teatro Circo Price, Madrid, Spain
2nd May, 2017
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Lisbon Coliseum, Lisbon, Portugal
3rd May, 2017
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Coliseu do Porto, Porto, Portugal
4th May, 2017
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Forum Evolucion, Burgos, Spain
6th May, 2017
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Baluarte, Pamplona, Spain
7th May, 2017
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Patinoire de Mériadeck, Bordeaux, France
8th May, 2017
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Cite De Congres, Nantes, France
9th May, 2017
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Le Grand Rex, Paris, France
11th May, 2017
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Kursaal Oostende, Oostende, Belgium
12th May, 2017
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Kursaal Oostende, Oostende, Belgium
13th May, 2017
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Royal Theatre Carré, Amsterdam, Netherlands
14th May, 2017
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Palais Des Beaux-Art (Bozar), Brussels, Belgium
15th May, 2017
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Caird Hall, Dundee, UK
17th May, 2017
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Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, UK
18th May, 2017
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Sage Gateshead, Gateshead Quays, UK
19th May, 2017
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Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK
21st May, 2017
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Royal Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, UK
22nd May, 2017
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Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, UK
23rd May, 2017
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The Spa, Bridlington, UK
25th May, 2017
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Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, UK
26th May, 2017
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London Palladium, London, UK
27th May, 2017
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Colston Hall, Bristol, UK
29th May, 2017
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St Davids Hall, Cardiff, UK
30th May, 2017
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Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, UK
1st June, 2017
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The Lighthouse, Poole, UK
2nd June, 2017
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Brighton Dome, Brighton, UK
3rd June, 2017
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Theatre Royal, London, UK
4th June, 2017
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Waterfront Hall, Belfast, UK
6th June, 2017
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"Particularly delighted to have these dates announced. Both cities have supported us since our very earliest days, given us some of the most enduring memories. Can't wait." - Jim, 9th December 2016




Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland
7th June, 2017
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Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland
8th June, 2017
Support: KT Tunstall




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