"Simple Minds have been in deep with rehearsals over these last weeks and you could
feel the fruition of all that really starting to pay over these last days in particular. New songs, new arrangements,
new ideas, all of them starting to fall into place, the excitement of the work starting
to become palpable."
"Much as it was in October/November 1977 when "the seeds" of what to become
Simple Minds were spending our days intensely trying to work out how to put our new ideas into an exciting
live set that we then planned to perform at each and every every pub (or support gig) gig we could manage to hustle
throughout the foreseeable future."
"Desperate to be good, even more desperate to be great."
"That was the only (unspoken) remit back then, and it is our only remit now. In fact, very little changes in the
essentials of how we are, and how we feel about what we do.
Sure, some faces come and go. Line - ups evolve and dissolve, mostly naturally. And certainly we've gone through periods of
weakness and comparative strengths."
"In doing so it is easy to think about massive changes that have occurred within our story along the way. Much
like the world itself has surely changed beyond recognition since back then. Right?
But hold on a second. Has it really? Or, (technology and the effects of it apart) have many of the changes that occurred
not mostly been on the surface really? Well, that is increasingly my view, or it was as I made my way to work in Glasgow this week."
"Glancing around that microcosm, the atmosphere of the city has hardly changed in my view. People still throng through
it at the same busy times as they did back then. The street musicians still ply their trade on the very same corners. The
cutting edge teenagers still sit on the same library steps - when its not raining. People still populate the same streets for
venues to go eating and dancing... the city still feels a little edgy when the rival football teams play blah de blah! And absolutely
guaranteed is that when I head in to Glasgow Central to catch the London bound early this coming Monday morning without a doubt
I will see the same packed arrival trains. All from the same surrounding suburbs, still dislodging students and workers, all mostly
scurrying so as not to be late for whatever it is that brings them to the city."
"Indeed then, all pretty much as it was when I took the early morning trains as a 16 year old serving apprentice, registered
with what was then one of Glasgow's biggest construction companies."
"But anyone reading this could correctly think "What are you trying to say? Of course there has been changes in culture,
in social practices. Glasgow itself has been reinvented from a post industrial basket case to something else entirely. People have
died, new people have come along. The once vibrant gone tired, the new vibrants taken their place etc?""
"Certainly no arguing with that! But the view that I wish to put over is probably best summed up with the French
bon mot plus ça change. (“the more it changes, the more it's the same thing”). And likewise with Simple Minds.
40 years ago this week we would've been in a room within the Gorbals, Glasgow. Hammering out musical patterns that we would hope
could thrill an audience.
40 years later and now situated about a quarter of a mile from that original room, we were still doing exactly the same thing.
And still getting equally excited about what is creatively coming together.
And as for any changes that happen to us along the way? Well the idea and perceptions can sometimes be viewed as exciting, or
perhaps confusing? Mystifying even? You can take your pick as you see it I suppose. After all this is "our thing" and we don't give
too much away!
But there is no getting away from the essential - and that is.
The more we change, the more we stay the same." - Jim, 29th September 2017
Simple Minds will take to the road in February 2018 to premiere
Walk Between Worlds in a selection of special live shows, which
will be in three parts: a performance of the album, a live on-stage interview and a classic Simple Minds' set
with hits and a few surprises! For fans it will be a very special, one-of-a-kind experience.
"As much as it has been a real pleasure to work on Walk Between Worlds,
equally so it is thrilling to observe that the Simple Minds' story continues to evolve both in the studio
and on the live stage. Sensing that each of these songs are destined to become individual events when played live - we look
forward to performing all of them alongside already established live classics when we set out on this next upcoming tour." - Jim.
Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow, UK
13th February, 2018
Albert Hall, Manchester, UK
14th February, 2018
Roundhouse, London, UK
15th February, 2018
Salle Pleyel, Paris, France
17th February, 2018
Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium
18th February, 2018
Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
19th February, 2018
Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
20th February, 2018