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summer tour 2018


Simple Minds will be touring over the summer.


"Three weeks from now our summer dates begin. You could say then that in some little way a kind of tension on our part will start to rise between then and now. And just as it should!

"After all an audience invests much when they decide to come see Simple Minds, and I don't just mean financially. Investing time and emotions in our music, presumably they invest a good deal of hope that the whole effort of coming to the show is worthwhile. They certainly don't want to be let down."

"When I was much younger, I used to fret prior to a tour. Rather than focusing on the good that was about to happen, I would get caught up in thinking about all that might go wrong. I would worry that we would not live up to expectations. Sorry. I mean I would worry that I would not live up to expectations."

"The fear of that however would drive me on, in fact good would also come out of that fear. Just as it continues to do so today. To play for any audience, anywhere, is a privilege. We should never take it for granted. Gig are sacred for us. No two are ever the same. You get the chance to create some very special moments. And once a moment is gone, it is gone forever.

"That is why nothing makes us happier at the end off the night, when we sense that we might just have lived up to those hopes. Created some special moments. And perhaps more than merited all the effort involved?" - Jim, 13th April 2018




Tour poster.


"It is said that Croatia’s second-largest city Split will capture your mind and steal your heart. Simple Minds will surely attempt to do likewise this upcoming Saturday evening when we kick off with the first date of our summer tour in Split.

"Meanwhile, although the Roman emperor Diocletian was one of the first to fall for Croatia’s coastal city, choosing Split as the spot to build his palatial retirement home etc.

"Simple Minds also more than fell for Split when we last played there. The memory of a beautiful city and a most enthusiastic audience still lingers. As for the need for our very own palatial retirement home? Well, plainly that is not on the agenda for us at the moment. With many tours still to do, and much music still to be made. We still have way too much energy to burn.

"So feel welcome to come see us - set the night on fire. We're really looking forward to getting this tour underway in Split" - Jim, 2nd May 2018





Znjan Beach, Split, Croatia
5th May, 2018
Main Set: The Signal And The Noise / Big Music / Hypnotised / Summer / This Earth That You Walk Upon / Glittering Prize / Waterfront / The American / See The Lights / Let There Be Love / Barrowland Star / Banging On The Door (Intro) / Dolphins / Let The Day Begin / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Sanctify Yourself
Encore: Stand By Love / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / Alive And Kicking

"We had lightning and plenty of rain prior to last night's open air show in Split. That is all part of touring in summer, and we just get on with doing our best no matter. That said, for sometime it looked as though the show might have to be cancelled. Bad weather is a serious issue after all and those in charge of events have a lot of responsibility re crowd safety etc. In any case, the audiences who come to see Simple Minds are generally loyal. It is tremendous how they encourage us despite standing sometimes for hours in even very stormy weather. The audience in Croatia did just that. We thank all of them for keeping positive throughout. Particular thanks to those who travelled from far to see the show. How did the show go? Well, with pools of water all over the stage it made it difficult to move around as much as we like to. Singing is also not really something you are meant to be doing in the rain - despite that famous song! Luckily though, the rain stopped and the wind seemed to settle down after a few songs. Thankfully, we managed to have a good atmosphere despite the disadvantages. It has been more than eight years since we last played in Split, we certainly hope that we do not have to wait so long again to perform in Croatia." - Jim, 6th May 2018


"Simple Minds recent (free) show in Split came about by enlarge thanks to the energy and vision of the city mayor Mr Andro Opara. Very much of our generation, Andro grew up in what was the former Yugoslavia, which of course at that time was a communist country. As a result it was never as easy for Andro and his colleagues (generation) to always access their kind of live rock music - the particular stuff that meant so much to them. In turn, for whatever reasons, infrastructure, finance, or just bad luck? Some bands like Simple Minds did not get to play in Yugoslavia as we did elsewhere frequently. That is not to say that no big live shows ever took place. Communist Yugoslavia was after all much more open than other communist countries. Nor to suggest that our music was not broadcast on radio. It was. Hence our popularity."

"Interestingly. I'm informed that although our album New Gold Dream was available. The original sleeve was modified to not feature the cross? Maybe someone can verify that, or not?

[Sure!]


New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) Yugoslavian editon

"Anyway politics decided all back then, much as it does now. But the world has of course changed in differing ways since then. Yugoslavia is no more. And as all over the world, many of the idealistic kids from back then now find themselves in powerful governmental positions. Very much now the elders and leaders, dealing with the tremendous responsibilities that go hand in hand.

"Although largely apolitical these days personally, to spend an hour or so, as we did in the company of Andro, to feel his passion and positive energy for Split, for life, and for Simple Minds even, was an invigorating experience. How great is it after all to meet people who seem to instantly fill the room with their energy, lifting the mood of all of us? Likewise how tedious is it to spend even ten minutes in the company of complainers and cynics? Fending off their gravity as it attempts to pull you down?

"Andro in any case has a vision for the future of Split, it is a huge challenge indeed. But he is undeterred and he follows that vision, it is his muse. Faced with critics etc. He laughs, then gets on with the job. And he is winning. Or so it seems. Simple Minds do likewise. Positive people are by nature attracted to similar types. They feed off each other. It was a real pleasure meeting Andro. We wish him the very best in all that he does, and in all the challenges that lie in front of him. Simple Minds are fortunate to have so many inspiring fans. Andro Opara is certainly one of them." - Jim, 11th May 2018


"Throughout the scenes of rain and stormy winds that confronted us on looking forward, out from the stage in Split last weekend. We were all aware that only a few feet behind, someone was lashing into the music, arms moving in non-stop motion, playing with a continuous smile that seemed to radiate heat that you would normally associate with summer nights by the sea in southern Europe. The joy explicit in Cherisse Osei's playing was apparent for all to see. Likewise her tremendous skills. Cherisse Osei, may be still young. But she's already a great. And we know a great thing when we see and hear it." - Jim, 11th May 2018




Reeperbahn, Hambourg, Germany
12th May, 2018
Before Show: Don't You (Forget About Me)
After Show: Summer
A stripped down version of Simple Minds - Jim, Charlie, Ged and Cherisse played at this Eurovision event. The band mimed to instrumental backing tracks whilst Jim sang live.

"Ever had a case of mistaken identity? What is your story? Me, I have had a few. Some disconcerting, some funny ... Fast forward many years. A few days ago we turned up at Hamburg airport, and felt it was yet another case of mistaken identity when I noticed that the flash cars they had sent to pick us up bore the logo of The Eurovision Song Contest. Until then we knew nothing of the fact that the TV promotion we had accepted for that night was in anyway connected to the event. And had we known we would have politely declined the invitation. Why so? For what reason and should I not explain further? No! Mother taught us that 'If you have nothing good to say - then best say nothing at all.'" - Jim, 14th May 2018




BBC Biggest Weekend, Scone Palace, Perth, Scotland, UK
26th May, 2018
Main Set: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / The American / Promised You A Miracle / Summer / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Sanctify Yourself / Alive And Kicking

"It always feels special for Simple Minds to play in Scotland, hopefully that will be very apparent to all who turn out to see us this weekend. With a positive weather forecast and a beautiful venue, in the grounds of Scone Palace, we look forward to this grand BBC music event due to be broadcast live on radio and TV.

"We first played in Perth back in 1978, and I recall the feeling of excitement and adventure as we bundled our equipment into the back of our delapidated transit van to make the journey north. We would soon get to know all those roads very well as we gradually spread out from playing pubs and clubs in Glasgow, to further forging a live reputation by eventually building a following in Stirling, Perth, Dunfermline, Dundee and Aberdeen thanks to an impressive amount of constant gigs in pubs, clubs, colleges and universities.

"By the end of that year our hard work was rewarded when record company executives started travelling up from London to see us as we continued to traverse the motorways and backwood roads of Scotland. All the time honing our music, growing in confidence dramatically with each and every gig.

"40 years later, essentially nothing has changed as we spend the next few days working on our live show, still desperate to improve, and still excited at the thought of travelling back to Perth." - Jim, 23rd May 2018

"Perth was glorious yesterday. The weather and a lot of good music helped make that so. But above all else it was the audience who made us feel so good. Thanks to all for that! We are now on our way to Wentworth near London - and we are looking forward to playing a much more extensive set tonight." - Jim, 27th May 2018




BMW PGA Golf Championship, Wentworth Golf Club, UK
27th May, 2018
Main Set: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / Love Song / The American / She's A River / Hypnotised / Promised You A Miracle / Summer / Once Upon A Time/ All The Things She Said / Dolphins / Let The Day Begin / Don't You (Forget About Me)
Encore: Stand By Love / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"It was a bit of stretch to imagine that former wild child and Stooges frontman Iggy Pop, who initially made his name through covering his torso in peanut butter and fronting the greatest garage band of all time, would as it turns out, also be one of rock n' roll's most unlikely aficionado's of golf. You can add Alice Cooper to that list, likewise Flea from Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

"Yet how ironic? Simple Minds, from the very country that is proudly recognised worldwide as the home of golf. The Mecca of grass courses etc. And yet somewhat shamefully, almost none of us know anything much about the sport that is so massively popular throughout the globe. Hard to believe? I know. But no one who was brought up in the Glasgow housing estate that we were, had access to the game of golf. You can add rugby and cricket to that list. You could also add sumo wrestling, cock fighting, and even fox hunting should you want to be pedantic. Some of "the Dad's" were into pigeon fancying though. And I always thought that was quite impressive. Meanwhile less dominoes and darts, the nearby greyhound races were diminishing in popularity, just as speedway was getting into some kind of mini ascendency, back in those days when both of Glasgow's giants - Celtic and Rangers - were picking up European Cups.

"That said, both our record producer Andy Wright and our manager Ian Grenfell both meet up on a fairly regular basis to whack little white balls, and they among quite a few others are looking forward to seeing Simple Minds play on a stage that overlooks the most idyllic looking grass course outside of Scotland - when we turn up to perform after the day's competition ends - at BMW PGA Wentworth, near London, this coming Sunday, 27th May.

"And for that reason among others, we are very much looking forward to the novelty of it all. After all having performed in football stadiums, show jumping, and ice hockey arenas. In addition to basketball and tennis courts, and even trackside at Formula 1. It is now time to get out there and bring our music into "another green world "... one that is both new and mysterious to us." - Jim, 24th May 2018

"Just arrived, warm and sun is shining. I've been told we are now going on at 5 pm. See you there! - Jim, 27th May 2018

"Seemed like we all, band and audience, enjoyed ourselves at sweltering' Wentworth. Both Sarah and Catherine definitely did!" - Jim, 27th May 2018




City Groove Fest, Podgorica, Montenegro
3rd June, 2018
Main Set: The Signal And The Noise / Big Music / Love Song / Sense Of Discovery / Mandela Day / She's A River / Hypnotised / Summer / Once Upon A Time/ All The Things She Said / Dolphins / Let The Day Begin / Don't You (Forget About Me)
Encore: Waterfront / Barrowland Star / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"Last weekend we played in the grounds of a palace. Next day, it was a purpose built auditorium situated on one of the world's most prestigious golf courses. Every gig a different challenge, with no two ever the same, especially touring Europe/UK in the outdoors of summer. This weekend's show is part of a city festival that takes place in Podgorica's stadium and it is a first for Simple Minds since we are set to play in Montenegro. 40 years ago, when first we started Simple Minds, our ambition then was to put together a great live band and take it around the world performing in as many countries as possible. The challenge we set for ourselves back then continues to this day. Next up Montenegro then and we are looking forward to it greatly!" - Jim, 31st May 2018

"First time in Montenegro for Ged Grimes, first time for all of us. Descending into a sweltering hot airport, the surrounding landscape looked beautiful. Met some of the locals following a press conference last night, it was obvious that there is a lot of excitement building up to tonight's show. We will aim to give our best - that is for sure! See you tonight. - Jim, 3rd June 2018




Caribana Fest, Crans-sur-Nyon, Switzerland
7th June, 2018
Main Set: The Signal And The Noise / Big Music / Love Song / Barrowland Star / Waterfront / She's A River / Hypnotised / Summer / Once Upon A Time/ Dolphins / Let The Day Begin / Don't You (Forget About Me)
Encore: Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"Thanks to all for the reception at the Caribana Fest last night. You made us feel good! Next stop Simple Minds live at Grimaud Harley Davidson Festival tomorrow." - Jim, 8th June 2018




Harley-Davidson EuroFest, Grimaud, France
9th June, 2018
Main Set: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / Love Song / Sense Of Discovery / Mandela Day / She's A River / Hypnotised / Summer / Once Upon A Time/ All The Things She Said / Dolphins / Let The Day Begin / Don't You (Forget About Me)
Encore: Stand By Love / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"The first few gigs of every tour are always a little "nervy". Plainly it takes a while for band and crew to settle as new arrangements need be familiarised, and some songs from deep in our past, that we might not have performed live for years, need to be reacquainted. In addition we have not played the same setlist twice so far in this series of shows, continuing to try and keep each show unique. Being so, it might have taken a handful of gigs until now but finally all seemed to click into place almost perfectly last night." - Jim, 10th June 2018




Festival Pedralbes, Barcelona, Spain
11th June, 2018
With: Texas
Main Set: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / Let There Be Love / Love Song / Sense Of Discovery / Mandela Day / The American / See The Lights / Summer / Once Upon A Time/ All The Things She Said / Dolphins / Let The Day Begin / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Sanctify Yourself
Encore: Barrowland Star / She's A River / Alive And Kicking /

"We were delighted to be asked to perform in "La Hora Musa", Spain's impressive new music show. Our four song set was recorded in front of an enthusiastic live audience to be broadcasted later this year. Sadly there are very few great live music shows on TV these days, however it looks like "La Hora Musa" is set to kick start a great reputation for itself. We thank all who helped us yesterday, for the amazing hospitality also." - Jim, 11th June 2018

"Meanwhile, we are all on high after last night's live show in Barcelona. The audience - as always in Barcelona - were tremendous throughout, and Jardines De Pedrables is surely one of the very best open air venues. A beautiful and memorable evening!" - Jim, 12th June 2018

"We will be heading out early today, leaving Paris by (Long Black?) train. So we wave goodbye and say thanks to all who came to see us over these days - in Fnac on Tuesday and then at Le Reservoir last night. Everyone we met was enthusiastic about Simple Minds - our past and our current music. Thanks to OUI FM for the opportunity. Thanks to Laurent from BMG also, thanks to our technical crew as always. Mostly though thanks to all who made the effort to come and see Simple Minds as well as though who listened on line, then commenting." - Jim, 13th June 2018




Le Reservoir, Paris, France
13th June, 2018
Main Set: New Gold Dream [Acoustic] / Summer [Acoustic] / Glittering Prize [Acoustic] / The American [Acoustic] / Waterfront [Acoustic] / Mandela Day [Acoustic] / Let The Day Begin [Acoustic] / Somone Somewhere In Summertime [Acoustic] / Don't You (Forget About Me) [Acoustic] / Sanctify Yourself [Acoustic]
Encore: Sense Of Discovery [Acoutic] / Stand By Love [Acoustic] / Long Black Train [Acoustic] / Alive And Kicking [Acoustic]

A stripped down, acoustic version of Simple Minds performed at Le Reservoir, promoted as a gig from a secret location. This was broadcast live by Oui FM in France followed by a live Q&A.

"It was a little bit of a "stretch" to suddenly break off from our full on 7 piece electric rock band - reverting instead to a 4 piece acoustic as we did last night. No rehearsals previously, and only 1 soundcheck yesterday afternoon made it quite a challenge. Nevertheless, we felt great performing at tiny Le Reservoir last night. Regardless of only being acoustic our aim with Simple Minds is always to create a night full of powerful musical energy - giving 100% - no matter if we are playing in front of only 50 or indeed 50,000 people. My thoughts do however go out to our bassist Ged Grimes. He was not with us last night, instead he is mid way through a cycle trip, going all the way from Barcelona - where we performed on Monday - making his way to Nimes where we will perform this Sunday 17th of June. 392 kilometres in total. Now that is a stretch" - Jim, 14th June 2018




Festival De Nimes, Nimes, France
17th June, 2018
With: Texas
Main Set: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / Let There Be Love / Love Song / Sense Of Discovery / Mandela Day / She's A River / See The Lights / Summer / Once Upon A Time/ All The Things She Said / Dolphins / Let The Day Begin / Don't You (Forget About Me)
Encore: Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"In summer 1986 Simple Minds were overwhelmed to discover that we would play the magnificent antique Roman arena in Nimes. All that history was too much to take in, and completely fascinated by what was to be our concert venue in Nimes, we took the opportunity to visit the arena on the day before our show while the stage etc. was being set up. While there we took some pics, some of which ended up in the booklet of that tour's live album, Live In The City Light. The memories of all of this came flooding back to us today as we visited once more that same arena where a whole 32 years later we are due to play tomorrow night. Again we wandered around this monumental structure, again taking a few pics/fiming, still marvelling at the fact that we will have the challenge of filling the historic place with our music. Back in '86 I recall that the venue was packed, and that we shared the stage with Scotsman: Mike Scott's brilliant Waterboys. Tomorrow it is set to be packed once again, this time the packed audience will again see plenty of Scots on stage as we share it with fellow Glaswegians Texas. Back then we played our hearts out, proud to perform in such a magical place. Tomorrow we will do exactly the same. Everything changes as life moves on, but in some ways everything stays the same. That's Simple Minds." - Jim, 17th June 2018


"Touring Europe, open-air in summer, can be full of surprises. Genuinely no two gigs are even remotely the same, likewise no situation resembles the other. Add in a couple of tiny acoustic sets as we did in Paris/Lille a few nights ago, and the whole thing becomes dizzying. Wonderfully dizzying that is. After all, if I wanted consistency the last thing I would have done was turn my back on "conventional life" at the age of 18 and decided to be an artist. (An artist? Still feels weird saying that.) Anyway, here we are as Simple Minds. So many years later, where one night you could find yourself performing in front of 200 competition winers in a sweat filled club, with condensation dripping from the ceiling. And then just a couple of nights later (tonight) under starry southern skies in front of 10,000 people within a Roman amphitheatre built around AD 70, situated in the French city of Nîmes. And strangely enough, as much as there is a huge difference in the challenges of performing is such diverse gigs. That difference melts away as soon as the music starts and you find yourself embedded in the heart of the songs. Once there, all surroundings seem to disappear, and ironically you find a kind of quiet bliss among all that noise and the hysteria of the event. See you tonight in Nimes..we go on at 9pm" - Jim, 17th June 2018


"We enjoyed every moment in Nimes last night. One thing that all who performed agreed on, including those experiencing it for the first time and those who had played there various times before, is that the ancient Arena is breathtaking and surely along with similar ancient arenas in Verona, Taormina etc, you cannot help but feel honoured to have had the opportunity to play music within those walls. But of course a venue needs an audience to bring it to life, and the audience in Nimes last night were as good as any. A warm night, and a joyous feeling throughout made for a show that we are unlikely to forget." - Jim, 18th June 2018


"'There are only two types in the world - those who stay at home and those who do not. The second are more interesting.' A quote from Rudyard Kipling, pondered from the lip of the stage in Nimes a few nights ago as I became increasingly more interested in figures high above me - way at the very top of the ancient Roman arena, animatedly jumping around to the music while proudly waving a Scottish saltire. Naturally I got to momentarily wondering what their story was? Where they actually from Scotland? How and why they had travelled so far - if so? Of course we constantly give thought to those who travel from far and wide to Simple Minds. Going back to our very earliest days, before we even had a record deal, there was always someone who would make the effort to follow our band around the country, determined to support us, driven to be there with us. To this day we see plenty of familiar faces, people who over the decades - have literally been to hundreds of Simple Minds shows, travelled countless thousands of miles, criss crossing continents, spending vast amounts of money that they no doubt worked hard for. And all to be there with us, to also meet up with fellow Minds enthusiasts? How can we not be humbled by that kind of dedication? How can we be anything but immensely grateful? As indeed we are to all who come to see wherever we play, no matter how close or how far." - Jim, 21st June 2018





Rock The Ring, Hinwil, Switzerland
22nd June, 2018
Main Set: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / Let There Be Love / Love Song / Sense Of Discovery / The American / See The Lights / Summer / Once Upon A Time/ All The Things She Said / Dolphins / Let The Day Begin / Don't You (Forget About Me)
Encore: Barrowland Star / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"With a few days free between gigs in Nimes and Zurich, I decided to make for Nice. Most people head for Nice for a break of some sort, with it being the gateway to much of the south of France. Nevertheless, the town/city itself has plenty of charm, and historically it has been an old and "lucky "stomping ground of mine. Lucky in the sense that I wrote some of the lyrics to our biggest selling album while spending time in "Nice la Belle." For that reason among many others I will always have an attachment to the place. For that reason I will probably always try to return whenever possible, particularly so when I am working on lyrics to new song ideas, as I found myself doing these last days. Is it beneficial to have inspirational views when you are trying to be creative. Not necessarily so. I've written in all manner of situ, and plenty of past work has emerged out of dark/cellar type basements, squalid rehearsal rooms etc. Although in fairness, that was all a very long-time ago. The cliched idea of the poor and struggling artist admirably creating enlightened work, while living out of a cold garret, still holds an attraction for some. Personally, I grew out of the perceived romance of all that about 40 years ago. Back when we were actually working out of a frozen, dilapidated, former factory. As for Nice. It pained my heart to see the destruction that was wrought two years ago. Nice however has it's smile back, and it made me smile to be back there this week." - Jim, 22nd June 2018




Sala Garcia Lorca, Granada, Spain
28th June, 2018
Main Set: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / Let There Be Love / Love Song / Sense Of Discovery / Promised You A Miracle / I Travel / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / Summer / Once Upon A Time/ All The Things She Said / Dolphins / Let The Day Begin / Don't You (Forget About Me)
Encore: See The Lights / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"Initially planned for Granada's Bullring on June 28th the show will be moved to the Sala Garcia Lorca at the Palacio de Congresos in Granada on the same date. The show was been moved for production reasons."


"It felt enchanting all around on landing here last night. The drive into town coincided with the golden hour - in photography, the golden hour is a period shortly after sunrise or before sunset during which daylight is redder and softer than when the sun is higher in the sky. To cap it off a full moon was doing its thing brilliantly.

"Even though I am sure that this is our first time here. (No doubt someone will tell me otherwise.) I for some reason had a flashback to a tour we did back in 1989, where I recall being in Spain and throughout that visit listening to Lou Reed's "Romeo And Juliet." Among myriad things, Lou mentions both moonlight and the soft light of day in that heartbreakingly romantic rock song. I'm listening to it quietly right now. And already looking forward to Simple Minds performing in Granada later on tonight. Thanks to everyone who is coming to see us here in Andalusia." - Jim, 28th June 2018




4ever Valencia, Valencia, Spain
29th June, 2018
Main Set: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / The American / Let There Be Love / Love Song / Sense Of Discovery / She's A River / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / Summer / Once Upon A Time/ All The Things She Said / Dolphins / Let The Day Begin / Don't You (Forget About Me)
Encore: See The Lights / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"Thanks to everybody in Valencia. It felt like reigniting a precious friendship. Memories of more youthful days were in the air. But some new history was also made last night. Congrats and good luck to the organisers. This was the birth of a new festival, and for sure 4ever Valencia will succeed. Tonight we will end our shows in Spain. To play the capital city is of course always special in its own way and we also have great past memories of shows in Madrid. Much to look forward then. See you tonight in the Botanic Gardens." - Jim, 30th June 2018




Noches Del Botanico, Madrid, Spain
30th June, 2018
Main Set: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / Let There Be Love / Love Song / Sense Of Discovery / Mandela Day / She's A River / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / Summer / Walk Between Worlds / Once Upon A Time/ All The Things She Said / Dolphins / Let The Day Begin / Don't You (Forget About Me)
Encore: Promised You A Miracle / See The Lights / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"To all who came to our shows in Granada, Valencia and Madrid. A huge thanks from all of us. Each show felt full of powerful emotions, every night we played in front of the very best kind of audiences. Unforgettable really. Until the next time once again we say thanks to everyone of you!" - Jim, 1st July 2018




Acquedotte Festival, Cremona, Italy
2nd July, 2018
Main Set: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / Let There Be Love / Love Song / Sense Of Discovery / Mandela Day / She's A River / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / Summer / Walk Between Worlds / Once Upon A Time/ All The Things She Said / Dolphins / Let The Day Begin / Don't You (Forget About Me)
Encore: Promised You A Miracle / See The Lights / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"Whenever asked to name a favourite country to perform, inevitably Italy is one of the first that comes to mind. Simple Minds are so fortunate that we have such good audiences everywhere. Being so there is no favourite place, we are just grateful for the opportunity to play all around the world as we do! Nevertheless, like most people who have had the chance to visit Italy, I am sure you will agree that for so many reasons it is a delightful experience. As for a touring band? Italy in summer can be a real joy in particular with so many towns allowing their wonderful piazzas and town squares to be used as concert venues. For example, tomorrow night we will begin a series of Italian open air shows right there in Cremona. Followed by others over the next two weeks. It will be our first time in a town that has seen much important musical history. Our job if only for one night is is to try and create a little more. It really feels great to be going back to Italy." - Jim, 1st July 2018





Auditorium Parco Della Musica, Rome, Italy
3rd July, 2018
Main Set: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / Let There Be Love / Hunter And The Hunted / Promised You A Miracle / Mandela Day / The American / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / Summer / Walk Between Worlds / Once Upon A Time/ All The Things She Said / Dolphins / Let The Day Begin / Don't You (Forget About Me)
Encore: See The Lights / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"In the early days of Simple Minds, Rome was always a favourite place to play. So good that Charlie Burchill then made it his home for a number of years. For those reasons it is always a chance to meet up with friends old and new. Above all though, some of truly best shows have happened in Rome. We want to add to that tally see you tomorrow night in Rome!" - Jim, 2nd July 2018


"Italians know how to do it! Summer gigs that is! Keeping it simple, it seems like they just stick a stage up in any old (beautiful) place. They then turn up early - with their summer clothes on - and enjoy some cool drinks while watching their fave artists sweat it out under the stars. Jesus! It was hot on stage last night. It must be more than 30 years since I last had a cold beer. But I was sorely tempted last night! That's how hot it was. We are expecting more of the same in Rome tonight. Loving every minute of this tour!" - Jim, 3rd July 2018




Arena Sferisterio, Macerata, Italy
4th July, 2018
Main Set: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / Let There Be Love / Hunter And The Hunted / Promised You A Miracle / Mandela Day / The American / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / Summer / Walk Between Worlds / Once Upon A Time/ All The Things She Said / Dolphins / Let The Day Begin / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: See The Lights / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"We might think we know all of Italy? But until we saw the name Macerata on our list of concert dates, none of us had heard of it? Nevertheless, it is always a pleasure to play anywhere for the first time and especially so when the venue is as remarkable as the Arena Sferisterio, Macerata. Another unbelievable situation awaits us in Italy later tonight. And we very much look forward to our show in Macerata." - Jim, 4th July 2018




Marostica Summer Festival, Marostica, Italy
5th July, 2018
Main Set: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / Let There Be Love / Hunter And The Hunted / Promised You A Miracle / Mandela Day / She's A River / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / Summer / Walk Between Worlds / Once Upon A Time/ All The Things She Said / Dolphins / Let The Day Begin / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: See The Lights / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"Hoping Gordie Goudie brings some of his extra coolness on stage with him tonight in Marostica. Our 4th show in a row and the last in Italy for this week. France is coming up next, where temperatures are equally hot. No one is complaining though!" - Jim, 5th July 2018


"We used up all our superlatives many years ago in attempting to describe how wonderful it can be to tour outdoors in Italy during summer. That notion was even further enhanced, with the 4 shows we performed in this passing week. It is the combination of many things that make it so. Firstly, the multitude of unique venues that spring up countrywide throughout the warm months, really do make for magical situations. The historical 'Castle setting' in Marostica last night was yet another addition to a whole past collection of unforgettable settings in which we have performed. Both Cremona and Macerata, experienced in the last few days, would also be added. As always however, it is the audiences in Italy, engaging with the music in the way that they do, that truly bring these nights alive. Occasionally the formality and grandeur of some settings can make for an inhibited beginning to the show. Especially if the venue is seated? That inhibition soon starts to disappear, as more and more individuals start to demonstrate how happy they are to be hearing live versions of songs that seemingly mean very much to them. Soon after, what was initially a formal setting, becomes a seething mass, with the entire place seemingly jumping up and down as they sing along to entire songs. That certainly happened last night, it happened every night this week in fact. I first visited Italy as a 13 year old. Barely a teenager, Italy became my first love. A passionate affair. A love that continues. I see no end to it." - Jim, 6th July 2018




Beauregard Festival, Herouville Saint Claire, France
7th July, 2018
Main Set: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / Let There Be Love / Mandela Day / She's A River / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / Summer / Once Upon A Time/ Dolphins / Let The Day Begin / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"Sun is shining ever so bright this morning, and it feels good to be in Normandy, France. After 4 shows in succession and much over night travels, it felt nice to have a "free night". To forget about music. To forget about Simple Minds. To forget about what makes us who we are in the eyes of others. And so who and what are we on those nights when we are not pumped up, full of desire to entertain? Well, we are simply tourists. Strangers in a strange land etc. Far from home and apart from our real families, we become a little bit of a surrogate family. And if it is a night like last night in Caen, we sat around enjoying each others company. Food was good, and apparently the wine also. This is France after all, and yes, we really do know how lucky we are. Talking of family. The festival tonight includes a performance from the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. All the way from San Francisco, the group features Robert Levon Been on vocals and bass guitar. We have never come across Robert before, but we owe a heck of a lot to his father, Michael Been. Michael of course was the central figure in The Call, he also composed the wonderful Let The Day Begin, a song that Simple Minds adapted and play on a nightly basis almost wherever we are. I could go on and on about the influence of Michael on both Charlie and I. We think about him very often, and we miss him dearly. Actually if not otherwise engaged, I wouldn't mind spending some time with my own son and daughter today. My little grandsons likewise. All those "London Kerr's" are getting super excited about England's progress in the World Cup. I'll be watching, before we go on stage tonight!" - Jim, 7th July 2018




Fete Du Bruit, St Nolff, France
8th July, 2018
Main Set: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / Let There Be Love / Mandela Day / She's A River / See The Lights / Summer / Once Upon A Time/ All The Things She Said / Dolphins / Let The Day Begin / Don't You (Forget About Me)
Encore: Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"People are kind when they encourage you to enjoy a birthday. A phrase they often use is 'Make it a day to remember.' Similar in sentiment. 'Make it a night to remember' more than sums up Simple Minds' approach to playing live. A simple phrase. But it works for us as an added motivation while touring. Reminding us that no matter how many shows we are set to perform, every gig has to somehow be considered as something unique. And it is precisely that for many who have come to see us on any given night. Where the decent chances are that they might never have seen us before? Or have the opportunity to see us again? Likewise for us. It is almost certain that we will never be back in that same town, playing exact same songs, with same arrangements, featuring the same line-up, performing in exactly that same venue? Our next two gigs are good examples of that. Udine tonight, will be a first for us. Meanwhile Genoa tomorrow, we last played in early 90's. Being so, no matter how good these concerts hopefully go? We genuinely might not have any other chances to impress in those cities. No guarantees. Who knows? Better to live in the moment then. Somehow make each night seem like it is 'the only night.' And if we can succeed at doing that each and every night. We will have genuinely made some nights to remember." - Jim, 9th July 2018





Piazza Castello, Udine, Italy
10th July, 2018
Main Set: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / Let There Be Love / Sense Of Discovery / Promised You A Miracle / Mandela Day / She's A River / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / Summer / Barrowland Star / See The Lights / Once Upon A Time/ All The Things She Said / Dolphins / Let The Day Begin / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Walk Between Worlds / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"When it is raining 'cats and dogs' as it was last night in Udine? Well, it is not easy. Huge compliments to the audience for staying with us. Thank you! To be honest, we have played in far worse conditions, and in those situations you can even get to delude yourself that it is possible to conjure enough good fortune to will the rain to stop! My private attempts at that last night were in the end farcical. As were our attempts to navigate an increasingly treacherous stage. Slippy when wet! Any of us could have gone over the edge last night in Udine. Talking of dogs? As happy as we are to be back once again in the proud port city of Genoa, we can never forget out first time back in 1980, when we opened for Peter Gabriel. Some nights on the Italian dates of that tour we got 'dog's abuse' from an audience uninterested in a then unknown bunch of youngsters from Glasgow. Fairly common practice to almost all opening acts back then, I didn't blame them. Adversity makes you stronger in any case. See you in Genoa later tonight! We'll do all to make it great! Might even try to stop the rain if needed!" - Jim, 11th July 2018




Arena Del Mare, Porto Antico, Genoa, Italy
11th July, 2018
Main Set: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / Let There Be Love / Sense Of Discovery / Promised You A Miracle / Mandela Day / She's A River / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / Summer / Barrowland Star / See The Lights / Once Upon A Time/ All The Things She Said / Dolphins / Let The Day Begin / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Stars Will Lead The Way / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"Arrivederci Italia! Arrivederci meaning 'Goodbye until we meet again'. Above all, implying a temporary parting. Hopefully it is not so long until we return to a country that in many feels like home to Simple Minds. Thanks from to the heart, to all who came to see us during these Italian dates. I am confident that both band and audiences contributed in making some unforgettable nights." - Jim, 12th July 2018





Musilac Festival, Aix-les-Bains, France
12th July, 2018
Main Set: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / Let There Be Love / Mandela Day / She's A River / See The Lights / Summer / Once Upon A Time/ Dolphins / Let The Day Begin / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"After going on through the night, travelling pretty much as soon as the gig in Genoa finished. Charlie and I decided to spend the day in Geneva, Switzerland, while the rest - wanting to be based nearer that night's gig - made their way into Annecy, the pretty alpine town situated just across the nearby border in southeastern France.

"I'd have been more than happy to spend the day walking around the lake in Annecy. However yesterday I felt more like having a swim, and I knew the right place for me to do just that in Geneva. Wanting to further check out Geneva's botanical gardens added to the decision. A living museum, the gardens present a collection of more than 12,000 species, and last time through I only managed a very quick visit. The Japanese restaurant situated a couple of blocks away got much more of my time that day. So good, I had promised that next time in Geneva I would take Charlie, since Japanese food is his particular fave. And that then is what we did.

"We made the right decision too. It was a beautiful day in Geneva and we managed to have a chat about our upcoming American tour, feeling the need to add some songs the the current 30 or so we have currently been playing. We also took time to sing praise for our hard working technical crew, and the job that they do on our behalf.

"By mid evening it to was time to leave our day of leisure behind and set about our work for that night. The gig was about one hour's drive away and as we were not due on until around midnight, the roads en-route were very quiet. It was then that it dawned on me that these road were possibly the same roads that Charlie and I had hitch-hiked on, while still teenagers. Now looking out the window, from the back seat of a chauffeur driven car, it was hard to imagine whether that trip we made so long ago actually happened.

"But of course it did, I reassured myself. Truth is, wherever we are now within our lives, is merely an extension of the journey we set out on as kids. Finally. Just as dusk arrived we pulled into the festival site. Getting closer it became possible to just about make out the distant music of the act we would be following on that night's festival bill. Looking up at that moment, we could also see the huge video screens displaying a quite beautiful image of Depeche Mode's, Martin Gore. And while the tender song he was singing was absolutely unknown to me. There was no denying that it sounded just great." - Jim, 13th July 2018





Bospop, Weert, Netherlands
14th July, 2018

"I hope our hard working road crew enjoyed the day off and have recuperated a little from their recent slog. Our shows rely 100 per cent on their effort, it is thanks to them we are able to try and shine. We will of course be trying our best to do just that at our next gig, Bospop Festival in Weert, Netherlands, Saturday 14th of July. It is not the first time we have played Bospop, but it feels nice to be invited back onto that big stage. Any opportunity to give our best for our Dutch fans is to be welcomed, and this is the only summer date we have in Netherlands for this year. Need to make every minute count then? I am confident that we will." - Jim, 13th July 2018


Vince Barker

Vince Barker's connection with Simple Minds goes all the way back to our New Gold Dream touring days. You could call him a keyboard tech/programmer - but his value to our band transcends any generic term.

Many Simple Minds fans also know Vince as a photographer, and a splendid one at that. Generously, Vince has allowed Simple Minds through the years to publish his work on our various sites, we more than appreciate it.

From Vince's working position at the side of the stage, his shots are obviously unique. The positive aspect means that he captures angles that no one else gets. The negative? Well there is no negative - all bonus. But it means that he is tied to the same side stage position mostly. Don't forget that his main job is keyboard tech! In fact Vince only gets to take shots in those rare moments during a gig when he is not fully engaged with his main duty.

The greatest thing about Vince's pics is how often members of our audience get to feature. In many cases the front-of-stage fans are the stars of the pics. While we take the secondary role. How about that for a change? The best shots plainly, are those that capture the bond between band and fans.

Good news! Just today Vince has delivered a ton of images from various shows performed throughout these last weeks. We look forward to publishing many of them over the next months. We also feel sure that along with us, many of you will want to thank Vince for his efforts!

Jim
14th July 2018





Sion Sous Les Etoiles, Sion, Switzerland
15th July, 2018

"Can hear the sound of some distant thunder tonight. Who knows if it is headed our way? Already been soaked once this week, if so another soaking won't make that much difference. Going on in about 1 hour and very much looking forward to it!" - Jim, 15th July 2018


This was Catherine Anne Davis' last show with Simple Minds

"We say farewell now to Catherine Anne Davies. Having received such recognition
for her debut album as 'The Anchoress,' she is now headed back into the studio
to finish the follow-up album. We hope you’ll join us in wishing her all the best
for the future and we look forward to hearing the next instalment from 'The Anchoress.'


Attitude Needed To Play Live!

I realised a long time ago that among so many talented artists/musicians etc that I had come across that not everyone was built for performing and playing live. I also realised from those who were in fact built for 'the road,' that they seemingly came with an attitude written right through them. One that was always all too evidently wrapped up in a hunger and desire to prove a point, and to do it with great determination. If needed to prove that point on stage, on a nightly basis, week in-week out, year after year even? The glint in their eye told you that they felt all the better for that. They are a type and most probably just born that way.

Competitive through and through, pushing themselves on. Tough nuts, with no time for bullshit. Charlie and I relate to them.

Those who were not so driven to get out and give selflessly, despite their mountainous talent? It didn't make them any lesser in my eye. But it did make them vulnerable to all the not so great stuff that comes with leaving home and mostly all else behind - as you must, if you are going to a performer who travels incessantly. That vulnerability inevitably diminishes the performer within.

It is not so difficult to 'smell' if someone would rather not be on stage on any given night. I could smell it at a recent festival while watching a band from our generation tragically go through the motions. You could just tell that despite the fat cheque coming their way for a measly hour's work. The last place the singer wanted to be that night, was on stage in front of 40,000 people.

They were asking me about all of this and more during a recent interview, and I'm sure that and much more of the same will come during the dozen or so interviews I am due to give today. People do want to know how we approach touring, about Simple Minds' attitude to playing live, how we developed our passion for touring etc. Some of the following will no doubt come up. For the record then.

Indoors or outdoors?
We don't care.

Rain or shine?
Don't care that much about stuff beyond our control.

Festival appearances or our own tours?
No real difference to us when we are walking on stage.

Acoustic or full on electric?
A show is a show, we want to be great whatever the format. We even want to be great at soundchecks before the doors have opened and before anyone has come in the venue. As a duo, a three-piece, four piece, five, six, or preferably with seven on stage? No matter who is on stage, we give all that we have.

What is important and what do we care about the most?
The most important thing is having been given the opportunity to get in front of an audience, to never take that for granted. To always consider that for them it is not just another night on an extensive tour. And to realise that for most of them it is 'The night!' Being so we feel the need to forget any idea of future and past. We need to be there 100% in that moment only and giving that same amount of ourselves. Doing all we can to make sure those who have come to see us, feel that every note they heard and ever word sung came with genuine commitment to fill the place with our energy and our desire to entertain. We want them to know, that we know precisely how lucky we are to have this life. That it is an honour to be on stage in front of them.

Jim
24th July 2018


"We gave out a lot of energy over the weekend. We got a lot of love in return. Thanks to all who encouraged Simple Minds at Bospop in Netherlands, followed by Sion, Switzerland, last night. With a handful of days now free, band and crew will be back fully refreshed no doubt, and already we look forward to magical Carcassone on Friday 20th of July." - Jim, 16th July 2018


"With little more than two weeks to go before we start our UK leg of this summer tour, we are already starting to look back over the last couple of months spent touring throughout continental Europe. As mentioned previously, each gig has had its own individual character, all of them unique due to the varying backdrops of each venue. Pleasingly, a few of the gigs had us literally performing right at the water's edge. Genoa and Valencia among them. A couple of shows were also part of city beach festivals, including our the tour opener in Split, Croatia - where a deluge of rain and powerful winds made it seem anything but summer? A few weeks later in Grimaud near St Tropez, France, it was an entirely different story. Summer had more than kicked in, and Vince Barker's [pictures] before the festival doors had opened details perfectly how idyllic it was to perform there at the Harley Davidson Festival." - Jim, 18th July 2018





Festival De Carcassone, Théâtre De La Cite, France
20th July, 2018

"Looking at the dates before we set out, we were happy to see that there would be six French shows in total this summer. All gigs have gone superbly well so far, all audiences given more than we could have expected.

"Carcassonne, due to the unique beauty and atmosphere at the amphitheatre, was nevertheless always the show that we particularly looked forward to playing, being so it will be nice way to complete the series of French shows. There will be some added emotion tonight when inevitably recalling our longtime friend/promoter, Jean Marie Sanez. A genuine supporter of Simple Minds back in our very early days, it was Jean Marie who first brought Simple Minds to France in 1982. Believing that if we toured enough we could find an audience for our music. Four decades later we are still touring France, blessed with enthusiastic audiences throughout this fine country. I have a very clear memory of Jean Marie smiling proudly as we sound checked in Carcassonne on our previous visit. He had predicted that we would fall in love with venue, the city, the region. He was more than correct. Living fast - and dying - young at heart, Jean Marie had a rock n' roll spirit that seemed liked it could burn endlessly. He won't be with us physically tonight, but somehow he will always be with us whenever we go on stage in France. I'll be singing Dolphins tonight. Most probably thinking of Jean Marie throughout!" - Jim, 20th July 2018


"Been many excellent ones, but for me it was the most enjoyable. I particularly love that venue, and I like the huge dimension of the stage. A really great place for any performer to go to work. An honour. OK! Some people might have needed their umbrellas once the rain began towards the end of last night's show in Carcassonne? But what an audience all the same! Thanks to all of you, and as always thanks a little bit more to those who travelled from far and wide. Special thanks beyond that even, to those who saw us play in Carcassonne so many years ago, and once again turned out for us. Still loyal to Simple Minds after all these years!" - Jim, 21st July 2018




Das Fest, Karlsruhe, Germany
22nd July, 2018

"Feels good to be back in Germany and a great start hopefully tonight at Das Feste in Karlsruhe. Always an encouraging audience for Simple Minds, the name Karlsruhe, translates as "Charles’ repose", and was given to the new city after Charles III William of Baden-Durlach, woke from a dream in which he dreamt of founding a new city.

"Charlie Burchill also had a dream to become not only a guitarist. But also a songwriter/arranger and producer. Learning to play a little bit of saxophone and violin, additionally you can hear his piano and synth work featured throughout almost entirely the last thirty years of Simple Minds recordings. For many who don't know, Charlie plays all guitars and almost all keys from our Real Life album in 1991 going all the way to this year's Walk Between Worlds album.

"When not busy with all that, as well as performing thousands of gigs etc, Charlie has learned to speak Italian and is now once again working on his Spanish. Ged Grimes could help him out with that I suppose? In great form right now, is Charlie! You might notice that over this next week or so in Germany, beginning later on this evening in Karlsruhe." - Jim, 22nd July 2018


"Got off to a great start in Germany last night, the huge crowd in Karlsruhe made it so. All festivals are different, each with its own vibe. Some have an organic/idealistic feel about them. While others, are little more than great big money making machines. There was a sweetness in the summer air last night at Das Feste. Hard to describe, but we could feel waves of positive energy coming our way, especially from those way up on the surrounding hills. People of all ages seemed to be really loving the music, having a great time with each other, having a great time with us. Thanks to all in Karlsruhe. What a cool festival you have. Congratulations!" - Jim, 23rd July 2018





Kunst!Rasen, Bonn, Germany
25th July, 2018
Main Set: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / Stars Will Lead The Way / Let There Be Love / Andy Warhol / Mandela Day / She's A River / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / Summer / See The Lights / Once Upon A Time/ All The Things She Said / Dolphins / Let The Day Begin / Don't You (Forget About Me)
Encore: Speed Your Love To Me / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"After a two day break we are more than refreshed and very much looking forward to performing live in Bonn tonight. Still on a high after the reaction to our first summer show in Germany last weekend." - Jim, 25th July 2018

"A sultry evening, and it felt beautiful to be be right at the river's edge in Bonn last night. Our second gig in the series of German dates and we could not have been happier with the welcome and the reaction to our show. Thanks to all who came to see Simple Minds in Bonn last night!" - Jim, 26th July 2018




Summertime at Norderney, Norderney, Germany
26th July, 2018

"The sea breezes felt great tonight! The sound of the crowd that greeted each song felt equally special. A tiny festival on a dreamy little island - but the organisers work every bit as hard as elsewhere to make it all happen. I loved being there tonight. On to Mainz for the last German show of this week, and what a week it is been. Glorious!" - Jim, 26th July 2018




Summer In The City, Mainz, Germany
27th July, 2018
Main Set: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / Stars Will Lead The Way / Love Song / Let There Be Love / Mandela Day / Andy Warhol / Glittering Prize / Walk Between Worlds / She's A River / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / Summer / See The Lights / Once Upon A Time/ Dolphins / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"Germany. Thanks from all of us to all of you! Something special going on in Germany this week. We could feel it at each of the gigs, all of them were uplifting experiences. Thanks to all who came to see us, thanks to all for the kind comments." - Jim, 27th July 2018




Camp Bestival, Lulworth Castle, UK
29th July, 2018

"Gordy Goudie might not need those sunglasses for Simple Minds set at Camp Bestival tonight? Whatever the circumstances we will try to bring our ray of light! Would be nice nevertheless if the rain stopped and the wind died down a little at least. Please!" - Jim, 28th July 2018

The concert was cancelled due to safety concerns brought on by dreadful weather conditions.

"I couldn't tell you the last time we were involved in an event that was cancelled due to safety concerns associated with poor weather? No doubt someone reading this will remind me. Likewise an amount will testify that we have indeed endured some pretty horrendous situations in the past, when downpours on a quasi-biblical scale have let loose on Simple Minds. Even more so on our most loyal fans. That said, we are sad and frustrated to not be performing as planned tonight at Camp Bestival. Sad for all those who had made much effort and were looking forward to our set, saddened for all involved with the festival. Frustrated because we were of course all set to play. Our equipment had been unloaded, crew were in place, band already in the vicinity etc. In the end though, plainly it was not to be. And that is a real pity!" - Jim, 29th July 2018




Meersburg Festival, Castle Square, Meersburg, Germany
1st August, 2018
Main Set: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / Stars Will Lead The Way / Let There Be Love / Promised You A Miracle / Mandela Day / Andy Warhol / Glittering Prize / Walk Between Worlds / She's A River / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / Summer / See The Lights / Once Upon A Time / Dolphins / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Barrowland Star / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"Meersburg tonight - last but not least. Situated on the northern banks of Lake Constance, I'm sure that we have not performed previously in Meersburg. Distant memories of shows on Lake Constance still resonate however, and we are lucky to be heading towards some beautiful landscapes en route. Tonight is the fifth and final date in Germany and as mentioned on a previous post, it has felt rather special throughout. Beginning at Das Fest in Karlsruhe and continuing with each and every show, band and audiences have created an atmosphere that has seemingly overwhelmed. We will be looking to create more of that tonight in Meersburg. Thanks to all in Germany who continue to come and see us, who continue to support the music of Simple Minds." - Jim, 1st August 2018

"Yes, well. OK. We were a little unlucky with the weather yet again! Can you believe that the rain waited until we walked up the steps to the stage before graceing us all with its presence? It did not manage to dampen anyone's spirits though or so it seemed to us as we looked out to into a packed town square. We loved playing in Meersburg in fact, even with the constant rain, And what a gorgeous place it is, situated on the shore of Lake Constance. Thanks to all for making us feel so good throughout this series of German shows." - Jim, 1st August 2018




Lokerse Feesten, Lokeren, Belgium
3rd August, 2018
Main Set: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / Stars Will Lead The Way / Let There Be Love / Promised You A Miracle / Mandela Day / Andy Warhol / Glittering Prize / Walk Between Worlds / She's A River / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / Summer / See The Lights / Once Upon A Time / Dolphins / Don't You (Forget About Me)
Encore: Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"It began in Croatia 3 months ago and ended in Belgium last night. In between we travelled travelled thousands of miles and performed our music in front of hundreds of thousands as we criss crossed much of the continent, also taking in Switzerland, France, Spain, Italy, Holland and Germany. We are grateful for the whole adventure, grateful above all to everyone who has come along to see us play. We are very lucky to have this life, and we we know it!" - Jim, 4th August 2018




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