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grandslam 2018


The groundbreaking Grandslam tour will see Simple Minds teaming up with The Pretenders. Each band will perform a 90 minute set. Support act for all the gigs will be KT Tunstall.



Pretenders' lead singer Chrissie Hynde is Kerr's ex-wife, and the last time he shared a stage with her was in 1985, the year after their wedding, at Live Aid. So why now? I ask.

Kerr replies: "I'm not sure why people are so surprised about us touring with the Pretenders. People assume that with your ex there’s always aggro.

"Chrissie and I haven't seen each other all the time and there's been periods where there hasn't been any contact. But now we have grandkids."

Kerr adds: "We are such fans of the Pretenders and I've asked Chrissie to tour with us three or four times — finally it has worked out.

"KT Tunstall toured with us last year in Europe and she's great and a good laugh too."

Up Close With Simple Minds
The Sun
8th February 2018

"I've spent much of the last few days cheering on all those athletes in Australia that are currently taking part in the Commonwealth Games. Naturally the volume of the cheers rise a bit more if one of those athletes happens to be a Scot.

"Talking of Great Scots. Last year we were thrilled to have KT Tunstall out on tour with Simple Minds as we toured Europe with our Acoustic set. And now thrilled even more to know that she will be with us again for all of those upcoming Simple Minds/Pretenders shows beginning in early August and going through till September.

"Meanwhile it was fine to see KT become the first woman to lead the New York City's Tartan Day parade. Dressed head to toe in Stewart tartan, she looked rightfully proud. As did 'King' - the rescue greyhound - also in matching tartan.

"Simple Minds have been fortunate to have toured and performed with many great artists. As such sometimes a kind of a bond based on friendship and artistic respect is made with those whom we have shared a stage with. That is the case with KT Tunstall.

"We all - band and crew - look forward immensely to seeing her in concert again with Simple Minds, later this year."- Jim, 9th April 2018


"With a list as long as our arms of the many great artists we have performed alongside with throughout our career, few have matched singer/songwriter KT Tunstall when it comes to energy, talent and charisma. Having her out with Simple Minds throughout l ast year's European tour was a joy, particularly so when she joined us on stage each night to share the microphone for a couple of songs. Being so, our band and crew are more than looking forward to working with KT once again. Beginning in the UK in just over two weeks time, the Grandslam events, also featuring the legendary Pretenders will surely more than live up to expectations, and we cannot wait to get things underway. As fans of both KT and Chrissie Hynde, it's guaranteed we will be making the most of this unique tour." - Jim, 19th July 2018


"When she walks on stage I certainly don't think 'Oh look... There goes Grandma!'

"Well, that is how I answered a certain question put to me on number of occasions while recently being interviewed to promote our upcoming UK Grandslam shows featuring The Pretenders and KT Tunstall. Because while it's true that Pretenders singer, Chrissie Hynde and I have an on going story between us that involves a daughter, and grandchildren. The thought that instantly went through my head when she walked on stage in Glasgow some months ago, was more along the lines of, 'Oh there she is. Trailblazer. Icon. A true great - as good now as she ever was. Better even?'

"Gordie Goudie was with me that night in Glasgow, his thoughts were precisely the same. We are all fans, and that is why Simple Minds, band and crew, are super excited to be playing these shows together with The Pretenders next month."

"I have no doubt that for all who are planning to come to these shows, your thoughts will almost certainly mirror mine - when she walks on stage in front of you. Don't miss it!" - Jim, 26th July 2018


On the 1st August, a limited number of Meet And Greet Upgrades were announced. These excluded the concert ticket and included:

  • A Signed Programme
  • Pre-show meet and greet
  • Photo opportunity with the band
  • VIP Lanyard and Laminate
  • Early venue entry
  • Crowd-free merch shopping

"Been looking forward to this for a very long time, finally it's here and we can't wait to get started. Unlike last weekend in the UK, it's forecast to be warm and sunny. Sunglasses at the ready then if you are coming to see and hear all of us at Maidstone, Kent on Saturday. Followed by the show at Cyfarthfa Park on Sunday. Already the talk of the town, therefore you will know that KT Tunstall and The Pretenders are sharing the bill with Simple Minds. Make sure then that you get there early and don't miss a note. We look forward to seeing all of you in the UK throughout this month and beyond." - Jim, 3rd August 2018




Kent Event Centre, Maidstone, UK
4th August, 2018
With: The Pretenders
Support: KT Tunstall
Main Set: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / Love Song / Let There Be Love / Promised You A Miracle / The American / Walk Between Worlds / She's A River / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / Summer / See The Lights / All The Things She Said / Dolphins / Don't You (Forget About Me)
Encore: Let The Day Begin / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"Late night, last night. Followed by today's ferry crossing from Calais to Dover. Those white cliffs glistening in the sunlight etc. are an emotional sight to see. Or so I was told. I slept the entire journey. It feels good to be back in UK. Feeling fresh despite the thousands of miles travelled over the last 3 months. Been looking forward to these UK gigs for some time, now very keen to get started." - Jim, 4th August 2018

"Enjoyed performing at the Maidstone Grandslam. Cherisse Osei as always played her heart out. Thanks to all for making us feel so good! Next up - heading to Wales for tonights show at Cyfarthfa Castle." - Jim, 5th August 2018




Cyfarthfa Park, Merthyr Tydfil, UK
5th August, 2018
With: The Pretenders
Support: KT Tunstall
Main Set: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / Love Song / Let There Be Love / Promised You A Miracle / The American / Walk Between Worlds / She's A River / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / Summer / See The Lights / All The Things She Said / Dolphins / Don't You (Forget About Me)
Encore: Let The Day Begin / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"Bit of a lengthy bus trip, but we are in Wales now and as you can see from Charlie's picture, he's very happy about that. Both KT Tunstall and The Pretenders were on fire last night. We weren't bad either. With truly perfect weather, you can expect more of the same tonight." - Jim, 5th August 2018

"Thanks to all at Cyfarthfa Castle. Grandslam indeed! We certainly all had a grand time in Wales. Packed venue, great weather, great audience, and truly great artists performing with us i.e. KT Tunstall and The Pretenders." - Jim, 5th August 2018

"Two down! Bring on the next two! Might be what I am suggesting judging by the picture! Or alternately I might be asking for another two of these cool T-shirts, since both my father and my best friend instantly claimed the two in my suitcase on arrival back home. Either way, still on high from the weekend and looking forward to Salford this Friday, followed by Leeds next night." - Jim, 6th August 2018




AJ Bell Stadium, Salford, UK
10th August, 2018
With: The Pretenders
Support: KT Tunstall

"A wiseman! So keen to get to Salford for tonight's gig, Gordy decided to take the early train from Glasgow. Then again, he's probably had enough of my company and instead wanted to get to the Bell Stadium well in advance, and in plenty of time to see greats like KT Tunstall followed by The Pretenders. We are all looking forward to it immensely!" - Jim, 10th August 2018

"We had a ball in Salford, thanks to all for making the effort to come along to these Grandslam events. Some travelling from far and wide, some coming to see Simple Minds still after so many years of listening to our music still following us. We appreciate it immensely! As always Ged Grimes made it swing last night. No doubt he will do the same later tonight in Leeds Millennium Square. Hope to see you there!" - Jim, 11th August 2018




Millenium Square, Leeds, UK
11th August, 2018
Support: KT Tunstall

"In the mood last night. In the mood again tonight. In the mood for it every night in fact. That's what our audience deserves. We are Simple Minds... See on stage at 8:45" - Jim, 11th August 2018

"An umbrella or two might have come in handy at our gig in Leeds Millennium Square last night? Thankfully however the weather in no way managed to dampen anyone's spirits, and in no sense did it rain on anyone's parade. Or at least that is how it seemed from our vantage point, looking out over the packed city square. As said last night, we are fortunate in that seemingly everywhere we go Simple Minds attract great audiences. But special mention has to go to those who stand in the rain for a couple of hours, losing themselves in the music and the atmosphere of the show, despite whatever unhelpful conditions. A huge thanks then to all who came to see us in Leeds last night. Definitely one of the best crowds we have had the pleasure to be in front of. That is the truth!" - Jim, 12th August 2018




Butts Park Arena, Coventry, UK
18th August, 2018
With: The Pretenders
Support: KT Tunstall



Emerates Riverside, Durham, UK
19th August, 2018
With: The Pretenders
Support: KT Tunstall



Riverside Park, Newark, UK
25th August, 2018
With: The Pretenders
Support: KT Tunstall



Castle Park, Colchester, UK
26th August, 2018
With: The Pretenders
Support: KT Tunstall



Trent Country Park, Enfield, UK
27th August, 2018
With: The Pretenders
Support: KT Tunstall



Lyndard Park, Swindon, UK
31st August, 2018
With: The Pretenders
Support: KT Tunstall



South Of England Event Centre, Ardingly, UK
1st September, 2018
With: The Pretenders
Support: KT Tunstall



Racecourse, Taunton, UK
2nd September, 2018
With: The Pretenders
Support: KT Tunstall



Northern Meeting Park, Inverness, UK
8th September, 2018
With: The Pretenders
Support: KT Tunstall



Slessor Gardens, Dundee, UK
9th September, 2018
With: The Pretenders
Support: KT Tunstall




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