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walk between worlds north and south american tour 2018


Simple Minds will tour North America in September and October 2018, playing two full sets featuring iconic songs spanning their whole career and including tracks from the new album Walk Between Worlds.



Two VIP packages are being offered:

VIP PACKAGE DEALS

Walk Between Worlds Meet And Greet Experience

One premium reserved ticket in the first rows to watch Simple Minds live in concert
Meet and greet / photo opportunity with Simple Minds
One official show setlist signed by Simple Minds
Invitation to a pre-show event in the venue, featuring a two-song soundcheck performance and a Q&A session with Simple Minds
One exclusive Simple Minds soccer scarf
One limited edition show-specific poster, signed by Simple Minds
One Commemorative VIP laminate and lanyard
Early venue entry
Merchandise shopping before doors open to the general public
On-site host


Sense Of Discovery Soundcheck Experience

One premium reserved ticket in the first rows to watch Simple Minds live in concert
Invitation to a pre-show event in the venue, featuring a two-song soundcheck performance and a Q&A session with Simple Minds
One exclusive Simple Minds soccer scarf
One limited edition show-specific poster
One Commemorative VIP laminate and lanyard
Early venue entry
Merchandise shopping before doors open to the general public
On-site host


"Now that the dates have been announced and finally on sale from today, we cannot tell you how good it feels to know that we will be returning to North America later this year. For much too long we have been asking our fans in those parts to keep the faith, all the while understanding that their patience has been severely tested. It is however our greatest intention to more than make up for that once we get on stage in front of you."

"To all who are making plans to see our shows - we offer a huge thanks - and look forward to re-connecting with you in North America. It really has been much too long. Hopefully see you out there... somewhere!" - Jim, 25th April 2018

Canada - This Flight Tonight

So many of Minds earliest memories of playing live involve experiences that occurred within Canada, and we always be grateful for that.

When it came to music, Canada was always forward looking and therefore willing to give a chance to new things. That attitude back then, was a tremendous benefit to young bands from the UK, and throughout the country we found that radio stations, media outlets, club owners etc. would open their doors. Basically they were willing to give us a chance. That encouragement was like oxygen to us; just about keeping us alive when we were not yet selling any records and were still trying desperately to build a live audience - from nothing really.

Talking to a journalist from Montreal about that just the other day, he responded. "Yes it is true, we always had a progressive outlook and were willing to seek out new things for our market. But you still needed to be pretty great Jim. Or, deliver the sense that you had great potential. Simple Minds always had the strongest potential, therefore so many in Canada believed in you from the earliest days."

How lucky we were then to be able to work in Canada from our earliest days. How fortunate to come across individuals who became not only fans and supporters, but actual "crusaders" for our band. Doing all they could to spread the word on our behalf.

In truth, we owe a ton to those who stood by us in those days when we needed all the support we could get. Their belief in Simple Minds was thoroughly genuine, all of which made us believe in ourselves that bit more.

All these years later. Nothing has changed. Wherever we are in the world, we still rely on all the support we can get. When someone tells us how much the music means to them, it makes us want to continue. To try and produce more magic. When someone talks about how excited they are to come to the gig. It makes us want to be even better on the night.

That is how it works! Back then and now.

In just over one week's time, we will return to Canada. With shows in Montreal, London and Toronto, I hopefully don't need to tell you how important it is for us to give our best.

Canada will always be special to Simple Minds.

Jim
19th September 2018


North America - Here We Come

I could never forget the thrill, when seeing for the first time ever, an American visa stamped on the page of my passport. That was way back in October 1979. And it was still hard to believe, that less than two years from forming Simple Minds, we would now soon be flying out to showcase songs from our first two albums in New York of all places! More than a dream even, the visa was proof of a then overwhelming reality."

"Truly, it was a bit too much to take in. Because let's be honest, every UK kid who starts a rock-n-roll band, dreams of touring in North America. They dream even bigger, of finding success over there. Simple Minds, as fortune would deter, were eventually to become one of the extremely lucky ones."

"Last week, when I visited the new American Embassy in Vauxhall, London. I found it thrilling still, even all these years later, to have the latest working visa stamped on my newest passport. Signifying, again unbelievably, that we are are on our way once more to work in North America. And honestly, we just can't wait to get started. Hope to see you somewhere, out there!"

Jim
11th September 2018



The colour 48 page tour programme featured an interview with Jim and Charlie by Adrian Thrills, self-penned brief biographies of all the musicians, extra pictures from the Dean Chalkley photoshoot, merchandise and album details.







Pepsi Center WTC, Mexico City, Mexico
20th September 2018
Main Set: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / Love Song / Let There Be Love / Mandela Day / Sense Of Discovery / Promised You A Miracle / The American / Hunter And The Hunted / Walk Between Worlds / She's A River / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / All The Things She Said / Dolphins / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Let The Day Begin / Hypnotised / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"One of the big disappointments of our career is that for some reason - until now - we have never performed in Mexico? Well that is finally about to change and within a few months time only! Cannot tell you how thrilled we are to know that Simple Minds have confirmed a show in Mexico City! See you there with our wall of love!" - Jim, 18th June 2018


"For decades we have hoped to get the chance to perform in Mexico City. That is finally set to happen next month and we are immensely excited about out first ever show in that part of the world. The audiences in Mexico have a great reputation. Simple Minds also have a formidable reputation for playing powerful live shows. It is all set then to hopefully be a memorable occasion. I certainly enjoyed the various interviews with Mexican media today. They were all well informed, and knew with great depth the history of our band. Mexico City next month and we can't wait! - Jim, 2nd August 2018


"Arrived in Mexico City, and loving the vibe of the place already. Teaming with life this city, Charlie and I just might take our life in our hands and go for a spin through the crazy traffic. The promoter's assistant kindly met me at airport. On the drive in she queried: "How come Simple Minds have never played in Mexico before?" "Pfffffff! You tell me? We though you would never ask us? Didn't like us maybe?" I responded. She smiled and said "I don't think so. Everyone is excited about the concert. All my friends are hounding me for tickets!" Well, I don't want to be arrogant. But I reckon they might be hounding her even more next time we come through. After Simple Minds have shown what they can do on stage tomorrow night. Or at least - I hope so!" - Jim, 19th September 2018


"Among many standout moments we experience during a show, an appropriate highlight is when you take a few seconds to acknowledge those who have come to see you. To look into their eyes - and say thanks! We hope to do just that later tonight when Simple Minds play their first ever show in Mexico!" - Jim, 20th September 2018


"We had been looking forward to playing in Mexico for such a long time, finally we got the chance last night. Many told us previously how much we would enjoy performing in front of an audience in Mexico. Enjoy? What an understatement - a truly great audience turned out to see Simple Minds last night. Thank you so much! We worked hard tonight. Felt exhausted afterwards. But it is good to feel exhausted when you have given everything. Already we cannot wait to come back to Mexico. Thanks from the heart - to all of you!" - Jim, 21st September 2018


"So here we, headed for Pennsylvania on the eve of a 30 date North American tour and still pinching ourselves - is this really happening? You have to understand. The last time we toured this extensively in North America was in 1986, and sadly that is more than thirty years ago. The reasons why that came to be are many. Among them, speaking honestly, is the fact that we made some poor career choices a long time ago, the repercussions from which we struggled to recover. But that is the past, and although we will always carry our past with us, our journey has led us to where we are right now - slightly still in disbelief that over the six weeks - we will have the chance to once again go to work in a part of the world that has has always meant so much to us both as artists and as individuals. For that we are delighted and grateful enough - to be thanking our lucky stars!" - Jim, 22nd September 2018


This Is Not America

It is actually. And as with all countries, seemingly there are countries within countries.

The views I saw just last Sunday during my morning walk through Manhattan, have nothing in common with the landscape I witnessed during today's early morning walk through the town of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. And yet, although I come from another continent, much of what I saw today reminded me so much of the views that I witnessed while growing up in the West of Scotland in the 60's and 70'.

That stands to reason given that Bethlehem (where Simple Minds are due to start their North American tour in less that 24 hours from now) just like my hometown of Glasgow and the surrounding central belt of Scotland - became a centre of heavy industry and trade during the industrial revolution. The accompanying photo that I took this morning, easily makes me think of an area only minutes from the street where both guitarist, Charlie Burchill, and I were raised.

Unlike the State, in the UK they did not refer to areas such as ours as the "rustbelt". And yet all around us deindustrialisation had, during our childhoods, gradually set in among many of the surrounding towns and communities near Glasgow. Resultantly much of the landscape we witnessed at home, started to take on an image of places that the modern/computerised world - had left behind. That reality caused much pain to so many during our childhood years. Job losses and unemployment caused never-ending heartbreak in equal measure. (The Simple Minds song Soul Crying Out, was written specifically about this subject.)

Nevertheless, I was quite thrilled this morning. To find myself so far from home, and yet spiritually speaking, somehow feeling utterly close to a time and place that produced me - and so many of my generation - who still managed to succeed in someways against odds that were stacked high against us.

My trek ended with me taking a hike up towards Lehigh University, located on South Mountain on the city's South Side. It has 5,000 undergraduates and 2,100 graduate students, some of whom passed me by - taking no notice of this tourist within their midst. I however could feel their energy, on this already quite chilly morning. Doing so, it dawned on me that the future lay with them, and I have hope that they will succeed. Leading then to the possibility that this town/area that became world famous once before could be reborn so forcefully once again.

I have to say that it felt great to be in America this morning. And I am so happy that we are here in the heartlands, and very much ready to go to work tomorrow night!

Jim
24th September 2018





Sands Casino, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
24th September 2018
Main Set #1: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / Love Song / Let There Be Love / Up On The Catwalk / Sense Of Discovery / Promised You A Miracle / The American / Hunter And The Hunted / Stand By Love / Dirty Old Town
Main Set #2: Theme For Great Cities / She's A River / Walk Between Worlds / Hypnotised / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / All The Things She Said / Dolphins / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Book Of Brilliant Things / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself


"Almost six months since the dates were first announced, at last we get to start what will be our most extensive North American Tour in too many years. As posted yesterday, we couldn't be happier with a situation that tonight finds Simple Minds live at Sands, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. It is a venue with every necessary facility, and we put it to full use yesterday during a day long rehearsal."

"Why rehearse you might well ask? After all, we have already been out touring extensively through Europe/UK over the recent summer months? This being North America however, and considering how little we have toured here in comparison to other places, we owe it to our fans here to go the extra mile."

"That means you should get there early - as we will play two sets each night - with a twenty minute interval. (Tea and cucumber sandwiches backstage for us then?)"

"More seriously, it lets us add a handful more songs to the recent set, including various that we have not performed for years. In addition to that we will try and vary the set a little each night, if possible. Try to make each night somewhat unique."

"What more to say then than to ask all our fans worldwide to wish us well tonight, with the opening date of the tour. And to say thanks to all who plan on coming to see Simple Minds wherever we turn out to perform over the next six weeks in North America. In return we will aim to give nothing less than our best!" - Jim, 24th September 2018


"Thanks to all for turning out to see us in Bethlehem - making us feel so good - here on the first show of our North American Tour. We loved every minute... So thanks to all once more!" - Jim, 25th September 2018


"I didn't feel like sleeping on return to the hotel after last night's gig in Bethlehem. I guess I still felt high with the excitement of our first show of the tour and the overall delight at being back in North America. Instead I felt the need to get out for some air to clear the head, somehow what was originally planned as no more that a 10 minute walk turned out to be more than an hour. Thoroughly pleasant it was too. I appreciated the cool night air and the stillness of the town around midnight. Around the hotel area there are some rusty railway tracks, with the trains themselves moving slowly yet fairly frequently. The noise of them taking me back to my childhood home, where at night I took comfort in the motion of the slow trains that passed by at the bottom of our street. Back then, still as a kid, I liked the thought that I was not the only person awake in the world as I tossed and turned, imagining where those trains were headed, while the rest of the house around me was fast asleep."

"I can't tell you how much we have enjoyed our days in this part of the world. But it is now time to pack the bags and getting moving to our next stop. Red Bank. New Jersey." - Jim, 25th September 2018





Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, New Jersey, USA
26th September 2018
Main Set #1: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / Once Upon A Time / Let There Be Love / Up On The Catwalk / Sense Of Discovery / Promised You A Miracle / The American / Hunter And The Hunted / Stand By Love / Dirty Old Town
Main Set #2: Theme For Great Cities / She's A River / Walk Between Worlds / Hypnotised / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / All The Things She Said / Dolphins / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Book Of Brilliant Things / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself


"Ever since we first began travelling, we've had an awareness of the roads taken by others throughout history, those same physical roads that we have now taken on countless occasions. In Europe that invariably means historical associations, all of which stands to reason, many of the routes have origins that go all the way back to the Roman empire."

"Arriving yesterday by tour bus at the New Jersey Turnpike, my thoughts were less occupied by ancient history. Instead I was considering how so many artists/entertainers that I admire, have come out of New Jersey - born or raised. A brief role call? Frank Sinatra, Alan Ginsberg, Jerry Lewis, Jack Nicholson, Joe Pesci, Patti Smith, Debbie Harry, Tom Verlaine, Bruce Springsteen, Steve Van Zandt, Frank Valli and Dionne Warwick. All of whom have enriched my life with their work."

"Seeing the local roads signs as we then made our way to Red Bank, New Jersey - where Simple Minds are due to perform the 2nd show of our North American Tour tonight at The Count Basie Theatre - one name dominated the animated conversation that sprung up between Charlie, Gordy and myself. That name belonged to the actor, James Gandolfini."

"Thinking of James brought me back to an equally excitable conversation that I had with my daughter some 13 years ago. Returning to London after a trip to New York, where she had accompanied her mother to an event that had seen Chrissie Hynde being inducted in The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, my daughter was desperate to inform me of me of one person in particular of whom she had been introduced to at the ceremony."

""Guess who I met?" she teased. "Uh, Neil Young?" I responded. "Yes. And we was cool!" Continuing: "Springsteen was also lovely. As was Pete Townshend, and Bono of course. Stevie Nicks too, what a blast they all were.""

"I should explain that our kids are down to earth. That event was an exception - they don't in general have show biz existences. Finally she said. "But Dad, I was thinking of you throughout and how much you would have been thrilled to meet the person who was sat right next to me at the table, and was unbelievably charming.""

"By this time I was getting exasperated, my curiosity was running thin on patience. "Who the hell was it then?" I exclaimed."

""It was our hero... Tony Soprano!!!""

"She delivered that sentence with an amount of excitement that almost made her squeal. To be honest, that revelation almost made me squeal as well!"

"Yet another Jersey boy - we miss the talents of James Gandolfini."

"Badda Bing!!!!! See you in Red Bank, later tonight!" - Jim, 27th September 2018


"Thanks to all who came to the Count Basie last night. A great theatre, and a great crowd to match. People are turning out to support Simple Minds in a way that we never thought we might see again. The enthusiasm is so much appreciated. So thanks again to all of you - and see you next time! Meanwhile thanks to all who have come to the shows and posted so positively." - Jim, 27th September 2018


Breaking A Golden Rule

We broke one of our own rules yesterday. More about that later!

Still high with the exuberance of a great night in New Jersey on Wednesday - and thanks again to all who came to our show at the Count Basie. Charlie and I decided instead to skip the overnight ride to Montreal and drive into Manhattan, letting us spend all of Thursday (a free day from work) in New York City. And what a day we had!

Inevitably Mr Burchill wanted to scour the various shops that deal in musical instruments, primarily guitars of course. This he has been doing repeatedly ever since we first came to New York back in 1979. It is a ritual that will probably never cease. Despite already owning a vast guitar collection - Charlie is always on the look out for further additions - this time it was a white Gibson SG - a favourite of both of ours ever since we saw Alice Cooper's band use them on their first visit to Britain.

I didn't feel like traipsing round the shops this time, plus I had some writing to finish off in any case. Being so I let Charlie get on with what turned out to be a fruitless search, while I did what I had to do, and then enjoyed a walk in the sunshine for the rest of the morning.

Our friend and journalist/broadcaster, Billy Sloan, knows New York better than anyone else I know. And despite being from Glasgow, can recommend myriad places, some more well known than others. The Oyster Bar and Restaurant in Grand Central is of course well known, but it's always a treat to walk inside that amazing building, and Billy had suggested that if we went along early before the lunchtime crowds, we would not go wrong!

Charlie and I acted on his advice, and found the perfect corner table. Lunch was delicious and we had the chance to talk about all manner of things, including past memories of our visits to New York to record and perform. Charlie reckons that I have great memory for all that stuff. I'd say that I have a decent memory. But even with that, I am often amazed when he manages to brings up things that I had entirely forgotten about.

Afterward, I let Charlie continue with his search while I headed over to New York Public Library. Been so long since I last entered any kind of library, and while in Manhattan only last week, I decided that next time through I would venture inside.

The building was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965, and I am always fascinated by famous buildings, their past story and the current vitality. Today, the main reading room is equipped with computers that access the entire library collection. (Meanwhile a Fellows program makes reserved rooms available for writers and scholars, selected annually, many have accomplished important research and writing at the library.)

By late afternoon, I was in need of some sleep. I rarely sleep more than five hours each night when I am on tour. I do however sleep usually for 30 to 45 mins at some point each day if the schedule allows. Yesterday not only did the schedule allow, it demanded that I freshen up for the evening to follow and I'm sure you will understand why that was of importance.

As fortune has it, none other Bruce Springsteen was performing on Broadway last night. His one man show has been running for 5 nights per week since last November, and tickets for the already sold out shows are as scarce as gold dust. It is as though the entire world wants to come and see Bruce play his songs and tell his stories, in what is a beautiful and intimate Broadway theatre. And just like everyone else, Charlie and I were desperate to catch the show."

That Bruce's manager, Jon Landau, was able and willing to secure us two seats, was genuinely thrilling. And as for the show? Well, it was every bit as impressive as you would imagine. Only a hundred times more.

To be seated about twenty feet from Springsteen as he belted out Born To Run on an acoustic guitar, is not something we will ever forget. It was an honour to be sat there.

After the show, we broke one of our own (silly) golden rules. The rule that states we never go backstage to visit an artist after we go to gigs. Why so? I guess it is because of our own experience, wherein after our gigs, we are rarely in the mood to get into conversations. All we want in truth is to be quiet usually.

That may be so. However! When you get invited to go back and say hello to Bruce Springsteen? Who is going to say no to that?

And what did we talk about? We spoke about his music and his book. We queried what it feels like to play the same venue, night after night, for months on end? He asked about our tour and our gig in New Jersey. Plus he and Charlie spoke about piano and guitars.Most importantly we had the chance to genuinely thank him for all that the pleasure that he has given. And it felt so good to be able to do that.

A perfect day then. But today is another day, and we have work to do. Our flight to Montreal is booked and we will arrive later on this afternoon, fully refreshed and recharged for our next Simple Minds show.

Canada here we come!

Jim
28th September 2018





M-Telus, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
28th September 2018
Main Set #1: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / Celebrate / Up On The Catwalk / Sense Of Discovery / Promised You A Miracle / The American / Hunter And The Hunted / Stand By Love / Dirty Old Town
Main Set #2: Theme For Great Cities / She's A River / Walk Between Worlds / Hypnotised / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / All The Things She Said / Dolphins / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Book Of Brilliant Things / Midnight Walking / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"Feels great to be back in Canada. Thanks to all who came to the show in Montreal tonight - we appreciate the welcome!" - Jim, 29th September 2018


"So loud were the cheers at the end of the show, that our sound engineer, GG was able to measure and confirm that this indeed was one of the loudest/most enthusiastic crowds we have ever witnessed. No doubt, it felt wonderful to be back in Canada after a five year gap and we say a huge thanks to all who came to see Simple Minds in Montreal. We continue tonight in London, Ontario where I believe it could easily be more than two decades since we last played in that town? Nothing however can replace on going memories of often being there from 1980 - 1984. London Ontario was one of the first places to take our band to its heart. We aim to repay that sentiment tonight. Expect nothing less than 100% effort!" - Jim, 29th September 2018





Budweister Gardens, London, Ontario, Canada
29th September 2018
Main Set #1: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / Stand By Love / Once Upon A Time / Up On The Catwalk / Sense Of Discovery / Promised You A Miracle / The American / Hunter And The Hunted / Midnight Walking / Dirty Old Town
Main Set #2: Theme For Great Cities / She's A River / Walk Between Worlds / Hypnotised / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / All The Things She Said / Dolphins / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Book Of Brilliant Things / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"Thanks to all who came to the London, Ontario show. We met some very nice people before and after, most importantly we played to a great audience in Canada yet again." - Jim, 30th September 2018





Sony Centre For The Performing Arts, Toronoto, Ontario, Canada
30th September 2018
Main Set #1: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / I Travel / Celebrate / Up On The Catwalk / Sense Of Discovery / Promised You A Miracle / The American / Hunter And The Hunted / Midnight Walking / Dirty Old Town
Main Set #2: Theme For Great Cities / She's A River / Walk Between Worlds / Hypnotised / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / All The Things She Said / Dolphins / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Book Of Brilliant Things / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"The Edge. Masonic Temple. Massey Hall. Going all the way up to Maple Leaf Garden arena, and others beyond. The list of venues that Simple Minds have played in Toronto is long and varied. It is however those first three names that always conjure up some of the greatest nights of our "young lives" - spent during our band's formative years excitedly touring all over Canada, performing in particular in Toronto."

"Montreal opened its heart to us very early in our journey, for that we will always be grateful. Vancouver was another that encouraged Simple Minds back in those days when we were struggling to make any impact beyond small clubs and college radio stations. Add Ottawa to those names, with Winnipeg to follow, and as you can see, it made sense for us to soon venture out into the real heartlands, gigging in bars and clubs in Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon etc."

"Touring in a freezing and dilapidated bus, I can tell you it was very cold, and very dark out there, as we made our way gig after gig over long stretches of highways, driving on and on into the next destination. Thankfully though, we were always met with warm receptions wherever we found ourselves on-stage. Mostly red hot in fact. That made every effort worthwhile."

"It was Toronto that truly first started to come out in real numbers to see Simple Minds. Local radio station CFNY began adding us to their regular playlist, exposing the city to our music in a way that no city in the world - apart from Sydney - was then doing. Our thanks still knows no end. But it was the over the top enthusiasm of kids in Toronto (we were all kids back then) that really gave us the wings to fly."

"Many of those early Minds supporters became friends, and remain so to this day. I clearly recall carousing Yonge street with them after the gigs had finished, moving on from one bar/party to the next, until sun came up. Then - collapsing exhausted - before getting ready to do it all again the very next day."

"Tonight in Toronto, we will perform at The Sony Centre For Performing Arts. It is 5 years since we last ventured through, and of course we want to put on our best. It is the least this city deserves for what it did for Simple Minds when we were first starting out." - Jim, 30th September 2018


"Toronto, never, ever, lets Simple Minds down. The level of noise from your cheers last night was hard to believe. We will be back to play for you again, hopefully sooner rather than later. Meanwhile the memory of tonight's show will live on for a very long time. What a weekend it has been for us in Canada! Thanks to all for coming to our shows, in Montreal, London, and Toronto. Thanks for your wild enthusiasm. See you next time!" - Jim, 1st October 2018





Beacon Theatre, New York, New York, USA
2nd October 2018
Main Set #1: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / I Travel / Glittering Prize / Up On The Catwalk / Sense Of Discovery / Promised You A Miracle / The American / Hunter And The Hunted / Stand By Love / Dirty Old Town
Main Set #2: Theme For Great Cities / She's A River / Walk Between Worlds / Hypnotised / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / All The Things She Said / Dolphins / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Book Of Brilliant Things / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

To New York With Lou Reed As The North Star

"The North Star, formally known as "Polaris", has served as a beacon of inspiration and hope for many." Make no doubt about it! The journey that sees us walk out on stage tomorrow night in New York's, Beacon Theatre, began somewhere around 1974 in the washroom/cellar of a house in the southside of Glasgow. That house belonged to the parents of our school friend, and original Minds drummer, Brian McGee, and we will always be in debt to their goodwill in allowing a bunch of exciteable 15 year old school friends through their front door. Especially knowing that for the rest of the night they would have to endure what must have been a godawful racket.

Their act of kindness was a godsend. As anyone who has tried to put a rock band together from scratch, and without financial means, will tell you. To have had a place where you can work out of, make as much noise as you want etc. Plus, have one that comes free of charge? Well, that is almost unheard of and much too good to be true?

Would Charlie, or my own parents, have be so willing to suffer the same as the McGees?

The answer is that they would have on occasion. The reality however is that there was no room in our abodes to swing a cat. In addition, I doubt the neighbours who lived in our building would have been so tolerant. Who could blame them? Brian's father had his own business however, and had seemingly done well enough to enable the McGees to inhabit their own independent home. A thoroughly welcoming place it was.

And so with Tony Donald on bass, Joe Donnelly on guitar, alongside Brian on drums, and augmented by Charlie and yours truly - still quite reluctant to humiliate myself by daring to stand in front of a microphone - we first plugged in and tried to work out the basic chords to records that we, as fans, were infatuated by.

That is how we came to first learn about the chord patterns and song structures that lay behind some of our favourite music. Think about it? We had had no training, no music teachers, no mentors, and we knew no one who was in a band professionally or in a position to lay any wisdom on us.

Instead we looked at the music and songs of one man in particular, who through his own music and attitude, eventually kick-started our career, as well as the careers of many others, hungry and mad enough - to dare emulate their heroes.

The name of that man was Lou Reed. And symbolically speaking, he was the "North Star" - as far as we were concerned.

Waiting For My Man, Sweet Jane, White Light White Heat, are only three of many Lou Reed compositions that we covered in that basement cellar. The noise that came from The Velvet Underground being the noise that all garage bands want to make. Lou Reed showed us the way back then - and in many ways still does.

We were thinking about Lou today, as we made the drive into Manhattan from Newark. One of New York's greatest ever artists, we were in NYC 5 years ago on the sad day of Lou's passing.

I am sure we will think about him again tomorrow night as we make our way onto a New York stage. And how it all began for us as teenagers in Glasgow, listening incessantly... to Lou Reed.

Jim
1st October 2018


"Opened in 1929 during the vaudeville years, people in New York have been going to the Beacon Theatre for almost 90 years - all in the name of entertainment. At tonight's sold out show, Simple Minds will have the chance to add our name once again (our third appearance) to an endless list, including some of the true greats that have graced that stage."

"It was October 1979 that we first set foot in New York. Overwhelmed by the experience. It had by then been only six months since we released our first single Life In A Day, and still difficult to comprehend that a promoter in New York had not only heard of us? But wanted us to come over from the UK and play in the then fashionable Hurrah's nightclub?"

"Unfortunately, as with the world over, so many of the clubs that we played during those early years, no longer exist. Alternately, it is heartening to see that so many of the original grand old theatres have been refurbished. Given new life and a new sense of value, that see's them thrive currently as they are reborn for the current age. Uh, much like Simple Minds ourselves. Hopefully?"

"A final thought on tonight's show. We are well aware that as well as New Yorker's among those thousands of beautiful red velvet seats - we will also have Simple Minds fans who have travelled from all over - to come and show support for us this evening. Some even crossing continents to be here with us tonight? A huge thanks you to all for doing so. See you tonight!" - Jim, 2nd October 2018


"It looked like even the balconies were bouncing in the Beacon Theatre. At least it seemed so from where we were stood at centre stage. It was an honour to play that prestigious old theatre, equally pleasing - we could not have asked for a more enthusiastic audience. Thanks to all who came to New York, you did us proud last night, and Simple Minds are so grateful. A joyous experience in front of a sold out crowd. Already can't wait until the next time!" - Jim, 3rd October 2018


"Cherisse Osei played out of her skin last night in New York. No doubt the same from her and all of us tonight in Boston. Great to see Cherisse get this kind of publicity in North America. And about publicity: thanks a ton to Fiona Bloom who has done such a great job on our behalf with regards to our album and tour. Thanks to all who spread the word about Simple Minds." - Jim, 3rd October 2018





Orpheum Theatre, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
3rd October 2018
Main Set #1: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / I Travel / Glittering Prize / Up On The Catwalk / Sense Of Discovery / Promised You A Miracle / The American / Hunter And The Hunted / Midnight Walking / Dirty Old Town
Main Set #2: Theme For Great Cities / She's A River / Walk Between Worlds / Hypnotised / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / All The Things She Said / Dolphins / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Book Of Brilliant Things / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"One glance at this image from Boston last night and you can imagine how much we are enjoying ourselves on this North American Tour. We didn't want to leave the stage, didn't want the night to end, and that's been the case every night so far. Thanks to all who have come to see Simple Minds on this tour." - Jim, 4th October 2018





Tower Theatre, Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, USA
5th October 2018
Main Set #1: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / I Travel / Once Upon A Time / Up On The Catwalk / Sense Of Discovery / Promised You A Miracle / The American / Hunter And The Hunted / Stand By Love / Dirty Old Town
Main Set #2: Theme For Great Cities / She's A River / Walk Between Worlds / Hypnotised / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / All The Things She Said / Dolphins / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Let The Day Begin / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"We will be looking to add another great night in Philadelphia to an already impressive list of performances in what is one of our favourite East Coast cities. We have many memories of initially playing various small clubs here, as well as previous shows at the much bigger Tower Theatre where we will play tonight. Not forgetting that the biggest audience Simple Minds have played to was here in this city: the 90,000 plus crowd at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, where we featured at the legendary Live Aid concert in July 13 1985." - Jim, 5th October 2018


"Amongst a whole lot of other stuff, I am sure to be recalling the excitement of some of our past visits. Simple Minds toured North America regularly during the mid '80's period, and one of the venues that we especially enjoyed playing was the Tower Theatre in Philadelphia, during our Once Upon A Time Tour. Reasons were plentiful, but above all, the venue itself had already taken on a somewhat mythical dimension for us. All because - it was where David Bowie had recorded his first ever live album."

"'David Live' has been released a decade earlier in 1974, and both Charlie and I had bought copies of that double album while still attending school in Glasgow. Still living with our parents obviously, we nevertheless listened to it endlessly and at full volume. The sound of the crowd cheering between tracks made the whole thing so vivid, that all we had to do was close our eyes and easily imagine that we were there."

"10 years later. Lo and behold. We were there! Not as part of any cheering audience however. Far from it! We were ourselves centre stage. A fact so hard to believe, that to this day it still blows our mind."

"But he we are in any case, more than 30 years on from that night Simple Minds played in Philly. Once more making our way to the Tower Theatre. Hope to see you there!" - Jim, 12th September 2018


"Thanks to everyone who came along tonight making us feel so good.The audiences each night of this tour have been amazingly enthusiastic - right there with us - on their feet - from first song through to last. Wonderful!" - Jim, 6th October 2018





9:30 Club, Washington, Washington DC, USA
6th October 2018
Main Set #1: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / I Travel / Once Upon A Time / Up On The Catwalk / Sense Of Discovery / Promised You A Miracle / The American / Hunter And The Hunted / Stand By Love / Dirty Old Town
Main Set #2: Theme For Great Cities / She's A River / Walk Between Worlds / Moscow Underground / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / All The Things She Said / Dolphins / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Let The Day Begin / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"No two venues are completely the same. The world over we find all have their individuality. In clubland for example some have their own special little quirks. The old church in Amsterdam, now known famously as "The Paradiso" springs to mind with its architure reflecting an ecclesial past. As does the equally famous Barrowlands ballroom situated within our hometown of Glasgow. The canopy of art deco style stars that hangs above the stage has become the image of Glasgow that musicians worldwide would recognise in an instant."

"Simple Minds relationship with the 9:30 club in Washington, where we will excitedly return tonight, goes way back some 38 years when we played the original 9:30 building. A sweat pit, with an official capacity of less than 200 people, it looked to me as though they had crammed in double that amount at least when we turned up to play songs from our Sons And Fascination album."

"9:30 was always the happening place that UK bands looked forward to mostly as they toured the clubs, colleges and universities of North America. Washington always an exciting place to be."

"Since its origins, the 9:30, which allowed fans as young as sixteen to enter, was known as a progressive venue noted for its talent in discovering up-and-coming acts. During the early 1980s, it was the home for alternative music in D.C just as the genre was beginning to blossom. By the mid 90's, the club changed buildings and a much bigger 9:30 was relaunched."

"It is the rebooted 9:30 that we once again look forward to playing tonight. A sold out, Saturday night show awaits and can expect nothing less that our very best."

"Getting back to those little individual quirks that I mentioned. Surely the 9:30 is the only club that produces its own cupcakes? "The 9:30 Cupcake is a devil's food cupcake with a butter-cream center, chocolate frosting, and chocolate ganache, with the club’s italicized 9:30 logo scrawled on top in white icing. The cupcakes are made fresh by the bakery and delivered to the club each morning, and are available for fans as well as musicians.""

"Sarah Brown has already taken note of this!" - Jim, 6th October 2018


"I don't know the last time we played Moscow Underground live? More than 5 years ago surely. As much as 7 years possibly? Someone out there must know? In any case we are looking forward to unleashing its raw power tonight in Washington.DC" - Jim, 6th October 2018





The Tabernacle, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
8th October 2018
Main Set #1: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / Love Song / Let There Be Love / Up On The Catwalk / Sense Of Discovery / Promised You A Miracle / The American / Hunter And The Hunted / Stand By Love / Dirty Old Town
Main Set #2: Theme For Great Cities / She's A River / Walk Between Worlds / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / All The Things She Said / Dolphins / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Let The Day Begin / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

Many thanks to Steve for the set-list and the picture.

"A new week and another new set of gigs to look forward to. Last week's shows in New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington were nothing short of fantastic in terms of response from the audiences. Next up Atlanta." - Jim, 8th October 2018


"Been more than two decades - but we are now ready to re-connect with you. Thanks to all who are coming to see Simple Minds." - Jim, 8th October 2018





Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
9th October 2018
Main Set #1: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / Love Song / Glittering Prize / Up On The Catwalk / Sense Of Discovery / Promised You A Miracle / The American / Hunter And The Hunted / Midnight Walking / Dirty Old Town
Main Set #2: Theme For Great Cities / She's A River / Walk Between Worlds / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / All The Things She Said / Dolphins / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Let The Day Begin / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"Pilgrimage - meaning a journey, especially a long one, to some sacred place."

"Much of my childhood years involved listening to American country music. It was hard to avoid at home as my father was a massive fan of both country and blues music. In fact country music for some reason was, and still is, inordinately popular in both Scotland and Ireland. Typically then a vast percentage of records in our house bore the names of Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Charley Pride, Jim Reeves and various country legends."

"Eventually I gravitated towards the genre of rock as I became a teenager. The money I made from my after school job - cleaning the backstore of the local butcher shop - made it possible for me to start buying albums instead of singles. That in turn made me begin to invest in "artist catalogues", not just hit singles. I don't recall buying any typical country records, although Bob Dylan's "Nashville Skyline" could count as a country record? Much later of course, through becoming a professional songwriter, my awareness and appreciation for increasing genres of music developed - including that of the country greats."

"Dad will be with us in Nashville tomorrow, when we perform at the legendary Ryman Theatre - otherwise know as "The Mother Church of Country Music". For him, the Ryman is Mecca. Particularly as ever since the 1920's it has staged performances from so many of the country stars that he still adores - including all the aforementioned. Its reputation becoming world famous as it began broadcasting weekly radio shows - featuring those stars - under the banner of the "The Grande Ole Opry.""

"As for Simple Minds who of course are equally thrilled at the prospect of appearing within the walls of a building in Nashville that still breathes with musical heritage? Well, touring has certainly become much more interesting since it became possible to go on-line and search all manner of information, including which legendary performers have already walked on a stage that we are set to walk on - on any given night. It is always a thrill for example, to know that The Beatles or The Rolling Stones, may have looked out from the same stage that you are about to."

"Being so then, you can understand the added flicker of excitement we are bound to feel in knowing that: "On October 2, 1954, a teenage Elvis Presley made his only performance at the Ryman Auditorium. The music icon performed on the famous stage in the very early part of his career, debuting his high-energy brand of rockabilly with 'Blue Moon of Kentucky." Amazing really... not everyone can say they have played the same room as "The King.""

"Tomorrow night it will be Simple Minds on that stage. Dad had already seen us countless times, but he still gets a kick out of seeing Charlie and I, kids that he watched growing up - continue to carry our little musical crusade around the world. Meanwhile his "hard to imagine pilgrimage" to Nashville is set to become reality." - Jim, 8th October 2018


"Considering the fact that it has been more than two decades since we last played the city, we had no idea what to expect - no idea what was going to come our way? What we got was the perfect venue and one of the greatest audiences so far on this tour that has now run for over 5 months. We were ecstatic afterwards, for that we say thanks to all, and hope to see you again sooner rather than later!" - Jim, 9th October 2018


"Thanks to all who are coming to see Simple Minds in Nashville - first time for us! What else to say? We are loving every minute of every gig on this American tour!" - Jim, 9th October 2018





Hard Rock, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
11th October 2018
Main Set #1: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / Love Song / Glittering Prize / Up On The Catwalk / Sense Of Discovery / Promised You A Miracle / The American / Hunter And The Hunted / Stand By Love / Dirty Old Town
Main Set #2: Theme For Great Cities / She's A River / Walk Between Worlds / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / All The Things She Said / Dolphins / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Book Of Brilliant Things / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"There can't be that many bands of our vintage who put out as much physical energy during their live set as Simple Minds do during our 2hr 20min live sets. Where does it come from and why is it important?"

"I am not sure where the abundant energy comes from - it is seemingly a symbol of our natural enthusiasm. And if you are not enthusiastic every time you go before an audience, you'd probably be better off going home and saving everyone's time and money."

"As I look up words synonymous with energy, I note a list that I would hope might find some loose association with our "live attitude" e.g. vitality, vigor, liveliness, vivacity, spirit, verve, vibrancy, and exuberance. All should be present in a satisfactory show. Anything less, would be a disappointment. Than again, thinking beyond live music. Energy in all its forms - and plenty of it - is crucial no matter how and what you want to make out of your life. This we all know."

"How do Simple Minds prepare each night when it comes to getting ready to give out as much of ourselves as possible? In fact there is no regime that we all follow. Everybody approaches it differently."

"In my case, if at all possible, after the soundcheck is finished I try to stay silent for for 90 minutes. I usually have my own room, where I sit and lightly think things through. None of it that much important. If anyhing it is more a way of giving my voice muscles some rest."

"In any case I willingly let my mind float to whatever it feels like. That could mean I think about a new song that I am writing. Alternately, it could find me thinking about how things are back home e.g. Have the leaves in the garden changed colour? Should I have gone ahead and arranged for the roof to be repaired? Or perhaps, should I try and sneak in a few days holiday in Bali at the end of this tour? (That would kind of make sense as we are in nearby Australia for the last date?)"

"All of this and more featured within my thoughts as I sat backstage in the delightfully folksy, dressing room of The Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, last night."

"Who knows what will pop up in Cleveland - our next destination on this tour?" - Jim, 11th October 2018


"We went overnight from Nashville to Cleveland. Not before stopping off at the Gibson Guitar Factory, where various Simple Minds were very kindly shown around. Charlie and Gordy inevitably felt like they were truly in "guitar heaven." Both have been playing Gibson guitars for decades. Tonight however it is all about Cleveland - very much a rock 'n roll city - home of Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde of course. I recall coming here many years ago with Chrissie to visit her family, and I look forward to meeting up with one or two of them tonight."

"Most of all though, we want to give a great show to our fans in Cleveland. Thank them for their patience, as it has been more than two decades since we were last through. See you all tonight." - Jim, 11th October 2018


"Jeez O! What a night - you truly welcomed us back - and after a gap of more than 25 years - it felt wonderful to be back playing for you! Thanks to all for the support, thanks to all for making us feel so good! Here's 'til the next time!" - Jim, 11th October 2018





Pabst Theatre, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
13th October 2018
Main Set #1: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / Love Song / Let There Be Love / Up On The Catwalk / Sense Of Discovery / Promised You A Miracle / The American / Hunter And The Hunted / Stand By Love / Dirty Old Town
Main Set #2: Theme For Great Cities / She's A River / Walk Between Worlds / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / All The Things She Said / Dolphins / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Book Of Brilliant Things / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"After a day's rest we are bound to be in good shape for the next trio of shows namely, Milwaukee, Detroit, Chicago. First up is Milwaukeee tomorrow at the beautiful PABST theatre. An official city landmark, easy to understand the pride that the locals have in the heritage that goes with this building. Thanks to all who are coming to see Simple Minds and thanks to all who have posted so positively about the recent shows." - Jim, 13th October 2018


"I fell in love in love with the PABST Theatre in Milwaukee. That is amongst the "sweetest" stages I have ever stood on. Of course, a theatre is only as good as the crowd that fills it, and our Milwaukee experience certainly had us believing in all those good things that they have to say about "Midwesterner's" in general." - Jim, 15th October 2018





The Filimore, Detroit, Michigan, USA
14th October 2018
Main Set #1: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / Love Song / Let There Be Love / Up On The Catwalk / Sense Of Discovery / Promised You A Miracle / The American / Hunter And The Hunted / Midnight Walking / Dirty Old Town
Main Set #2: Theme For Great Cities / She's A River / Walk Between Worlds / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / All The Things She Said / Dolphins / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Stand By Love / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"It didn't seem that long ago when we (overseas) were hearing all the talk about the demise of the once great city of Detroit. The story was that - with the industries that the city was built on now gone (transplanted to the parts of the world), Detroit in turn was seemingly on a downward slope, with no possible recovery. A sad thing for us to hear about any city, but especially one that has meant so much to us as music fans, and also as performers who always relished playing in Detroit. And now? All we hear is that Detroit - far from being down and out - is going through a rapid rebirth. Cannot tell you how genuinely pleasing it is to hear about that. Cannot tell you either, how much we look forward to playing in Detroit tomorrow night. Simple Minds of course know a thing about being reborn. Hopefully that will be apparent to all who come see us at the Filllmore in Detroit. See you there!" - Jim, 14th October 2018


"Detroit. Yet another city that gave birth to so much music that in turn brought great amounts of pleasure to our lives. Motown Music and all that it incorporated of course will always standout. In terms of rock? The Stooges and MC5, may have been cult bands as opposed to household names. Then again that was the whole point. And as teenagers in faraway Glasgow, we were desperate to part of the cult who identified with their brazen music. Not to be forgotten however is that Alice Cooper was also born in Michigan. And to our ears, even at the age of 14, both Charlie and I knew that Alice had one of the best rock n'roll bands ever! Influential too. Check out Elected. Then tell me that Sex Pistols' Anarchy In The UK does not own much to the spirit of Alice? Especially those opening chords and drum patterns?" - Jim, 14th October 2018


"A gorgeous, crisp, autumnal day was followed by our firiest set of the tour so far. And that really was an audience who were seemingly filled with excitement at the prospect of hearing and seeing Simple Minds last night. The Detroit reminds me of a Glasgow audience, and it was heartwarming to back amongst some old fiends in Michigan. Thanks then to all who came to both shows, and for making us feel so good."

"Added thanks incidentally, to some fans who are travelling round and showing up at number of shows over the last weeks. We appreciate your passion and the support for Simple Minds." - Jim, 15th October 2018





Chicago Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA
15th October 2018
Main Set #1: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / Love Song / Let There Be Love / Up On The Catwalk / Sense Of Discovery / Promised You A Miracle / The American / Hunter And The Hunted / Stand By Love / Dirty Old Town
Main Set #2: Theme For Great Cities / She's A River / Walk Between Worlds / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / All The Things She Said / Dolphins / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Book Of Brilliant Things / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"Our midwestern trio of gigs concludes tonight in Chicago, a city that has always welcomed Simple Minds whenever we have had the good fortune to show up." - Jim, 15th October 2018


"It's early morning here and we have just arrived. Chicago means all manner of good things to us, but we will always associate the city with the movie director John Hughes as he grew up and was based in Chicago. A great fan of our music and all round good guy. How could we ever thank John enough for inviting us to participate in The Breakfast Club soundtrack? I will be thinking about John as we walk out in the beautiful Chicago Theatre later tonight. As as always thanks to all who came to the shows then took time to post enthusiastically." - Jim, 15th October 2018





Paramount Theatre, Denver, Colorado, USA
18th October 2018
Main Set #1: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / Love Song / Let There Be Love / Up On The Catwalk / Sense Of Discovery / Promised You A Miracle / The American / Hunter And The Hunted / Stand By Love / Dirty Old Town
Main Set #2: Theme For Great Cities / She's A River / Walk Between Worlds / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / All The Things She Said / Dolphins / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Midnight Walking / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"Paul Italiano was a DJing kid in Denver, back in those day when Simple Minds were first releasing music and touring North America. New Gold Dream and then Sparkle In The Rain were his initial experience of our music, leading him to see Simple Minds live at the world famous Red Rocks, Colorado in 1984. Soon after Paul was working his way back through our earlier work including Sons And Fascination and Empires and Dance. Sooner again Paul and Pam (who would later get married) decided to open a store selling some clothes that Pam made. They then started focusing selling shoes with a rock n' roll vibe. And although they started with almost no money, they soon had all manner of people beating a path to their door. A success story right there!"

"All these years later Vixens and Angels is still going strong - perhaps one of the last great independents stores (www.vixensandangels.com.) Paul loves his music still, that was clear when we visited his store today. You can feel the love he has for music, fashion, and his city of Denver. That was apparent as we chatted while driving through the new cityscape that characterises Denver."

"I certainly hope Simple Minds can equally show our love for what we do tonight at the Paramount in Denver. We hope that is the case with every show we do. Thanks to Paul and Pam. Thanks to all who are coming to see Simple Minds tonight in Denver." - Jim, 18th October 2018


"After two days off, we are fresh and rarin' to go, performing tonight at The Paramount Theatre In Denver. Now just over half way through this tour of North America, and savouring every moment each night, as the days and weeks go whizzing past. I have no doubt we will share a great night in Denver with our audience, as has been the case with every show during this tour." - Jim, 18th October 2018





Grand Sierra Resort And Casino, Reno, Nevada, USA
20th October 2018
Main Set #1: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / Love Song / Let There Be Love / Up On The Catwalk / Sense Of Discovery / Promised You A Miracle / The American / Hunter And The Hunted / Stand By Love / Dirty Old Town
Main Set #2: Theme For Great Cities / She's A River / Walk Between Worlds / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / All The Things She Said / Dolphins / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: The Cross / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"Well, I know there will be a few modern day travellers making their way to Reno tonight, to see one of "the biggest (little) bands in the world" perform in The Biggest Little City In The World."

"We appreciate it immensely when people make the effort to come and see Simple Minds wherever we appear." - Jim, 20th October 2018


"Las Vegas - Here we come! But all credit first to that amazing audience in Reno tonight. A beautiful evening indeed. Thanks to all of you who came to see Simple Minds tonight!" - Jim, 21st October 2018





Pearl Theatre, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
21st October 2018
Main Set #1: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / Love Song / Let There Be Love / Up On The Catwalk / Sense Of Discovery / Promised You A Miracle / The American / Hunter And The Hunted / Stand By Love / Dirty Old Town
Main Set #2: Theme For Great Cities / She's A River / Walk Between Worlds / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / All The Things She Said / Dolphins / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Once Upon A Time / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"Had a great soundcheck. Super theatre, with not one bad seat in the house. Sarah Brown was in glorious voice as ever. Met some hardcore and loyal Simple Minds, all of them seemed as excited as we are for tonight's show. I predict another memorable night here in America! Our first ever gig in Las Vegas - we want to make the greatest impression possible."- Jim, 22nd October 2018





Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay, San Diego, California, USA
22nd October 2018
Main Set #1: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / Love Song / Let There Be Love / Up On The Catwalk / Sense Of Discovery / Promised You A Miracle / The American / Hunter And The Hunted / Stand By Love / Dirty Old Town
Main Set #2: Theme For Great Cities / She's A River / Walk Between Worlds / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / All The Things She Said / Dolphins / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Once Upon A Time / The Cross / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"Every picture tells a story right? This one tells you how happy we are to be out on this tour. San Diego tonight, followed by LA, San Francisco, Portland throughout the rest of this week. Thanks to all who are coming to see Simple Minds. We do appreciate it!" - Jim, 22nd October 2018


"Seems like only yesterday we were in Ged Grimes hometown of Dundee, playing outdoor right by the city's waterfront area - on an already fairly chilly evening - albeit to an audience that was on fire."

"Six weeks later we find ourselves in San Diego and on the waterfront - on stage so close to the the shore you can almost hear the waves gently rolling in. It was a beautiful sunny morning here when we arrived, allowing us the opportunity to take a stroll with some friends who live locally, and are excited to have Simple Minds finally return to San Diego - last time was in 2002! Conditions are perfect for tonight, and we aim to give our best in the first of a series of Californian shows." - Jim, 23rd October 2018





Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles, California, USA
24th October 2018
Main Set #1: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / Love Song / Let There Be Love / Up On The Catwalk / Sense Of Discovery / Promised You A Miracle / The American / Hunter And The Hunted / Stand By Love / Dirty Old Town
Main Set #2: Theme For Great Cities / She's A River / Walk Between Worlds / Hypnotised / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / All The Things She Said / Dolphins / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Once Upon A Time / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself
Live In The City Of Angels album

Many thanks to Brian for the pictures.

"Touring not only allows us to get out and do what we do in front of our most loyal fans. On days off, it often gives us the opportunity to catch up with old friends, and what a pleasure the can be as we move around the world constantly."

"Bob Clearmountain is not only one of the all time great engineer/mixer/producers, he and his partner Betty Bennet are always most generous hosts, once again inviting all of us to their place to enjoy their hospitality last night."

"Scots are not used to eating outdoors/barbecue style - particularly in the last week of October - but we never refuse to go and hang out at their place near the ocean. Always a treat!"

"I made sure to thank Bob again for the work he did on our Once Upon A Time album - released 33 years ago this very week. Meanwhile, later tonight we will get the chance to offer some of our own hospitality to many who have worked with us during our previous campaigns of touring/writing/recording in this part of the country. Fans and friends will join us tonight as we perform at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. For all who are coming - we want to do all that we can - to make it a great one!" - Jim, 24th October 2018


"Thanks to all for creating such a wonderful atmosphere at the Orpheum in Los Angeles last night. Undoubtedly there is a lot of love still for our music (old and new) in North America. Every night we are greeted like long lost friends - and by the end we are made to feel very special indeed." - Jim, 25th October 2018


The entire performace was released as Live In The City Of Angels





Masonic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USA
25th October 2018
Main Set #1: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / Love Song / Let There Be Love / Up On The Catwalk / Sense Of Discovery / Promised You A Miracle / The American / Hunter And The Hunted / Stand By Love / Dirty Old Town
Main Set #2: Theme For Great Cities / She's A River / Walk Between Worlds / Honest Town / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / All The Things She Said / Dolphins / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Once Upon A Time / The Cross / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"Following both San Diego and Los Angeles, San Francisco came hot on the heels - and what a fine way to end our series of shows in the state of California! The pristine looking CA Masonic, is as good a venue as any, but all venues rely on a great audience, and hopefully some great stuff going on - on stage! When you have those things coming together, the chances are that you are in for a memorable night."

"We have stopped counting how many memorable nights we have had on this current tour of North America. They have all been memorable - with no exception - and we aim to continue adding more of the same. Next up Portland followed by Seattle. Then comes Vancouver and that is a lot to be looking forward to right there." - Jim, 26th October 2018





Roseland Theatre, Portland, Oregon, USA
27th October 2018
Main Set #1: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / Love Song / Let There Be Love / Up On The Catwalk / Sense Of Discovery / Promised You A Miracle / The American / Hunter And The Hunted / Stand By Love / Dirty Old Town
Main Set #2: Theme For Great Cities / She's A River / Walk Between Worlds / Honest Town / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / All The Things She Said / Dolphins / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Book Of Brilliant Things / Once Upon A Time / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"And that's just the way it is with music, isn't it? You are busy doing something, with your mind somewhere else entirely. Next minute you hear the sound of a song or a distantly familiar piece of music, and within a nanosecond you are seemingly transported right back to the time and place that you associate with that sound - no matter how substantial the passing of time may be since you last heard it?"

"Happens frequently, it happened to me this morning. Such is the almost unique effect of music? Of course the effect of scents/smell can have a similar effect, photography likewise. Although somehow the effect is less potent as I experience it with music."

"In this case I was in the middle of being transported physically, as were most of the band on the bus with me, making our way overnight from San Fransisco to Portland Oregon. The 635 mile trip was one the longest overnighters that we have done on this tour of North America. No one was complaining though, then again there are no complainers in this band."

"Everyone was still asleep in any case - and would remain so for another few hours at least - when I awoke around 7AM. That is testimony to the talent of Scot Jones, the smoothest driver we have had in our long history of criss crossing entire continents by road. Everybody sleeps well when he is at the wheel."

"As often, depending on the route we are taking, and if we are due to be headed into some particularly must see scenery? I make sure that I rise as dawn is breaking, and after washing my face, brushing my teeth etc., I make a huge cup of black coffee and join Scot up front. That big, black, leather seat, right next to him, is the best on the bus."

"With the hugest of windscreens, it is a joy to dreamily glance through in real time, as the various and differing landscapes of America whoosh by in a series of natural, yet dizzying images. One minute you are taking in the traffic as it crawls through the late autumn heat near the New Jersey Turnpike. Weeks later and 2,500 miles away, I'm then transfixed by the sun rise on those hauntingly isolated roads that weave their way through the Mojave desert leading to Las Vegas."

"Touring life can be like the most beautiful kaleidoscopes, if you keep your eyes wide open, and your senses awake to all that is truly around you. Not everyone does that though. Some spend the whole time glued to their phones. We are all different!"

"Getting back to today. There I was, glad to be awake and taking in the drizzly morning view about 150 miles from Portland. The surrounding hills and trees almost identical to the kind of countryside that I know so well in Scotland. The leaves, now burgundy and gold. All familiar to me, the effect making me think of home and how I am already looking forward to spending some time back there when this tour finishes."

"Busy then, dreamily thinking of everything and nothing simultaneously. When Scot gently turned up the volume on a song that I love but have not heard for the longest time. In doing so, I was immediately taken back to my then girlfriend's house on the outskirts of Glasgow circa 1977."

"Bob Dylan, was (still is) idolised by Jaine and David Henderson. Both brother and sister, who did so much for Simple Minds during our earliest incarnations, turned me on to the the album that many Dylan fans look on as among his very best. "Blood On The Tracks" is the title of the album. The epic opening "Tangled Up In Blue" - to this day it leaves me without sufficient words to convey praise high enough."

"Each time I hear this song I think of Jaine and how special those day we spent together were. The song opens doors to memories that I have almost forgotten, but most likely never will. The effect nothing short of profound. One minute I was staring at the rainy windscreen, noticing some deer on the hills nearing Portland, the very next minute as the song kicked in, I am almost back sitting in a room in East Kilbride Glasgow, with my eyes closed and Dylan's words of yearning for lost love speaking volumes to my then young imagination." - Jim, 27th October 2018


"Delighted - after so many years - to be back in a city that always seemed to particularly encourage Simple Minds back in our early 80's tours of the USA. There is a familiarity to me about Portland, the surrounding landscape and climate that reminds me of Scotland. Historically described as a gritty town, Portland has now reinvented itself as much more than that. In any case I don't mind places that blossom out of dirt and grime. Our own hometown of Glasgow definitely has some of those characteristics. That apart, how can you not like a place where a judge dismissed charges against a nude bicyclist? The judge stated that the city's annual World Naked Bike Ride — held each year in June since 2004 — has created a "well-established tradition" in Portland - where cyclists may ride naked as a form of protest against cars and fossil fuel dependence. Nude bicycling? I wonder if our own resident bicyclist in Simple Minds, none other than bassist Ged Grimes fancies a free wheelin' breeze around town - without his panties on - prior to Simple Minds sold out show at Roseland later tonight?" - Jim, 27th October 2018


"Portland set the tone last night. One of the rare club gigs on this tour, the sound was raucous, likewise the audience. We are two thirds way through this tour now, and as always the upcoming final two weeks most surely will whizz past as we head for the finishing line. There will however be no letting up or unwinding until the last note of this tour rings out. Making sure every single gig counts. Making sure that 100% is given to the audiences who loyally turn up to see us - many of whom take time to write a few words afterwards. - Jim, 28th October 2018





Moore Theatre, Seattle, Washington, USA
28th October 2018
Main Set #1: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / Love Song / Let There Be Love / Up On The Catwalk / Sense Of Discovery / Promised You A Miracle / The American / Hunter And The Hunted / Stand By Love / Dirty Old Town
Main Set #2: Theme For Great Cities / She's A River / Walk Between Worlds / Hypnotised / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / All The Things She Said / Dolphins / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Book Of Brilliant Things / Once Upon A Time / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"I know, I know! Looking at the picture you would swear that we were drunk as skunks. Far from it, not a drop of alcohol has passed anyone's lips. We are as high as kites though. High that is, on the energy we are getting from these audiences in North America. What a boost they have given us. After a whole 6 months of touring, there is no sign of fatigue whatsoever. On the contrary, we have seemingly more energy now than we did when we started out - and we had plenty then. Great welcome from a fantastic audience in Seattle tonight, more than 25 years since we last showed up there, they were unbelievable! Now looking forward to Vancouver tomorrow." - Jim, 29th October 2018





Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
29th October 2018
Main Set #1: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / Love Song / Let There Be Love / Up On The Catwalk / Sense Of Discovery / Promised You A Miracle / The American / Hunter And The Hunted / Stand By Love / Dirty Old Town
Main Set #2: Theme For Great Cities / She's A River / Walk Between Worlds / Honest Town / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / All The Things She Said / Dolphins / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Book Of Brilliant Things / Once Upon A Time / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"Consider that during our own soundchecks drummer, Cherisse Osei, performs about 8 songs. Then we have a public soundcheck where she performs another 3. Of course during this tour of North America - we play two sets of songs - so that comes to about 25 between both and the encore. 36 songs in total then? That is like two whole concerts? No soft ballads songs - every one requiring pounding energy from her - no let up? That challenge accounts for the kind of energetic output that top athletes are used to. Top athletes don't do it in high heels though. Cherisse does!"

"But hold on? That only takes into consideration the physical energy necessary. How about the mental energy involved? Without any word of exaggeration, in the two years I have worked with Cherisse, I have never known her to make a mistake during a performance. That level of focus night after night is unheard of frankly."

"And as if all of that was not exhaustive enough. During the day, prior to the shows, any free time she has - she runs around organising the filming of the Simple Minds tour diaries that so many of our fans appreciate. A real inspiration, a force of nature, that for me is Cherisse!" - Jim, 29th October 2018


"Last night's show in Vancouver saw us perform the last of our series of shows here on the West Coast of North America. Six in total including San Diego, LA, San Francisco, followed by Portland, Seattle, and last but never, ever, least... Vancouver. What can I tell you about the show in Vancouver? The Canadians never let us down, we always feel the extra surge of enthusiasm that comes our way whenever we go on stage in Canada. A huge thanks then to all who attended these six shows. We will never forget them. Until next time... See you then!" - Jim, 30th October 2018





ACL Live, Austin, Texas, USA
2nd November 2018
Main Set #1: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / Love Song / Let There Be Love / Up On The Catwalk / Sense Of Discovery / Promised You A Miracle / The American / Hunter And The Hunted / Stand By Love / Dirty Old Town
Main Set #2: Theme For Great Cities / She's A River / Walk Between Worlds / Honest Town / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / All The Things She Said / Dolphins / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Book Of Brilliant Things / Once Upon A Time / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"Been a bit of a break from the tour over these last days. Instead we have been based in sunny Los Angeles where we have been engaged in various things - including filming for an upcoming project - plus preparing to appear on top CBS television show "The Talk" broadcasting on Friday Nov 2nd at 2pm ET, 1pm PT/CT. Tomorrow however, we pick things up by continuing on what is approaching the last stage of this successful North American Tour."

"And after a gap of more than two whole decades, Simple Minds will play three shows in Texas over this coming weekend. Beginning in Austin on Friday 2nd, followed by Dallas on the 3rd, and finally Houston on Sunday 4th, it is set to be a whirlwind of a weekend - one that we very much look forward to. Thanks as always to all who kindly posted re: the recent shows." - Jim, 1st November 2018


Last time both Charlie Burchill and I performed here, in Austin, was in the mid 1980's. A half a lifetime ago for us and tonight's three hour flight from Los Angeles to Texas gave me a chance to consider all that has happened during that lengthy period.

Of course there has been considerable changes with so much happening both in a public and in a private sense. Thinking on a much larger scale, the world itself has witnessed monumental changes on every level within that period, previously unimaginable events having taken place, resultantly new realities become the new norms etc.

And yet, amid all this talk of changes, somewhat surprisingly to us, we often marvel at how the process behind those core activities of Simple Minds - meaning the things that make us who we are - has not changed at all.

Eternally "old school" within our creative approach. We do exactly the same things now that we did when we first started out on this adventure some 41 years ago this month. Likewise, the goals remain exactly the same now as they did back then. Additionally then the challenges we tussle with in trying to achieve those goals are exactly the same today as they were four whole decades ago.

And what are those things at the aforementioned core of Simple Minds? Well, essentially there are three main activities that Simple Minds focus on, and therefore three distinctive endeavours that take up most of our time and creative energy.

They are of course:
1. Songwriting
2. Recording
3. Performing/Touring

Sure, we also spend much time rehearsing, travelling, and indeed promoting Simple Minds. (I'm kind of doing that right now by writing this.) Those three things are however the main activities that we engage in. They are the things that we spend most of our time thinking about and working on.

That reality is the case now, every bit as much as it was when we started out. Although there has obviously been myriad changes in the work technology that we use now.

Look at our challenge in songwriting nevertheless. The aim is absolutely the same now, as we try to create a musical melody based on an emotion and accompanying atmosphere. Once we feel that has been achieved, we work on lyrics to suit the feel and rhythm of the piece. Further to that we look for additional memorable hooks, that can sit nicely within the structure that we have then imposed on the music, having by then decided on the formation of verses, choruses, bridges, titles etc. All of this we do now - and with no real difference in approach - from when we sat on my mother's sofa back in 1977 and worked on writing songs from our debut album.

Once the songs are written we begin recording them. This we have been doing since 1977, when we entered a professional recording studio for the first time. Coincidentally, we already have new recording time booked for next month. No again changes there? We go on as we always have, which is my point. Even if, the technological aspects within the recording process are forever changing.

And finally, when those songs have been recorded and released to the public, we then embark on intercontinental tours to coincide with the new release. In doing so a whole new artistic phase is often encapsulated by the the latest tour. Our on going phases continue to this day, with the latest often being declared the Walk Between Worlds era. Our initial era of course being referred to as the Life In A Day era.

Touring for us, is the culmination of all the aforementioned. Literally it is where "the rubber hits the road" and where we get to present ourselves in front of those who enjoy our records enough to want to come and see us play the tunes live. The goal at that stage is to come across as great live band.

But we can only be a great live band (always number one desire) if we have great songs to play. Or at least - if we have songs both known - and considered to be great enough - by those who pay to see us?

It follows then, that for people to know and be excited, they by enlarge have to know the recordings prior. That then puts the emphasis on us to promote our activities in whatever ways we can. Same as it ever was!

So there you have it. We may change as people. And that should be totally understandable, as plainly we are no longer the same as those naive kids who gave birth to Simple Minds. The world around us likewise changes - thanks to technological and sociological dynamics, and not for a second forgetting political manoeuvres etc.

Simple Minds however continue to stick closely as possible to what we know. And we are forever happy to be doing just that.

Jim
2nd November 2018





Toyota Music Factory, Dallas, Texas, USA
3rd November 2018
Main Set #1: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / Once Upon A Time / Let There Be Love / Up On The Catwalk / Sense Of Discovery / Promised You A Miracle / The American / Hunter And The Hunted / Stand By Love / Dirty Old Town
Main Set #2: Theme For Great Cities / She's A River / Walk Between Worlds / Honest Town / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / All The Things She Said / Dolphins / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Midnight Walking / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"What a glorious morning it was in Dallas today. The kind of day when you just feel lucky to be alive. Precisely the feeling I would love to have somehow encapsulated in a song. Until I realised we perhaps have already tried that a long time ago (New Sunshine Morning)."

"Either way, it will be in full on darkness when we pull out of Houston tonight waving goodbye to Texas as we make the overnight journey to New Orleans."

"We've had the sun on our backs, and a smile on our face throughout our time in the Lone Star State and we'll certainly be taking some long-lasting memories with us of these last few days and nights in Texas." - Jim, 4th November 2018




Revention Music Center, Houston, Texas, USA
4th November 2018
Main Set #1: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / Once Upon A Time / Let There Be Love / Up On The Catwalk / Sense Of Discovery / Promised You A Miracle / The American / Hunter And The Hunted / Stand By Love / Dirty Old Town
Main Set #2: Theme For Great Cities / She's A River / Walk Between Worlds / Honest Town / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / All The Things She Said / Dolphins / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Book Of Brilliant Things / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"We are feeling a lot of love here in Texas. So much so we'll be sad to leave after tonight's final Texan show." - Jim, 4th November 2018

"Simple Minds show tomorrow night in New Orleans is of course already on our mind but we can still hear the cheers from Houston, Texas last night. What a night! Thanks to all who came!" - Jim, 5th November 2018




Saenger Theatre, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
6th November 2018
Main Set #1: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / Once Upon A Time / Let There Be Love / Up On The Catwalk / Glittering Prize / Promised You A Miracle / The American / Hunter And The Hunted / Stand By Love / Dirty Old Town
Main Set #2: Theme For Great Cities / She's A River / Walk Between Worlds / Honest Town / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / All The Things She Said / Dolphins / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Book Of Brilliant Things / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"City Halls, Glasgow, 1980: I recall this gig with perfect clarity. So much so that it feels like it was only couple of years or so ago. In fact, it was back in November 5th 1980. That then makes it a mind boggling 38 years ago. It also makes it hard to believe that all these years later, we are still travelling round performing. Still caring now, every bit as intensely about Simple Minds and its on going future through the creation of yet more new music as we did back then. Equally, still besotted by trying to put on the very best live shows that we can. Our dedicated mission now exactly the same as it was back then in Glasgow 1980."

"We were 21 year olds when we walked out on stage that night. Our pride had swelled just days before, on seeing our hometown plastered with huge posters advertising our homecoming gig. As for the show? I remember my nervous adrenalin almost peaking as the opening song's intro - the bass pulse of Capital City - reverberated around the packed City Hall. Even now I recall the violent sound from McGee's snare drum, bringing the rest of the band in, somehow daring us to rise to the challenge. It felt more like a call to arms, and it was just that. After all, having made it to the lofty heights of playing such a prestigious venue, in front of our hometown fans, friends, and family members. We knew that we had to rise to the occasion and deliver a performance that signified Simple Minds were destined for more. So much much more."

"And here we are now! Thousands of shows later. Soon to be 60 years old. Sitting in a hotel room in New Orleans, having spent a few hours on a brand new song the style of which could pleasingly fit on those albums we released in the very early 80's."

"A lifetime has passed, but the cycle seemingly continues. At least for some while yet. I hope!"

"P.S. The highlight from that show? It had to be the reaction from the crazed audience on hearing the sound of the opening sequencer from I Travel." - Jim, 6th November 2018


"It was an honour to play in such a beautifully restored, antique theatre last night. Looking around the place earlier at soundcheck, it was hard not to marvel at how it has been returned to it's original splendour. Who would have thought that when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, the Saenger Theatre suffered water damage so bad that the water line was approximately a foot above stage level, filling the basement and orchestra seating area entirely? Thanks again to all who encouraged us so much during our show at the Saenger. Far from full, (a first on this tour) that never makes it easy when you are trying to create the maximum atmosphere. Nevertheless, we were determined to put in as much effort as we do each and every night on tour. Whether we play to 10 people - or 10,00 people - it is guaranteed that Simple Minds will always try to give 100% of ourselves." - Jim, 7th November 2018


"Florida here we come! And finally we reach the last stop on this tour of North America. The next three upcoming shows in Florida will bring this successful jaunt to its conclusion and we do aim to go out with a bang. So see you in Miami on Thursday. Or possibly St Petersburg on Friday. Sunday it is Orlando's turn, the big finale. And then? Well, it's back to UK the very next day." - Jim, 7th November 2018




The Fillmore-Gleason Theatre, Miami, Florida, USA
8th November 2018
Main Set #1: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / Once Upon A Time / Let There Be Love / Up On The Catwalk / Glittering Prize / Promised You A Miracle / The American / Hunter And The Hunted / Stand By Love / Dirty Old Town
Main Set #2: Theme For Great Cities / She's A River / Walk Between Worlds / Honest Town / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / All The Things She Said / Dolphins / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Book Of Brilliant Things / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself
Live In The City Of Angels album

"My favorite song of the night is the very last one - whatever that may be. It is then that you can look out at the audience for a few seconds. That is where you get the results and hopefully the reward of your work for the night. The venue. The people. All of it somehow transformed. A feeling of oneness - not present when the audience walked through the door a few hours earlier - has emerged through music. Something both deep and emotional has taken over. Something that you can't quite put your finger on has taken place. At that moment you suddenly get to breathe easy and think to yourself. The angels have been good to us tonight!" - Jim, 8th November 2018


"Spent this morning pounding up and down the sunny boardwalk. Getting ready to now spend this evening pounding up and down a sweaty stage. It feels great to back in Miami!" - Jim, 8th November 2018


"Thanks to all who came to last night's exhilarating Miami Show. Unforgettable!!!" - Jim, 9th November 2018


"What an amazing gesture by Micheal C Gongora, Vice Mayor Of Miami, to present us with the proclamation that November 8th, 2018 was to be known as Official Simple Minds Day. Flattering and generous in the extreme, we appreciated the overwhelming enthusiasm for our music and our band. Thanks again to Michael and the Mayor of Miami Don Gelber. Thanks to all who came to the show at the Fillmore, we were humbled by the reaction and cannot wait to return." - Jim, 19th November 2018


The performance of Glittering Prize was released from this concert on Live In The City Of Angels.





Mahaffey Theatre, St. Peterburg, Florida, USA
9th November 2018
Main Set #1: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / Once Upon A Time / Let There Be Love / Up On The Catwalk / Glittering Prize / Promised You A Miracle / The American / Hunter And The Hunted / Stand By Love / Dirty Old Town
Main Set #2: Theme For Great Cities / She's A River / Walk Between Worlds / Honest Town / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / All The Things She Said / Dolphins / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Book Of Brilliant Things / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"We're about to cross the finishing line of this tour but not quite yet! We still have one to go, and our last date on this North American Tour will take place tomorrow night in Orlando. But first we have to mention that audience last night in St. Peterburg. What a buzz we got from them! And what a pristine venue that is. Really classy! We are loving our days in sunny Florida and will enjoy today a day off. Will probably go out for lunch with Charlie. Guess who's turn it is to pay? Meanwhile, and as always, thanks to all who posted so positively." - Jim, 10th November 2018


"So where do you go when this tour ends? Many of our North American fans are asking us exactly that. Well, after (tomorrow night's) show in Orlando, the last of the North American tour, band and crew are heading immediately back to London, where only a handful of days later, we will once again regroup for the long flight to Australia. The Australian gig in Newcastle NSW is a one off only. Leaving a few of our Aussie fans to ponder why we'd go all that way right now for one show only? The answer then? How about because we were invited and were attracted by the proposal? Because we love being in Australia and have yet to meet anyone who doesn't? Because after 6 months of heavy touring we might just take the opportunity to stay on for a bit of holiday, meet up with some friends and family. And perhaps, more importantly to those fans - because when we are there - we will have the opportunity to discuss/agree our next extensive tour of Australia, one that hopefully will take place in the not too distant future."

"Right now, it is less than two years since we last toured Oz/Nz. It is not quite time yet for us to tour there nationwide. That will happen though, and believe me that when it does, we will be doing all to make sure it is worth the wait for those fans."

"In the meantime I'm oggling pics of Terrigal Beach, situated in between Sydney and Newcastle. A few days walking/hiking around that coastline would suit me just fine. It'd hopefully let me forget about Simple Minds for a while, and that is necessary to keep balance in life."

"Guaranteed though, before too long, I'll be back dreaming and scheming, shouting and bawling about all our new plans. Of which we have many. Some that are just about to be realised." - Jim, 10th November 2018




Hard Rock Live, Orlando, Florida, USA
11th November 2018
Main Set #1: The Signal And The Noise / Waterfront / Once Upon A Time / Let There Be Love / Up On The Catwalk / Glittering Prize / Promised You A Miracle / The American / Hunter And The Hunted / Stand By Love / Dirty Old Town
Main Set #2: Theme For Great Cities / She's A River / Walk Between Worlds / Honest Town / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / All The Things She Said / Dolphins / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Book Of Brilliant Things / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"Finally we come to Orlando and with that we arrive at the end of this glorious North American Tour. And that is how it has felt for us night after night during these last seven weeks. But the tour is not over until the very last note, of the very last song, of the very last gig, has rung out. Being so their will be NO easing up until we are on the flight back to London. Every audience/gig deserves 100% effort - thanks to all who are coming tonight" - Jim, 11th November 2018


A MESSAGE TO OUR FANS IN NORTH AMERICA

Just before we get on the plane. Thanks again to all
who came to see Simple Minds on this wonderful tour.
Including those who travelled from far and wide.
Take care for now! And we'll see you soon!


We have this relationship with our audience. To us it is increasingly kind
of private rarely relying on big mainstream media. Between us and them only,
that is much more our reality. If critics want to write, cynics want to talk.
Good. So go ahead. Feel free. Spread the word please.
But truly, we do have our own thing. And nothing so far is able to break that.

It can however be renewed from time to time. Reinforced even.
And that, for us, is what touring, night after night, is all about.

It is what these last two months in North America has been about.
Renewing and reconnecting the relationship we have with our audience.

An audience that in turn, continues to give so much to us and our music





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