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40 years of hits tour 2021

Simple Minds celebrate 40 iconic years in music by embarking upon a major world tour in 2021.

The Coronavirus crisis of 2020 shut down Europe and so many of the band's gigs that year were postponed or cancelled. The French and German concerts were quickly reschedueld for 2021.

"I think there is a lot of mileage in [the current lineup] still – they are the greatest people, and they have brought a lot of energy. They are the ones who are feeding us just now. We have had so many great line ups, but I think right now the lineup we had in the states, there is a lot of mileage still in that." - Jim, XNoise Interview with Mark Millar, October 2019

The band will be peforming two sets of their greatest hits so there will be no support at these shows.

"Simple Minds have experienced a remarkable journey since releasing their debut album Life in a Day in 1979. Constantly evolving, the band's rousing choruses and booming atmospherics made them one of the most iconic bands of the Eighties. Along the way, they've landed five UK #1 albums, topped the singles charts on both sides of the Atlantic, sold over 60 million albums and packed stadiums the world over."

"But the story didn't end there. After taking some time out, they returned revitalised and resurgent with the 2014 album Big Music and have maintained that upward momentum ever since. They claimed the Q Inspiration Award that same year, which was followed by an Ivor Novello in 2016. And when last year's Walk Between Worlds album crashed into the UK charts at #4, it represented their highest position in 23 years. No wonder that the Manic Street Preachers, Moby, Primal Scream and many others cite Simple Minds as a vital inspiration."

Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
5th February 2021

Sportpaleis, Antwerp, Belgium
6th February 2021

Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, UK
9th February 2021

First Direct Arena, Leeds, UK
12th February 2021

International Centre, Bournemouth, UK
15th February 2021

Brighton Centre, Brighton, UK
16th February 2021

SSE Hydro, Glasgow, UK
18th February 2021

Resorts World Arena, Birmingham, UK
19th February 2021

SSE Arena, Wembley, UK
20th February 2021

3 Arena, Dublin, Ireland
22nd February 2021

Oberschwabenhalle, Ravensburg, Germany
28th February 2021

Saarlandhalle, Saarbrucken, Germany
1st March 2021

MHP Arena, Ludwigsburg, Germany
2nd March 2021

Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland
3rd March 2021

Thuringenhalle, Erfurt, Germany
5th March 2021

Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany
6th March 2021

Lokschuppen, Bielefeld, Germany
7th March 2021

Pier 2, Bremen, Germany
9th March 2021

Heinrich Lades Halle, Erlangen, Germany
10th March 2021

Palladium, Cologne, Germany
12th March 2021

Swiss Life Hall, Hannover, Germany
14th March 2021

Columbiahalle, Berlin, Germany
15th March 2021

Stadthalle, Offenbach, Germany
17th March 2021

Sick-Arena, Freiburg, Germany
18th March 2021

Sparkassen Halle, Aurich, Germany
19th March 2021

Halle Munsterland, Munster, Germany
20th March 2021

Zenith Arena, Lille, France
22nd March 2021

La Seine Musicale, Paris, France
23rd March 2021

Arkea Arena, Bordeaux, France
24th March 2021

Halle Tony Garnier, Lyon, France
26th March 2021

Nocturne, Blenheim Palace, Oxford, UK
18th June 2021

Coleseum, Porto, Portugal
21st June 2021

Campo Pequeno Bullring, Lisbon, Portugal
22nd June 2021

WiZink Center, Madrid, Spain
24th June 2021

Retro C Trop Festival, Tilloloy, France
27th June 2021

Rockhal, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
28th June 2021

Salle Metropole, Lausanne, Switzerland
29th June 2021

Pistoia Blues, Pistoia, Italy
1st July 2021

SRC Salata, Zagreb, Croatia
6th July 2021

Festival Les Deferlantes d'Argeles Sur Mer, Argeles Sur Mer, France
8th July 2021

Festival Cognac Blues Passions, Cognac, France
10th July 2021

Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome, Italy
13th July 2021

Teatro D'Annunzio, Pescara, Italy
15th July 2021

Teatro Antico di Taormina, Taormina, Italy
17th July 2021

"To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily, is not to have seen Italy at all" Wrote Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in his memoir 'Italian Journey.' (1817)

"That memoir became one of the world's first ever travel books, and unlike some of my teenage colleagues who were in awe with science fiction writing, from a young age I always seemed to be more drawn to travel literature."

"It was through reading that I could travel in my mind. Absorbing stories and experiences from those talented enough to paint pictures with words, I still like to listen to people's travel stories, and we all have them."

"Longtime friend and fan of Simple Minds, Antonio Chemi, tells a nice story about travelling all the way from Sicily to Rome, in February 1986. Not yet 16 and already passionate about Simple Minds' music, Antonio harangued his parents for approval to attend Simple Minds' (now legendary) gigs at Paleaur, in Rome."

"Chemi's (over protective) father, Giovanni, although initially negative with regards to the idea of his son travelling alone from a small provincial town to the big city, finally relented after observing just how much the chance to see Simple Minds meant to his son."

"There would be one catch however? Antonio would only be allowed to make the 750 km train journey on the condition that Giovanni - who had no interest in Simple Minds, or any kind of rock music whatsoever - accompanied him to the concert, and would remain next to him throughout with a watchful eye."

"Although not exactly what Antonio had in mind, from that scenario a beautiful tale begins. A tale best told by Antonio as he reminisces still excited today at the memory of coming across other other young Sicilians en route to Rome by train to see Simple Minds."

"Hopefully you'll be able to hear more of that story in the near future, since in someways what unfolded would later influence the story of my life. It also influenced what I consider to be the 'rebirth of Simple Minds.' Meanwhile, Antonio will only have to walk few minutes from his house to see Simple Minds perform in Taormina, Sicily, this coming July. No over night train journeys this time. And if he leaves the windows open, he (and the rest of the town) will be able to hear every note from our afternoon soundcheck as we prepare nearby for our show at the incomparable Teatro Greco." - Jim, 19th February 2020

Sporting Summer Festival, Monte Carlo
23rd July 2021

Festival De Porta Ferrada, Sant Feliu De Guixols, Spain
24th July 2021

Tio Pepe Festival, Jerez, Spain
30th July 2021

Starlite, Marbellam, Spain
31st July 2021

Arena di Verona, Verona, Italy
9th August

M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool, UK
12th August 2021

Summer Sessions, Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh, UK
15th August 2021

"Among the 100 plus shows we have lined up for our upcoming World tour, we are delighted to now be added to the lineup for the Edinburgh Summer Sessions. No one enjoys playing in Scotland more than we do, and we are sure that Simple Minds fans from far and wide will want to join us for what is set to be a memorable concert in our capital city. We look forward to it immensely!" - Jim, 29th January 2020

P&J Live, Aberdeen, UK
17th August 2021

Bonus Arena, Hull, UK
19th August 2021

Utilita Arena, Newcastle, UK
20th August 2021

Motorpoint, Nottingham, UK
21st August 2021

Custom House Square, Belfast, UK
23rd August 2021

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