After recording Promised You A Miracle, Kenny Hyslop left the
band, and Simple Minds were left requiring a drummer for the second leg of the
Sons And Fascination tour.
Bruce came up with a replacement, remembering
Mike Ogletree from Cafe Jacques (who he'd also managed).
Mike was instantly thrown in at the deep end, taking on the European leg of
the Sons And Fascination tour. His light percussive style was at
odds with the steady and measured power of
Kenny, which caused the group some problems when it came to recording
New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84). Producer
Pete Walsh brought
Mel Gaynor into the sessions to give the drumming more power, and
Mike's contributions were limited to
Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel,
Somebody Up There Likes You and
New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) and
Soundtrack For Every Heaven (which was inspired by one of his
complex drumming rhythms).
As the New Gold Tour started, it became apparent that
Mike couldn't adapt to the touring schedule. He was replaced by
Mel Gaynor when the tour continued in the UK.
February 1982 - November 1982
Sons And Fascination tour 1982
New Gold Tour 1982
Mike Ogletree found the touring tiring and didn't have the drumming
power the band required. Therefore he was replaced by Mel Gaynor
when the UK leg of the tour started.