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simple minds #40



Jim and Charlie



line-up:
vocals: Jim Kerr
guitar: Charlie Burchill
drums: Mel Gaynor
bass: Eddie Duffy
keyboards: Andy Gillespie



background:
After the various one-offs (Lisbon Lions, 46664 Concert), two series of Proms gigs (the spring and winter legs), the brief reunion, and the partial regrouping to record Graffiti Soul, the stable, second-classic, line-up were back together to celebrate the bandís 30th anniversary playing life.

Rumour was rife throughout the fan-base that the event would herald the reappearance of Derek Forbes and/or Mick MacNeil; these rumours persisting when the line-up was never formally confirmed even before the gigs started. However, familiar faces were back with Andy Gillespie back on keyboards, and a heavily bearded Eddie Duffy on bass (although the beard disappeared mid-tour).

The same line-up also hit the road mid-2009, initially as promotion for the forthcoming Graffiti Soul, and then for a series of gigs across Europe which continued the 30 Years Live celebrations.




recording/releases:
-


longevity:
November 2008 -


live legacy:
Celebrate 30 Years Live
30 Years Live European Tour


break-up:
Their numbers swelled with the addition of a new backing vocalist.






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