I read where Simple Minds will be celebrating their 30th anniversary this year. Thought it was amusing that it was the same week where one of the American Idol guys sang “Don’t You Forget About Me”. It’s a crime if that is all you know about this band.
They still draw huge audiences in Europe. Back in the day a lot of fans were either in the U2 camp or the Simple Minds camp. I could never understand what was so amazing about U2, so you can guess what camp I resided. I was equally attracted to the care they put in the graphics and special releases as well as their music. The artwork and unique icons matched up perfectly to their blend of music.
Pollstar actually posted an article about the upcoming European concerts that went on sale this week. The biggest news is they’ll be playing one of their albums in its entirety: New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84). Here is the album tracklisting:
Someone Somewhere (In Summertime)
Colours Fly and Catherine Wheel
Promised You A Miracle
Somebody Up There Likes You
New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Hunter and The Hunted
King Is White And In The Crowd
I’m curious why they chose this album when so many fans point to Sparkle in the Rain as their pivitol release. (Sons and Fascination is my personal fav by a mile though.) The only thing I can come up with is that perhaps they haven’t played quite as many of the songs from NGD in concert recently.
Cool SMINDS links:
**word has it there will soon be a new album release – I’m hoping it will be markedly better than the last two releases. I like most everything up to 2002.