SIMPLE MINDS celebrate 40 iconic years in music by embarking upon a major world tour next year and the release of a bunch of old and new material this year too. As we’re sat in the office writing this, staring at our vinyl copy of LIFE IN A DAY, we’re seriously counting on fingers those years. We can’t believe 40 have passed since its release. The reason is clear, the songs are just as fresh and relevant now as they were back in the day.

1. Someone (3:40)
2. Life In A Day (4:00)
3. Sad Affair (2:45)
4. All For You (2:50)
5. Pleasantly Disturbed (8:00)
6. No Cure (3:41)
7. Chelsea Girl (4:33)
8. Wasteland (3:45)
9. Destiny (3:39)
10. Murder Story (6:19)

That’s a bunch of great songs there. Of course, it’s the stuff that followed which gave the band their biggest hits, but the die hard fans will always go back to that first album, which spent six weeks in the UK LP charts. The title track and “Chelsea Girl” were issued as singles. Take a look at the video here. CHELSEA GIRL

Since that album, SIMPLE MINDS journey has been nothing short of remarkable. 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 number one albums, topped the singles charts on both sides of the Atlantic. They sold a mind -blowing 60 million plus albums and packed stadiums the world over.

Then of course, there’s that movie and single. DON’T YOU FORGET ABOUT ME.

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The band have announced details of the tour’s European dates, which covers 38 shows across 12 countries and culminate with a homecoming show at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro on April 25th. Most importantly for us however, they get to the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff on Tuesday 14th April. The band are fronted by founder members Jim Kerr (vocals) and Charlie Burchill (guitar). The sound is better than ever but the band are different. Everything we love about SIMPLE MINDS remains only now, with an added dimension.

Jim told us………………..

“Simple Minds are different now,”

“We’re not a stock rock band, but we haven’t changed our line-up to be cool. We’ve done it because it’s great to have so many amazing players on board. I’m grateful for the career we’ve had, but I’m mad enough to think we can still hit new levels. This is what we do – write, record and play live.”

Charlie said…………

“The perception that we’re now gathering pace is down to our attitude to playing live.”

“There have been lots of different incarnations of Simple Minds, but we’ve always kept our identity. A legacy can be a burden if you allow it to be. For us, it’s been empowering.”

SIMPLE MINDS are not only marking their 40th anniversary celebrations by hitting the road, we also have the recently released, career-spanning compilation ‘40: The Best Of – 1979-2019’. It pulls together the early fan favourites with their era-defining hits and their essential recent material. The collection also includes a gloriously euphoric new track – a cover of King Creosote’s celebration of weekend revelry ‘For One Night Only’. In addition, the new live album ‘Live In The City of Angels’ is also out now.

This has been a great decade for the band. In 2014 they claimed the Q Inspiration Award, which was followed by an Ivor Novello in 2016. And when last year’s ‘Walk Between Worlds’ album crashed into the UK charts at number 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. We think it was Jim’s hair back in the day (sorry Jim)…….

SIMPLE MINDS get to the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff on Tuesday 14th April. You can get tickets from the Box Office on 02920-224488 here. SIMPLE

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