They advanced to become one of the biggest bands of their generation, providing a soundtrack that endures with rousing choruses and booming atmospheres. They topped the American charts with "Don't You (Forget About Me)" and, with over 60 million records sold, are one of the UK's most successful rock acts. With their 18th album "Direction of the Heart", which was released at the end of 2022, Simple Minds around the two remaining founding members, singer Jim Kerr and guitarist Charlie Burchill, will come to Hamburg, Berlin, Frankfurt and Munich in April 2024. As special guest they will have the wonderful Scottish rockers Del Amitri with them.
Simple Minds' roots were humble. They coalesced around the talents of childhood friends Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill, emerging from the ashes of Glasgow punk group Johnny & The Self-Abusers in November 1977. The duo, bolstered by keyboardist Mick MacNeil, bassist Derek Forbes, and drummer Brian McGee, maintained the DIY spirit of punk, but were eager to look beyond the three-chord limitations of the genre. For them, punk was more of a stepping stone than a template. Rather, the band used their interest in electronic music to experiment with rhythm and texture. Their debut album, "Life In A Day," was released in April 1979. Based on Roxy Music, the album showed a group that was still searching. The same was true of the sequel, "Real To Real Cacophony," which appeared seven months later. Darker and less conventional, the album signaled the beginning of a fascination with European culture that was clearly expressed in the impressionistic dance sound of the 1980s. Inspired by the industrial rhythms of Neu!, Kraftwerk and Cabaret Voltaire, Simple Minds henceforth mixed synthetic sounds with powerful electric guitars and a grooving rhythm section.
At the beginning of the 1980s, the band climbed steadily into the top league of British rock bands. The fifth album "New Gold Dream" (1982) was the first in a fabulous series of six consecutive albums, which until 1995 climbed at least into the Top 3 of the UK charts - three of them even up to No. 1. In addition, they conquered the whole world bit by bit and even made it into the Top Ten of the US Billboard Charts with the album "Once Upon a Time" in 1985. This was a rare success for British rock acts, especially in the wake of their biggest hit "Don't You (Forget About Me)", which is still directly linked to THE coming-of-age movie of the 1980s, "Breakfast Club".
Simple Minds remained an impressive live act into the nineties. They continued to tour and were voted the best live band in the world by Q magazine in 1991. In the studio, a series of versatile albums emerged, between softer sounds, stormy tempos and a constantly readjusted idea of what the nucleus of Simple Minds is all about. From the mid-nineties, the band then stepped back a bit for a while, but still continued to release exciting albums every few years.
In the last decade, they experienced a remarkable resurgence, their world-class credentials recognized by an Inspiration Award from Q Magazine in 2014 and an Ivor Novello Award in 2016. Her latest album, Direction Of The Heart, is a fantastic coming-of-age work in the best sense. At once reflective and euphoric, it places the personal in a universal context. How incredibly good this band still is live, it proves with the live album "New Gold Dream - Live From Paisley Abbey", released on October 27, on which the band transfers the classic album from 1982 in its entirety into the present time.
Runtime: Tue, 02/04/2024 to Sat, 13/04/2024