One of the most successful British bands of all time, Simple Minds are pleased to announce their eagerly-awaited return to the US and Canada in October 2013. Over nine days, starting on 15th October 2013, the group will play headline shows in Los Angeles, New Jersey, Washington DC, Boston, Montreal and Toronto, before wrapping up a packed itinerary with a concert at the Roseland Ballroom in New York on 24th October 2013.
Best known for their 1985 worldwide chart-topper Don’t You (Forget About Me), from the epochal soundtrack to The Breakfast Club, the coming-of age-movie directed by the late John Hughes and starring Molly Ringwald and Emilio Estevez, and the anthemic Top 3 hit Alive And Kicking, also from 1985, Simple Minds last visited North America on The Floating World Tour in 2002.
“It has been a long time coming, way too long to be honest. Although this is by no means an extensive tour, it could mean a new beginning for us in that part of the world,” says frontman Jim Kerr. “We worked throughout Canada and the US in the earlier days of our careers and have been dreaming of getting the opportunity to return, just as many of our supporters in North America have been dreaming of getting the chance to see Simple Minds in their hometown.”
The band’s return to North America constitutes the latest chapter in a storied career which has seen them appear at the JFK Stadium for Live Aid in 1985 and compose the beautiful Mandela Day and campaign for the release of Nelson Mandela and the end of apartheid in South Africa in the late eighties. Indeed, they were prime movers behind the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute Concert in 1988 and also took part in the Nelson Mandela Freedom Concert in 1990, both held at London’s Wembley Stadium, and headlined the same outdoor venue in 1989.
The US and Canadian dates follow the release earlier this year of the career-spanning collection Celebrate, which kicks off with the proto-electronic dance music of I Travel, from 1980, and brings things right up to date with the inclusion of the recently-recorded Blood Diamonds and the ebullient Broken Glass Park, whose A-listing by BBC Radio 2, the music station with the biggest UK listenership, coincided with a triumphant, extensive tour of the British Isles in the spring. Simple Minds performed two lengthy sets, with no support act and only a short interval, a format that enabled them to revisit many of their timeless classics from the past 35 years.
The North American shows will continue this approach which should delight long-standing fans of the group eager to hear early cult singles like Love Song or The American as well as the MTV generation who discovered them in the mid-eighties with Alive And Kicking, Sanctify Yourself andAll The Things She Said, the three hit singles from their 1985 landmark album Once Upon A Time.
Simple Minds are Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill, Mel Gaynor, Andy Gillespie and Ged Grimes.
15th October Los Angeles Orpheum
17th October Red Bank, New Jersey Count Basie Theatre
18th October Washington 9:30 Club
20th October Boston Wilbur Theatre
21st October Montreal Metropolis
22nd October Toronto Massey Hall
24th October New York Roseland Ballroom