Notts & South Yorks: Simple Minds to play Sheffield and Nottingham as part of UK tour

Simple Minds have announced a UK tour
Simple Minds have announced a UK tour

Scottish legends Simple Minds hit the road again next year for a UK tour.

And they will be at Sheffield City Hall on 12th April and Nottingham Theatre Royal on 3rd May.

The tour will be in support of Simple Minds’ new album Big Music, their first album release for five years and their 16th studio album overall.

With a touring cast that now sees frontman Jim Kerr and guitarist Charlie Burchill joined by stalwart drummer Mel Gaynor, keyboardist Andy Gillespie, Ged Grimes, backing vocalists Sarah Brown and Catherine AD (additional keys and guitar). Simple Minds have a settled line-up that re-affirms their status as one of the great live bands.

Big Music has also been made with an array of collaborators old and new – including co-writer Iain Cook (of Glasgow band Chvrches) and producers Steve Osborne, Andy Wright and Steve Hillage, who worked on the band’s 1981 release Sons And Fascination/Sister Feelings Call.

The first single to be released from Big Music will be Honest Town, out on 3rd November, before their tour starts in Grimsby on 27th March next year.

More relevant than ever, Simple Minds have been lauded in recent times by NME, who put them in their list of 100 Most Influential Bands, and Mojo, as well as artists including The Horrors, The Killers, King Creosote, Manic Street Preachers, Primal Scream and Radiohead.

Simple Minds formed back in 1977 and achieved commercial success in the early 1980s with a string of hit singles.

They are best known internationally for their 1985 hit Don’t You (Forget About Me) from the soundtrack of the John Hughes film The Breakfast Club.

Other songs like Belfast Child, This is Your Land, Kick It In and Love Song are also hugely popular with fans.

However, 1992 also brought the band to a new audience when their anthem, Alive and Kicking, was used by Sky Sports to promote their coverage of the newly-formed Premier League, bringing Simple Minds to the attention to a whole new audience of football fans.

Simple Minds are widely regarded as one of the best live bands in the world and over a 30-year career have been responsible for some of the most innovative and enduring anthems in rock music.

Last year the band played to 130,000 people in the UK alone – the most ever in one year.

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