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THEY TRAVEL!

"There are only two types in the world - those who stay at home and those who do not. The second are more interesting."

A quote from Rudyard Kipling, pondered from the lip of the stage in Nimes a few nights ago as I became increasingly more interested in figures high above me - way at the very top of the ancient Roman arena, animatedly jumping around to the music while proudly waving a Scottish saltire.

Naturally I got to momentarily wondering what their story was? Where they actually from Scotland? How and why they had travelled so far - if so?

Of course we constantly give thought to those who travel from far and wide to Simple Minds. Going back to our very earliest days, before we even had a record deal, there was always someone who would make the effort to follow our band around the country, determined to support us, driven to be there with us.

To this day we see plenty of familiar faces, people who over the decades - have literally been to hundreds of Simple Minds shows, travelled countless thousands of miles, criss crossing continents, spending vast amounts of money that they no doubt worked hard for. And all to be there with us, to also meet up with fellow Minds enthusiasts?

How can we not be humbled by that kind of dedication? How can we be anything - but immensely grateful?
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THEY TRAVEL!

There are only two types in the world - those who stay at home and those who do not. The second are more interesting. 

A quote from Rudyard Kipling, pondered from the lip of the stage in Nimes a few nights ago as I  became increasingly more interested in figures high above me - way at the very top of the ancient Roman arena, animatedly jumping around to the music while proudly waving a Scottish saltire. 

Naturally I got to momentarily wondering what their story was? Where they actually from Scotland? How and why they had travelled so far - if so?

Of course we constantly give thought to those who travel from far and wide to Simple Minds. Going back to our very earliest days, before we even had a record deal, there was always someone who would make the effort to follow our band around the country, determined to support us, driven to be there with us.

To this day we see plenty of familiar faces, people who over the decades - have literally been to hundreds of Simple Minds shows, travelled countless thousands of miles, criss crossing continents, spending vast amounts of money that they no doubt worked hard for. And all to be there with us, to also meet up with fellow Minds enthusiasts?

How can we not be humbled by that kind of dedication? How can we be anything - but immensely grateful?

 

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Brian Gibb and friend seeing Simple Minds in Nimes.

Of course I can relate as I also travelled around a bit to see my faves back in the day. Hitch hiking here and there from Glasgow to see Dylan, Lou Reed, Stranglers and various others.

Hi Jim. May I ask you a question ? You always sing « old « classic songs during your gigs. Songs we all love and know by heart But Îve never heard Honest Town. Is there a reason for it? I also love this song. Thank you and have a pleasant day 😊

I love travelling to gigs! To see my favorite band of the past 35 yrs, no destination is to far...From U.S to Wentworth UK for a golf gig ( never once did i see a golfer...haha) ..and now only 3 months away from 4 more gigs here in the U.S..Its always a pleasure to see Simple Minds....Roll on October!!!!!

I remember travelling solo to Taormina in 2002 - leaving the house at 4am and still up 24hours later after an incredible gig, and having spent some hours getting to know some lovely fellow fans, who have become good friends over the years. Quite an adventure 😀

Just love travelling! But it's probably true that without Simple Minds I would never have seen so many places as I did during the last 16 years. I'm very grateful that I have been able to do that. Very grateful as well to have met great people while doing so....some have become close friends. That said I' m going to meet up with two of them at Hamburg airport on Saturday morning to fly to Spain for a week of holiday....and to see my fave band again!

I just love this JK. If the money allowed I'd be everywhere . But coming to the UK oh so soon now , Lawrence Lowe I'm forever grateful to you for that ...😉 and to meet everyone who I've been talking to forever . Denis Shields and I go back nearly forty years 🙂 , endless bootlegs (sorry but we were desperate to get our hands on anything) I can't wait to meet the great mates I've made on here . And to just love every second of seeing you . ❤❤❤❤

I travel! Well I travelled all around Europe, NYC, Canada, Dubai to see Simple Minds and after 125 gigs ( they could have been many more since I lost a lot of gigs because of cancelled flights:strikes, bad weather and so on) the passion for this music is still the same. Music, travelling, meeting new and old friends: a big experience at any time! See you somewhere in summertime Paola came from Italy.

My family, my friends, my dear...it's our pleasure of travelling for you, for Simple Minds. I let my baby at home to these days in Nîmes. Simple Minds my favorite band, my favorite music for the life! Thank you for All !

Ohh... the power of the Minds "family".. through chatting to you (when you had your own fb page 😃) I have met and become friends with some of the nicest of folks from all corners of the globe, some I have still to meet in person mind you. People's paths cross for a reason and it's not a reason I wish to question, I just accept. I have the absolute honour of coming to see you in America in October with another friend I've met through your music, Rita Mcintosh! These bonds of friendship we make through going to see you at gigs, are unbreakable..we might not see or speak with one another often, due to a thing called life, but, we are always guaranteed a big happy reunion when we do!! It's such a beautiful thing, and I am forever grateful for all these opportunities that have graced my life, these last few years,all because of you and your music!! I've said it before and I shall say it again..thank you for just being, you have changed my whole life!! See you in NYC and Boston. Much love as always 🛫💖🌞 xx

Travelling to fab places... Paris, Melbourne, Taormina, Glasgow, Belfast...LEEDS. Seeing statues parks and galleries, meeting up with old friends and making fabulous new ones and at the end of the day seeing the best band live and occasionally getting to meet up and chat. Life long memory making stuff...what is possibly not to like. TY to SM in all your many forms. That journey for me has been going since 1980. That is why we travel...next stop LEEDS 😁

I'm sure there was a tv film in the 90's which was all about two lads from Scotland who were trying to hitchhike their way to Caracas to see Simple Minds. As I remember unfortunately they didn't make it. Anyone recall this?

It's all about the chance to experience different cultures and expand the mind, whilst nourishing the emotions with music from the Minds! That's the way to happiness and for that I'm eternally grateful. 😀

..che bel buongiorno... Well everything is booked for Salford Jim I hope this time I can be more lucky than with Grimaud 😫 .. anyway Italian dates aren't easy this leg all quite far from me and only by car they will be possible as in July the boss doesn't give you special holidays cause we go in August.. but..I promised you a miracle and for Cremona and Genova I'll do my best ... Have a great day dear and keep your energy high for tomorrow...ciao...Adri.

I started traveling to see SM as a 13-year-old. My first gig was at the Red Rocks Amphitheater with my older sister in 1984. We traveled from El Paso, Texas which was 620 miles (9.5 driving hours) from Denver and my sister had only just learned to drive. We got horribly lost and only caught the last three songs but we were hooked. We then caught SM in Oakland, California in 1985 and seven consecutive gigs from New Orleans to Phoenix in April 1986. I had to repeat an entire year of school but it was entirely worth it. I later married an Englishman who was my pen pal I found in a UK-based SM fan club and I moved to England. I’ve been to gigs all over Europe and the USA with my favorite gig being Taormina in 2002. When SM does their gig in Houston, Texas in November 2018, it will be my 36th SM gig. It’s been an adventure and I can honestly say that there is no other band quite like Simple Minds that means so much!

The furthest I've travelled to see you was Taormina, what a week! Silly to say but it was a life saver, burnt out and exhausted. It was a much needed holiday. I have travelled to Abu Dhabi to play a gig of your songs! 🙂

You are the only band I have travelled far to see play. Why? Because you make me smile, dance and feel young again, singing and dancing along to your tunes old and new. A gift that you keep on giving and sharing, long may it continue and thank you for all the fabulous memories x

I've only managed to travel within the Uk to see you, but I sure have done that many a time and never once walked away disappointed, I dread the day you hang up your boots, long live SM live x

wonderful story Jim. although we're not travelling around to see you we do try to attend every gig you do in Belgium as we did last February in Brussels. But we did had a special encounter just a week after your show in Brussels. My wife and myself are big fans of Simple Minds Official and also big fans of Depeche Mode. So we flew to Moscow to see Depeche in concert. We got this invitation from a friend over there. but to make the story short when we flew back the day after the gig as I was waiting outside a taxfree shop all of a sudden Dave Gahan stood next to me. So what we hope is that one day we'll run into you and Charlie. just to say hello, that's all. who knows. Take care Jim, see you next time!

From the 60+ gigs i think at least 80% of them i travelled abroad. Taormina 2002 will still be the best memory. Being part of the white tribe and meeting so many people. Edinburgh castle in the rain, Liverpool Kings dock. Barras, secc, Clyde auditorium, abc. The Glasgow gigs always special

I waited the odd decade for you to come down under to NZ to see us last year... no less a fan - just young, poor and too far away when I first heard you...

Travelling the world and playing shows with a fine new album and a band on top of their game - not a bad life is it? 😃

Love that JK often acknowledges fans in one way or another. Can you ever get enough of the music you love? Worked and reworked. 🎼🎼🎼🎼

If any band is worth travelling to see, it's Simple Minds. When I can afford it, I sure will!

To watch your favourite band is always worth traveling!

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Just announced, Simple Minds will play the Pepsi Center WTC in Mexico on 20th of September 2018 - details to follow! ... See MoreSee Less

Just announced, Simple Minds will play the Pepsi Center WTC   in Mexico on 20th of September 2018 - details to follow!

 

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De mis grupos favoritos y más influyentes all time...Ya puestísimos para verlos por primera vez en la Ciudad de México y de de nuevo el 21 de octubre en Las Vegas at The Palms...será un “Flight Between Countries”

Queridos, nunca se van arrepentir de venir. México los recibe con todas esas emociones que ustedes pueden transmitir ❤️ besos grandes SM

Please come back to Toronto, we had a blast ! Please please please !!!

South american please !!!!!!

Bienvenidos !!! 🙂

They were great against Germany at the weekend!! 😜

Welcome to México SM , we are a lot of people waiting to see this great rock band.

Alive and Waiting!!!

thanks, thanks, thanks 28 years waiting, I'll be there

Pleeeasseee come back to Argentiinaaaa!!!!!

When are you next coming down to NZ

When you coming back to Aberdeen x

Thank you!! 🙌🏻

Good news!

lo estaba esperando desde hace mucho

Hey!!, Sudamerica when??, please!!

👍🏻😂👍🏻

Chile?

Finalmente!!

Espero estar ahí

Àls dít 'n uitnodiging is...😇🤗 héél graag...

Welcome to Mexico!

Anna Helfrich treacle, we're off to Mexico!! 😃

Yes!!

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Simple Minds are proud to announce a brand new studio album with some very special tour dates!

 

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‘Walk Between Worlds’ is OUT NOW.

Live Shows

Jun
22
Fri
2018
Rock The Ring – Hinwil – Switzerland
Jun 22 all-day

Simple Minds take to the road in 2018 to premiere the new studio album, WALK BETWEEN WORLDS while performing many iconic classics.

 

Tickets on general sale from 08:00am CET on Friday 22nd December 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

Simple Minds celebrate the release of their new album ‘Walk Between Worlds’ in February 2018, in advance of the tour and prepare to deliver classic hits and tracks from the new album, certain to delight fans.

 

One of the most successful and influential British bands ever, Simple Minds have been creating their extraordinary, inventive, adventurous, and highly influential soundscape for almost 40 years. They have achieved six no.1 albums in the UK, as well as hitting the top spot in countless other territories including Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Australia and New Zealand. Since forming in Glasgow in the late 1970’s and named after a lyric from David Bowie’s Jean Genie, the band have sold more than 70 million records worldwide and ‘Walk Between Worlds’ is their 17th album of new material.

 

“When we started Simple Minds, our objective was to be considered as one of the great live bands. A band that had the desire to go all around the world – playing everywhere and anywhere. That challenge is ongoing, and we will relish touring all over the UK next summer, getting up close to so many who have supported us over the years.”
Jim Kerr

 

 

 

 

“We would like to remind all of our fans and members that despite hearing announcements elsewhere regarding possible concert performances etc, it is only when the date is announced here at simpleminds.com that you can be sure the information is 100% official and that contracts have been agreed” – Simple Minds

 

Jun
28
Thu
2018
Plaza de Toros de Granada – Spain
Jun 28 all-day
Plaza de Toros de Granada - Spain @ Plaza de Toros de Granada

Simple Minds take to the road in 2018 to premiere the new studio album, WALK BETWEEN WORLDS while performing many iconic classics.

 

Doors: TBC
Simple Minds: TBC

 

***Tickets on general sale NOW***

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We would like to remind all of our fans and members that despite hearing announcements elsewhere regarding possible concert performances etc, it is only when the date is announced here at simpleminds.com that you can be sure the information is 100% official and that contracts have been agreed” – Simple Minds

 

Jun
29
Fri
2018
4ever Valencia Festival – Spain
Jun 29 all-day
4ever Valencia Festival - Spain @ 4ever

Simple Minds take to the road in 2018 to premiere the new studio album, WALK BETWEEN WORLDS while performing many iconic classics.

 

Doors: TBC
Simple Minds: TBC

 

***Tickets on sale at the link above from 10.00am CET Friday 19th Jan 2018***

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We would like to remind all of our fans and members that despite hearing announcements elsewhere regarding possible concert performances etc, it is only when the date is announced here at simpleminds.com that you can be sure the information is 100% official and that contracts have been agreed” – Simple Minds

 

Jun
30
Sat
2018
Noches Del Botanico – Madrid – Spain
Jun 30 all-day

Simple Minds take to the road in 2018 to premiere the new studio album, WALK BETWEEN WORLDS while performing many iconic classics.

 

Doors: TBC
Simple Minds: TBC

 

***Tickets on general sale NOW!***

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We would like to remind all of our fans and members that despite hearing announcements elsewhere regarding possible concert performances etc, it is only when the date is announced here at simpleminds.com that you can be sure the information is 100% official and that contracts have been agreed” – Simple Minds

 

 

 

Jul
2
Mon
2018
Acquedotte Festival – Cremona – Italy
Jul 2 all-day
Acquedotte Festival - Cremona - Italy @ Acquedotte Festival

Simple Minds take to the road in 2018 to premiere the new studio album, WALK BETWEEN WORLDS while performing many iconic classics.

 

Doors: TBC
Simple Minds: TBC

 

***Tickets on general sale from 12:00pm CET on Wednesday 20th December***
A pre-sale will start at 12:00pm CET on Tuesday 19th December for members at Iovado.club and MyLiveNation for 24 hours.

 

IOVADO CLUB Pre-sale Link
MY LIVE NATION Pre-sale Link

 

 

 

 

“We would like to remind all of our fans and members that despite hearing announcements elsewhere regarding possible concert performances etc, it is only when the date is announced here at simpleminds.com that you can be sure the information is 100% official and that contracts have been agreed” – Simple Minds

 

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