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MANCHESTER:

12 hours after the initial news came through from Manchester last night, the shock and numbness of it all is still as strong.
Perhaps even more so this morning.

Our profound sympathy goes out to all touched by this horrific event.

In situations like this it is more than difficult to find appropriate words and actions. It all comes down to a feeling.

And speaking as we did this morning, to all involved with Simple Minds. Including band, crew, management etc. the feeling in our group was entirely unanimous.

More than ever, we all want to go out tonight and play our music.

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MANCHESTER: 

12 hours after the initial news came through from Manchester last night, the shock and numbness of it all is still as strong. 
Perhaps even more so this morning.

Our profound sympathy goes out to all touched by this horrific event. 

In situations like this it is more than difficult to find appropriate words and actions. It all comes down to a feeling.

And speaking as we did this morning, to all involved with  Simple Minds. Including band, crew, management etc. the feeling in our group was entirely unanimous. 

More than ever, we all want to go out tonight and play our music. 

Jim Kerr

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Paul KennySaw Simple Minds perform live at the Liverpool Philharmonic last night, amazing gig. Got home, turned on the TV and couldn't believe what I saw had happened at the Manchester arena, absolutely horrific. I think it's great that the Simple Minds gig in Manchester goes ahead tonight. It is very important that we do not let these terrorists win and stop people from enjoying events like these. I for one refuse to let them do so. I will be attending the Simple Minds gig in Manchester tonight (as planned), and as always, really look forward to it. Sod terrorist(s). You don't get to win!!

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Gareth HughesGot a ticket for tonight and so want to go and stick 2 fingers up to these c***s in my home city, but just don't know if I can, I'm so upset that kids lost their lives going to a concert (something I've had the pleasure of doing without fear for over 30 years) I get that we have to carry on and not let them beat us, so good on you for doing that and I'm sure you'll do them proud, as we sing in Manchester "we'll never die"

11 hours ago   ·  10

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Mike KempTo say I'm disappointed that the band and the venue haven't decided to reschedule or cancel tonights concert is an understatement. By doing so isn't giving in to the mindless act of terrorism but showing a mark of respect for those innocent people and families who've have their lives changed or taken away. With this in mind my wife and I won't be attending tonight so there will be at least another two empty seats in the VIP area. For us attending a concert is about singing, dancing and having a great evening, however we simply don't feel like this knowing what happened less than 24 hours earlier across the city. For those attending have a great night. We'll have the opportunity see Simple Minds perform again under better circumstances.

7 hours ago   ·  12

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Dave KellyMy mind isn't on the gig tonight, thoughts are with the victims and the families. I was in the arena 10 days ago, could have been any concert there. Pure anger against these cowards. I'll be there tonight, otherwise they have won! And they never will!

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Andrew HartOur hearts go out to those that have lost loved ones. Tonight we will sit, stand, sing and dance together 'as one voice!!!!' That way the evil that has committed this awful act against innocent beautiful souls is not allowed to have their voice heard.

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Sarah TunneyI am here in Manchester arrived yesterday for shopping and my much awaited Christmas present of tickets for tonight. We heard the helicopters and police last night unaware of what had happened and tried to go on as normal this morning after hearing the horror of the arena atrocities. Then we were evacuated from arndale and felt the terror of having to get out and move away from danger. We have taken the decision not to attend really disappointed but could not enjoy the gig! So upset x

8 hours ago   ·  6

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Lyndon PrescottGiven so many people are still in shock and won't be attending tonight out of respect, would it not be a good idea to reschedule the concert for everybody's sake? There is also going to be a vigil outside the town hall this evening and people are struggling with transport getting in and out of the city. I know life must go on but we need to take some time out to reflect on what has happened.

7 hours ago   ·  6

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Lyndon PrescottAs a mancunion I am physically & emotionally sick by the barbaric act carried out on our great city. I have tickets for tonight's concert which I was really looking forward to however I regrettably won't be coming tonight as I think the city needs time to heal and reflect on what has happened 😔

11 hours ago   ·  11

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Lisa WyerWhat on earth has happened to taking time out to reflect?? Why do people feel the need to 'carry on as normal' in the face of adversity? I personally couldn't attend, my heart is too heavy and I need to be here for my daughter who nearly went and has friends that did attend. It's not about who is winning, or letting them win, there are still families with missing children and children fighting for their lives. Music to me is a joyous occasion, and I for one could not be joyous whilst that is still going on. 😔 and for those that don't appreciate where I am coming from here, I am entitled to this opinion! That could have been my child and I won't apologise for my thoughts on this.

11 hours ago   ·  19

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Steven ThomasI love you guys, I live in Manchester and have tickets for tonight. I admire your desire to go out and play your music especially in the face of adversity but I think on this occasion this is the wrong decision. I really don't believe that this is the time to play a concert just a short walk from where one of the most horrific acts of terrorism that this country has witnessed took place less than 24 hours ago. People are still looking for their loved ones and the emergency services are preoccupied to say the least. Come on guys, I know that you want to play and I agree wholeheartedly that we shouldn't give in to terrorism but I would urge you to take the decision away from your fans and decide not to play tonight.

10 hours ago   ·  8

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Sarah NoonI have ticket and want be going , it should be postponed, Very disappointed that it's going ahead , how can you go out an laugh ,smile and enjoy after last night

7 hours ago   ·  1
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Kate Marlborough-fletcherI have to say that I'm extremely disappointed with this decision. How anyone would want to play let alone attend a gig this evening is beyond me. As Lisa Wyer has said why do people feel the need to carry on as normal in the face of adversity. This is a time to reflect, to offer condolences and to mourn. It is a time to show respect. This gig can easily be postponed and enjoyed another evening. Tonight is not the right time.

10 hours ago   ·  7
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Karen KyriacouThe concert last night was awesome. Go out there and entertain Manchester. Lift their hearts God bless those angels and thoughts go out to the families and those who are injured. Stay safe

5 hours ago
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Andrew WilsonNot sure about this tbh. Whilst I understand the desire to show the world that we carry on and won't be defeated, I'm personally not in the mood to enjoy the gig. This is gutting because I was so looking forward to it...

10 hours ago   ·  2
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Gary VictorySuch a horrible act last night in Manchester..... and against children going to a concert to see their idol... you just can't see why someone would even think about doing such a thing... but here we are again after Paris. And in a bizarre twist of fate Simple Minds are performing the night after. I know you guys will put on a great show... you always do... I just hope everyone has a good night and more importantly gets home safely. Thoughts to the families to those who lost their lives, were injured or still missing after last nights horror.

11 hours ago   ·  4

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Michael LloydA lot of artists are cancelling gigs out of respect for those who have sadly passed away. I personally think that is the right decision. How can I go to a concert and enjoy it? This is all too soon. Each to their own and all that, yes we move on but this all seems a little off. There is also a vigil at 6pm in Albert Square.

10 hours ago   ·  5
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Lee DalyThere is no right or wrong in this if you cancel the gig you are letting theses terrorists win they want to stop us enjoying our lives they want us live in fear. However I can understand people not wanting to go peoples safety comes first. I hate what these people are doing to our great nation !!

10 hours ago   ·  2
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Steven ThomasThere is only 1 reason to perform tonight SMd's but there are are 22 reasons not too. I have decided not to attend (my decision) but I think that you should have taken the decision out of the fans hands. I am a lifelong fan but I am saddened that you have pressed ahead tonight. Disappointed and saddened by your decision!

7 hours ago   ·  5

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Ben BarclayI don't believe any criticism should be directed towards SM's, people react in different ways. I'm not going to be critical of fans that decide not to come so why be critical for those who want to unite. I recently listened to JK's SFY documentary, where he discussed Victor Jara, a Cuban protest singer that was killed by his regime, he said you can cage the singer, you can kill the singer, but you can't kill the song. The music and spirit of SM's is one of peace and love, the songs of which would be very befitting of the sentiment felt so soon after such an attack. I'm thinking, Belfast Child, Street Fighting Years and plenty more besides. I would have no doubt in JK's ability to be a sensitive ambassador to the emotions of a Manchester audience 24 hrs on.

9 hours ago   ·  4
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Elleise StantonThis was always going to a difficult decision to make,to cancel or play,everyone is going to have an opinion and not everyone is going to be happy with them not cancelling,Manchester is the music capital and this night will never be forgotten whether these guys play or not,but I imagine this will be one of the most important gigs they play in remembrance of this tradegy for the band and for those in the audience who decide whether to attend or not #preyformanchester

4 hours ago   ·  1
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Marina NikitinaAs we are choking with tears you find it possible to sing and party? Find it appalling. Many bands and performers cancelled their shows tonight out of respect for the victims and their families. There will be a memorial service at the main square of the city.The nation is mourning. 💔

9 hours ago   ·  3
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Julie JonesEveryone going tonight...sing your hearts out and enjoy your life and the joys it brings. Would I go if I'd brought ticket...hell yes. Well done for rocking and rolling Simple minds. Deepest thoughts and sympathy with those perished and injured last night x

8 hours ago   ·  2
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Norbert KettingThe city is screaming And I look for your eyes Someone to lean on through the night Your music talks to me and hits me tonight One candle burning, I hear your voice say So let there be love Let there be love Love

5 hours ago   ·  3
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André RooimansAnd the band played on! And you are right doing so. Don't let terror win and determine our lives. So tonight JK play the tiles of the ceiling and spread the New Gold Dream.

11 hours ago   ·  5
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Jane WallerI think this is the only way forward, as difficult as that may seem as everyone grapples with this tragedy. We can't let these bastards win. We have to try to remain defiant. Our love of music must unite us.

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TONIGHT's SHOW WILL GO AHEAD - Official statement from the venue: "After the tragic events at Manchester Arena last night, the team at The Bridgewater Hall are aware of the heightened level of threat against venues across the country. This evening’s performance featuring Simple Minds will proceed as planned. Please continue to consult the Bridgwater Hall Website for additional updates as they become available. Patrons should plan for addition travel time to attend the performance and to allow for additional security checks.
Management are in communication with Police and relevant authorities and are continually reviewing our security and safety procedures.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of anyone associated with the Manchester Arena incident."
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Roy SerridgeThat's the spirit . It was a great gig in Liverpool last night , it'll be a tough one tonight but if any band can lift a city's spirits it's Simple Minds . From a Scouser I send my sincerest best wishes to our neighbours in Manchester.

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Greg McKellarIt's important that the show must go on. We cant let them win. Music is a medium for good and positivity and change. Terrorists can't destroy that. We can't allow them to. Thoughts with the families of the victims. To quote Simple Minds. Let there be Love

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Paul KennySaw Simple Minds perform live at the Liverpool Philharmonic last night, amazing gig. Got home, turned on the TV and couldn't believe what I saw had happened at the Manchester arena, absolutely horrific. I think it's great that the Simple Minds gig in Manchester goes ahead tonight. It is very important that we do not let these terrorists win and stop people from enjoying events like these. I for one refuse to let them do so. I will be attending the Simple Minds gig in Manchester tonight (as planned), and as always, really look forward to it. Bollocks to the terrorist(s). You don't win!!

12 hours ago   ·  13
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Sam WorsleyWrong decision I think, transport badly affected and advice is not to travel into the centre unless necessary.. you should let the police do their job and reschedule it

10 hours ago   ·  13

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Philip William Adams.....the haters want us to be afraid - for that reason alone, we should attempt to carry on...whilst at the same time thinking about the poor people and their families, who lost their loved ones last night...... 'Let There Be Love' (for them) Respect.

12 hours ago   ·  9
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Paulo FerreiraI have two tickets for the Simple Minds concert tonight at the Bridgewater Hall. Somehow the band and the venue and a few more people think that life goes on (and the show). Not for me, not today. Life has to stop for a bit, because it has been lost and needs to be found again. P.S. first come first served

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Adriana MussolinTo be honest after what i have seen and read this morning when i woke up at 5:30 because i felt there was something strange happening in the air and after reading later as everybody here that there are also kids between the victims I thought that all the World, everything should stop. BECAUSE IT IS NOT thinkable to sing and dance when a few meters beyond there was a huge and unnecessary tragedy. But ...well...in the end... if we give the idea that we are afraid it will be worse. Those f*** ing bastards might think they have achieved a goal. I'm praying for all the victims and their families. No fears for tonight please. And please let the world know you're not afraid. Apologies for these excited and confused words but I'm really upset.

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Lisa WyerIt's ok to say we can't let them win, but I personally think this is too close to the attack, my daughter very nearly attended last night but didn't due to train times, how would people feel if their child had been killed! I could not even contemplate going to 'enjoy' a gig the day after such an atrocity when children are laying in hospitals nearby fighting for their lives. Slate me if you want but I am shocked that this hasn't been postponed, it's not always about life must go on as that's obvious, it's about respect in the immediate aftermath of such a tragedy

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David John DarbyshireWell done Jim, Charlie and the rest of the band for carrying on with the concert!! Been wishing my life away for this concert day to come we will enjoy the gig as we always do but with events last night it will be tinged with a lot of sadness for the children and others who lost their lives 💔💔Love Simple Minds ❤️ Love MANCHESTER!!!! David n Susan D xx

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Davie HoustonIt appears, out of respect for families involved at Manchester, Blondie have decided to postpone tonights gig in London.....now thats called RESPECT........JIM......

12 hours ago   ·  7

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Lyndal SpencerPlay tonight for those who died and those who are fighting to live. I think that would be an amazing tribute and I bet they would too.

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Tony MooreWell put, the gig will be fantastic just like Liverpool last night. Hope everyone manages to enjoy themselves tonight, stay safe everyone deepest sympathy to anyone and everyone affected by last night's terrible outrage. Together we stand, together we're UNITED they will never win

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Julie JamesLooking forward to Nottingham on Friday. Nothing will keep me away. Music unites and uplifts people, especially on days like today.

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Jennifer GouldFor those attending this evening, be safe and enjoy. Please don't use the flippant remark " don't let the terrorists win" Win what exactly? They don't give a flying crap if u go or not, their ideology isn't going to change. Stop putting them ahead of the victims. If you are going, try to give to the Manchester community your love and respect. Give blood, give donations, buy someone standing around a coffee. Give them your time. Love and respect each other, reach out to the Muslim fans who maybe feeling fearful. Do something positive and stay safe x

7 hours ago   ·  2
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Andy BellPeople going tonight have a great time but allow extra time for security checks. Police presence will be heightened. I'm pleased the concert is going ahead tonight becouse you can't be allowed to be scared off by these vermin. I'm sure those who are going tonight will be in for a moving gig tonight,as it should be.

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Wendy PenningtonWe would normally have done the Manchester gig but my friend got better seats for Liverpool this time. It was a great show & to those going tonight, enjoy the show & never give in to hate & cowards. RIP to those who died at the arena & wishing a speedy recovery to those injured. #strongerthanfear

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Shez J SimonsThis isn't about giving in to terrorists it's about showing respect for the poor families who have lost children husbands wives brothers sisters . I think it should be postponed it isn't appropriate when people are fighting for their lives or grieving I went to Birmingham gig if it had happened here then I would of hoped it would of been rescheduled So sad .

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Amanda ShiresI agree that we have to carry on, I'm currently sat in my car in Mcr city centre waiting for my fella to finish work - however tonight is a night for thoughts & reflection. People are still missing. It's too soon & too close so imo this event should have been cancelled. Take That have cancelled their show in Liverpool as a mark of respect - you should have done the same!

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Niall McDonaldmust be a difficult decision to make, but i think, it's the right one. a truly horrendous incident last night. i'm a regular concert-goer and i'd be lying if i wasnt sitting here this wondering if that could have been me leaving the O2, or NEC, or Colston hall Bristol, or any of the dozens of venues I've been to, or thinking about how i would get word to my family that i was OK if, god forbid, i was involved. we cannot forget what happened, or stop thinking of and helping those affected. life goes on.

10 hours ago
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Sophie NilssonThank you Simple Minds for standing up and against the threat from the terrorists. We can not ever let them win. Music and love will always win and by going to concerts we will show the Manchester victims our respect❤

11 hours ago
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Allison SutcliffeGoing tonight I wish it had been rearranged how can we enjoy ourselves after people have lost lives it's alright say y he show must go on but I would like to feel excited as usual but it's broke my heart for all those families. I had take that on Friday as well as my husband and son going to Kiss on Tuesday xx

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Josephine BarronWell done. We will not be defeated by fear or terrorism. I wish everyone a safe and fantastic gig & prayers to the people of Manchester xx

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Lisa WyerThat's not my point, the show can go on but I find it inappropriate when kids are still fighting for their lives in nearby hospitals. Parents still waiting on news of their missing children, how can people sing, clap and be joyous? There's a time and a place for everything! And tonight is not one!

12 hours ago   ·  5
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John McGlynnI'm going to Bridgewater Hall tonight. Unless the gig is officially called off, I will be there cheering and singing. I will never let these cowardly murderers dictate to me.

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Anne LamontBeen to a lot of Simple Minds gigs over many years but I think that last night's gig at the Philharmonic was possibly the best yet. It was brilliant. Home to awful news. Make the gig in Manchester as great. ❤❤

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UNITED KINGDOM:
Tickets on GENERAL sale on Thur 10th Nov at 10:00am UK time
Pre-sale for fans on Tues 08th Nov at 10:00am UK time HERE

 

“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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Simple Minds will perform their acclaimed ACOUSTIC show across the UK & Europe in 2017. They will be joined by very special guest The Anchoress [Catherine AD] on the UK dates.

 

UNITED KINGDOM:
Tickets on GENERAL sale on Thur 10th Nov at 10:00am UK time
Pre-sale for fans on Tues 08th Nov at 10:00am UK time HERE

 

“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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Simple Minds will perform their acclaimed ACOUSTIC show across the UK & Europe in 2017. They will be joined by very special guest The Anchoress [Catherine AD] on the UK dates.

 

UNITED KINGDOM:
Tickets on GENERAL sale on Thur 10th Nov at 10:00am UK time
Pre-sale for fans on Tues 08th Nov at 10:00am UK time HERE

 

“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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Simple Minds will perform their acclaimed ACOUSTIC show across the UK & Europe in 2017. They will be joined by very special guest The Anchoress [Catherine AD] on the UK dates.

 

UNITED KINGDOM:
Tickets on GENERAL sale on Thur 10th Nov at 10:00am UK time
Pre-sale for fans on Tues 08th Nov at 10:00am UK time HERE

 

“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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