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NEW SUNSHINE MORNING: TAORMINA, SICILY.

When the clocks change and with summer on it's way, Sicily is the perfect place.
My first Spring in Sicily was in 1988, driving all the way down from Rome, via Naples and Calabria. Taking the early morning ferry from Reggio, over to the port of Messina, felt like making a crossing into another world. Into another realm entirely. It felt mystical in the early morning light. That is what Sicily feels like to me, and it is why I decided to make it part of my life.

Hotel Villa Angela opens its doors this week for the 14th season. It always feel special returning to a place that has inspired many of our songs over the last two decades. NEW SUNRISE/SUNSHINE MORNING being the first of many.

With barely a few days free between finishing recording Simple Minds 17th album and the beginning of rehearsals for Simple Minds Acoustic I felt sure that I would not make it to "my beloved Sicily. "
But where there's a will - there's a way!

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NEW SUNSHINE MORNING: TAORMINA, SICILY.

When the clocks change and with summer on its way, Sicily is the perfect place. 
My first Spring in Sicily was in 1988, driving all the way down from Rome, via Naples and Calabria. Taking the early morning ferry from Reggio, over to the port of Messina, felt like making a crossing into another world. Into another realm entirely.  It felt mystical in the early morning light. That is what Sicily feels like to me, and it is why I decided to make it part of my life.

Hotel Villa Angela opens its doors this week for the 14th season. It always feel special returning to a place that has inspired many of our songs over the last two decades. NEW SUNRISE/SUNSHINE MORNING being the first of many.

With barely a few days free between finishing recording Simple Minds 17th album and the beginning of rehearsals for Simple Minds Acoustic I felt sure that I would not make it to my beloved Sicily.  
But where theres a will - theres a way!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=os832PYwqu8

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Deb HawkeswoodWhere there is a will there is a way, always JK. One day I hope to visit Sicily and Villa Angela and experience it's mystical beauty for myself..One day 😊!

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Marcello SalisSaluti dall'isola più bella Dell'Italia.la Sardegna...e scusa se a differenza della tua amata Sicilia almeno in Sardegna esiste il.sardinya simple minds.....ciao Jim👿👿👿👿👿.

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Leslie Pegues MolieriThat sounds amazing, Jim! Morning to all! Just getting in from listening to some great local music here in South Louisiana... not time for coffee just yet... one must rest for a few hours, then I'll be able to attack "todos Los dia" . Lots of soccer to watch today! I've got to get my beauty sleep! 💜⚽️❤️ 😘

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Deborah Ekman.....and you found the way 🙂 Make the most of your brief time for reflection and an injection of beauty. Villa Angela looks glorious! The south of Italy is unfinished business for me. A visually breathtaking country for romantics and lovers of art and architecture. Patiently awaiting the new album.........

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Dave KellyMy favourite song off Cry and possibly one of my favourite holidays. I do remember actioning your song, as you walked on by, I called your name and we had a quick chat. Then I found the rest of the band in a bar. I think this shot was on the way back to Catania.

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Scott SimpsonThere's a Place we all go even if only dreamlike in our thought at the time , somewhere we relax and put on the brakes , On this absolute beautiful sunshine morning my thoughts my memories are of my Mum like every day , moments of sorrow soon give way to warmth and smiles perspective and purpose ,

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Simone UhlmannTaormina. Love this place. Hope it's ok we bring our kids back over next time? Katherine said it was ok!!!

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Rob JohnsonIve been to Villa Angela twice. Had the best time. The staff were lovely.. and amazing squid on the lunch menu! 🙂

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David MunroMy favourite song. It was a pleasure to visit the hotel Angela back in September and wow I still can't believe the lovely Jimmy kerr gave an hour of his live to talk about shop!!!!

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Roger HarrisHeading over that way from down under in the middle of August and hoping to see this beautiful part of the world. So getting excited for that and also for the new album! Can't wait for both!

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Manu KalchofnerWhat a beautiful song....your voice Jim...if Sicily is that beautiful I have to think about visit Tao later this year....🌞🍀 big hug manu 🎤🌹

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Noel PrestonSo looking forward to our 7th visit in July. VA and Taormina is our special holiday that we try our best to do either with or without our boys every 3 years. So many special beautiful memories of the place and the fabulous people that look after us there as well as sharing a drink with your Mum, Dad, Brother and Son on more than one occasion, feel privileged. Seeing you guys play in Teatro Greco in 2014 was the icing on the cake. Let me go high, high, to a different world 😊☉

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Gianluca GenoveseCiao Jim, Sicily is my origin, a land where the mystical and passion for life and solidarity come out as the early sunshine comes out everyday. For true we all love family, friends, and of course unbelivable fantastic food and wine... I know you love limoncello, red wine and pasta...well you know you are in the best place for all that... We are so proud to have you in Taormina...heaven on earth!!! And knowing that many of SIMPLE MINDS songs were ispirations and written near Etna and Teatro Greco..well it seams Angels were there to help you!! I wish you all a great Spring with the Acoustic Live and hope to meet you maybe next in Milano, we will be there my son and me...his third SM gig, my 35th!!...and not the last for sure. Minkia Jim...la Sicilia ti vuole bene!! Shine on...

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Susan ChapmanKnow it ,love it and been privileged to have the wonderful hotel friendliness and hospitality and enjoyed your company for a well remembered chat x

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Tracy DrenicStunning Sicily! It was a first trip to Taormina and Villa Angela for my hubby and I last year, inspired to visit by yourself from love and enthusiasm you write for a beautiful place. I can see why this beautiful place inspires you so, we are returning again this year..can't wait! Enjoy your rest in lovely Taormina, Jim. 🙂

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Yvonne BirdThank you so much, Jim. Today is indeed a beautiful day. 😀 My favourite group, my favourite hotel and my favourite track, New Sunrise. And an acoustic offering of it in the tour to come? I need tissues..........

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Sandra Saborrosch"Where there's a will - there's a way" ...if it was that easy I would get on the next plane to Sicily. But I'll surely be back rather sooner than later 😀

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Julie Ting Tong FaganMorning JK...Have a granita for me....Lock up your cutlery....Your Scousers are coming again in July! Lol x Hope to see you there x

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Jonathon Lee SherrillBeautiful picture and experience! Many mornings, as I crawl out of bed, a particular song will begin spinning in my head, and repeat continually as I venture out into my little corner of the world. On this morning, for no explainable reason, Simple Minds cover "Let The Day Begin," strongly spun through my brain. It pushed aside the leftover feelings of tiredness, and kicked my body up a gear as I stepped out to the day's activities. My Sunday routine begins with an early arrival at church to practice music for the morning service. So as I sat down in my usual spot behind the drums, I softly, but firmly began the rhythm of that song, which served as a good quick warmup and segue into our own mini setlist of songs. Practice typically isn't that great for me, but this morning was nearly spot on! Let The Day Begin proved to be some motivational inspiration for me today (as it does many days). Sorry for the long comment, but it was necessary, at least for me. Typically, I'm not a fan of song covers, and I really love the original of this song by The Call. But your cover takes it to a new, welcome place in my world, and serves well alongside the original. This morning, it's a little dreary looking in the southern sky, stateside. But in my head, the sun is shining, and it's an awesome weekend. Let the day begin!

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David FaganIt was just great to tell you face to face just how great the song New Sunshine Morning is my god is it nearly 15 years ago.

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Cathy BryantLoved our week there and meeting you when you were cleaning the pool early one morning a few years ago!! Would love to return one day.

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Anatis SpectatoremOoh... The clock change... Forgot about this again... Enjoy your stay in Taormina, lovely to have nice neighbours. ☺

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Cindy PiperIt's a new day and the lyrics of this song remind me of a past relationship gone wrong but I survived through the pain to live another day.

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Steve HeighwayHi JK I love ❤️ to visit Taormina one day as it looks so beautiful there

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Larelle Priptona ReadSo...the rest of the band start rehearsals tomorrow...and you?! Jammy sod! 😎

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THE SENSATIONAL ALEX HARVEY BAND : HAMMER SONG.
And what kind of thing would I have liked to have heard yesterday at King Tut's? Well, something of the same quality of Glasgow's very own, and truly great, Sensational Alex Harvey Band would have worked. Then again, those kind of artists are just not around anymore. Thankfully their recordings survive to testify, and how lucky we are for that.

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THE SENSATIONAL ALEX HARVEY BAND : HAMMER SONG.
And what kind of thing would I have liked to have heard yesterday at King Tuts? Well, something of the same quality of Glasgows very own, and truly great, Sensational Alex Harvey Band would have worked. Then again, those kind of artists are just not around anymore. Thankfully their recordings survive to testify, and how lucky we are for that.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swQ44pWBAa8

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Regina NaaijerNever heard of....😰

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Tony BlackYou can always get the measure of a man that buys you a curry! Thrilled to say Alex bought me one after a gig, sadly not long before his final bow. Not bad for a Weegie.

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Simon McQueenieI've had Midnight Moses going around my head for much of today. Brilliant song. Does anyone recommend a good biography of the sensational Alex?

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Simon LloydReally unique band, love that era of music, so good.The music of the masses today pales in comparison.

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Jim AddisonFantastic! SAHB were my first-ever gig at Manchester Free Trade Hall in May 1976. Zal....one of my fave guitarists, together with Charlie.

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Larelle Priptona ReadBoston Tea Party is still my fave - as is their cover of Delilah 🙂

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Graham WalkerI thought Zal Cleminson was a great guitarist. They always had a bit of menace about them when they played live. Faith Healer is a belter of a song (live version of course)

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Will LeeTheir drummer was Ted McKenna who played with the late great Rory Gallagher. Ace drummer and a gent too

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Dave KramerYa, I heard you were on a "slagging mission "yesterday Jim...good on you sir, opinions matter...The music world is full of real shy# t these days, and people should be warned....lol..Have a nice day and best of luck on the semi - electrical tour...:)

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Vincent Gerard SheehanA brilliant band with the menacing Alex!!! Saw them in 70s in Brum . Awesome

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Paul JonesNot herd of them jk . But always open to new sound's ⛧⛧❤⛧⛧

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Tony BlackCheck your history Regina, Glasgow rock and roll Royalty

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Michael McdonaldFaith healer

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Graeme Purdie👍

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John MilloyNever b another band like SAHB .,never b another song like ANTHEM.Biggest regret never seeing them live.How's about Simple Minds covering one of their songs possibly Tomohawk Kid.

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Dan FreemanI had a friend in high school who thought he looked like Zal Cleminson, and would do his face paint for every Halloween party we attended. He'd spend the whole night explaining that he wasn't Ace Frehley or Paul Stanley.

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Yvonne BirdLove listening to some Alex Harvey. So glad to have been born into a period of time with such amazing music. It was mooted years ago that by about 2006 every musical combination would have been heard. Thankfully, that was wrong! 🙂

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Tim KeppieGreat "tribute band around called Not the Sensational Alex Harvey Band touring Scotland in April.Great band and great night out.Much more than a tribute act.

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Gillian SpencerOh Geez! I cant remember them either i think iv worked with dementia too long and i starting to blend. Il have to do some googling

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Tracy DrenicAhem..Um..gingerly raising my hand from the back of the room..I've not listened to before either, JK. Will try and do better next time! 🙂

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Graham PlattAlex was the guvnor & SAHB where thee band, never see the likes again. Give my compliments to the chef. Oh & Zal is putting a new band together.... Sin Dogs.

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Craig PeggieGreat band Jim. Speaking of great here's the great Simple Minds FC circa 1984 line up ⚽👍

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Goranna RafterZal Cleminson was awesome.. saw them in 76, in Hull...one of my fav bands from college days 🙂

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Françoise PiotrovskyNever heard neither, but maybe well known in UK and less in Europe 😉

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Frits JongenAlex Harvey, didn't he got that fantastic song called; "to make my life beautifull"? 1972?

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