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ITALY - COLOURS FLY in FIRENZE.

I am never that moved or interested in flags or symbols of nationalism etc. Not against them either.
All institutions have their insignia, symbols, coats of arms, logo's etc. Sporting conglomerates, and all commercial brands definitely have them. So did all the classic rock bands.

Of course Simple Minds have ours, and having stuck with it on and off in various form for more than 30 years, we obviously like it very much.

But it is not really ours. We adopted and adapted the idea from the famous Galway Claddagh rings. Just like they in fact adopted and adapted from "mani in fede ("hands [joined] in faith" style rings - all of which in fact date from Roman times, when the gesture of clasped hands was a symbol of pledging vows...love,loyalty and friendship. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claddagh_ring

I liked the idea of all of that stuff... and suggested to art designer Malcolm Garret that it would work well for our group, following on from the style of symbols he used for our New Gold Dream/Sparkle In The Rain albums.

He agreed, and used our heart/hand symbol on the cover of our next album Live In The City Of Light. Three decades later and you can see it positioned strategically on stage at these current Simple Minds Live Acoustic Concerts, (see pics) as well as on the inside artwork of the Acoustic album.

As for the Italian flag? I adore the emotion it creates in me, personal as it. Especially when the tricolour is flapping away under those azure skies - a type that I only associate with this part of the world.

In doing so the flag brings out formative memories. Going back to when I was aged 13 and so luckily was part of a school trip - brought out from Glasgow - to spend two weeks on the Adriatic Coast.

Since then Italy has in many ways been in my life continually. And it is no coincidence that my relationship with Italy continues right up until tonight when we go on stage in Florence.

I adore this country!

Always did. Seems like I always will.
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ITALY - COLOURS FLY in FIRENZE.

I am never that moved or interested in flags or symbols of nationalism etc. Not against them either.
All institutions have their insignia, symbols, coats of arms, logos etc. Sporting conglomerates, and all commercial brands definitely have them. So did all the classic rock bands.

Of course Simple Minds have ours, and having stuck with it on and off in various form for more than 30 years, we obviously like it very much.

But it is not really ours. We adopted and adapted the idea from the famous Galway Claddagh rings. Just like they in fact adopted and adapted from mani in fede (hands [joined] in faith style rings - all of which in fact date from Roman times, when the gesture of clasped hands was a symbol of pledging vows...love,loyalty and friendship. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claddagh_ring

I liked the idea of all of that stuff... and suggested to art designer Malcolm Garret that it would work well for our group, following on from the style of symbols he used for our New Gold Dream/Sparkle In The Rain albums. 

He agreed, and used our heart/hand symbol on the cover of our next album Live In The City Of Light. Three decades later and you can see it positioned strategically on stage at these current Simple Minds Live Acoustic Concerts, (see pics) as well as on the inside artwork of the Acoustic album.

As for the Italian flag? I adore the emotion it creates in me, personal as it. Especially when the tricolour is flapping away under those azure skies - a type that I only associate with this part of the world.

In doing so the flag brings out formative memories. Going back to when I was aged 13 and so luckily was part of a school trip - brought out from Glasgow - to spend two weeks on the Adriatic Coast. 

Since then Italy has in many ways been in my life continually. And it is no coincidence that my relationship with Italy continues right up until tonight when we go on stage in Florence.

I adore this country! 

Always did. Seems like I always will.

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Diane MurrayGot married in Florence! Ceremony was completely in Italian (obviously) and the only thing we could understand was the Mayor's reference to how grateful he was to us visiting when there were so many terrorists around! GULP!

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Teri Wertanen ParrishI love Italy! It's a beautiful country! So is the U. S.! (Not so subtle hint! 😜) I've been a fan for 30+ years, and would absolutely LOVE the chance to see you guys live!!! Please?

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Alessio VivaldiItaly is passion, history and love for good music as Simple Minds are playing!

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Danilo MariucciNice to read your comments Jim. Saturday in Ancona the band was awesome. Enjoy Florence once again!

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Kath ChamberlainLooking forward to the gig tonight. See you soon! ❤

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Peter KatchayAdd Toronto to that list please!

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Flavia SI🇮🇹❤️🇬🇧🎤🎼

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Lara CataldoWe adore you!

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Saad Azmat QidwaiForza Simple Minds!!

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Chin BearAwesome 🐼

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Larelle Priptona ReadSounds like you'll be happy to let the tour stop in Milan (the ONLY time I've been on Italian soil...a 4 hour wait in Milan airport on my maiden journey to the UK). How nervous was I being in that airport? Leaving what had been my home for the past 28 years for a new life in "the Mother country". In the days when there was still Lira. I got some to buy myself a drink and a bite to eat (can't remember what I had now!). I may get to see more than the inside of Milan airport...one day.

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Graham WalkerThe Adriatic coast seems to be a permanent fixture on school trips. My son was on one there 10 years ago. I'm sure his cultural awareness was raised when they visited Venice and the splendour of that city. Or maybe not. Really enjoying your travelogue and associated stories

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Remco VinkFor sure Italy has got more sun than us, but we have.......wooden shoes!!!!! Forza Holland!

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Kenneth MunkForza Jimmi Kerri 😉

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Joey BusuttilMalta 🇲🇹

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Simple Minds Official added 2 new photos.

FIRENZE.TEATRO VERDI (TONIGHT)

Happy Is The Man....and Charlie is!
We all are really, especially after a spectacular 24 hours.

Started with sunrise in Villa Borghese, Roma, before all the other tourists came flooding in.

Then on to BOLOGNA...the best food (Charlie's fave) and best audiences? Well, in those early days it was Bologna that first gave Simple Minds a taste of true success in Italy.
Last night, all those years later, they continues to make us feel very special.

And now we go on to Florence.

People all over the world dream about visiting Firenze, spending hours looking around.

But we go to Florence....and people come to see us.

Uh? Am I dreaming this?

If so, it is a beautiful dream.

One that has lasted for 40 years.
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FIRENZE.TEATRO VERDI (TONIGHT)

Happy Is The Man....and Charlie is!
We all are really, especially after a spectacular 24 hours.

Started with sunrise in Villa Borghese, Roma, before all the other tourists came flooding in.

Then on to BOLOGNA...the best food (Charlies fave) and best audiences? Well, in those early days it was Bologna that first gave Simple Minds a taste of true success in Italy.
Last night, all those years later, they continues to make us feel very special.

And now we go on to Florence. 

People all over the world dream about visiting Firenze, spending hours looking around.

 But we go to Florence....and people come to see us. 

Uh? Am I dreaming this?

 If so, it is a beautiful dream. 

One that has lasted for 40 years.

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Alessandro TumminiaSimply amazed by last night's gig in Bologna!... U guys still have it like very few other long-lasting bands like Depeche Mode, Duran Duran and U2! Thumbs up! And...congratulations on your Italian, Jim!! 🙂

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Adriana MussolinCiao Jim they will come don't worry... they say up and down round and round that this show is making the fans going crazy 😉 have you seen us in bologna how happy we were again!? Ok the cross has a fantastic growing awesome ending ! And let me tell you big sleep is simply ...aww... Bellissima 😍 what a big surprise thanks a lot Jim I've spent another brilliant night with the music I love with my friend Miriam Lus and Andrea Siviero and Lara ..gramde Charlie splendida Chelsea girl..ok I'm sorry it seems that I'm writing random words 😐 .. I'm giving my witness to my Friends in Firenze . Then...the grand final. But what about the chandelier Jim? (thank you for honest town and for let me see how beautiful life can be when you sing Glittering prize. Adri

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Serena RigitanoIt was just yesterday that I first listened to "Acoustic" after watching some clips from the live in Rome -which I couldn't attend. Well, as I already wrote, my fears about not liking the new sounds on those old fave songs of mine faded away in a while. They just sound great and in some cases even better than the original (I.e. Glittering Prize, which sounded far too 80's even to my ear of 80's and electronic sounds' lover...) so, well done! Bravi!

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Tony BlackSounds like you are all soaking up the gravy! Here's a wee unashamed plug for my home town that fills me this day with pride. Just like Glasgow and The Minds, Gerry Rafferty was Paisley's gift to the world. Enjoy! www.facebook.com/paisley2021/videos/807769696053198/

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Andy StuartJust having a beer in Bar Gilli Jim before the gig tonight...

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Andrea SivieroAmazing..wonderful..awasome gig!!! probably, the best of my life!!! A lot of emotions.. and a really good company!! Thank you Simple Minds!!!!

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Miriam Lusthank you for wonderful night, after Ancona, every gig is special, thank you for the voice, the eyes , and the memories shine.. see you tomorrow! 💝

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Anja SoldatYou worked hard for this beautiful dream all over the years. And you are going to make our dreams come true because we have the chance to see you on stage.😍 Dreamsharing 😁

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Giulia BertacciLast night was amazing.. keep up the good work!

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Jackie ShanleyVilla Borghese is such a beautiful park. I've walked it plenty of times and still don't think I've covered it all.

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Stefania IottiI was in Bologna last night, Simple Minds are still fantastic! (To tell the truth, I had no doubt!) "Big sleep" a great surprise, a lot of energy in all the show.Very good music for all the ages, i was there with my daughters, one is 23 and the other 14, they appreciate Simple Minds a lot ( because of mummy, of course!)Thanks to you, Jim, to Charlie, to all the band, great musicians! Jim complimenti per il tuo italiano, ci hai fatto divertire! Simple Minds forever!

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Gordon MachrayIf the blondies turn up early please send them back to the boys.

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Sonja StejskalFlorence is a fantastic city. I really enjoyed my holiday there (must be exactly 5 years ago now). You must try the icecream of Gelateria Edoardo – you can't miss it, it is just behind the cathedral.

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Javier Garcia SalanovaStill in my eyes Florence summer 2011, Piazza Republica and of course at the end the rain... a special night where a met a few good men.

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Franca Di BariCharlie now I can tell you that we don't have only the music in common but even the food... Hip Hip Hurrà... 😀 <3

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Larelle Priptona ReadJust in case it was missed...Neon Cowboys on the set list...please? (Don't worry, I won't keep banging on about it...just this final ask. I had to at least ASK...I'll shut up now - about this anyway. Lol)

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Gianluca Genovese40 years of Simple Minds...beautifull history!! Morning Jim...long live to this amazing route you've done...looking to the past to the future! Enjoy one of the huge historical city in Italy...Firenze!

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Guylaine Columbonice to read that you manage to enjoy the tour and a real life with friends and culture. I was wondering if you only live a boring secured routine on tour : hotel bus venue . We don't either, your openminded fans, when I travel to you I always visit the city 😊.

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Massimiliano VolpatoThanks Jim and Charlie, last Saturday in Ancona was my 30th concert seen. Every time a new emotion ... thank you

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Vania ConsolaroThank you guys. Yesterday in Bologna was great. Wonderful Jim sei la fine del mondo!

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Gillian SpencerI hope You are both exercising . There seems to be carbs carbs and more carbs. Lol glad you are Enjoying it though

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Nancy MarselooYou are very lucky guys, but you worked hard for it. Enjoy it

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John FaganHave a fantastic time tonight everyone......By the way Jim do you have a spare press secretary....this malarky getting way out of control...and now we have to explain why we pulled a sickie at the weekend 😂😂😂

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Dave KellyProbably worn out my Bologna Palasport 83 video tape, looking forward to building up my Blu-ray collection!

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Justine Cooper DrakeIt took me 3o years to get to see you but worth every minute and will do it again! X

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Promised You A Miracle Acoustic

 

Featuring KT Tunstall.

 

Taken from the new album SIMPLE MINDS ACOUSTIC.

 

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Teatro Verdi – Florence – IT
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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 guests KT Tunstall on the European dates and by The Anchoress [Catherine AD] on the UK dates.

 

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Teatro degli Arcimboldi – Milan – IT
Apr 27 all-day
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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 guests KT Tunstall on the European dates and by The Anchoress [Catherine AD] on the UK dates.

 

ITALY:
Tickets on GENERAL sale on Wed 9th Nov at 10:00am CET
Pre-sale for fans on Tues 08th Nov at 11:00am CET 

 

“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

 

 

Apr
29
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Halle aux Grains – Toulouse – FR
Apr 29 all-day
Halle aux Grains - Toulouse - FR @ Halle aux Grains

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

 

FRANCE:
Tickets on GENERAL sale on Thur 10th Nov at 10:00am CET
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“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

 

 

Apr
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L’Auditori 18 Festival del Mil•lenni – Barcelona – ES
Apr 30 all-day
L'Auditori 18 Festival del Mil•lenni - Barcelona - ES @ L'Auditori - 18 Festival del Mil•lenni

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

 

SPAIN:
THIS SHOW IS ON SALE NOW – CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

 

“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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2
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Teatro Circo Price – Madrid – ES
May 2 all-day
Teatro Circo Price - Madrid - ES @ Teatro Circo Price

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

 

SPAIN:
On sale 10th Nov 6.00pm Spanish Time

 

“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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