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SUMMER : SIMPLE MINDS

Already a long time ago, Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts was quoted as saying "I have spent about 5 years playing and 20 years just hanging around."
That about sums up the inordinate amount of time spent on tour doing not much more than waiting for that moment when the beat finally kicks in - and at last - you get to do the thing you feel that you were born to do. Play music!

It'll come as no surprise to know that touring for work is much different from being a regular tourist on holiday. Days are tightly structured around travel, soundcheck, rest, and then perform. Same thing next day, and day after that, for weeks and months on end. Yet the daily backdrop is always changing, therefore no two days ever feel the same, and every gig comes complete with circumstances that make it feel unique.

During a rare - ish day off, with generous hours free to spend, we can do touristy things. Depending on the mood. Depending on the locale.

This pic of "Checkpoint Charlie Burchill", with plastic saxophone was taken by Ronnie Gurr during one of our first ever trips to Berlin in 1980, and it looks like it was one of those days when we were in the mood for fun and games.
Infatuated by the divided city, the wall etc, Berlin really was the most unique place to us back then.
More pics can be found of very young SM at the wall - can be seen here. hangingaroundbooks.com/collections/photobooks/products/simple-minds

These days I am more likely to use any free hours to work on an unfinished song or two. Engaged with the challenge, hours can seemingly pass quickly. Meanwhile I get to save physical energy for the night, plus the solitude helps rest the voice. Not that I was always that professional, but it feels right to think and act in the most beneficial ways now.

"Summer" from our soon to be released album Walk Between Worlds, was written in Norway during a long afternoon mostly spent waiting, much in the manner of Poor Ol' Charlie Watts.

I had earlier gone a walk through fields on the outskirts of the city. Listening to the pounding backing track, carried along by the thrust of the new music,inevitably frustrated by trying to find the right words.
Hours later, getting ready for the show, from the room window I could see the first distant lightning display, witnessed the smell of rain in the air.

Still, it felt good knowing that in the next hour or so we were going out to play. Knowing that people already waiting around the front of the stage were about to have a great time.

It was summer, open - air. People had gathered in their thousands, and many of them would have been waiting for months to see Simple Minds.

Me? I could not wait to get on.
And as soon as we got off?
I could not wait to get back and finish off work on Summer.
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SUMMER : SIMPLE MINDS

Already a long time ago, Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts was quoted as saying I have spent about 5 years playing and 20 years just hanging around. 
That about sums up the inordinate amount of time spent on tour doing not much more than waiting for that moment when the beat finally kicks in - and at last  - you get to do the thing you feel that you were born to do. Play music!

Itll come as no surprise to know that touring for work is much different from being a regular tourist on holiday. Days are tightly structured around travel, soundcheck, rest, and then perform. Same thing next day, and day after that, for weeks and months on end. Yet the daily backdrop is always changing, therefore no two days ever feel the same, and every gig comes complete with circumstances that make it feel unique.

During a rare - ish day off, with generous hours free to spend, we can do touristy things. Depending on the mood. Depending on the locale.

This pic of Checkpoint Charlie Burchill, with plastic saxophone was taken by Ronnie Gurr during one of our first ever trips to Berlin in 1980, and it looks like it was one of those days when we were in the mood for fun and games. 
Infatuated by the divided city, the wall etc, Berlin really was the most unique place to us back then.
More pics can be found of very young SM  at the wall - can be seen here. https://hangingaroundbooks.com/collections/photobooks/products/simple-minds

These days I am more likely to use any free hours to work on an unfinished song or two. Engaged with the challenge, hours can seemingly pass quickly. Meanwhile I get to save physical energy for the night, plus the solitude helps rest the voice. Not that I was always that professional, but it feels right to think and act in the most beneficial ways now.

Summer from our soon to be released album Walk Between Worlds, was written in Norway during a long afternoon mostly spent waiting, much in the manner of Poor Ol Charlie Watts.

I had earlier gone a walk through fields on the outskirts of the city. Listening to the pounding backing track, carried along by the thrust of the new music,inevitably frustrated by trying to find the right words. 
Hours later, getting ready for the show, from the room window I could see the first distant lightning display, witnessed the smell of rain in the air. 

Still, it felt good knowing that in the next hour or so we were going out to play. Knowing that people already waiting around the front of the stage were about to have a great time.

It was summer, open - air. People had gathered in their thousands, and many of them would have been waiting for months to see Simple Minds. 

Me? I could not wait to get on. 
And as soon as we got off?
I could not wait to get back and finish off work on Summer.

 

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A signed copy of the book is already a treasure...in the growing personal vault or treasures. They will NEVER be sold on. I’ll be buried with them! (Perhaps not...maybe passed on for charitable benefit in years to come...once I am gone). Summer sounds like it’ll be fab! Heard a little snippet of it...somewhere 🤐 Can’t wait to hear the whole thing. I didn’t spot you over the weekend, by the way. Not that I was looking! And, well, I was busy doing “stuff” anyway. I didn’t even get a doughnut! 😱😱😱

Firstly, a big thank you to Ronnie Gurr for his great little book of early SM. Love photographs, Jim. They capture moments in time, which are gone in a flash, never to be experienced again. Summer can't come soon enough, both the season and your new song. Carcassonne, here we come. 🙂

What great memories you have and so nice when you share them with us especially when you have photographs too. Its amazing as ive followed you since 1979 and seeing how the music style changes through the years you have been around and even now the new album some of the new songs are amazing i was in a shop just browsing and i over heard a young lad he must of been my daughters age chatting about simple minds... he was telling his friend how cool this band is you should upload there album i was like "omg that was me in the early 80's with my friends and knowing this generation your still going strong i actualky fwkt overwhelmed and proud for you guys hearing that boy. Dont kbow why im telling you this but i just thought its nice for you to know that your music is going strong with the young generation as i kbow my kids love you guys too as you know my daughter Taylor Tilley is a huge fan shes now 21 and already has fond memories meeting you and attending your gigs. I love listening to your memories cant wait to hear some more 😃😃😃😃 and charlie that pic is awesome lol xxxx

By the way...that “hanging around” feeling? Had my fair share of that over the weekend... That was the downside of being where I was, doing what I was doing. Glasgow put on the most glorious looking sunny day on Saturday...and I was cooped up indoors (apart from a brief 10 minute “jail break”) all day. Tragic!

Enjoy each day, as we are never guaranteed another. Many if us enjoy their jobs ( I certainly do), but many people also enjoy their jobs as a way to produce the financial stability to do what you want in your free time. I must admit I look forward to retirement and the opportunity to do even more travelling and the boring things I enjoy at home - but I get the feeling that is not a plan running through your head. Your drive is heroic - I hope all the other band members feel the same. See you soon - Berlin? Love it! Had the opportunity to stay with a young minds fan back in the 'Cry' era and we saw the Rocky horror show ' - she was a great tour guide and friend who was proud of her great city

Interesting read! A day off - a precious gift! It sets the "prisoner" free from everydays' routine or planned schedule and obviously brings beautiful lyrics, songs and strong memories. Looking forward to "summer"!

Summer ..the title is happy I like it.. cannot imagine the importance of this big city like Berlin.. it was for you minds and why don't nominate that magic period when David Bowie stayed there and realized those wonderful albums...? And iggi pop also... The history of music says so and you too so I wish I can visit one day to understand it. sure Berlin of nowadays maybe cannot be compared to that one of the 70s I'm aware (but first I have to see Glasgow!).. enjoy your time as a tourist Jim and relax and bring the best energies you can. We are waiting for you 😊😉 Adri

Love these photos of Simple Minds in Berlin, as I told Ronnie yesterday. Even though your touring days can be a bit ritualistic, Jim, as you explain, there is the thrilling prospect of possibly giving the performance of a lifetime. That very night could be a gig delivered by the gods. Like a surfer waiting for that perfect wave, or an actor waiting for that perfect scene, it could be just around the corner, and, no doubt, the day's tedium melts away as you walk on to that stage.

Nice post, Jim, interesting to read the memories. You know there needs to be a book of brilliant things out one day..great memories! 😊 Although you must be busy enough with the new album and song writing as well as the next tour, I guess for now. Keep that great music coming..oh and the great memories too. 😁

Never mind summer I can't wait til the Barrowland star's take to the stage on the 13th February 🍀🍀🍀.

I lived in Berlin at the time, although I was only 10 at the time (army brat). I remember the wall and looking over it at the wasteland. Also went to see Kevin Keegan play for Hamburg against Hertha Berlin at the Olympic Stadium, which was round thr corner from where we lived in Charlottenburg. Going back a few years ago was amazing. The wasteland was replaced by modern development. Fascinating city with unbelievable history.

How beautiful, and I'm so in Love with signal and the noise 🎧, Magic and eagerly await hearing Summer. C'mon February C'mon and get here 😊💿

Great to see yous back in Glasgow and waiting for the New L.P. getting released are they any surprises added to the set list would love to hear a melody of oldies

It's nice to get a little bit of background information from time to time. And summer? Can't come quick enough. 😃

This album is going to be a vinyl purchase!! Can’t wait!! How they should be played!!

Lovely memories JK....its amazing how you remember them in such detail and then share with us fans...Thank you! I can't remember what I did last week, let alone nearly 40 years ago! Roll on the summer 😀

Money for nothing and the chicks for free? Sprang to mind instantly Jim!

Summer ! My fav season! Well, travelling x SM can be a nice chance to visit new places and to see again some others and to live different passions all together: travelling, attending gigs, meeting friends, taking shots and nice memories in the heart, see you somewhere.

It is the same with business travel. I've been to Asia multiple times and did not have time to do anything touristy. But it is a gift to experience other cultures even if just in a work setting. Usually my sight seeing is limited to what I see while I'm driving.

I love good memories from the 80's decade....... I love 80's summers , they are hidden deep into my heart, forever.... Thanks for share such a good memories Jim, a pleasure , it takes me back to those magic days.... Thinking the song: someone , somewhere in SUMMER TIME 😊

There is a story that Charlie Watts used to pretend he was going home in a couple of days. Didnt even pack properly and someone had to get him new clothes regularly. Even on tours running into years. Your ongoing account of the suffering on the Big Music tour again highlights the sheer challenge of performing daily. Still, you never cancelled. unlike Morrisey who apparently has cancelled 187 gigs in the last decade.

As it's summer here in Australia, the release of "Summer" on WBW will be very timely

Same as being a cameraman/videographer - we had a phrase that summed it up (we 'rush around to wait').

It’s so great to have an insight into the formulation of a song. I’m sure I’ll see you, in my mind’s eye, in a Norwegian field when I hear it!

I'm 46 today JK and I can't help noticing that you're still not that busy on Cropredy Festival weekend. Just saying............

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

‘Walk Between Worlds’ will be released on the 2nd of Feb, 2018.

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Feb
13
Tue
2018
Barrowland Ballroom – Glasgow – UK
Feb 13 all-day

Simple Minds take to the road in February 2018 to premiere the new studio album, WALK BETWEEN WORLDS. The shows will be in three parts: a performance of the album, a live on-stage interview and a classic Simple Minds’ set, which will include the band further re-imagining and exploring songs from their extensive catalogue. For fans it will be a very special, one-of-a-kind experience.

 

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Simple Minds: TBC

 

***TICKET LINK WILL GO LIVE AT THE TIME BELOW***

 

Tickets go on general sale at 10:00 GMT [11:00 CET] on Friday 24th November.

 

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Alternate ticket link for general sale from 10.00am 24/11/17:

 

 

“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

 

Feb
14
Wed
2018
Albert Hall – Manchester – UK
Feb 14 all-day

Simple Minds take to the road in February 2018 to premiere the new studio album, WALK BETWEEN WORLDS. The shows will be in three parts: a performance of the album, a live on-stage interview and a classic Simple Minds’ set, which will include the band further re-imagining and exploring songs from their extensive catalogue. For fans it will be a very special, one-of-a-kind experience.

 

Doors: TBC
Simple Minds: TBC

 

***TICKET LINK WILL GO LIVE AT THE TIME BELOW***

 

Tickets go on general sale at 10:00 GMT [11:00 CET] on Friday 24th November.

 

PRE-SALE ACCESS NO LONGER POSSIBLE

 

 

 

Alternate ticket link for general sale from 10.00am 24/11/17:

 

 

“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

 

Feb
15
Thu
2018
Roundhouse – London – UK
Feb 15 all-day

Simple Minds take to the road in February 2018 to premiere the new studio album, WALK BETWEEN WORLDS. The shows will be in three parts: a performance of the album, a live on-stage interview and a classic Simple Minds’ set, which will include the band further re-imagining and exploring songs from their extensive catalogue. For fans it will be a very special, one-of-a-kind experience.

 

Doors: TBC
Simple Minds: TBC

 

***TICKET LINK WILL GO LIVE AT THE TIME BELOW***

 

Tickets go on general sale at 10:00 GMT [11:00 CET] on Friday 24th November.

 

PRE-SALE ACCESS NO LONGER POSSIBLE

 

 

 

Alternate ticket link for general sale from 10.00am 24/11/17:

 

 

“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

 

Feb
17
Sat
2018
Salle Pleyel – Paris – SOLD OUT
Feb 17 all-day

SOLD OUT

 

Simple Minds take to the road in February 2018 to premiere the new studio album, WALK BETWEEN WORLDS. The shows will be in three parts: a performance of the album, a live on-stage interview and a classic Simple Minds’ set, which will include the band further re-imagining and exploring songs from their extensive catalogue. For fans it will be a very special, one-of-a-kind experience.

 

SOLD OUT

 

Doors: TBC
Simple Minds: TBC

 

 

 

“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

 

Feb
18
Sun
2018
Ancienne Belgique – Brussels – Belgium
Feb 18 all-day

Simple Minds take to the road in February 2018 to premiere the new studio album, WALK BETWEEN WORLDS. The shows will be in three parts: a performance of the album, a live on-stage interview and a classic Simple Minds’ set, which will include the band further re-imagining and exploring songs from their extensive catalogue. For fans it will be a very special, one-of-a-kind experience.

 

Doors: TBC
Simple Minds: TBC

 

***TICKET LINK WILL GO LIVE AT THE TIME BELOW***

 

Tickets go on general sale at 10:00 GMT [11:00 CET] on Friday 24th November.

 

 

 

“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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