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CONCRETE + CHERRY BLOSSOM

Springs is in the air! Ot at least it is in some places, including beautiful Japan - as you can see from this Tokyo pic.
My intention is to eventually spend more time in that country, for the moment I indulge my dreams in that becoming a reality. Much like the "Glaswegian Kid" does in this song which Charlie and I wrote - that some think is one of the standouts from the BIG MUSIC album.

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CONCRETE + CHERRY BLOSSOM

Springs is in the air! Ot at least it is in some places, including beautiful Japan - as you can see from this Tokyo pic.
My intention is to eventually spend more time in that country, for the moment I indulge my dreams in that becoming a reality. Much like the Glaswegian Kid does in this song which Charlie and I wrote - that some think is one of the standouts from the BIG MUSIC album.

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

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Stu McKayLove the Bass in this. I was on a roof top in Seim Reap Cambodia looking over the town. I slipped the shades on and stuck this on at a decent volume. Opening words made me do that Jim Kerr request........ I put my hands in the air and smiled!

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Adriana Mussolinit certainly is...and i adore when you sing the refrain Jim...and every note of all Big Music...FULL of standsout to me and Charlie is the biggest thread all over the album. Blindfolded always gives me the strenght every moment...no ok ...apologies... Japan is one of those place to be I'm sure...thank you for this post it gives me some peace, have a great friday whatever you're going to do. TVB Adri

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Sonja StejskalMy favourite song from that album. Always reminds of my visit to Japan - best holiday ever. Exciting cities and beautiful landscapes, stunning temples, enchanting architecture and design, superb food - and the people are lovely and so accommodating. Autumn is also a great time to visit Japan, here a picture I took while hiking in Kamikochi.

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John NigroneYes I thought this should of been the lead single on Big Music.....but it's such a strong Album. I rate this along with Hypnotized and Sweet Bullet as the most underrated songs in Simple Minds catalog. Just my 2 cents 🙂

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Tony BlackDont know why? But when i first read the song title "concrete & cherry blossom"... I thought of tower blocks and shoe polish.... must be an age thing!

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Merve HeinrichUnfortunately no spring at all in the air, only storm and rain... thanks for sending us some music and pictures to create some spring in our minds at least!

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Leslie Pegues MolieriI love this song, but more, the way you sing the " YEAAAAH"! It's like a little anthem in my head when something awesome happens to me. Listened to it yesterday as I cruising around town with the sunroof open. Yes, I had " my sun shades on" and I was "feelin fine"! 😎 (Just woke up to my alarm Chelsea Girl- that always gets me up and going) Have a great day JK & SM fans! 😘❤️

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Yvonne BirdJapan looks a beautiful country. Europe (Scandinavia and Italy particularly), calls me for some reason. Just love snow and sun. Nice track, too, Jim. Spring beckons indeed. 🙂

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Deb HawkeswoodAmazing song....reminds me always of the beautiful spring sunshine that we are all waiting for...and that cherry blossom of course! 😀

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John DeggGreat that we have places we are drawn to in life...I have the same pull from Scandinavian countries...love Norway in particular.

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Ediclan SantanaA melhor banda do momento! Parabéns a todos Pelo seu trabalho! Um dia eu queria ir ao show seu por favor. Meu Whatsapp (82)98108-2235 moro no Brasil

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Phil BakerOne of many great tracks on Big Music! Oh, and looking forward to my trip to Japan in September!

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Anthony TwyfordI hope Simple Minds returns to Australia in 12-18 months time. A few more songs off Big Music and Last few albums would be great!

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Mariella TabbitaIl Giappone è il mio sogno nel cassetto! Mi porti con te?

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Andy BellBeautiful picture. For me France and Italy hold a place in my heart. Let's hope very soon you get to go to Japan.

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Françoise PiotrovskyMy son is in Japan until June for an IT training period, he will enjoy this beautiful spring 🙂 !

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Larelle Priptona ReadYou've most likely spent much more time there than I have...a single night...as an overnight stopover back from Oz in 2002. I did buy a little souvenir from the hotel though

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Fujihira Mits'yukiThank you for talking about our country Japan! Please spend more time in Japan

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Nick HeysGlasgow has more green space per head than any city in Europe. Also more Irn Bru 😉

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Etienne PavajotJim, we have a spare room (Yokohama), you are welcome any time 😬

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Ally LouiseHello from Australia . We have gum trees and crocodiles and we miss you already . You are coming back next year ? Beautiful song 🌸

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Marcello Salis....Jim spero di sentirla live..la adoro...lunga vita ai simple minds... Saluti dal sardinya simple minds

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Gillian SpencerIts Probrably a Good idea to stay put for the moment because no matter where you go the weather changes. Lol

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Flori Baxeras FrigolaIf Jim, I really like, I want to listen live, I hope we can hear on the 40th anniversary

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Romeo Mazzocchitoo much ahead....i liked watching Ozu movies at night on tv when i was younger....fuori orario

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THE SKIDS - INTO THE VALLEY

So many good memories of seeing The Skids back in those late '70's post punk days. Best was seeing them for the first time in their home town of Dunfermline. I was stunned, much in the same way as when seeing U2 live for the first time. Both bands of course having unique and electrifying guitarists, as well as seemingly possessed frontmen that could light up any venue. Sounds easy? Try doing it yourself!

By the time we supported The Skids at the Hammersmith Palais in 1980, you could feel that their wheels were sadly coming off, coincidentally just as Simple Minds were really starting to get into gear. I recall Richard was dressed (not unimpressively) like Imran Khan, while Stuart just wanted to get off stage and on the overnight train back to Scotland.
Nevertheless they were still a force to be reckoned with that night, even if they eventually disbanded not so long after.

But here we are all these years later - and The Skids are about to soon tour again www.ents24.com/uk/tour-dates/skids-.

Both Charlie and I will definitely be catching one of their shows. We loved their sound and always enjoyed hanging out with brilliant Richard Jobson and the incredibly talented Stuart Adamson.

So go and see Skids live! Relive some great memories and enjoy their passionate and energetic music. JK

www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXVhh7TKgcA
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THE SKIDS - INTO THE VALLEY

So many good memories of seeing The Skids back in those late 70s post punk days. Best was seeing them for the first time in their home town of Dunfermline. I was stunned, much in the same way as when seeing U2 live for the first time. Both bands of course having unique and electrifying guitarists, as well as seemingly possessed frontmen that could light up any venue. Sounds easy? Try doing it yourself!

By the time we supported The Skids at the Hammersmith Palais in 1980, you could feel that their wheels were sadly coming off, coincidentally just as Simple Minds were really starting to get into gear. I recall Richard was dressed (not unimpressively) like Imran Khan, while Stuart just wanted to get off stage and on the overnight train back to Scotland. 
Nevertheless they were still a force to be reckoned with that night, even if they eventually disbanded not so long after.

But here we are all these years later  - and The Skids are about to soon tour again https://www.ents24.com/uk/tour-dates/skids-.

Both Charlie and I will definitely be catching one of their shows. We loved their sound and always enjoyed hanging out with brilliant Richard Jobson and the incredibly talented Stuart Adamson.

So go and see Skids live! Relive some great memories and enjoy their passionate and energetic music. JK

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXVhh7TKgcA

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Gordon Campbell RobertsonDon't forget the late, great Stuart Adamson. Amazing in Big Country as I am sure you will agree Jim 👍🏼

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Sue GreavesWish it was still thoses prices

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Jennifer Gould26th August! My birthday but I'm scared to know which one of them it was! I've a funny feeling I might of been more into twinkle twinkle little star at the time!!!

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Richard James CollinsLoved the Hammersmith Palais, I think it's been knocked down now. Saw Robert Plant there a few years back, great gig! 😊

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Simon DodsworthNever saw the Skids back in the day. Would love to catch this tour! Come to the States, PLEASE!!!

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Scott DunbarWow sitting in my balcony hotel in Spain on my 4 day break listening to SM and the skids, somehow sounds amazing in the glorious sunshine in February !

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Andy IrvineHave you ever played Dunfermline? If so, where? 😃

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Neil ShevillAhoy Ahoy !

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Stu McKayInto The Valley, a masterpiece

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Cheryl FaithfullI was at that gig at Hammersmith Palais. We were standing near the back and Richard Jobson was standing near us whist Simple Minds were on. There was a lot of interest in the band at that time

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Gary VictoryStuart Adamson is a genuine guitar hero.... sadly very much missed.... for me Big Country was one of the 1st bands I got into because I loved the sound of Stuart's Guitar... a very underrated guitar player. But a total legend.

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Franny WelshTV stars was the b-side to into the valley, absolutely great song. I always remember as a kid singing Albert Tatlock along to the song.

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John MartinaInto the valley Peas sure sound divine That sissy suffered you but who can Viv iron? The soldiers go marching, there's masses of lamb Whose disease is catskin? My picture is Hugh's toe Ahoy, ahoy, Len see a sty Ahoy, ahoy, barman & soda Ahoy, ahoy, juicy men embalmed her Ahoy, ahoy, lung nearly gave!

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Andy DearingLucky enough to see them twice in '78 First time supporting the stranglers at Bridlington Spa and then later the same year headlining at Hull College. Brilliant both times. Will be heading out to one of their Yorkshire gigs. Thanks for the heads up

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Craig DomineyI flew from the States to Stuart's memorial concert in Glasgow where the surviving Skids reunited with members of Big Country. Plus Bill Nelson, Stranglers, Runrig, etc. It was a great night, wish someone had recorded it!

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Sarah Foord-DiversI think I was there but I remember it being Hammersmith Odeon, wrongly obviously. And I'm ashamed to say I didn't remember Simple Minds being the support act! It was a long time ago!! 😊

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Canice StringerGetting to see Simple Minds and Stuart with Big Country and U2 at Phoenix Park in Dublin in the 80's was top of my bucket list - before I even had a bucket list.

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Chris LeeI was there and it was my birthday also. Loved the Palais and saw The Clash, U2, Police, The Beat, Bad Manners, Killing Joke, Soft Cell to name a few. Good times, bloody good times.

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Karen Glen HoughI loved the Skids, saw them many times back in the day. Favourite Jobson memory was when The Armoury Show played The Barrowland. He was in full flight and a large Glaswegian gentleman threw a crumpled note at his head. Jobson picked up the note, unfurled it and read aloud to us - 'McGeogh you're a genius, Russell Webb you're gorgeous and Jobson you're ugly and you cannae ef@!ng dance'' his face was a picture, his band mates thought it was brilliant. He rolled the note up and threw it back into the crowd - wish I had caught it

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Françoise PiotrovskyThis video is not available to be seen in Belgium ☹️, but I watched instead a video of T in the Park 2007 : just great with an enthousiastic audience 😀

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Tony BlackGoing to see all the "S" bands this year... Simple Minds, Stranglers, Stiff Little Fingers, Skids, Squeeze.... and the pretenderS.... But sadly no S Club...

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Elaine SteadHave got Into The Valley as my earworm now... Damned good earworm though!!!!

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Tracy DrenicI never saw The Skids at a gig but did see U2 at Roundhay Park, Leeds in the 90's. Best frontman for me though is yourself, Jim! 🙂

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Dave CummingI was sat near Jim Kerr at a Skids concert on the "Days of Europa" tour , in the balcony at the Glasgow Apollo , I spoke to him briefly , he said "He was going backstage after the concert to get his shoes back off Richard Jobson".....something like that anyway ...great times !

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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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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.

 

GERMANY:
Tickets on GENERAL sale on Fri 11th 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”
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