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Jim’s Diary

We owe so much to David Bowie. Firstly as fans who were entertained vastly by his immense talent, but even more so as artists who looked to Bowie as a guideline to the possibilities of what could be done with pop music and the art...

Like most people I have my fair share of indelible memories, some that I even refer to as life changing events. Witnessing The Stranglers in full thrown ascendancy, at The City Halls, Glasgow, in 1977 would qualify as one of those events - and yet...

Not that obvious, but there is no doubt how much of an influence "Blues" music has been on our work. Merely thinking straight off the top of my head, songs such as Waterfront, Celebrate, Sanctify, Stand By Love, Big Music and Let The Day Begin...

With no knowledge how to place bets, to play cards, and yet to ever buy lotto tickets. We are hardly what you would call gamblers. Nevertheless some would say that both Charlie and I gambled entirely on our future(s) when we decided as teenagers that...

In one of those media polls that fails to detail the source of its results, the number 7 was recently picked out as "the world's most popular number." Why would that story claim my attention? More curiously, why would it make me nod my my head...

In a career that continues to flourish beyond our hopes, among the highlights to date has been the occasions when we have had the opportunity to step out and collaborate on a piece of music with other artists. That being so it was with added sadness...

This past year was mainly about the new record "Big Music". And the most memorable thing about that for me was the increasing feeling of excitement as we anticipated the reaction to the release of our latest work. Coming a whole five years after Graffiti Soul,...

Seeing as it is only ten days or so ago that our most recent world tour came to its completion, these just announced live dates that are set for 2015 might go even further in solidifying Simple Minds reputation as one of the world’s most...

We are in Bodo, Norway. It is the last weekend of August and there is only handful of dates to go on this summer tour of which we started rehearsing for way back in May, and of which we will gradually conclude in September. Not...

There is a field in Belgium that lies silent and rain sodden for much of the year round. Otherwise it is fairly nondescript with no particular features to make it any different from the patchwork of brown and green earth that covers the surrounding countryside....

Inevitably when being interviewed prior setting out on tour, the question arises "Among all the excitement of the shows, travel etc. What do you miss most about life when you are on tour?" The answer is that I don´t really allow myself to miss things...