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As of this week Simple Minds have confirmed that they will be touring Australia and New Zealand with INXS. The series of dates beginning in Perth on 17th of March are somewhat of a surprise as the band has recently turned their attention to creating...

Eventually with all our thoughts currently concentrating on the next album I did not expect that we would be playing live again so soon - but the unexpected does happen I guess. Australia and New Zealand featured prominently in the many highlights of our tour last...

“Gratitude is the heart’s memory” states a French proverb, and so it is right that this week I not only say Happy 60th Birthday to David Bowie but also thank him for the sense of wonder bestowed on me through listening to his music through...

Yes, finally our tour rehearsals are over, and as the multitude of black cable leads - seemingly like puppet strings set to begin pulling us from city to city, country to country and even continent to continent – are packed away, it is only now...

Live tour dates Simple Minds are considering a surprise return to live concerts in Australia and New Zealand early next year. Although as of yet no contracts have been signed and therefore no dates absolutely confirmed, serious negotiations are however underway. Despite the fact that some agencies...

“Dramatic to the end, he even died on Christmas day!” the passing of soul singer James Brown is indeed a landmark to countless music fans who like me perceived him as one of the very few true originators of soul music. Gladly on more than a...

It's my favourite time of the year and not because of Christmas and all that it stands for, but with respect it is more because of the occurrence of Winter Solstice that is literally happening as I write. I shudder at the idea of time seemingly...

Our House As many familiar with Simple Minds history already know Charlie Burchill, Eddie Duffy and I grew up in a housing estate on the south side of Glasgow. The name of that estate is Toryglen and despite the fact that our former neighborhood has attracted...

Invariably ambitious people are considered in differing ways. Some view the ambitious as dynamic would be achievers, uneasily deterred and therefore unsatisfied until a challenge is met. Others look on the ambitious as being one track types dangerously driven by greed and lust. If asked I...

Seemingly I have been slipping down right off the edge of the world, fingertips grasping onto the only things that really make sense. And in this time a different condition flashes through my mind almost daily and so when it does I take probably more...

I spent the weekend in the Sicilian countryside enjoying “La Vendemmia” – the Italian grape harvest. As always it was an idyllic though hard working experience that is much better suited for those with a strong back, and even more suited to those born with...

James Dean Bradfield (Manic Street Preacher) Simple Minds - Empires and Dance (1980) I bought it because I heard the song I Travel on an old Radio 1 session and I couldn’t reconcile it with the band that had done Don’t You Forget About Me. You’ve got this...