Simple Minds Tickets
Formed in 1977, Scottish pop rock band Simple Minds first came to prominence in the early 80s. Although the lineup underwent several changes, they still continued to perform and make more records. They released a series of hit singles and are most famous for their 1985 song Don’t You, which topped in the UK on the seventh spot and became a chart-topper in the US, and was even featured as the soundtrack of the John Hughes movie The Breakfast Club. Other popular singles include Belfast Child which topped the UK charts, and Alive and Kicking, which was placed on number three on the US s and number seven on the UK charts. By 1986, the legendary band received a Brit Award nomination in the category of Best British Group. Currently the prominent part of the lineup includes only two founding members; songwriter/vocalist Jim Kerr; and keyboardist/guitarist Charlie Burchill. Another old member still playing with them is drummer Mel Gaynor who first joined the band in 1982. Other current members include keyboardist Andy Gillespie, bass guitarists Ged Grimes and Derek Forbes, keyboardist Mick MacNeil, and drummer Brian McGee. This pop rock act has quite the reputation for its live shows since it has been regularly touring internationally for the last four decades. Owing to their ever powerful and totally inspiring stage presence, Simple Minds tickets are considered to be a real treat among rock fans.
The beginnings of Simple Minds lie in the briefly lived punk Glasgow band Johnny & The Self-Abusers that were formed in 1977. The act was created by the now well-known scene maker Alan Cairnduff who left it to his friend John Milarky to organize the band. At the Cairnduff’s suggestion, the latter brought in a couple of musicians he had not yet worked with including emerging guitarist Charlie Burchill, and lyricist and singer Jim Kerr. The two artists had been acquaintances since childhood, and after joining the band, they invited two of their school friends to play with them; bassist Tony Donald and drummer Brian McGee. The four musicians together performed for their schoolboy band Biba-Rom. With Milarky taking the spot for singer, saxophonist and guitarist, the band was completed with the addition of longtime guitarist friend Alan McNeil. Since at the time it was a trend for punk bands to take stage names, the artists assigned themselves new names they would be known to their fans by.
It was however, not long before the punk act decided to quit their stage names and their overt punk character, all of which happened when they split on the day their first single was released. In addition to all the changes that suddenly took place, the remaining members of the group chose to now call themselves Simple Minds, a name they took from David Bowie’s lyrics from the song Jean Genie. The band issued their debut album in 1979 called Life in a Day, the title track of which reached number sixty-two on the UK charts while the album itself took the thirtieth spot on the LP charts. Their next offering called Real to Real Cacophony reflected major changes in their sound, departing from pop tunes, and instead taking a darker and experimental path. By now they were incorporating new wave elements that were soon recognized as their trademark style for the next couple of releases.
The band gained mainstream popularity with their next studio offering New Gold Dream which was issued in 1982, producing charting singles such as Glittering Prize that appeared in Australian Top 10 and UK Top 20. The act was soon mentioned to be among the New Romantic outgrowth from New Wave, alongside other prominent acts such as Duran Duran. To date, they have released more than fifty hit singles including Up on the Catwalk, I Travel, Ghostdancing, This is Your Land, Take a Step Back, and Promise You a Miracle, among various others. Their forthcoming shows are not to be missed, so make sure to grab Simple Minds tickets in time.