Simple Minds have released Simple Minds Acoustic via Caroline International. To celebrate the album release, Simple Minds will be taking to the road to perform their career spanning collection of songs acoustically for the very first time in May and June 2017 and will be joined by special guest The Anchoress.
This follows several years in which the band has gone from strength-to-strength, becoming more relevant than ever; their 2014 album Big Music received across the board praise, with Mojo magazine declaring it “Their best album in 30 years”. Simple Minds Acoustic continues the band’s artistic quest with a one-off album release of stripped down and reimagined songs, spanning their eclectic and illustrious career.
On Simple Minds Acoustic the band have found a way of doing the acoustic thing without losing their essence, and a dozen Simple Minds songs loved by millions now sound, more organic and even more likely to leave a lasting imprint. The synths are no more, but the Celtic soul remains.
The fact that the album sessions entailed a sentimental return to their Glasgow roots for Jim and guitarist Charlie Burchill helped, with some songs recorded in Gorbals Studio, a former railway workers’ social club located a stone’s throw from the high-rise estates of the city’s South Side where the pair took their first musical steps. It was in this building that Jim and Charlie played their first gig, as teenagers in a school glam-rock band, and emotions were understandably high on their return.
As a group who formed in the punk era and found their mojo through a shared love of Bowie, Kraftwerk and electronic dance, Simple Minds are not natural acoustic adventurers, but they have done a remarkable job here, adding fresh nuance to brilliant songs without trampling on sacred memories.
Simple Minds’ career has seen them responsible for some of the most innovative and enduring anthems in rock music and they are widely regarded as one of the best live bands in the world. On taking Simple Minds Acoustic on the road, Jim Kerr says; “The concert stage is where Simple Minds do their best work, it is where we forged our distinctive live reputation. For that reason we look forward immensely to taking Simple Minds Acoustic out on tour. Don’t be fooled by the acoustic tag, however! These shows will be as energetic and passionate as ever.”
TOUR DATES 2017
|Wed 17th||Caird Hall Dundee|
|Thu 18th||Royal Concert Hall Glasgow|
|Fri 19th||Sage Gateshead|
|Sun 21st||Symphony Hall Birmingham|
|Mon 22nd||Philharmonic Hall Liverpool|
|Tue 23rd||Bridgewater Hall Manchester|
|Thu 25th||Bridlington Spa|
|Fri 26th||Royal Concert Hall Nottingham|
|Sat 27th||Palladium London|
|Mon 29th||Colston Hall Bristol|
|Tue 30th||St David’s Hall Cardiff|
|Thu 1st||Mayflower Southampton|
|Fri 2nd||Lighthouse Poole|
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