Simple Minds announce huge 2020 world tour

Simple Minds celebrate 40 iconic years in music by embarking upon a major world tour in 2020. Today the band announce details of the tour’s European dates, which covers 38 shows across 12 countries and culminate with a homecoming show at Glasgow’s The SSE Hydro on April 25.

Tickets will go on sale from 9am on Friday October 4 and will be available from www.simpleminds.com, www.gigsinscotland.com and www.ticketmaster.co.uk .

“Simple Minds are different now,” says frontman Jim Kerr. “We’re not a stock rock band, but we haven’t changed our line-up to be cool. We’ve done it because it’s great to have so many amazing players on board. I’m grateful for the career we’ve had, but I’m mad enough to think we can still hit new levels. This is what we do – write, record and play live.”

“The perception that we’re now gathering pace is down to our attitude to playing live,” adds Charlie Burchill. “There have been lots of different incarnations of Simple Minds, but we’ve always kept our identity. A legacy can be a burden if you allow it to be. For us, it’s been empowering.”

Simple Minds further mark their 40th anniversary celebrations with the release of the career-spanning compilation ‘40: The Best Of – 1979-2019’ on November 1st via UMC. Collating their early fan favourites with their era-defining hits and their essential recent material, the album is now available to pre-order. The collection also includes a gloriously euphoric new track – a cover of King Creosote’s celebration of weekend revelry ‘For One Night Only’. In addition, the new live album ‘Live In The City of Angels’ will be released this Friday and is also available to pre-order here.

Simple Minds have experienced a remarkable journey since releasing their debut album ‘Life in a Day’ in 1979. Constantly evolving, the band’s rousing choruses and booming atmospherics made them one of the most iconic bands of the Eighties. Along the way, they’ve landed five UK No.1 albums, topped the singles charts on both sides of the Atlantic, sold over 60 million albums and packed stadiums the world over.

But the story didn’t end there. After taking some time out, they returned revitalised and resurgent with the 2014 album ‘Big Music’ and have maintained that upward momentum ever since. They claimed the Q Inspiration Award that same year, which was followed by an Ivor Novello in 2016. And when last year’s ‘Walk Between Worlds’ album crashed into the UK charts at #4, it represented their highest position in 23 years. No wonder that the Manic Street Preachers, Moby, Primal Scream and many others cite Simple Minds as a vital inspiration.
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THE EUROPEAN DATES ARE:

FEBRUARY
28th – Norway, Stavanger, Zetlitz (Stavanger Konserthus)
29th – Norway, Bergen, Forum

MARCH
2nd – Norway, Oslo, Sentrum Scene
4th – Sweden, Gothenburg, Partille Arena
6th – Sweden, Stockholm, Annexet
8th – Sweden, Malmö, Live Concert Hall
10th – Denmark, Copenhagen, Store Vega
11th – Denmark, Herning, Concert Hall
14th – Germany, Münster, Halle Münsterland
15th – Germany, Cologne, Palladium
16th – Germany, Hamburg, Sporthalle
18th – Germany, Hannover, Swiss Life Hall
19th – Germany, Berlin, Columbiahalle
20th – Germany, Efrurt, Thüringenhalle
21st – Germany, Ludwigsburg, MHP Arena
23rd – Germany, Offenbach, Stadthalle
24th – Germany, Erlangen, Heinrich-Lades-Halle
25th – Switzerland, Zürich, Hallenstadion
27th – Germany, Aurich, Sparkassen Halle
28th – Germany, Bremen, Pier 2
29th – Germany, Bielefied, Ringlokschuppen
31st – Germany, Freiburg, Musikklub

APRIL
1st – Germany, Ravensburg, Oberschwabenhalle
2nd – Germany, Saarbrücken, Saarlandhalle
4th – France, Paris, La Seine Musicale
6th – France, Bordeaux, Arkéa Arena
7th – France, Lyon, Halle Tony Garnier
8th – France, Lille, Zenith Arena
10th – The Netherlands, Amsterdam, Ziggo Dome
11th – Belgium, Antwerp, Sportpaleis
14th – UK, Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
15th – UK, Bournemouth, International Centre
17th – UK, London, The SSE Arena, Wembley
18th – UK, Leeds, First Direct Arena
20th – UK, Brighton, Centre
22nd – Ireland, Dublin, 3Arena
24th – UK, Birmingham, Resorts World Arena
25th – UK, Glasgow, The SSE Hydro

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