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SIMPLE MINDS ‘CELEBRATE -THE GREATEST HITS - RELEASE DATE: 25TH MARCH 2013

Pressemeddelelse   •   Feb 06, 2013 10:55 CET

SIMPLE MINDS‘CELEBRATE -THE GREATEST HITS +’

2 and 3CD Collections with 2 new tracks

RELEASE DATE: 25TH MARCH 2013

One of the things I’m most proud of is that people say to me what Simple Minds are you talking about? The avant-garde, the art-rock, the pop, the ambient, the instrumental group, the political, the folk, the stadium band? We’ve been on one hell of a journey. To play all those different styles but at the same time be quintessentially Simple Minds is an amazing thing.” Jim Kerr.

Following the success and acclaim of last year’s X5 boxset and the 5 X 5 tour, Virgin Records willrelease Celebrate - The Greatest Hits + collection, a comprehensive overview of 35 years of one of Britain's most successful bands, taking in the innovative sheen of Promised You A Miracleand Glittering Prize, the anthemicsweep of Waterfront and Sanctify Yourself, the firebrand strand of Belfast Childand Mandela Dayand the singalong wonder of Don't You (Forget About Me) and Alive & Kicking, and bringing things right up to date with the inclusion of two new tracks: Broken Glass Park and Blood Diamonds.

Simple Minds have been many things to many people: sound scapers, sound-shapers, soundtrack makers, serial chart-toppers. They have influenced acts as diverse as the Manic Street Preachers, Primal Scream, Moby and The Horrors. They have been sampled by Nicky Minaj, David Guetta, Joey Negro and Freddy Bastone. They have provided memorable movie moments for directors Christian Carion (L'Affaire Farewell), Gregor Jordan (The Informers), Cameron Crowe (Elizabethtown) and, of course, John Hughes (The Breakfast Club). They have topped the British charts half a dozen times, with the studio albums Sparkle In The Rain(1984), Once Upon A Time (1985) and Street Fighting Years as well as the Ballad Of The Streets EP (both 1989), the concert recording Live In The City Of Light(1987), and the compilation Glittering Prize 81/92, and returned to the UK Top Ten with Graffiti Soul, their most recent studio album, in 2009.

Named after a lyric 'So simple minded' to be exact from David Bowie's seminal 1972 single The Jean Genie, Simple Minds evolved out of Johnny & the Self Abusers, the 'rank and file' punk group Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill had formed in April 1977. By the time Saints And Sinners, the sole Abusers single, was issued on Chiswick six months later, Simple Minds, featuring bassist Derek Forbes, drummer Brian McGee and keyboard-player Mick MacNeil, were already moving towards a darker, broodier sound that owed a debt to the Velvet Underground but also the Krautrock of Can, Kraftwerk and Neu!


Following their chart debut with the Life In A Day album in April 1979, Simple Minds recorded some of the most beguiling, inventive, adventurous music of the post-punk period and set the standard for the British alternative scene with the albums Real To Real Cacophony (also 1979), Empires And Dance (1980) and the pioneering 'twin' releases Sons And Fascination/Sister Feelings Call (1981). The most prolific and fast-evolving band of a generation that also included The Cure, the Psychedelic Furs and Joy Division/New Order, in 1982 they went on to make the landmark New Gold Dream (81–82–83–84), which marked the debut of drummer Mel Gaynor and served as the template for U2's The Unforgettable Fire two years later.

Simple Minds went stratospheric with Once Upon A Time and became a band with a mission, the first to commit to the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute concert held at Wembley Stadium in July 1988, an event for which they wrote Mandela Day, included on Street Fighting Yearsthe following year. Following Mandela's release, Simple Minds also played the Freedom Concert, again at Wembley Stadium, in April 1990, and the Nelson Mandela 90th Birthday Tribute in Hyde Park in 2008. In the intervening years, they have graced the Top 20 with the shimmering singles Let There Be Love, See The Lights, Stand By Love, She's A River, Hypnotised and Glitterball,and the album charts with Real Life (1991), Good News From The Next World (1995), Neapolis(1998) and Black & White 050505(2005), and covered material by many of the artists who have influenced them on Neon Lights (2001).

Celebrate – Greatest Hits +will be available in two formats: a 2CD version which features 36 songs, spanning 12 albums over 34 years, and a 3CD version which features 50 songs, spanning 13 albums over 36 years, including the band’s interpretation of Patti Smith’s ‘Dancing Barefoot’ from their 2001 covers album, Neon Lights. Both collections include two new songs: Broken Glass Parkand Blood Diamonds.

Time to celebrate the majesty of Simple Minds…

Taken from the Celebrate – Greatest Hits + biography.

Simple Minds are one of the UK’s most successful bands, having achieved six No.1 albums in the UK as well hitting the top spot in countless other territories including Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Australia and New Zealand.

Simple Minds are also arguably one of the best live bands in the world. On their extensive 28-date March and April tour - taking place in just 33 days - expect to hear songs from Celebrate… and the band’s extensive back catalogue. The show will be in two halves with an interval and no support - a whole evening of Simple Minds.

Simple Minds are Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill, Mel Gaynor, Andy Gillespie and Ged Grimes.

SIMPLE MINDS GREATEST HITS TOUR DATES:

MARCH 2013

Thu 28     BELFAST WATERFRONT  02890 334 400
Fri 29   CARLISLE SANDS CENTRE     01228 633 766
Sun 31   NEWCASTLE CITY HALL  0191 277 8030

APRIL 2013

Mon 01   ABERDEEN MUSIC HALL    0844 499 9990
Tue 02   DUNDEE CAIRD HALL  0844 499 9990
Thu 04     LLANDUDNO VENUE CYMRU ARENA   01492 872 000
Fri 05   LEICESTER DE MONTFORT HALL   SOLD OUT
Sat 06   WOLVERHAMPTON CIVIC HALL      0870 320 7000
Mon 08   BRIGHTON DOME   SOLD OUT
Tue 09   PLYMOUTH PAVILIONS    0845 146 1460
Thu 11     LINCOLN ENGINE SHED      0844 888 8766
Fri 12   NOTTINGHAM ROYAL CONCERT HALL   0115 989 5555
Sat 13   LEEDS O2 ACADEMY    0844 477 2000
Mon 15   BOURNEMOUTH O2 ACADEMY    0844 477 2000
Tue 16   MARGATE WINTER GARDENS    01843 292 795
Wed 17   SOUTHEND CLIFFS PAVILION    01702 351 135
Fri 19   BLACKPOOL OPERA HOUSE    0844 856 1111
Sat 20   LIVERPOOL EMPIRE   SOLD OUT  
Mon 22   CAMBRIDGE CORN EXCHANGE   SOLD OUT
Tue 23   GUILDFORD G LIVE   SOLD OUT  
Thu 25     READING HEXAGON   SOLD OUT    
Fri 26   SHEFFIELD CITY HALL   0114 278 9789
Sat 27   HULL CITY HALL     01482 226 655
Mon 29   BRISTOL COLSTON HALL    0117 922 3686
Tue 30   PORTSMOUTH GUILDHALL     023 92824 355

MAY 2013

Thu 02     OXFORD NEW THEATRE     0844 871 3020
Fri 03   NORWICH UEA      SOLD OUT
Sat 04   IPSWICH REGENT     SOLD OUT

TICKETS ON SALE NOW:

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For more information about the tour, contact:

Kara McCabe, PR Manager, SJM Concerts

kara@sjmconcerts.com / 0161 907 3443 / 07554 667 895

Celebrate – Greatest Hits+ 2CD version:

CD1:

1.  Life In A Day
2.  Chelsea Girl
3.  Changeling
4.  I Travel
5.  Celebrate
6.  The American
7.  Love Song
8.  Promised You A Miracle
9.  Glittering Prize
10.  Someone Somewhere (In Summertime)
11.  Waterfront
12.  Speed Your Love To Me
13.  Up On The Catwalk
14.  Don’t You (Forget About Me)
15.  Alive And Kicking
16.  Sanctify Yourself
17.  All The Things She Said
18.  Ghost Dancing

CD2:

1.  Belfast Child
2.  This Is Your Land
3.  Kick It In
4.  Let There Be Love
5.  See The Lights
6.  Stand By Love
7.  She’s A River
8.  Hypnotised
9.  Glitterball
10.  War Babies^
11.  Space
12.  Cry
13.  Spaceface
14.  Home
15.  Rockets
16.  Stars Will Lead The Way
17.  Blood Diamonds *
18.  Broken Glass Park *
*New 2013 track

Celebrate – Greatest Hits+ 3CD version:

CD1:

1.  Life In A Day
2.  Chelsea Girl
3.  Changeling
4.  I Travel
5.  Celebrate
6.  The American
7.  Love Song
8.  Sweat In Bullet
9.  Theme From Great Cities
10.  Promised You A Miracle
11.  Glittering Prize
12.  Someone Somewhere (In Summertime)
13.  New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
14.  Waterfront
15.  Speed Your Love To Me
16.  Up On The Catwalk

CD2:

1.  Don’t You Forget About Me
2.  Alive And Kicking
3.  Sanctify Yourself
4.  All The Things She Said
5.  Ghost Dancing
6.  Promised You A Miracle (Live)
7.  Belfast Child
8.  Mandela Day
9.  Biko
10.  This Is Your Land
11.  Kick It In
12.  Let It All Come Down
13.  Let There Be Love
14.  See The Lights
15.  Stand By Love
16.  Real Life

CD3:

1.  She’s A River
2.  Hypnotised
3.  Glitterball
4.  War Babies
5.  Space
6.  Jeweller To The Stars
7.  Dancing Barefoot
8.  Cry
9.  Spaceface
10.  One Step Closer
11.  Home
12.  Stranger
13.  Stay Visible
14.  Rockets
15.  Stars Will Lead The Way
16.  Stagefright
17.  Blood Diamonds
18.  Broken Glass Park *
*New 2013 track

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