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Seminal Scottish band Simple Minds has announced they will be returning to Australia and New Zealand in December 2021 for their 40 Years of Hits Tour, performing at a day on the green wineries as well as indoor shows.
This tour celebrates Simple Minds' 40: The Best Of – 1979-2019, a 40-song collection that marks the band’s 40th anniversary. The compilation features a new song, a cover of For One Night Only by Scottish singer-songwriter King Creosote.
Simple Minds, who have sold more than 60 million albums, have been musical pioneers for 40 glittering years. Catching the mood of the post-punk era, when the angry sounds of 1977 were splintering into a thousand different shapes, they emerged with a style ingrained in the art-rock of David Bowie and the electronic dance of Donna Summer. They went on to become one of the great bands of their generation, deploying rousing choruses and booming atmospherics to provide a soundtrack that has endured.
Simple Minds will never forget their first Australian tour, with Icehouse in 1981. “I cannot tell you how much fun we had during that six-week period,” Jim says.“ Going from nobodies to overnight success due to our appearance on Countdown. People were screaming for us to play encores. We’ve always had a wonderful bond with Australian audiences.”
Australia gave Simple Minds their first hit single, Love Song, and first gold album, New Gold Dream. A string of unforgettable hits followed, including Promised You A Miracle, Glittering Prize, Don’t You (Forget About Me), Alive and Kicking, Sanctify Yourself, Belfast Child and Let There Be Love. No wonder the band recently received the prestigious Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Song Collection from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors.
Simple Minds recently released the acclaimed live album, Live In The City Of Angels, which captures the band at the height of their powers on their biggest North American tour ever in 2018. “This live album shows they still play the hits from the many genres they straddle, from synth to arena rock, brilliantly,” wrote News Corp music writer Cameron Adams.
Simple Minds remain one of the world’s greatest live bands. But they’re not content to rest on their laurels. “I’m grateful for the career we’ve had,” Jim says, “but I’m mad enough to think we can still hit new levels.”
“The perception that we’re now gathering pace is down to our attitude to playing live,” guitarist Charlie Burchill adds. “A legacy can be a burden if you allow it to be – for us, it’s been empowering.”
Four decades on, they are still very much alive and kicking.
Simple Minds has rescheduled their 2020 Australian Tour to December 2021. Tickets remain valid for new dates. More info: bit.ly/TMEventUpdates
Simple Minds will perform their '40 Years of Hits' Tour' around Australia in December 2021. Tickets are on sale via Ticketmaster.com.au.
For most Simple Minds A Day On The Green tour dates, you can purchase a reserved seat, general admission ticket, or concert and dining package.
Concert & Dining: Dining package may Include a 3-course meal and drinks package – refer to event info for further information. Return bus transfers are also available from several pickup points – add your Bus Transfer ticket during the ticket purchase process.
Reserved & GA: When purchasing a Reserved Seat or General Admission ticket for some event dates, you can upgrade to include a Hamper or Bar package. Refer to event info for further information.
Simple Minds will be joined by very special guests, UK electronic pioneers Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD), who will be touring Australia and New Zealand for the first time in more than 30 years. The a day on the green concerts in Australia will also feature Aussie chart-toppers Eurogliders.
Simple Minds are a Scottish rock band formed in Glasgow in 1977. They released a string of hit singles, becoming best known for their 1985 hit 'Don't You (Forget About Me)' after it featured in 1985 film The Breakfast Club. They have achieved five UK Albums chart number one albums and have sold more than 60 million albums.
Simple Minds features two remaining original members, Jim Kerr (vocals) and Charlie Burchill (guitars). The other current band members are Ged Grimes (bass guitar), Cherisse Osei (drums), Sarah Brown (backing vocals), and Gordy Goudie (additional guitar & keyboards).