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Rock legends Simple Minds to play at Lincoln's Engine Shed

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: November 06, 2012

Very much alive and kicking: Simple Minds will be playing the Engine Shed in Lincoln

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Scottish rockers Simple Minds are stopping off at Lincoln's Engine Shed as part of an extensive tour of the United Kingdom.

The Greatest Hits Live tour, which features a whopping 28 dates, will coincide with the band's release of a new 'best of' compilation album named Celebrate: The Greatest Hits +.

The new album, which will be released in March 2013, will feature two brand new tracks from the band, which comprises of original members Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill, 1982 recruit Mel Gaynor and the more recent members Andy Gillespie and Ged Grimes.

Frontman Jim Kerr is looking forward to the upcoming gigs.

"It's genuinely exciting, the last time we did a tour like this was back in 1979 and so it's very different doing it now," he said.

Hailing from Glasgow, Simple Minds formed in 1977 and became one of the iconic British bands of the eighties with timeless hits Alive and Kicking, Don't (You Forget About Me) and Belfast Child.

The band has received much success throughout their 30 year career, topping the UK album charts six times, scoring number ones across Europe and Australia, and climbing to the top of the American Billboard charts.

They were nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Group in 1986, and have sold an incredible 60 million albums.

Kerr, who is now 53, feels that touring is actually better now than it was when the band first formed.

"In a way it's more enjoyable nowadays. We used to fret and worry about so many things when we were younger," he said.

"There'd be so many gigs that'd have bad sound and now it just rolls. If we have a bad night then it's rare.

"There is still that family mentality. We're in and out of each other's pockets and it's you against the world really. It's always exciting.

"I feel blessed, but we did work for it though. If you asked me when I was 17 then I'd have said this is what I want to be doing."

Kerr actually has memories of Lincoln from when was a young man, though after such a long career of being a rock star, it's unsurprising that some of them have faded slightly.

"We used to record in a little studio in Lincoln when we were younger, though I can't remember the name," he said.

"We were friends with a band called the Motors and one of them had a little studio that he'd rent out to us.

"That's why touring the UK is so special, we've got friends all over the place."

Big reputation bands can often leave a lot to be desired when it comes to the songs they perform live, though Kerr's set list plans will come as a relief to fans.

"We want to keep it neat. There will be two set lists, the first will feature songs from here there and everywhere, and the second will include all our hits and top 40 singles."

Simples Minds Greatest Hits Live tour comes to Lincoln Engine Shed on April 11, 2013. Tickets are on sale now and are available from the Ticketmaster website, the Engine Shed website, or by calling 0844 888 8766.

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  • scaryguy  |  November 06 2012, 7:31AM

    '....timeless hits Alive and Kicking, Don't (You Forget About Me) and Belfast Boy.' Belfast boy? Must have missed that one, was it a follow up to Belfast Child? And not wanting to be pedantic but it was Don't You (Forget About Me). Top journalism once again

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