Simple Minds ready to light up the stage

Simple Minds
Simple Minds

From playing in Hyde Park at Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday party to performing around the world for the last three decades, Simple Minds frontman Jim Kerr has lit up some very special stages.

And on August 16, it’s Alnwick’s turn to host the rock band, which is still making and releasing albums 30 years after they started.

In the midst of recording their latest collection, Jim, a Celtic FC fan, admitted he loves taking part in outdoor concerts with stunning backdrops.

“And with Alnwick Castle in the background it will be very special,” he said.

“We are really looking forward to coming along and playing for everyone.”

With thousands of gigs under their belt, the band has been ‘going at it hard’ for the last two years touring all over the world.

But when Simple Minds first started out, they had no idea how big they were destined to become.

“We didn’t know if we would make it to the end of the month,” says Jim.

“We were living from gig to gig, you didn’t have a clue what was in store, but we are very grateful of how things have panned out, it really is beyond our dreams.

“We work with great people, we have fantastic supporters through the years as well.

“But I would like to think that a major part of it has been because we put so much of our own time and effort into being a great live band. If you have that about you, you can weather any storm.

“If you have a long career you are not always going to be in the frontline, you have to work on it. We have put so much into it, but it pays off as people come back to see us again and again.”

So what can concert-goers in Alnwick expect?

“The band is on great form at the moment and we have been giving some of the best live performances of our lives.

“We want to give 100 per cent, as we do every night that we play,” Jim said.

“In terms of the programme, we will play songs from across the spectrum from the start up until where we are today. We hope to have a few songs that keep the hardcore fans happy as well as all the big ones.”

At the moment Simple Minds is finalising its latest album which will be released in due course.

Jim added: “We don’t just want to be a museum piece, we just keep going.

“I never look past the next five years and before you know it 15 years has gone by.

“There is more music to come from Simple Minds and a lot more gigs.”

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