I have an odd relationship with Simple Minds. They were one of the first bands I got into as a teenager along with U2 (they seemed to come as a pair) and my entry point was Sparkle In the Rain and the (somewhat maligned) Once Upon a Time. Then they went of on one of those epic gaps that hugely successful 80s acts liked to do and by the time they returned I was swept up in Madchester and electronic music and the ‘Street Fighting Years’ was the last thing I wanted to hear.
I can’t bear to listen to U2 nowadays, I can’t fathom what I saw in them but I’ve dug back into Simple Minds over the years and caught up with those startling early albums. Like them, I’ve struggled to reconcile the eye-liner years – that extraordinary run of art-rock albums – with the Stadium Rock bombast that became their stock in trade. However I’ve heard they are on good live form these days, and as on this tour they are playing smaller theatres rather than outdoor gigs or enormodomes, so this seemed the right time to finally see them » Continue Reading.