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andy gillespie
keyboards | composer
associated with simple minds: 2002-2017

Andy Gillespie Andy Gillispie joined Simple Minds for the The Floating World Tour 2002 where he was responsible for keyboards and programming. Despite an absence during 2005 and 2006 whilst he was working for his company SoundControl, he has been the keyboard player ever since. He has also helped compose several Simple Minds songs for Black And White 050505, Graffiti Soul and Big Music.

He also played keyboards for several tracks on the LostBoy! AKA album and joined Jim's solo band for its first brief promotional tour.

As already mentioned, it was three years ago this week that our last album Big Music was released.

Fans who know that record will undoubtedly have their favourite tracks, as indeed they will for all the albums that are in their respective collections.

Obviously I also have my own preferences, albeit I do change my mind from time to time.

Honest Town, Spirited Away, Big Music and Midnight Walking would certainly be among my chosen highlights from Big Music. In terms of playing them live however - Midnight Walking would probably be my overall preference.

I simply loved the tune from the first time Andy Gillespie played it to me, and was determined that we should pursue developing it so much more, despite Charlie’s initial lack of enthusiasm.

To be fair though, Charlie did eventually come round, and made a stunning contribution to Andy’s tune via one of his trademark, searing guitar solos. That contribution certainly sealed the deal for me - in terms of turning something that was already strikingly good - into something great. Only my opinion of course!

Alternately it was Andy’s input that contributed the missing dimension to a tune that Charlie came up with and would later emerge as the title track Big Music - another tune that just worked so great live, particularly as an encore song.

Andy’s contribution to Big Music was therefore more than considerable, as indeed his high level of contribution to Simple Minds has been throughout the hundreds of gigs performed since he first made his Minds debut in Aberdeen Concert Hall in May 2002 - and leading right up to our Australian tour earlier this year.

Although not involved at the moment, or for that matter during the most recent acoustic tour, it would nevertheless be very wrong to assume that we wouldn’t be on the phone to Andy at some point in the future, or as soon as the need again arises.

No doubt about it. He has truly been an outstanding ally, supporter, and all round contributor to our musical cause to date. And it is certainly worth us taking the time to point that out at this moment in time.

7th November 2017

discography: mainstream singles
Home Stranger Rockets Stars Will Lead The Way Broken Glass Park Blood Diamonds Live EP Honest Town Let The Day Begin Midnight Walking Don't You (Forget About Me) 2015

discography: mainstream albums
Black And White Graffiti Soul 5x5 Live Big Music Celebrate - Live At The SSE Hydro Limited Edition 2XLP Live Big Music Tour 2015

discography: lostboy! aka singles
Shadowland She Fell In Love With Silence

discography: lostboy! aka albums

videography: mainstream videos and dvds
Celebrate: Live At The SSE Hydro Glasgow

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Simple Minds #29
Simple Minds #31
Simple Minds #32 (partially)
Simple Minds #34
Simple Minds #40
Simple Minds #41
Simple Minds #42
Simple Minds #44
Simple Minds #45
Simple Minds #46
Simple Minds #48
Simple Minds #52

LostBoy! AKA #1

live appearances
The Floating World Tour 2002
Alive And Kicking Tour 2003
Festival Tour 2004
Intimate Tour 2005 (partially)
Lisbon Lions 2007
Celebrate 30 Years Live Tour 2008
30 Years Live European Tour 2009
Graffiti Soul Tour 2009
Australian Tour 2010
Festival Show Tour 2010
Final Shows 2010
Greatest Hits Forest Tour 2011
Australia 2011
5X5 2012
Festival Shows 2012
Australia 2012
A Concert In The Gardens 2012
Greatest Hits + 2013
Summer Tour 2013
Americas 2013
South Africa / Europe 2013
Stonehaven Hogmanay Festival 2013
Greatest Hits + European Tour 2014
Greatest Hits + Summer Tour 2014
Big Music Tour 2015
Big Music Summer Tour 2015
Big Music Winter Tour 2015
Big Music Western Asia 2016
Australia - New Zealand 2017

Lostboy! AKA Promo Tour 2010