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tours: simple minds

"One of the most often asked questions put to us, is "Why do Simple Minds tour so often?" And the right answer is... "We tour as often as we do, because we like nothing more than playing our music, and all the mores when it is in front of a live audience."

"To answer more broadly. In our case, since our audience is to be found in many parts of the world, we go out to them. Therefore we hit the road, rails, skies, and seas, doing whatever it takes to bring "our thing" on tour. An example of this is how over the last 12 months, we will have performed in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, UK and Ireland, North And South America, and most recently South Africa. Next year is already shaping up for more of the same and you won't find anyone connected with us complaining about that."

"Through touring of course, we also promote our band by keeping our name and reputation alive to those interested. In many ways, but again no more so than through touring, we are tentatively growing and in some parts regrowing, a global audience for Simple Minds. And as for connecting with that audience? Well, as much a blessing as the social networks etc. might be for dishing out info and tittle-tattle, there is still nothing that beats standing in front of their eyes and filling their ears with live renditions of Mind songs. That is our way of communicating best."

"Reading this, some will be thinking. "Come on, you also tour because you make money!" There is truth in that sometimes. It is after all through writing, recording, and performing, that we mostly make our living as professional artists. That - on a good day - keeps the band in business. But it doesn't always add up financially, and the reasons for that I might explain some other day. Believe me though, we don't always arrive home with suitcases full of filthy lucre. Think - dirty laundry and little else - on too many occasions."

"In any case, I still say that the main reason for our touring activities is the sheer enjoyment involved in playing our music together in front of a live audience. Note that the key words here are "in front of a live audience." Because if it was only about playing and singing, this would still be possible by staying at home and practicing in the garage, or a rehearsal room. As we do in fact, when preparing our tours. That incidentally, can be fun too. Fun at a much more quiet volume for sure, fun without any real challenge beyond hitting the right notes. Fun without getting all sweaty and constantly packing and unpacking our bags on a daily basis."

"Nothing though compares with the feeling of reward when we sense, usually at the end of an evening, that we have travelled long distances, to successfully engage with a challenge that involves making many people happy. People who in their own ways have invested so much in us, people for whom we would rather quit than knowingly let down. And that, above all else, is why we tour." - Jim, 13th November, 2013.



Tour: Johnny And The Self Abusers 1977
Location: Scotland
Duraton: April 1977 through to early October 1977
Line-up: Johnny And The Self Abusers and Simple Minds #1
Tour: Simple Minds 1978
Location: Scotland
Duraton: January 1978 through to December 1978
Line-up: Simple Minds #3 through to Simple Minds #6
Tour: Life In A Day Tour
Location: UK
Duraton: March 1979 through to September 1979
Line-up: Simple Minds #6
Tour: Real To Real Cacophony Tour
Location: Europe, USA, Europe, UK, Europe, UK
Duraton: October 1979 through to June 1980
Line-up: Simple Minds #6
Tour: Empires And Dance Tour 1980
Location: UK, Europe, UK
Duraton: August 1980 through to January 1981
Line-up: Simple Minds #7
Tour: Empires And Dance Tour 1981
Location: UK, Canada, USA
Duraton: March 1981
Line-up: Simple Minds #8
Tour: Sons And Fascination Tour 1981
Location: UK, USA, Canada, USA, Australia, Europe, UK
Duraton: August 1981 through to December 1981
Line-up: Simple Minds #9
Tour: Sons And Fascination Tour 1982
Location: Europe, UK, Ireland, Europe
Duraton: February 1982 - August 1982
Line-up: Simple Minds #10
Tour: New Gold Tour
Location: Europe, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, UK, Ireland, UK, Europe, USA, Canada, USA, Europe, Ireland
Duraton: September 1982 - August 1983
Line-up: Simple Minds #10
Line-up: Simple Minds #11
Tour: Tour Du Monde
Locations: UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, UK, Europe, UK, USA, Europe, USA and Japan
Duraton: December 1983 - September 1984
Line-up: Simple Minds #11
Tour: Barrowland 1985
Locations: Scotland
Duraton: January 1985
Line-up: Simple Minds #11
Tour: Live Aid
Locations: USA
Duraton: July 1985
Line-up: Simple Minds #12
Tour: Once Upon A Time
Location: USA, Canada, Europe, UK, Japan, Australia, New Zealand
Duraton: October 1985 - November 1986
Line-up: Simple Minds #13
Tour: Cash For Kids
Locations: UK
Duraton: December 1987
Line-up: Simple Minds #14
Tour: Brazil 1988
Locations: Brazil
Duraton: January 1988
Line-up: Simple Minds #14
Tour: Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute
Locations: UK
Duraton: June 1988
Line-up: Simple Minds #14
Tour: Artists Against Apartheid Rally
Locations: UK
Duraton: July 1988
Line-up: Simple Minds #14
Tour: Street Fighting Years Tour
Locations: Europe, UK, Australia
Duraton: May 1989 - December 1989
Line-up: Simple Minds #15
Tour: Nelson Mandela: An International Tribute for a Free South Africa
Locations: UK
Duraton: April 1990
Line-up: Simple Minds #16
Tour: Germany 1990
Locations: Germany
Duraton: August 1990 - September 1990
Line-up: Simple Minds #16
Tour: Real Life Tour
Locations: Canada, USA, Europe, UK
Duraton: May 1991 - October 1991
Line-up: Simple Minds #17
Tour: US Christmas Shows
Locations: USA
Duraton: December 1994
Line-up: Simple Minds #19
Tour: Good News From The Next World Tour
Locations: USA, Ireland, UK, Europe, South America, South Africa
Duraton: February 1995 - November 1995
Line-up: Simple Minds #19
Tour: Festival Tour 1997
Locations: Europe
Duraton: June 1997 - August 1997
Line-up: Simple Minds #21
Tour: Night Of The Proms '97
Locations: Europe
Duraton: October 1997 - December 1997
Line-up: Simple Minds #22
Tour: Neapolis Tour
Locations: UK, Europe, Ireland
Duraton: February 1998 - July 1998
Line-up: Simple Minds #23
Tour: Scotland Rocks For Kosovo
Locations: Scotland
Duraton: May 1999
Line-up: Simple Minds #25
Tour: Grand Prix Night Of The Proms
Locations: Europe
Duraton: May 2001
Line-up: Simple Minds #27
Tour: The Floating World Tour
Locations: UK, Europe, USA, Canada, Monaco, UAE
Duraton: April 2002 - October 2002
Line-up: Simple Minds #29
Tour: Night Of The Proms '02
Locations: Europe
Duraton: October 2002 - December 2002
Line-up: Simple Minds #30
Tour: Alive And Kicking Tour
Locations: Europe, UK
Duraton: June 2003 - December 2003
Line-up: Simple Minds #31
Tour: Festival Tour
Locations: Europe, UK
Duraton: May 2004 - November 2004
Line-up: Simple Minds #31
Tour: Intimate Tour
Locations: Europe, UK
Duraton: July 2005 - December 2005
Line-up: Simple Minds #32
Tour: Black And White Tour
Locations: Ireland, UK, Europe, Russia, Eastern Europe, Greece, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand
Duraton: January 2006 - August 2006
Line-up: Simple Minds #33
Tour: Australian Tour 2007
Locations: Australia, New Zealand
Duraton: March 2007 - April 2007
Line-up: Simple Minds #33
Tour: Lisbon Lions
Location: Glasgow
Duraton: May 2007
Line-up: Simple Minds #34
Tour: Night Of The Proms '08 Spring Dates
Locations: Europe
Duraton: April 2008
Line-up: Simple Minds #35
Tour: 46664 Concert Honouring Nelson Mandela At 90
Location: London
Duraton: June 2008
Line-up: Simple Minds #37
Tour: Night Of The Proms '08 Winter Dates
Locations: Europe
Duraton: November 2008
Line-up: Simple Minds #39
Tour: Celebrate 30 Years Live Tour
Locations: UK
Duraton: November, December 2008
Line-up: Simple Minds #40
Tour: 30 Years Live European Tour
Locations: Europe, UK
Duraton: May 2009 - September 2009
Line-up: Simple Minds #40
Tour: Graffiti Soul Tour
Locations: Europe, UK
Duraton: November 2009 - December 2009
Line-up: Simple Minds #41
Tour: Australian Tour 2010
Locations: Australia, New Zealand
Duraton: March 2010
Line-up: Simple Minds #41
Tour: Festival Show Summer Tour
Locations: Europe,
Duraton: June-September 2010
Line-up: Simple Minds #41
Line-up: Simple Minds #42
Tour: Final Shows 2010
Locations: Europe
Duraton: October-December 2010
Line-up: Simple Minds #42
Tour: Night Of The Proms 2011
Locations: Denmark
Duraton: April 2011
Line-up: Simple Minds #43
Tour: Greatest Hits Forest Tour 2011
Locations: Europe
Duraton: June-July 2011
Line-up: Simple Minds #44
Tour: Australia 2011
Locations: Australia
Duraton: October 2011
Line-up: Simple Minds #44
Tour: 5X5
Locations: Europe
Duraton: February-March 2012
Line-up: Simple Minds #45
Tour: Festival Shows 2012
Locations: Europe
Duraton: March 2012 - September 2012
Line-up: Simple Minds #45
Tour: Australia 2012
Locations: Australia, New Zealand
Duraton: November 2012 - December 2012
Line-up: Simple Minds #46
Tour: Concert In The Gardens
Locations: UK
Duraton: December 2012
Line-up: Simple Minds #46
Tour: Electroset 2013
Locations: UK
Duraton: February 2013
Line-up: Simple Minds ElectroSet #1
Tour: Greatest Hits +
Locations: UK
Duraton: March 2013 - May 2013
Line-up: Simple Minds #46
Tour: Summer 2013
Locations: UK
Duraton: June 2013
Line-up: Simple Minds #46
Tour: Americas 2013
Locations: South America, North America and Canada
Duraton: October 2013
Line-up: Simple Minds #46
Tour: South Africa / Europe 2013
Locations: South Africa and Europe
Duraton: November 2013
Line-up: Simple Minds #46
Tour: Electroset Germany 2013
Locations: Germany
Duraton: December 2013
Line-up: Simple Minds ElectroSet #1
Tour: Stonehaven Hogmanay Festival
Locations: UK
Duraton: December 2013
Line-up: Simple Minds #46
Tour: Greatest Hits + European Tour 2014
Locations: Europe
Duraton: February 2014 - March 2014
Line-up: Simple Minds #46
Tour: Summer Tour 2014
Locations: Europe
Duraton: June 2014 -
Line-up: Simple Minds #46
Tour: Big Music Tour 2015
Locations: Europe
Duraton: February 2015 -
Line-up: Simple Minds #46



tours: lostboy! aka

Tour: Lostboy AKA! Promo Tour
Locations: UK, Europe
Duraton: May 2010
Line-up: Lostboy! AKA #2
Tour: Lostboy AKA! Electroset Radio Tour
Locations: Europe
Duraton: August 2010
Line-up: Lostboy! AKA #3
Tour: Lostboy AKA! Electroset Tour
Locations: UK, Europe
Duraton: October - November 2010
Line-up: Lostboy! AKA #3