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festival tour 1997

A low key European festival tour saw an almost reformed Simple Minds return with Derek Forbes back on bass and Mel Gaynor back behind the drums. The reinstatement of these two members also sparked an renewed interest in the bandís back catalogue with I Travel and 30 Frames A Second returning to the live set.

It was also a road test of the new material as Glitterball and War Babies were unveiled. After a less than lukewarm response whilst playing Chrysalisí top brass the demos for Neapolis, Jim and Charlie played them to a wider audience. The reaction was extremely enthusiastic.

During longer breaks in the schedule, Jim and Charlie travelled to Paris and Sicily for album recording sessions at PlusXXX and Capri Digital respectively.



The tour itinerary featured cup winners Celtic - probably to wind up Derek.





Norwegian Wood Festival, Frogenerbadet, Oslo ,Norway
13th June, 1997
Support: The Young Neils
Main Set: War Babies / She's A River / I Travel / Glitterball / Hypnotised / Big Sleep / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Don't You (Forget About Me) / 30 Frames A Second / Waterfront / Let There Be Love / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Love Song / Belfast Child / Alive And Kicking
Both War Babies and Glitterball were debuted at this gig.




Rock Under The Bridge Festival, Middlefart, Copenhagen, Denmark
14th June, 1997
Support: Sanne
Main Set: War Babies / She's A River / I Travel / Glitterball / Hypnotised / Big Sleep / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Don't You (Forget About Me) / 30 Frames A Second / Waterfront / Let There Be Love / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Love Song / Belfast Child / Alive And Kicking




Romalive, Stadio Olumpico, Rome, Italy
19th June, 1997
Support: OMC




Rockpalast, Festival, Loreley, Germany
21st June, 1997
Support: INXS
Main Set: War Babies / She's A River / I Travel / Glitterball / Hypnotised / Big Sleep / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Don't You (Forget About Me) / 30 Frames A Second / Waterfront / Let There Be Love / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Love Song / Belfast Child / Alive And Kicking
The show was filmed for the Rockpalast concert series and broadcast by WDR
More News From This World Bootleg CD

   




Stadtpark, Hamburg, Germany
22nd June, 1997
Support: Wild Thing
Main Set: War Babies / She's A River / I Travel / Glitterball / Hypnotised / Big Sleep / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Don't You (Forget About Me) / 30 Frames A Second / Waterfront / Let There Be Love / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Love Song / Belfast Child / Alive And Kicking

The tour itinerary has travel information for Pete Walsh so he was probably at this gig.


During the break, everyone travelled home except for Jim and Charlie who spent the week in Paris. This was for recording sessions at Plus XXX for Neapolis.




Palasport, Acireale, Italy
29th June, 1997
Support: Frederico Zechini
Main Set: War Babies / She's A River / I Travel / Glitterball / Hypnotised / Big Sleep / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Don't You (Forget About Me) / 30 Frames A Second / Waterfront / Let There Be Love / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Love Song / Belfast Child / Alive And Kicking

According to the itinerary, this venue was changed from the Stadio La Favorita in Palermo.




Stadio Communale, Cantanzaro, Italy
30th June, 1997
Support: Frederico Zechini
Main Set: War Babies / She's A River / 30 Frames A Second / Glitterball / Hypnotised / Big Sleep / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Don't You (Forget About Me) / I Travel / Waterfront / Let There Be Love / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Love Song / Belfast Child / Alive And Kicking




Stadio Del Tennis, Rome, Italy
1st July, 1997
Support: Frederico Zechini
Main Set: War Babies / She's A River / 30 Frames A Second / Glitterball / Hypnotised / Big Sleep / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Don't You (Forget About Me) / I Travel / Waterfront / Let There Be Love / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Love Song / Belfast Child / Alive And Kicking

A late addition to the tour - this originally going to be a day off.




Stadio Jose Alvalades, Lisbon, Portugal
4th July, 1997
Support: R.A.T.M.
Main Set: War Babies / She's A River / I Travel / Glitterball / Hypnotised / Big Sleep / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Waterfront / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Let There Be Love
Encore: Love Song / Belfast Child / Alive And Kicking




Des Vieilles Charrues, Carhaix, France
5th July, 1997
Support: Miossec




Base Du Malsaucy, Belfort, France
6th July, 1997
Support: Suede
Main Set: War Babies / She's A River / I Travel / Glitterball / Hypnotised / Big Sleep / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Waterfront / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Let There Be Love
Encore: Love Song / Belfast Child / Alive And Kicking

This gig was recorded by Chrysalis. Nothing has been officially released yet. It was also a last minute addition to the tour itinerary.



Another gap in the schedule with everyone flying home except for Jim and Charlie who returned to Paris for more Neapolis sessions at PlusXXX.




Doctor Music Festival, Pallars Sobria, Escalarre, Spain
11th July, 1997
Support: Extremoduro




Polideportivo, Alcazares, Spain
12th July, 1997
Support: The Corrs
Main Set: War Babies / She's A River / 30 Frames A Second / Glitterball / Hypnotised / Big Sleep / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Waterfront / Let There Be Love / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Love Song / Belfast Child / Alive And Kicking



Changes to the itinerary saw Jim and Charlie travelling to Sicily. This may have been for more album recording sessions at Capri Digital but a studio isn't menioned.




Seebuhne, Bregenze, Austria
18th July, 1997
Support: Patent Ochsner




Axion Beach Festival, Zeebrugge, Belgium
19th July, 1997
Support: Faith No More
Main Set: War Babies / She's A River / 30 Frames A Second / Glitterball / Hypnotised / Big Sleep / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Waterfront / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Let There Be Love
Encore: Love Song / Belfast Child / Alive And Kicking

Thanks to Paul for the ticket scan.




Gurten Festival, Berne, Switzerland
20th July, 1997
Support: Issac Hayes
Main Set: War Babies / She's A River / 30 Frames A Second / Glitterball / Hypnotised / Big Sleep / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Waterfront / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Let There Be Love
Encore: Love Song / Belfast Child / Alive And Kicking
Some of the gig (She's A River and 30 Frames A Second) was filmed and broadcast by TeleBam.




Festival, Nyon, Switzerland
22nd July, 1997

This was originally a Day Off in the itinerary.




Paleo Festival, Nyon, Switzerland
23rd July, 1997




Das Fast, Karlsruhe, Germany
25th July, 1997
Main Set: War Babies / She's A River / 30 Frames A Second / Glitterball / Hypnotised / Big Sleep / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Waterfront / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Let There Be Love
Encore: Love Song / Belfast Child / Alive And Kicking
The show was filmed for Extra Spat In Concert and broadcast by SDR 3




Music And Beaches Festival, Dyrehave, Denmark
10th August, 1997
Main Set: ... Glitterball / Hypnotised / Big Sleep / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Waterfront / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Let There Be Love
Encore: Love Song / Belfast Child / Alive And Kicking

This was originally the Skanderborg Festival Club, Skanderborg, Denmark in the tour itinerary.


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