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simple minds 'intimate tour' 2005

Simple Minds made a number of appearances across Europe in July, August and September as part of the promotional push for Black And White 050505. The events were mostly invitation only showcase events, in which songs from the forthcoming album were played by the band to media, retail and industry.

Many of the shows were promoted and showcased by radio stations, who held competitions to win tickets. Similarly TV stations also showcased the band, blurring the distinction between a gig and a TV appearance. Therefore this list includes all the appearances of Simple Minds during this time.

After these small low-key promotional appearances, the band toured in 2006.

Andy Gillespie played the majority of the tour with Mark Taylor stepping in to play keyboards for the final gigs. Mark then took over keyboard duties for the Black And White tour.


© Bob Thacker





Jim at Baden-Baden.



Charlie at Baden-Baden.



Eddie at Baden-Baden.



Simple Minds at Baden-Baden.



Eddie and Jim. © Bob Thacker



Charlie. © Bob Thacker



Mel. © Bob Thacker





Piazza Grande, Arezzo, Italy: Festivalbar
19th July, 2005
Main Set: Home




Cultuurcentrum "De Pit", Buggenhout, Belgium: Rehearsals
25th August, 2005
Different World [TAORMINA.ME] / Stay Visible / Home / Factory / Waterfront / Don't You (Forget About Me) / East At Easter / Ghostdancing - Gloria / Alive And Kicking / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Stranger / Changeling / Sanctify Yourself
These rehearsals gave a great taster of what was about to come.




Bad Vilbel, Frankfurt, Germany: Radio FFH
26th August, 2005
Main Set: Stay Visible / Home / Different World [TAORMINA.ME] / Waterfront / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Ghostdancing - Gloria / Alive And Kicking / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Stranger / Belfast Child / Sanctify Yourself




Parkbuhne Wuldheide, Berlin, Germany: RTL
27th August, 2005
Main Set: Stay Visible / Home / Waterfront / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Alive And Kicking
This gig was part of the "Stars For Free" open air performances.




Grosse Sendesaal, Hamburg, Germany: NDR 2
29th August, 2005
Main Set: Stay Visible / Home / Different World [TAORMINA.ME] / Waterfront / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Ghostdancing - Gloria / Alive And Kicking / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Stranger / Sanctify Yourself




Baden-Baden, Germany: SWR 3
30th August, 2005
Main Set: Stay Visible / Home / Different World [TAORMINA.ME] / Waterfront / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Alive And Kicking / Ghostdancing / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Stranger / Sanctify Yourself
This was a small gig to 180 people. Tickets could be won from SWR3 on Monday, 8th August 2005.




King Tuts, Glasgow, UK: Radio Clyde
4th September, 2005
Main Set: Stay Visible / Home / The Jeweller (Part Two) / Love Song / Premonition / Factory / Waterfront / East At Easter / Speed Your Love To Me / Alive And Kicking / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Stranger / Space / Ghostdancing - Gloria / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Sanctify Yourself
Tickets were prizes on both Billy Sloan's radio show and through the official site. The gig was broadcast live; both on FM radio in Scotland and over the Internet. A listen-again feature was made available through Clyde's website.




Freeport Alcochete, Lisbon, Portugal
10th September, 2005
Main Set: Stay Visible / Home / The Jeweller (Part Two)/ Love Song / Five To One - Book Of Brilliant Things / Mandela Day / Waterfront / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Big Sleep / Alive And Kicking / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Theme For Great Cities / Stranger / Space / Sanctify Yourself
The band played to a crowd of over 12,000 and then went on to party at the Cuba Rock Club afterwards.




The Venue, London, UK: Capital Gold
13th September, 2005
Main Set: Home / Stay Visible / The Jeweller (Part Two) / Love Song / Five To One - Book Of Brilliant Things / Mandela Day / Waterfront / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Big Sleep / Alive And Kicking / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Theme For Great Cities / Stranger / Space / Sanctify Yourself
Tickets were prizes on both Capital Gold's website, radio shows and the official site. David Jensen introduced the show, the band were on top form, best version of New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) ever, and Mark Taylor was spotted propping up the bar.
A full report of the gig can be found here.




De Handelsbeurs, Gent, Belgium: Q Music
16th September, 2005
Main Set: Home / Stay Visible / The Jeweller (Part Two) / Love Song / Five To One - Book Of Brilliant Things / Mandela Day / Waterfront / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Big Sleep / Alive And Kicking / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Theme For Great Cities / Space / Stranger / Factory / Sanctify Yourself
The gig was heavily promoted by the radio station and in the end, entry was to ticket holders only.




Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
17th September, 2005
Main Set: Home / Stay Visible / The Jeweller (Part Two) / Love Song / Five To One - Book Of Brilliant Things / Mandela Day / Waterfront / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Big Sleep / Alive And Kicking / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Space / Stranger / Factory / Sanctify Yourself
Amended set-lists showed Space swapped for Theme For Great Cities at the last moment.
The entire concert was made available as a free streaming download through the official site in 2007.




Pro7 TV Studios, Koln, Germany: TV-Total
20th September, 2005
Main Set: Home
The performance can be viewed here.




BBC Television Centre, London, UK: BBC
22nd September, 2005
Main Set: Stay Visible
Recorded for Friday Night With Johnathan Ross, the show was broadcast on the 23rd September.




Paris, France: Canal+
23rd September, 2005
Main Set: Home




Le Reservoir, Paris, France: RTL2
23rd September, 2005
Main Set: Home / Stay Visible / The Jeweller (Part Two)/ Love Song / Five To One - Book Of Brilliant Things / Mandela Day / Waterfront / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Big Sleep / Alive And Kicking / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Stranger / Factory / Sanctify Yourself
Tickets could be won by registering on www.rtl2.fr and answering some easy questions. Jim "fucked-up" New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) so the band ended up playing it twice.




New Pop Festival, Baden-Baden, Germany: SWR 3
24th September, 2005
Main Set: Home / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Stranger
This show was broadcast on the 1st October.




Sala Divino Aqualung, Madrid, Spain: Europa FM
25th September, 2005
Main Set: Home / Stay Visible / The Jeweller (Part Two) / Love Song / Five To One - Book Of Brilliant Things / Mandela Day / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Big Sleep / Waterfront / Alive And Kicking / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Stranger / Sanctify Yourself
The venue has a capacity of 1500 - the gig was invitation only. Mark Taylor was on keyboards. The show was recorded by Spanish TV channel (Antenna 3).




Paris, France: Taratata
26th September, 2005
Main Set: Home / Mandela Day
In true Taratata style, one of the songs was a duet. Therefore Mandela Day was sung with French singer Cali, and also included a brief improvisation of Somone Somewhere (In Summertime). The show was broadcast a month later.




Dublin, Ireland: RTE1
30th September, 2005
Main Set: Home
The band performed on The Late Late Show With Pat Kenny.




Personal Fest 05, Buenos Aries, Argentina
2nd December, 2005
Main Set: Home / Stay Visible / Love Song / Five To One - Book Of Brilliant Things / Mandela Day / Waterfront / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Big Sleep / Ghostdancing / Alive And Kicking / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Hypnotised / Sanctify Yourself
More information can be found on the www.personal.com.ar website.


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