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"The famous Celtic Park pitch is to play host to one of the most spectacular events ever held at the stadium."

"It is expected that around 2,000 fans will pay tribute to the Lisbon Lions to mark the 40th anniversary of the Club's greatest ever achievement."

"The glittering, star-studded event will take place on May 25, 2007, exactly 40 years after the Lions' famous European Cup victory against Inter Milan."

"In a huge, specially constructed marquee on the hallowed turf at Celtic Park, the event will feature a sumptuous four course dinner, top comedy and music acts, unique video compilations, as well as special tributes to the Lions from guests from the world of sport and entertainment."

"It is with great pleasure that the Club can also confirm that Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill from Simple Minds will be performing live on the evening."

"Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill were delighted at their invitation to perform and commented: "As lifelong fans we are delighted that the club is recognising the Lisbon Lions, the greatest ever Celtic team, on the 40th anniversary of their magnificent achievement."

"We, along with our families, friends and undoubtedly many other Celtic fans look forward to spending the evening of the 25th of May with our Lisbon heroes, and once again thank them deservedly for giving us the most glorious day in our clubs on going great history." "Celtic Chief Executive Peter Lawwell said: "The memories of Lisbon still remain very strong for all Celtic fans and it is the Lions' achievement in 1967 which is a major part of what makes Celtic the Club it is today."

"To become the first British Club to lift the famous European Cup is an honour which is Celtic's forever and one which we are rightly very proud of. We are sure that the event in May will be a most fitting tribute to the Lions’ magnificent achievement."

Simple Minds appearance at the gig was initially prompted by Andy Gillespie who'd heard about the event and how Simple Minds were scheduled to appear. So he called Charlie - who knew nothing about it. So Charlie called Jim - who knew nothing about it. But the momentum gathered from there.

As a Celtic supporter Andy Gillespie demanded to play. With Mel unavailable, Jim McDermott picked up the sticks. And a bearded Eddie Duffy appeared on bass.

Footage of the gig (including backstage and rehearsals) appeared in Live Bundle 6 and Live Bundle 7 (including the full performance of Alive And Kicking.)

"Tonight we get to play in Celtic Park which is a place Charlie and I (and some of the other guys in the band) which was a great focus for us when we were kids. But up until tonight, I've never had the chance to play here. And if there was a night to play here, it's probably this event." - Jim.

Celtic Park, Glasgow, UK
25th May, 2007
Main Set: Waterfront / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Dirty Old Town / Sanctify Yourself / Alive And Kicking
Black And White Live Bundle #6 Black And White Live Bundle #7


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