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30 Years Live European Tour

This tour was advertised as a continuation of the 30 Years Live Tour with some adverts even suggesting the New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) album would still be performed live in its entirety again. This was slightly misleading: the tour was essentially a summer festival tour which introduced key songs from the new Graffiti Soul LP and showcased numbers from New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84).

Key gigs included headlining Pinkpop Classic, a thorough drenching at Edinburgh Castle, playing the legendary Roundhouse as part of the iTunes Festival, another ecstatic performance at the Liverpool Summer Pops and a return to the amphitheatre at Taormina.

Rockets, Stars Will Lead The Way, This Is It and Moscow Underground were all debuted from the latest album with Moscow Underground usually pushed to the fore as the set’s moody, propulsive opener. And some Lost Boys material elbowed its way in with the band tackling Children Of The Revolution, Rockin’ In The Free World and Whiskey In The Jar.




Rehearsals took place at the band's usual Belgian hideaway. These sessions were recorded and Children Of The Revolution was released as an exclusive download on the German iTunes website.




Vaxjo Rock Festival, Sweden
30th May, 2009
Main Set: Waterfront / Stay Visible / Rockets / Mandela Day / Ghostdancing - Rockin' In The Free World / Big Sleep / Promised You A Miracle / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Alive And Kicking / Belfast Child / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: This Is It / See The Lights / Sanctify Yourself
Rockin' In The Free World was spontaneous with Jim launching into the track and forcing the band to improvise with him. He apologized with "My bad" at the end. And This Is It gained a five minute instrumental ending. Therefore Simple Minds overrun by twenty minutes; not that anyone appeared to care!




Joe FM, VTM Studios, Belgium
10th June, 2009
Main Set: Folk Intro / Children Of The Revolution / Stay Visible / Different World [TAORMINA.ME] / I Travel / See The Lights / Moscow Underground / Stars Will Lead The Way / Rockets / This Is It / Dolphins / Waterfront / Home / Glittering Prize / Promised You A Miracle / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself
This was an exclusive showcase for Joe FM listeners (see Jim promote the gig here). Listeners could start winning tickets from the 1st June.




Amphitheatre, Gelsenkirchen, Germany
11th June, 2009
Support: Arno Carstens
Main Set: Folk Intro / Children Of The Revolution / Waterfront / I Travel / Stay Visible / Different World [TAORMINA.ME] / See The Lights / Moscow Underground / Stars Will Lead The Way / Rockets / This Is It / Dolphins / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Glittering Prize / Promised You A Miracle / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Alive And Kicking
Encore: Home / Belfast Child / Sanctify Yourself
Encore: She's A River




Isle Of Wight Festival, Isle Of Wight, UK
14th June, 2009
Main Set: Waterfront / I Travel / See The Lights / Stars Will Lead The Way / Rockets / Ghostdancing - Gloria / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Promised You A Miracle / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Alive And Kicking
Children Of The Revolution and Sanctify Yourself were planned for an encore but there wasn't time; delays through the day meant Simple Minds started half an hour late.

Simple Minds were broadcast live by Absolute Radio (with a pre-show interview broadcast between Jim and Ben Jones) and highlights (including Don't You (Forget About Me)) appeared on ITV2 later.




Zitadelle, Berlin, Germany
16th June, 2009
Support: Arno Carstens
Main Set: Children Of The Revolution / Waterfront / I Travel / Stay Visible / Different World [TAORMINA.ME] / See The Lights / Big Sleep / Moscow Underground / Stars Will Lead The Way / Rockets / Dolphins / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Glittering Prize / Promised You A Miracle / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Alive And Kicking
Encore: Home / Belfast Child / Sanctify Yourself
Encore: This Is It / She's A River




Stadtpark, Hamburg, Germany
17th June, 2009
Support: Arno Carstens
Main Set: Children Of The Revolution / Waterfront / I Travel / Stay Visible / Different World [TAORMINA.ME] / See The Lights / Hypnotised / Moscow Underground / Stars Will Lead The Way / Rockets / Dolphins / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Glittering Prize / Promised You A Miracle / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Alive And Kicking
Encore: Home / Belfast Child / Sanctify Yourself
Encore: This Is It / Ghostdancing
She's A River was originally intended as the final song of the evening (it appears on the set-list) but was replaced by Ghostdancing.




Ravensberger Park, Bielefeld, Germany
19th June, 2009
Support: Arno Carstens
Main Set: Children Of The Revolution / Waterfront / I Travel / Stay Visible / Different World [TAORMINA.ME] / See The Lights / Hypnotised / Moscow Underground / Stars Will Lead The Way / Rockets / Dolphins / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Glittering Prize / Promised You A Miracle / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Alive And Kicking
Encore: Home / Belfast Child / Sanctify Yourself
Encore: This Is It / Ghostdancing




Tollwood Festival, Munich, Germany
20th June, 2009
Support: Arno Carstens
Main Set: Children Of The Revolution / Waterfront / I Travel / Stay Visible / Different World [TAORMINA.ME] / See The Lights / Hypnotised / Moscow Underground / Stars Will Lead The Way / Rockets / Dolphins / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Glittering Prize / Promised You A Miracle / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Alive And Kicking
Encore: Home / Belfast Child / Sanctify Yourself
Encore: This Is It / Ghostdancing




Museumsmeile, Bonn, Germany
21st June, 2009
Support: Arno Carstens
Main Set: Children Of The Revolution / Waterfront / I Travel / Stay Visible / She's A River / See The Lights / Big Sleep / Moscow Underground / Stars Will Lead The Way / Rockets / Dolphins / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Glittering Prize / Promised You A Miracle / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Alive And Kicking
Encore: Home / Belfast Child / Sanctify Yourself
Encore: This Is It / Ghostdancing
This gig was originally scheduled for the 12th June.




The Marquee, Cork, Ireland
25th June, 2009
Main Set: Waterfront / I Travel / East At Easter / Love Song / See The Lights / Big Sleep / Moscow Underground / Stars Will Lead The Way / Rockets / Hypnotised / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Glittering Prize / Promised You A Miracle / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Alive And Kicking
Encore: She's A River / Belfast Child / Sanctify Yourself
Encore: This Is It / Ghostdancing / Whiskey In The Jar




Tempo Festival, Ciney, Belgium
28th June, 2009
Main Set: Waterfront / I Travel / Love Song / See The Lights / Big Sleep / Moscow Underground / Stars Will Lead The Way / Rockets / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Glittering Prize / Promised You A Miracle / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Alive And Kicking
Encore: She's A River / Belfast Child / Sanctify Yourself
Encore: This Is It / Ghostdancing




Radio Contact, Belgium
29th June, 2009
Main Set: Waterfront / I Travel / See The Lights / Moscow Underground / Stars Will Lead The Way / Rockets / Big Sleep / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Promised You A Miracle / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Alive And Kicking
Encore: Home / This Is It / Ghostdancing
This band performed a showcase for the radio station which was recorded and broadcast.




Arena Civica, Milan, Italy
3rd July, 2009
Main Set: Waterfront / I Travel / Stay Visible / Different World [TAORMINA.ME] / She's A River / See The Lights / Big Sleep / Moscow Underground / Stars Will Lead The Way / Rockets / Dolphins / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Glittering Prize / Promised You A Miracle / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Alive And Kicking
Encore: Home / Belfast Child / Sanctify Yourself
Encore: This Is It / Ghostdancing




Rock Um Knuedler Festival, Luxembourg
5th July, 2009
Support: Arno Carstens
Main Set: Waterfront / I Travel / Love Song / See The Lights / Big Sleep / Moscow Underground / Stars Will Lead The Way / Rockets / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Glittering Prize / Promised You A Miracle / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Alive And Kicking
Encore: Belfast Child / Sanctify Yourself
Encore: This Is It / Ghostdancing




Le 112, Terville, France
6th July, 2009
Support: Arno Carstens
Main Set: Children Of The Revolution / Waterfront / Changeling / Love Song / East At Easter / See The Lights / Moscow Underground / Stars Will Lead The Way / Rockets / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Hypnotised / Promised You A Miracle / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Alive And Kicking
Encore: Home / Dolphins / She's A River
Encore: This Is It / Ghostdancing




Le 112, Terville, France
7th July, 2009
Support: Arno Carstens
Main Set: Moscow Underground / Stars Will Lead The Way / Rockets / See The Lights / Waterfront / Stay Visible / Different World [TAORMINA.ME] / Big Sleep / Hunter And The Hunted / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Hypnotised / Promised You A Miracle / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Alive And Kicking
Encore: Home / Mandela Day / Glittering Prize / This Is It




Olympia, Paris, France
8th July, 2009
Support: The Silencers
Main Set: Moscow Underground / Stars Will Lead The Way / Rockets / See The Lights / I Travel / Waterfront / Hypnotised / Stay Visible / Different World [TAORMINA.ME] / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Big Sleep / Hunter And The Hunted / Promised You A Miracle / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Glittering Prize / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Alive And Kicking
Encore: Home / Belfast Child / Sanctify Yourself
Encore: This Is It / Ghostdancing




Les Déferlantes d'Argeles-sur-Mer, France
10th July, 2009
Support: Arno Carstens
Main Set: Moscow Underground / Stars Will Lead The Way / Rockets / See The Lights / I Travel / Waterfront / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Hypnotised / Big Sleep / Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Alive And Kicking
Encore: Home / Mandela Day / Ghostdancing
French singer Cali joined Jim on stage during Mandela Day.




Le Palio Arena, Les Nuits D'Istres, France
11th July, 2009
Support: Arno Carstens
Main Set: Moscow Underground / Stars Will Lead The Way / Rockets / See The Lights / I Travel / Waterfront / Big Sleep / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Hypnotised / Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Alive And Kicking
Encore: Home / Mandela Day / Sanctify Yourself
Encore: This Is It / Ghostdancing




Live At SunSet Festival, Zurich, Switzerland
12th July, 2009
Main Set: Moscow Underground / Stars Will Lead The Way / Rockets / See The Lights / I Travel / Waterfront / Big Sleep / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Hypnotised / Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Alive And Kicking
Encore: Home / Belfast Child / Sanctify Yourself
Encore: Ghostdancing
Believed to be the first gig where Jim said: "We're Simple Minds and we mean business."




iTunes Live Festival, Roundhouse, London, UK
16th July, 2009
Main Set: Moscow Underground / Stars Will Lead The Way / Rockets / See The Lights / I Travel / Waterfront / Big Sleep / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Hypnotised / Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Alive And Kicking
Encore: Home / Sanctify Yourself
Encore: This Is It / Ghostdancing
iTunes Live EP
Tickets couldn't be purchased and had to be won from the iTunes Facebook site. Other tickets were offered through a competition run by the official site. A six track EP of selected songs from the gig was later released through iTunes.

Many thanks to Neil Boywer for the pictures.




Blickling Hall, Blickling, Norwich, UK
17th July, 2009
Support: The Strangers
Main Set: Waterfront / She's A River / Stay Visible / I Travel / See The Lights / Love Song / Stars Will Lead The Way / Rockets / Big Sleep / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Hypnotised / Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Alive And Kicking
Encore: Home / Belfast Child / Sanctify Yourself
Encore: This Is It / Ghostdancing




Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, UK
18th July, 2009
Support: The Silencers
Main Set: Waterfront / She's A River / Stay Visible / I Travel / See The Lights / Love Song / Stars Will Lead The Way / Rockets / Big Sleep / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Hypnotised / Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Alive And Kicking
Encore: Home / Sanctify Yourself / Ghostdancing
A DVD of this gig was planned but unfortunately it wasn't filmed. In retrospect, this was probably a wise decision, given the around of rain which fell (so much so, that the gig was in danger of being pulled).

Pictures © Piper Schofield 2009. Thanks to Francesco for the ticket scan.




Summer Pops Festival, Echo Arena, Liverpool, UK
21st July, 2009
Support: Ian McNabb
Main Set: Waterfront / She's A River / Changeling / I Travel / East At Easter / See The Lights / Love Song / Stars Will Lead The Way / Rockets / Big Sleep / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Hypnotised / Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Alive And Kicking
Encore: Home / Belfast Child / Sanctify Yourself
Encore: Ghostdancing
This Is It was due to be played before Ghostdancing but was dropped. At the start of the encore, Charlie came onto the stage playing the opening riff of Ghostdancing.




Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy
24th July, 2009
Main Set: Waterfront / She's A River / Stay Visible / I Travel / See The Lights / Love Song / Stars Will Lead The Way / Rockets / Big Sleep / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Hypnotised / Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Alive And Kicking
Encore: Home / Belfast Child / Sanctify Yourself
Encore: Ghostdancing
This concert raised funds for the city's monuments. Again, This Is It was dropped and Charlie came onto the stage playing the opening riff of Ghostdancing.




Teatro Della Verdura, Palermo, Sicily
26th July, 2009




Amphitheatre, Taormina, Sicily
27th July, 2009
Main Set: Waterfront / She's A River / Changeling / I Travel / See The Lights / Love Song / Moscow Underground / Stars Will Lead The Way / Rockets / Big Sleep / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Hypnotised / Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Alive And Kicking
Encore: Home / Belfast Child / Sanctify Yourself
Encore: Ghostdancing - Gloria
The following pictures are by Mark Van Mullem:




Suikerrock Festival, Tienen, Belgium
31st July, 2009
Support: The Scabs
Main Set: Moscow Underground / Rockets / See The Lights / I Travel / Waterfront / Big Sleep / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Alive And Kicking
Encore: Home / Sanctify Yourself / Ghostdancing - Gloria

Many thanks to Paul for the ticket and backstage pass scan.

Jim hurt his back in the days before the concert and it was uncertain for a while whether Simple Minds would appear.




Harley Days, Berlin, Germany
1st August, 2009
Main Set: Waterfront / She's A River / See The Lights / Moscow Underground / Stars Will Lead The Way / Rockets / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Home / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Alive And Kicking
Encore: Sanctify Yourself




Schloss Engers, Koblenz, Germany
6th August, 2009
With: aHa
Main Set: Waterfront / She's A River / See The Lights / Moscow Underground / Stars Will Lead The Way / Rockets / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Home / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Alive And Kicking
Encore: Sanctify Yourself / Ghostdancing
The channel ARTE will broadcast the show on the 22nd August.




Lokerse Festival, Lokeren, Belgium
8th August, 2009
Main Set: Waterfront / Rockets / I Travel / Stay Visible / Love Song / See The Lights / Mandela Day / Moscow Underground / Stars Will Lead The Way / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Promised You A Miracle / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Alive And Kicking
Encore: Home / Ghostdancing - Gloria
The following pictures are by Mark Van Mullem and Piet Hillewaert:




Fredagsrock, Horsen, Denmark
14th August, 2009
Main Set: Waterfront / I Travel / Stay Visible / Love Song / See The Lights / Mandela Day / Moscow Underground / Stars Will Lead The Way / Rockets / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Promised You A Miracle / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Alive And Kicking
Encore: This Is it / Sanctify Yourself
Encore: Ghostdancing - Gloria




Pinkpop Classic, Landgraaf, The Netherlands
15th August, 2009
Main Set: Waterfront / I Travel / Stay Visible / Love Song / See The Lights / Mandela Day / Moscow Underground / Stars Will Lead The Way / Rockets / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Promised You A Miracle / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Alive And Kicking
Encore: Sanctify Yourself / Ghostdancing

Many thanks to Paul for the poster scan.

Simple Minds headlined this event.




Hauptstrand, Buesum, Germany
22nd August, 2009
Main Set: Waterfront / Love Song / See The Lights / Mandela Day / Moscow Underground / Stars Will Lead The Way / Rockets / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Alive And Kicking
Encore: Home / Sanctify Yourself
Encore: Ghostdancing - Gloria
This was a free concert.




F1 Rocks!, Fort Canning Park, Singapore
25th September, 2009
Support: Nerd





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