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Graffiti Soul Tour

Following hot on the wheels of the 30 Years Live European Tour, the Graffiti Soul Tour engaged the next gear, and continued the impressive momentum of the previous gigs. Added to the spectacle of the bigger venues were Steve Pollard’s ever-impressive lights, larger crew and a new range of tour memorabilia and goodies.

The band themselves had not rested on their laurels. Although Graffiti Soul tracks were somewhat sparse, this was more than made up by new material from Sons And Fascination (the second featured album from the tour), a strong selection of tracks from the now omnipresent New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) and a smattering of old classics (such as the return of Life In Day and Chelsea Girl).

The arrival, and inspired selection, of OMD as support bolstered the gigs and the auditoriums were almost fully packed for both the starting act and the main event. OMD were never seen as a mere support, being described as "Special Guests", but there was the feeling of a commonality between both bands, reinforced by Andy and Paul returning for Simple Minds’ first encore and a duet of Kraftwerk’s Neon Lights.

Sarah Brown, selected after Jim saw her performing with Bryan Ferry, provided the feminine touch to the backing vocals which had been so lacking since the tours of the 1980s. Her commanding stage presence added a new, statuesque, and welcome, visual anchor whilst Jim, Charlie and Eddie worked the front of the stage.

The partnership with Concert-Online also provided fans with a new tour experience. Concerts could be purchased on USB stick or MP3 player directly after the gig, or downloaded via the Internet. By the end of the tour, a limited edition gold stick allowed fans to purchase all the UK gigs, making the Graffiti Soul Tour easily the most accessible tour by Simple Minds ever.

Unfortunately not all plans made it to fruition. Ideas for a tour of the USA and Canada failed to materialise; whilst a tour of South America was prematurely announced by various promoters before the concerts were confirmed. With Jim anxious to return to the studio to work on solo material, the tour came to a natural end at the end of December.


Tour flyer for the UK gigs.



The colour 28 page tour programme is packed with colourful Graffiti Soul artwork, shots of Simple Minds from the previous summer tour, introduction from Jim, two written pieces and archive shots from the Sons And Fascination period.





Each gigs is to be recorded and made available on a USB memory stick. These can be purchased at the concerts or through www.simpleminds.concert-online.com



Backstage passes were based on the album's artwork.



Arena, Vienna, Austria
3rd November, 2009
Main Set: Moscow Underground / Stars Will Lead The Way / Waterfront / Book Of Brilliant Things / Street Fighting Years / Sons And Fascination / The American / See The Lights / I Travel / In Trance As Mission / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Somebody Up There Likes You / Once Upon A Time / One Step Closer / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Graffiti Soul / Rockets / Let It All Come Down / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Home / Alive And Kicking / Belfast Child / Ghostdancing
Download USB Stick MP3 Player




Saschall, Florence, Italy
5th November, 2009
Main Set: Moscow Underground / Stars Will Lead The Way / Rockets / Waterfront / Book Of Brilliant Things / Street Fighting Years / Sons And Fascination / The American / See The Lights / In Trance As Mission / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Somebody Up There Likes You / Once Upon A Time / One Step Closer / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Graffiti Soul / Let It All Come Down / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: This Is It / Alive And Kicking / Belfast Child / Mandela Day / Ghostdancing
Download USB Stick MP3 Player




Neon Concept Club, Ancona, Italy
6th November, 2009
Soundcheck: Light Travels
Main Set: Moscow Underground / Rockets / Waterfront / Book Of Brilliant Things / East At Easter / Home / Street Fighting Years / Sons And Fascination / The American / See The Lights / In Trance As Mission / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Somebody Up There Likes You / Once Upon A Time / One Step Closer / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Stars Will Lead The Way / Let It All Come Down / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Theme For Great Cities / Sanctify Yourself / Alive And Kicking / This Is It
Download USB Stick MP3 Player Special Gold Edition USB Stick




Atlantico, Rome, Italy
7th November, 2009
Main Set: Theme For Great Cities / Sanctify Yourself / I Travel / Waterfront / East At Easter / Moscow Underground / Rockets / Street Fighting Years / Sons And Fascination / The American / See The Lights / In Trance As Mission / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Somebody Up There Likes You / Once Upon A Time / One Step Closer / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Let It All Come Down / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Light Travels / Alive And Kicking / Stars Will Lead The Way / Belfast Child / She's A River
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Gran Teatro Di Padova, Padova, Italy
8th November, 2009
Main Set: Theme For Great Cities / Sanctify Yourself / Moscow Underground / Waterfront / Book Of Brilliant Things / Big Sleep / See The Lights / Street Fighting Years / Sons And Fascination / The American / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Glittering Prize / In Trance As Mission / Somebody Up There Likes You / Once Upon A Time / One Step Closer / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Graffiti Soul / Let It All Come Down / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Stars Will Lead The Way / Rockets / Alive And Kicking / Home
Download Concert Online Gift; Padova, Italy: 8th November 2009 (4:26) USB Stick MP3 Player




Arena, Belgrade, Serbia
11th November, 2009
Main Set: Theme For Great Cities / Sanctify Yourself / Love Song / Waterfront / Book Of Brilliant Things / Big Sleep / See The Lights / Street Fighting Years / Sons And Fascination / I Travel / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Glittering Prize / In Trance As Mission / Somebody Up There Likes You / Once Upon A Time / One Step Closer / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Promised You A Miracle / Let It All Come Down / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Alive And Kicking / Belfast Child / Ghostdancing
Jim had been suffering from a cold: "Miserable two days spent mostly in bed with the shivers and all. I thought Belgrade would never happen even late last night. But I am here and ready to give whatever I have. Plenty of songs from New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) and Sons And Fascination tonight since Graffiti Soul sadly had scant exposure. The crowd here last time were astoundingly good. I will need them tonight."

The lyrics of Belfast Child were changed to "Beograd Child".

As Jim's voice was poor after his cold, the concert was not recorded.

Pictures by Zoran.





Arena, Banja Luka, Bosnia
12th November, 2009
Main Set: Theme For Great Cities / Sanctify Yourself / Moscow Underground / Waterfront / Stay Visible / Big Sleep / See The Lights / Sons And Fascination / The American / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Glittering Prize / Somebody Up There Likes You / Once Upon A Time / One Step Closer / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Graffiti Soul / Let It All Come Down / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Alive And Kicking / Stars Will Lead The Way / Belfast Child / This Is it
The concert was not recorded as Jim's voice was recovering.




Spaladium Arena, Split, Croatia
13 November, 2009
Main Set: Theme For Great Cities / Sanctify Yourself / Moscow Underground / Waterfront / Big Sleep / Stars Will Lead The Way / See The Lights / Street Fighting Years / Sons And Fascination / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Glittering Prize / Promised You A Miracle / Somebody Up There Likes You / Once Upon A Time / One Step Closer / Don't You (Forget About Me) / This Is it / Let It All Come Down / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Alive And Kicking / Rockets / Belfast Child / Ghostdancing
The concert was not recorded as Jim's voice was recovering.

Pictures by Darko.





Avo Session, Festsaal Messe, Basel, Switzerland
15th November, 2009
Support: Lovebugs
Main Set: Theme For Great Cities / Sanctify Yourself / Stars Will Lead The Way / Waterfront / Big Sleep / See The Lights / Once Upon A Time / One Step Closer / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Hypnotised / Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize / Let It All Come Down / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Alive And Kicking / Ghostdancing
The concert was not recorded as Swiss TV had exclusive rights.




Razzmatazz, Barcelona, Spain
17th November, 2009
Main Set: Theme For Great Cities / Sanctify Yourself / Moscow Underground / Stars Will Lead The Way / Waterfront / East At Easter / Stay Visible / See The Lights / Street Fighting Years / Sons And Fascination / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Glittering Prize / In Trance As Mission / Somebody Up There Likes You / Once Upon A Time / One Step Closer / Don't You (Forget About Me) / This Is It / Let It All Come Down / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Alive And Kicking / Rockets / Belfast Child / Ghostdancing
The concert was not recorded as Concert Online had no space for their facilities at Razzmatazz.




La Riviera, Madrid, Spain
18th November, 2009
Main Set: Theme For Great Cities / Sanctify Yourself / Moscow Underground / Waterfront / Book Of Brilliant Things / Big Sleep / See The Lights / Street Fighting Years / Sons And Fascination / The American / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Glittering Prize / In Trance As Mission / Somebody Up There Likes You / Once Upon A Time / One Step Closer / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Stars Will Lead The Way / Let It All Come Down / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Alive And Kicking / This Is It / Belfast Child / Ghostdancing
Download USB Stick MP3 Player




Kursaal, San Sebastian, Spain
19th November, 2009
Main Set: Theme For Great Cities / Sanctify Yourself / Moscow Underground / Waterfront / Big Sleep / Stars Will Lead The Way / See The Lights / Street Fighting Years / Sons And Fascination / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / In Trance As Mission / Somebody Up There Likes You / Once Upon A Time / One Step Closer / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Glittering Prize / Promised You A Miracle / Let It All Come Down / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Alive And Kicking / Graffiti Soul / Belfast Child / Rockets / Ghostdancing - Gloria
Download USB Stick MP3 Player




Falconer Theatre, Copenhagen, Denmark
22nd November, 2009
Main Set: Theme For Great Cities / Sanctify Yourself / Moscow Underground / Waterfront / I Travel / Big Sleep / Stars Will Lead The Way / See The Lights / Street Fighting Years / Sons And Fascination / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / In Trance As Mission / Somebody Up There Likes You / Once Upon A Time / One Step Closer / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Glittering Prize / Promised You A Miracle / Let It All Come Down
Encore: Alive And Kicking / Graffiti Soul / Belfast Child / Rockets / Ghostdancing - Gloria
Download USB Stick MP3 Player




Solnahallen, Stockholm, Sweden
23rd November, 2009
Main Set: Theme For Great Cities / Sanctify Yourself / Stars Will Lead The Way / Waterfront / Big Sleep / All The Things She Said / Moscow Underground / See The Lights / Street Fighting Years / Sons And Fascination / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / In Trance As Mission / Somebody Up There Likes You / Once Upon A Time / One Step Closer / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Glittering Prize / Let It All Come Down / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Alive And Kicking / Let There Be Love / Rockets / Real Life / Ghostdancing - Gloria
Download USB Stick MP3 Player

Thanks to Mike for the ticket scan.




Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway
24th November, 2009
Main Set: Theme For Great Cities / Sanctify Yourself / Stars Will Lead The Way / Waterfront / Big Sleep / All The Things She Said / Moscow Underground / See The Lights / Real Life / Sons And Fascination / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / In Trance As Mission / Somebody Up There Likes You / Once Upon A Time / One Step Closer / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Glittering Prize / Let It All Come Down / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Neon Lights / Alive And Kicking / Let There Be Love
Encore: Children Of The Revolution / Rockets / Chelsea Girl / Ghostdancing - Gloria
Download USB Stick MP3 Player




Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
26th November, 2009
Support: OMD
Main Set: Theme For Great Cities / Sanctify Yourself / Stars Will Lead The Way / Waterfront / Big Sleep / All The Things SHe Said / Moscow Underground / See The Lights / Street Fighting Years / Sons And Fascination / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / In Trance As Mission / Somebody Up There Likes You / Once Upon A Time / One Step Closer / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize / Let It All Come Down / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Neon Lights / Alive And Kicking / Let There Be Love
Encore: Rockets / Ghostdancing - Gloria
Download USB Stick MP3 Player

Many thanks to Paul for the ticket scan.




Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany
27th November, 2009
Main Set: Theme For Great Cities / Sanctify Yourself / Stars Will Lead The Way / Waterfront / Big Sleep / Moscow Underground / All The Things SHe Said / See The Lights / Real Life / Sons And Fascination / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / In Trance As Mission / Somebody Up There Likes You / Once Upon A Time / One Step Closer / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize / Let It All Come Down / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Neon Lights / Alive And Kicking / Rockets / Let There Be Love / Home
Download USB Stick MP3 Player




Forest National, Brussels, Belgium
28th November, 2009
Support: OMD
Main Set: Theme For Great Cities / Sanctify Yourself / Stars Will Lead The Way / Waterfront / Big Sleep / Moscow Underground / All The Things SHe Said / See The Lights / Street Fighting Years / Sons And Fascination / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / In Trance As Mission / Somebody Up There Likes You / Once Upon A Time / One Step Closer / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize / Let It All Come Down / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Neon Lights / Alive And Kicking / Rockets / Graffiti Soul / Let There Be Love / Home
Download USB Stick MP3 Player

Many thanks to Paul for the ticket scan.




Metro Arena, Newcastle, UK
30th November, 2009
Support: OMD
Main Set: Theme For Great Cities / Sanctify Yourself / Stars Will Lead The Way / Waterfront / Big Sleep / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Moscow Underground / All The Things SHe Said / See The Lights / Real Life / Sons And Fascination / The American / In Trance As Mission / Somebody Up There Likes You / Once Upon A Time / One Step Closer / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Neon Lights / I Travel / Graffiti Soul / Rockets / Alive And Kicking / She's A River
Download USB Stick MP3 Player Special Gold Edidtion USB Stick

 




NEC, Birmingham, UK
2nd December, 2009
Support: OMD
Soundcheck: Kiss And Fly / Rockin' In The Free World
Main Set: Theme For Great Cities / Sanctify Yourself / Stars Will Lead The Way / Waterfront / All The Things She Said / Moscow Underground / See The Lights / Street Fighting Years / Sons And Fascination / The American / In Trance As Mission / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Somebody Up There Likes You / Once Upon A Time / One Step Closer / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize / Let It All Come Down / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Neon Lights / Alive And Kicking / Rockets / Ghostdancing - Gloria
Download USB Stick MP3 Player Special Gold Edition USB Stick

Thanks to Jon for the pictures:




MEN, Manchester, UK
3rd December, 2009
Support: OMD
Main Set: Theme For Great Cities / Sanctify Yourself / Stars Will Lead The Way / Waterfront / Book Of Brilliant Things / All The Things She Said / See The Lights / Moscow Underground / Real Life / Sons And Fascination / In Trance As Mission / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Somebody Up There Likes You / Once Upon A Time / One Step Closer / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize / Let It All Come Down / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Neon Lights / Alive And Kicking / Chelsea Girl / Rockets
Download USB Stick MP3 Player Special Gold Edition USB Stick

Thanks to Jon for the pictures:




Arena, Sheffield, UK
5th December, 2009
Support: OMD
Main Set: Theme For Great Cities / Sanctify Yourself / Stars Will Lead The Way / Waterfront / All The Things She Said / See The Lights / Moscow Underground / Real Life / I Travel / Sons And Fascination / In Trance As Mission / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Somebody Up There Likes You / Once Upon A Time / One Step Closer / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Neon Lights / Alive And Kicking / Chelsea Girl / Rockets / Ghostdancing
Download USB Stick MP3 Player Special Gold Edition USB Stick




CIA, Cardiff, UK
6th December, 2009
Support: OMD
Main Set: Theme For Great Cities / Sanctify Yourself / Stars Will Lead The Way / Waterfront / Book Of Brilliant Things / Big Sleep / All The Things She Said / See The Lights / Moscow Underground / Real Life / Sons And Fascination / In Trance As Mission / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Somebody Up There Likes You / Once Upon A Time / One Step Closer / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Neon Lights / Rockets / Alive And Kicking / Chelsea Girl / Ghostdancing
Download USB Stick MP3 Player Special Gold Edition USB Stick




Arena, Wembley, UK
7th December, 2009
Support: OMD
Main Set: Theme For Great Cities / Sanctify Yourself / Stars Will Lead The Way / Waterfront / Book Of Brilliant Things / Big Sleep / All The Things She Said / See The Lights / Moscow Underground / Real Life / Sons And Fascination / The American / In Trance As Mission / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Somebody Up There Likes You / Once Upon A Time / One Step Closer / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Neon Lights / Rockets / Alive And Kicking / Ghostdancing
Download USB Stick MP3 Player Special Gold Edition USB Stick




02, Dublin, Ireland
9th December, 2009
Support: OMD
Main Set: Theme For Great Cities / Sanctify Yourself / Stars Will Lead The Way / Waterfront / Book Of Brilliant Things / All The Things She Said / See The Lights / Moscow Underground / Real Life / Sons And Fascination / The American / In Trance As Mission / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Somebody Up There Likes You / Once Upon A Time / One Step Closer / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Neon Lights / Rockets / Alive And Kicking / Chelsea Girl / Ghostdancing
Download USB Stick MP3 Player Special Gold Edition USB Stick




Odyssey, Belfast, Northern Ireland
10th December, 2009
Support: OMD
Main Set: Theme For Great Cities / Sanctify Yourself / Stars Will Lead The Way / Waterfront / Big Sleep / Life In A Day / All The Things She Said / See The Lights / Moscow Underground / Real Life / Sons And Fascination / The American / In Trance As Mission / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Somebody Up There Likes You / Once Upon A Time / One Step Closer / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Neon Lights / Rockets / Alive And Kicking / Ghostdancing
Download USB Stick MP3 Player Special Gold Edition USB Stick

Thanks to Jon for the pictures:




SECC, Glasgow, UK
11th December, 2009
Support: OMD
Main Set: Theme For Great Cities / Sanctify Yourself / Stars Will Lead The Way / Waterfront / Big Sleep / Life In A Day / All The Things She Said / See The Lights / Moscow Underground / Real Life / Sons And Fascination / The American / In Trance As Mission / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Once Upon A Time / One Step Closer / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Neon Lights / Rockets / Alive And Kicking / Chelsea Girl / Ghostdancing
Download USB Stick MP3 Player Special Gold Edition USB Stick

The sound cut out after In Trance As Mission and the band were off the stage for about 20 minutes. Somebody Up There Likes You was then dropped from the performance.




AEC, Aberdeen, UK
12th December, 2009
Support: OMD
Main Set: Theme For Great Cities / Sanctify Yourself / Stars Will Lead The Way / Waterfront / Life In A Day / All The Things She Said / See The Lights / Moscow Underground / Real Life / Sons And Fascination / The American / In Trance As Mission / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Somebody Up There Likes You / Once Upon A Time / One Step Closer / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Neon Lights / Rockets / Alive And Kicking / Chelsea Girl / Ghostdancing
Download USB Stick MP3 Player Special Gold Edition USB Stick




National Palace of Culture, Sofia, Bulgaria
14th December, 2009




Sala Polivalenta, Bucharest, Romania
15th December, 2009
Main Set: Theme For Great Cities / Sanctify Yourself / Stars Will Lead The Way / Waterfront / Big Sleep / Hypnotised / Life In A Day / All The Things She Said / See The Lights / Moscow Underground / Real Life / Sons And Fascination / The American / In Trance As Mission / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Somebody Up There Likes You / Once Upon A Time / One Step Closer / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Neon Lights / Rockets / Alive And Kicking
Encore: Let There Be Love / Chelsea Girl / Ghostdancing - Gloria




Popcentrum, Tilburg, Netherlands
17th December, 2009
Main Set: Theme For Great Cities / Sanctify Yourself / Stars Will Lead The Way / Waterfront / Big Sleep / Hypnotised / Life In A Day / All The Things She Said / See The Lights / Moscow Underground / Real Life / Sons And Fascination / The American / In Trance As Mission / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Somebody Up There Likes You / Once Upon A Time / One Step Closer / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Neon Lights / Rockets / Alive And Kicking / Let There Be Love / Chelsea Girl / Ghostdancing
Download USB Stick MP3 Player

Thanks to Paul for the ticket scan and to Daniel and Petra for the pictures.




Autostadt Piazza, Wolfsburg, Germany
18th December, 2009
Support: None
Main Set: Theme For Great Cities / Sanctify Yourself / Stars Will Lead The Way / Rockets / Waterfront / All The Things She Said / See The Lights / Moscow Underground / Real Life / Home / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Somebody Up There Likes You / Once Upon A Time / One Step Closer / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Neon Lights / Alive And Kicking / She's A River / Let There Be Love / Ghostdancing
Download USB Stick MP3 Player

Thanks to Michael for the pictures:





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