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Greatest Hits Forest Tour 2011

Greatest Hits Forest Tour

Simple Minds have announced a 'Greatest Hits Forest Tour' for next summer, playing a series of dates in spectacular woodland locations as part of Forestry Commission Live Music.

Classic songs like Alive and Kicking, Sanctify Yourself, Don't You (Forget About Me), Promised You A Miracle, Waterfront and Belfast Child established Simple Minds with a global audience with a run of No 1 albums including Sparkle In the Rain, Once Upon A Time and Street Fighting Years, propelling them to supergroup status in the UK.

Special guest support for all dates will be Starsailor front man James Walsh.

Simple Minds Greatest Hits will be released Spring 2011.

Money generated by Forestry Commission Live Music ticket sales is spent directly on the nation's woodlands, benefiting everything from butterflies to mountain bikers.

Commenting on the tour, Jim Kerr for Simple Minds said: "We've never done the forest gigs before so we are really looking forward to performing in such beautiful places."

Simple Minds with special guest James Walsh will be performing:

Fri 10 June - Bedgebury Pinetum & Forest, Nr Goudhurst, Kent.
Sat 11 June - Thetford Forest, Nr Brandon, Suffolk.
Fri 17 June - Westonbirt Arboretum, Nr Tetbury, Gloucestershire.
Sat 18 June - Sherwood Pines Forest Park, Nr Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire.
Fri 24 June - Dalby Forest, Nr Pickering, North Yorks.
Sat 25 June - Cannock Chase Forest, Nr Rugeley, Staffordshire.
Sun 3 July - Delamere Forest, Delamere, Cheshire.

Tickets cost £35.00 (subject to booking fee) and go on sale at 9.00am this Friday 3rd December 2010 from Forestry Commission box office telephone 03000 680400 or buy online at www.forestry.gov.uk/music

simpleminds.com are running a 'Members Only' pre-sale of tickets in the Members Area of the official site on Thursday 2nd December starting at 9.00am.


"We will definitely play new stuff as well as hits and rarities" - Jim, 29th November 2010




"There is a small town/village about 45 minutes drive from the centre of Brussels, and for almost the last decade or so we have happily gone there to rehearse and prepare for our tours."

"So innocuous that it barely registers on most maps, I have with equal amounts of sarcasm and affection been known to quaintly to refer it in conversation as "The New Capital of Rock N'Roll" Ė when of course it is anything but."

"Reportedly the mother of none other than Brian Eno was born there however, and if that is genuinely so, then at a push perhaps the town could market itself as "The Motherland Of Ambient Music."

"Least I know I would be tempted to do so if I was the local Mayor, but I am not, so letís leave it for them to decide what best suits."

"In any case, despite its probable low profile as a destination of much particular note, it continues to be the "base camp site" for Simple Minds prior to us setting out on our live treks. The aforementioned low keyness of the setting makes it perfect actually, because with no distractions possible there is really nothing that can get in the way of the work, which for us is the whole point of being there. Additionally, the lack of any nearby restaurants or trendy cafťs of which the capital city is full, helps banish long lunches and probably keeps the collective waistlines that wee bit more in check as a result. (I do wish that last part was true!)"

"Being the creatures of habit that we are, rehearsal periods with the full band always run for a couple of weeks and are both relaxed and intense. Relaxed in the sense that the rest of the outside world getís put on hold and the days become all about the music and the camaraderie between us. Intense in the sense that they are usually long, physical days that see us rehearse and routine song arrangements almost non-stop for anything between 8 to 10 hours."

"That is quite some shift especially for drummer Mel Gaynor who never holds back from pounding away. But then again he is a force of nature."

"It is also demanding for a singer, but it more than helps rebuild the strength of the voice, especially if I have not sung live over the previous months, which is usually the case."

"Throughout these days, most of us spend the entire rehearsal on our feet. Although I am never quite sure exactly why that is, I guess it just does not feel quite right to play our music - even in rehearsals - while sat in a comfy chair. Being so I have to assume that indirectly the leg muscles among others are also being strengthened, which is a good thing too as it builds us up physically and prepares the body for, er, hauling our luggage through endless airport terminals in the months ahead!"

"Rehearsals have always been a private affair and rarely is anyone invited to sit in with us. Therefore usually there are no friends, no family, and no one that is not directly involved with the music in other words. Which is all as it should be. We are working after all, and who really would feel right taking friends and family with them when they go to work? Oppositely, sometimes on the last day we do open the doors. And as long as they promise to leave their cameras etc behind, we let locals come and sit in the small theatre as we bash out a set of songs."

"The circumstances of that means that some of the tunes are "unofficially" being played for the first time in public and therefore some small amount of Simple Minds' history is even being made."

"I am never quite sure what the locals make of it all, but it feels the right thing to do on our part."

"It's a way of getting out in front of a few faces again and becoming familiar with what that feels like prior to the first gig."

"More importantly itís a way of sincerely saying thanks to them for letting us be in their little place." - Jim, 29th April 2011



Concert Live is excited to announce that we will be teaming up with Simple Minds to produce Exclusive Live CDs for their 'Greatest Hits + Tour 2011.'

The Scottish rock band, who have been responsible for some of the most innovative and enduring anthems in rock music, will be playing in scenic locations around the UK this summer.

You can now pre-order your exclusive live CD which will be ready to pick up IMMEDIATELY after the gig finishes, or, if for some unimaginable reason you canít make the gig, donít you worry; Concert Live can again come to your rescue. We will be able to deliver straight to your doorstep, giving you the chance to visit a scenic location, put on the CD and pretend that you were, in fact, there for the real thing.

Click here to order.


AAA Pass for the tour.



Promoter pass for the German gigs.





Bedgebury Pinetum And Forest, Gouldhurst, Kent, UK
10th June, 2011
Support: Slapjaw Johnson
Main Set: Moscow Underground / Waterfront / Once Upon A Time / All The Things She Said / Sanctify Yourself / Sons And Fascination / Celebrate / Speed Your Love To Me / Up On The Catwalk / This Earth That You Walk Upon / Hypnotised / Mandela Day / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Stagefright / Alive And Kicking / Ghostdancing - Gloria - Take Me To The River

"First gig. I would say that it went well. We had clear skies, fresh air, and as always a very welcoming audience - thanks so much to them! Played almost 2 hours, would have played longer but there was a curfew. Set flowed well, but we do have a problem in that we have too many songs and therefore cannot even play half the ones we would like to! That is a good problem though, right? Great to be able to play a tune from thirty years ago alongside a brand new one like Stagefright! We will vary a few more songs here and there over the next weeks. Don't tell them I said so... but I am so lucky to play with these musicians. Not only are they extremely talented, but they along with our roadcrew work so hard in advance rehearsals, this just guarantees that the quality of Simple Minds live is always improving. I hope you agree with me on that!" - Jim




Thetford Forest, Near Brandon, Suffolk, UK
11th June, 2011
Support: James Walsh
Main Set: Moscow Underground / Waterfront / Once Upon A Time / All The Things She Said / Sanctify Yourself / Sons And Fascination / Celebrate / Speed Your Love To Me / Up On The Catwalk / This Earth That You Walk Upon / Hypnotised / Mandela Day / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Stagefright / Alive And Kicking / Broken Glass Park / Ghostdancing - Gloria

"Another great night in the Forest. Seems even over the course of just one day it was possible to make a considerable improvement on the previous night. All nervousness had disappeared plus we managed to squeeze another song in with Broken Glass Park making its debut as a Simple Minds song. Audience was with us throughout the two hours and all in all I think we have made a very good start to the summer tour." Jim




Hampton Court Palace Festival, London, UK
16th June, 2011
Main Set: Moscow Underground / Waterfront / Once Upon A Time / All The Things She Said / Sanctify Yourself / Sons And Fascination / Celebrate / Speed Your Love To Me / Up On The Catwalk / This Earth That You Walk Upon / Hypnotised / Mandela Day / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Stagefright / Alive And Kicking / Broken Glass Park / Ghostdancing - Gloria - Take Me To The River

"Hampton Court home of Henry the 8th becomes home of Simple Minds tonight. Not sure how Henry would have felt about us Scots taking over his palace but tonight we will do that. Weather has been lousy but seems to be clearing up, aim to give 100% tonight and no less. For those who cannot be there, you can listen to a recording from Saturday's show at Thetford. BBC Radio 2 with Johhny Walker this evening."

"Thanks Again!: To everyone who come to Hampton Court. The weather did not do us any favours but the band and audience worked together regardless to create a very warm atmosphere. No matter how many times I have already said it, our audiences are truly a joy to play to - in the way they encourage us. Special mention to people who traveled from France and Italy to be there last night. Re Hampton Court. A beautiful venue, regretfully they have a very strict limit on the sound and in my opinion a rock show needs to be a bit louder. We will be back to full power tonight in Westonbirt!" - Jim




Westonbirt Arboretum, Near Tetbury, Gloucestershire, UK
17th June, 2011
Support: James Walsh
Main Set: Moscow Underground / Waterfront / Once Upon A Time / All The Things She Said / Sanctify Yourself / Sons And Fascination / Celebrate / Broken Glass Park / Love Song / Up On The Catwalk / Hunter And The Hunted / Hypnotised / Mandela Day / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Stagefright / Alive And Kicking / Ghostdancing - Gloria - Take Me To The River

"Westonbirt! Continous drizzle failed to dampen the enthusiasm of what was probably the most enthusiastic crowd so far on this tour. Ged Grimes on bass really slotting in well, he is on a different level now and people are starting to notice how talented he is. Back to full power after the frustration of the sound restrictions at Hampton Court. Increasingly more of the outdoor venues have very conservative sound limitations. Never want to kill with volume, but the Simple Minds sound relies on a "ballsiness" and a certain volume is needed to conjure that up. Back to Westonbirt though: Brought Love Song and Hunter And The Hunted in to freshen things up a little, moved Broken Glass Park to an earlier position that suited. Moving on to Sherwood... I would easily settle for as good a night as we had in Gloucester... Thanks so much to all who came from far and wide to see us!" - Jim




Sherwood Pine Forest, Near Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire, UK
18th June, 2011
Support: James Walsh
Main Set: Moscow Underground / Waterfront / Once Upon A Time / All The Things She Said / Sanctify Yourself / Broken Glass Park / Sons And Fascination / Celebrate / Love Song / Up On The Catwalk / Hunter And The Hunted / Hypnotised / Mandela Day / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Stagefright / Alive And Kicking / Ghostdancing - Gloria - Take Me To The River




Dalby Forest, Near Pickering, North Yorks, UK
24th June, 2011
Support: James Walsh
Main Set: Moscow Underground / Waterfront / Once Upon A Time / All The Things She Said / Sanctify Yourself / Broken Glass Park / Sons And Fascination / Celebrate / Love Song / Up On The Catwalk / This Earth That You Walk Upon / Hypnotised / Mandela Day / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Promised You A Miracle / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Stagefright / Alive And Kicking / Ghostdancing - Gloria - Take Me To The River




Cannock Chase Forest, Near Rugeley, Staffordshire, UK
25th June, 2011
Support: James Walsh
Main Set: Moscow Underground / Waterfront / Once Upon A Time / All The Things She Said / Sanctify Yourself / Broken Glass Park / Sons And Fascination / Celebrate / Love Song / Up On The Catwalk / Hunter And The Hunted / Hypnotised / Mandela Day / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Stagefright / Alive And Kicking / Ghostdancing - Gloria - Take Me To The River

"Continued with Dalby and Cannock over the weekend and it keeps getting better. It even felt warm on stage at Cannock and that was a first. The audiences throughout this series of gigs have been on fire... Cannock outdoing them all in my opinion. Band gets better and better, tell me I am not the only one who thinks this? More cohesion than ever and every bit as much energy as before. Played for two hours but I would happily have played for three. Thanks to all who come to see us, you make our lives a joy!" - Jim

Many thanks to Claudia for all the pictures.




Stadwerkefest, Lustgarten, Potsdam, Germany
2nd July, 2011
Main Set: Moscow Underground / Waterfront / Love Song / All The Things She Said / Celebrate / Up On The Catwalk / Mandela Day / Hypnotised / Sanctify Yourself / Broken Glass Park / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Alive And Kicking / Ghostdancing - Gloria - Take Me To The River

This was a free concert.

"One day when this is over and done we might look back and reflect on so many glorious shows -last night in the outdoors in Potsdam might not be one of them however. Not because the people were not great - they were! Not because the band did not play with great energy and enthusiasm - we did! But because it rained and it rained and it rained and well... all through the day and most of the night it continued. Sure, I got soaked, probably more than anyone as everyone else had umbrellas or hats or whatever. But so what! It was a fine rain, warm and with no wind, a summer rain. Moisture! Good for the skin... right?" - Jim

Despite being on the set-list, Stagefright wasn't played (probably due to a slightly late start at 22:25 instead of 22:15).

Many thanks to Michael for the pictures.




Delamere Forest, Delamere, Cheshire, UK
3rd July, 2011
Support: The Rainband
Main Set: Moscow Underground / Waterfront / Once Upon A Time / All The Things She Said / Sanctify Yourself / Broken Glass Park / Celebrate / Sons And Fascination / This Earth That You Walk Upon / Love Song / Hypnotised / Up On The Catwalk / Mandela Day / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Stagefright / Alive And Kicking / Ghostdancing - Gloria - Take Me To The River

"We don't fit! Tonight we play the last of our eight English shows. Up and down the country we have played to many thousands, enjoying every moment every bit as those who came and have showered us with full on appreciation. Will not forget these Forest shows and hope to be back for more at some point in the future."

"Meanwhile it is true that these days Simple Minds exist somewhere out on our own - once again a cult band. How else can you explain the success of these shows that by and large have gone unmentioned anywhere within the national media? (BBC Radio2 apart.) Hmmmm!"

"Seems that we just don't fit. But if you look at the stage tonight as we give our all in front of a sold out audience - you might also realise that we just don't care! Thank you for being such great audiences." - Jim

"Wow! Am I imagining it, or was tonight's gig in the top five ever? You tell me? Something special happened in this beautiful spot. Everything clicked and went onto another level altogether. I don't care how many times I repeat it but we truly have incredible audiences, their encouragement knows no end, all we want to do is reciprocate. Goodbye to England for the meantime. Thanks to each and everyone, especially those who traveled from far and wide!" - Jim

Many thanks to Neil Bowyer for the photographs.




Hard Rock Cafe, Piazza Della Repubblica, Firenze, Italy
4th July, 2011
Main Set: Moscow Underground / Waterfront / Once Upon A Time / All The Things She Said / Love Song / Celebrate / Up On The Catwalk / Mandela Day / Hypnotised / Sanctify Yourself / Broken Glass Park / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Alive And Kicking / Ghostdancing - Gloria - Take Me To The River

Many thanks to Edgardo and Lionello for the set-list and Andrea for the set-list scan. Although Stagefright was included on the set-list, it wasn't played on the night.

This was a free concert.




St. Peter's At Sunset, Kestenholz, Switzerland
7th July, 2011
Main Set: Moscow Underground / Waterfront / Once Upon A Time / All The Things She Said / Sanctify Yourself / Broken Glass Park / Celebrate / Love Song / Up On The Catwalk / Hypnotised / Mandela Day / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: The American / Alive And Kicking / Belfast Child / Ghostdancing - Gloria - Take Me To The River

"With a pop of 1,662 Kestenholz in Switzerland is the smallest town we've ever played. En route from Italy to Belgium we decided to break the journey and take the offer of playing this sweet little festival that they call "St. Peter's At Sunset". A tiny amphitheatre purposely built in the middle of a field surrounded by the sound of church bells and the ..ahem... smell of cows - another storming set took place, bringing both Belfast Child and The American back. The (mostly amateur) organisation did a wonderful job in providing great condition and a 2,000 strong crowd lost themselves in the music, as we did too!" - Jim.




TW Classic Festival, Werchter, Belgium
9th July, 2011
Main Set: Waterfront / Once Upon A Time / All The Things She Said / Sanctify Yourself / Celebrate / Love Song / Hypnotised / Mandela Day / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Alive And Kicking
Encore: New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Ghostdancing - Gloria - Take Me To The River

"Nostalgia hit strongly as we drove in to the backstage area of this festival. The first time we arrived here was in 1983 and I recall turning up petrified as it would be the first time we would play to so many people. Yesterday I turned up knowing that we would "set the place on fire" - and I think we did. Nevertheless, I felt sad initially. Sad that nearly 30 years of my life had passed so quickly and never to be regained. Sad through missing Mick MacNeil, Derek Forbes, Bruce Findlay, Paul Kerr and so many others who are no longer with us but played such colossal roles in creating this proud band. For them, I wanted to be brilliant yesterday even if they might be unaware. They laid the tracks for this train, a train that cannot help but keep moving forward. I hope we were brilliant!" - Jim

Many thanks to Fred for the set-list.




Rock Zottegem, Belgium
9th July, 2011
Main Set: Waterfront / Once Upon A Time / All The Things She Said / Sanctify Yourself / Broken Glass Park / Celebrate / Love Song / Belfast Child / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Alive And Kicking / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Ghostdancing - Gloria - Take Me To The River

"I was sure that we had played here before, would have sworn, could even visualise it in my mind. But no! This was the first time and it kind of threw me being much smaler than I thought, packed, intense, difficult to breathe, more a party than a gig perhaps due to the partisan vibe coming from the crowd. I did not feel physically tired despite going on stage at 12:30AM and having played another festival set a few hours earlier, but I was somewhat emotionally drained after the Werchter set. Demolished the birthday cake afterwards of course. Thank you to all the organisers and their young team. It would be great to go back one day!" - Jim


Many thanks to JohnnyBGood for the set-list and the pictures.




Festival Terres Blanches, Guérande, France
10th July, 2011
Main Set: Waterfront / Once Upon A Time / All The Things She Said / Sanctify Yourself / Broken Glass Park / Celebrate / Love Song / Up On The Catwalk / Hypnotised / Mandela Day / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: The American / Alive And Kicking / Belfast Child / Ghostdancing - Gloria - Take Me To The River

Moscow Underground was the first song on the set-list but wasn't played.

"Okay I will admit it... I felt drained during last night's gig. I think it was our seventh show in nine days with plenty of flying and a couple of overnight journeys. Being so it is probably understandable that fatigue set in. The other guys did not feel it so much but then again I am the "old guy". Going on near midnight on the last day of the weekend event was not in our favour either meaning that we did not play to as many as we could have. Gave it our best though and I think it would have been a memorable evening for those who waited all day to see Simple Minds. I hope so!" - Jim

Many thanks to Stef and Vinz for the pictures, Vinz for the set-list picture and to Stéphanie and Sebastien for the set-list.




City Rocks, Inverness, Scotland, UK
16th July, 2011
Support: Big Country
Main Set: Waterfront / Once Upon A Time / All The Things She Said / Sanctify Yourself / Broken Glass Park / Sons And Fascination / Celebrate / Love Song / Up On The Catwalk / This Earth That You Walk Upon / Hypnotised / Mandela Day / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: The American / Alive And Kicking / Ghostdancing - Gloria

"Great set from Big Country last night, always were a great live band. And as for Mike Peters who is singing with Big Country currently, it was so inspiring to see him give his all. This guy has endured serious illness a number of times, nevertheless he was immense last night, a true inspiration. As are all of those who struggle with their illnesses on a daily basis. My respect to all who endure illness knows no end!" - Jim

"They said a hard rain was a gonna fall and it certainly did, unfortunately! And it fell for hours and hours. Did it piss me off? No, it didn't - because the crowd at Inverness last night - were as good as any we have come across in our many years of playing. How they could stand for hours in that monsoon and yet seemingly enjoy every beat of our two hour set is just beyond me. I adored my time in Inverness and was sad to get on the plane this morning. We will be back that is for sure. Thanks to everyone in Inverness and special thanks to all those who traveled from far to be with us in the capital of the Scottish Highlands!" - Jim


Many thanks to Stef for the pictures and Claudia for the ticket scan.




Honberger Festival, Festivalzelt in der Ruine, Tuttlingen, Germany
19th July, 2011
Main Set: Moscow Underground / Waterfront / Once Upon A Time / All The Things She Said / Sanctify Yourself / Broken Glass Park / Sons And Fascination / Celebrate / Love Song / Up On The Catwalk / This Earth That You Walk Upon / Hypnotised / Mandela Day / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Stagefright / Alive And Kicking / Ghostdancing - Gloria




TonHalle, Munich, Germany
20th July, 2011
This gig was cancelled.




Zeltspektakel Festival, Winterbach, Germany
21st July, 2011
Main Set: Moscow Underground / Waterfront / Once Upon A Time / All The Things She Said / Sanctify Yourself / Broken Glass Park / Sons And Fascination / Celebrate / Love Song / Up On The Catwalk / This Earth That You Walk Upon / Hypnotised / Mandela Day / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Stagefright / Alive And Kicking / Ghostdancing - Gloria

"Hey it must be time to go on stage soon. How do I know? Not because I am in the dressing room gargling lemon and ginger. I know cause heavens have opened and rivers of rain are flowing outside my door! Just like it has for the last three shows!" - Jim





Burgtheater Dinslaken, Dinslaken, Germany
23rd July, 2011
Main Set: Moscow Underground / Waterfront / Once Upon A Time / All The Things She Said / Sanctify Yourself / Broken Glass Park / Stars Will Lead The Way / Celebrate / Love Song / Up On The Catwalk / Hunter And The Hunted / Hypnotised / Mandela Day / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Home / Alive And Kicking / Belfast Child / Ghostdancing - Gloria - Take Me To The River

"If all the gigs are special then how can any of them be? I dont know the answer to that but the German shows have all been very good and each in its own way. Good audiences as always and guess what? The rain even kept away while we were on stage on that cute little amphitheatre in Dinslaken - near Dusseldorf!" - Jim

Many thanks to Stefan for the set-list and Stefan and Peter for the pictures.




Sparkassen Arena, Kiel, Germany
24th July, 2011
This gig was cancelled.




Dortmunder Music Festival, Westfalenhalle, Germany
26th July, 2011
Support: Kensington Road
Main Set: Waterfront / Once Upon A Time / All The Things She Said / Sanctify Yourself / Broken Glass Park / Moscow Underground / Stars Will Lead The Way / Celebrate / Love Song / Up On The Catwalk / Hunter And The Hunted / Hypnotised / Mandela Day / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Home / Alive And Kicking / Belfast Child / Ghostdancing - Gloria

Many thanks to Marion for the ticket scan, Stefan for the set-list and Sabine for the pictures.




INEC, Killarney, Ireland
30th July, 2011
Main Set: Waterfront / Once Upon A Time / All The Things She Said / Sanctify Yourself / Broken Glass Park / Moscow Underground / Celebrate / Love Song / Up On The Catwalk / Hunter And The Hunted / Hypnotised / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: The American / Alive And Kicking / Ghostdancing - Gloria




Rock The Rock Festival, Gibralter
6th August, 2011
Main Set: Waterfront / Once Upon A Time / All The Things She Said / Sanctify Yourself / Broken Glass Park / Moscow Underground / Celebrate / Love Song / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Alive And Kicking / Ghostdancing - Gloria

Many thanks to Jaime for the set-list.

"Not that enjoyable for us. Main reason being that for some inexplicable reason (to us) the promotor(s) decided to put what seemed to be a huge VIP area in front of the stage meaning that the rest of the public were crushed up against a barrier that was so far away. It was like bulk of the audience were being treated as uninvited onlookers at a private party! Abysmal way to stage a concert. Sorry Mr Promoter, wont be working with you again!" - Jim

"VIPS...sometimes the VIPS are fans to be honest. But mostly they either paid for expensive packages or even more commonly they are "guests of the sponsors" and therefore given the passes free. Nowt wrong there, but if so then give them a little area off to the side or something and leave the front for those dedicated enough to turn up early and merit that place. Saturday afternoon around 4PM I saw one fan with Simple Minds T-shirt making his way to the venue which was close by. He must have stood for hours to queue and then finds that he cannot get anywhere near the stage. Really I wanted to "lambast' the promoter afterwards on Saturday but I was so enraged I knew better to walk away. Better to let our agent deal with it today." - Jim

"If it is not good for the fans, [then] it's not good for anyone! Recap. Without the fans who pay and turn - up loyally there is no live music business? Sure sponsors contribute to costs and media tie ins also help to promote along with the efforts of the concert promoters - who I repeat - do not have an easy task and do so put their money on the line when they underwrite a show. However it does seem increasingly to me that many in the industry forget the "regular fan" who buys a ticket. Well treat peoplere like crap and eventually many will stop going to shows as has happened particularly in the States where many previous regular concert goers have just about given up going to shows - due the amount of extra charges for even decent seats, booking fees, costly food and beverages. I dont want people who come to see Simple Minds feel they have been ripped off, or treated shabbily. It might not be our fault but it still reflects on us and for that I apologise to those who were treated like they did not matter on Saturday night." - Jim




Les Nuits Musicales De Maîche, Maîche, France
11th August, 2011
Main Set: Waterfront / Once Upon A Time / All The Things She Said / Sanctify Yourself / Broken Glass Park / Moscow Underground / Mandela Day / Celebrate / Love Song / Hunter And The Hunted / Hypnotised / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Stagefright / Alive And Kicking / Ghostdancing - Gloria




Festival du Chant de Marin, Paimpol, France
12th August, 2011
Main Set: Waterfront / Once Upon A Time / All The Things She Said / Sanctify Yourself / Broken Glass Park / Moscow Underground / Mandela Day / Belfast Child / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Alive And Kicking / Ghostdancing - Gloria




Fête du Bruit dans Landerneau, Landerneau, France
13th August, 2011
Main Set: Waterfront / Once Upon A Time / All The Things She Said / Sanctify Yourself / Broken Glass Park / Moscow Underground / Mandela Day / Belfast Child / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Alive And Kicking / Ghostdancing - Gloria




Belgrade Beer Fest, Belgrade, Serbia
18th August, 2011
Main Set: Waterfront / Once Upon A Time / All The Things She Said / Sanctify Yourself / Broken Glass Park / Moscow Underground / Mandela Day / Celebrate / Love Song / Up On The Catwalk / Hypnotised / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Don't You (Forget About Me)
Encore: New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) Alive And Kicking / Ghostdancing - Gloria

This was a free concert.

Many thanks to Otto for the setlist.

"Hungary: We are [told] that a group of Simple Minds fans are traveling all the way to be with us in Belgrade tomorrow night. The passion that people have for our band is very humbling and it goes without saying that we will do all to make it even more worthwhile for those who make extended effort to see us. I will have a word with the promoter to see if we can can play a much longer set than the 75 to 90 that is norm at festivals. Hopefully we can get to do a couple of hours and thanks again to the Hungarians!" - Jim, Facebook

"But that was then, this is now, and tonight we are in Belgrade playing. I am aware of people coming all the way from Italy and Hungary to see us; I am also ware that a huge local audience has been looking forward to the event for sometime. I hope they all feel how much we appreciate the opportunity of playing for them and that nothing gives us more pleasure than to return the same passion as those who so passionately give so much to us each night we are up on stage." - Jim, simpleminds.com




Stars@NDR2, Bad Harzburg, Germany
27th August, 2011
Main Set: Waterfront / Once Upon A Time / All The Things She Said / Sanctify Yourself / Stars Will Lead The Way / Broken Glass Park / Moscow Underground / Mandela Day / Belfast Child / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Alive And Kicking / Ghostdancing - Gloria

Stagefright was originally going to be played after Alive And Kicking but was dropped from the performance.

This was a free concert and 25,000 people were there.

A review of the gig can be found on NDR's website whilst additional pictures can be found here.

Many thanks to Marion for the flyer and pictures and Sabine for additional pictures.




Winterthurer Musikfestwochen, Steinberggasse, Switzerland
28th August, 2011
Main Set: Waterfront / Once Upon A Time / All The Things She Said / Sanctify Yourself / Love Song / Celebrate / Broken Glass Park / Mandela Day / Belfast Child / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Alive And Kicking / Ghostdancing - Gloria - Take Me To The River

"It's gone! The summer tour is, or it will be after tonight last gig in "sunny" Zurich. Its been good, will get better, wait till next time, see if I am wrong. Will we have a party tonight, make a toast to the future, lock arms and sing "Auld Langs Syne"? Unlikely, I will be in bed an hour after the gig, up early tomorrow. Simple Minds have a future to be getting on with!" - Jim, 28th August 2011

"Zurich... I hung on for a bit while everyone else left for home this morning. Went for a walk around the lake, it is a great city in all weather but particularly when it is nice like today. Heading for London now or should that be Planet Zero since we start recording that song this week? Summer is over... thanks to everyone who came to see us over these months - you really made us feel good!" - Jim, 29th August 2011

Many thanks to Lionello for the set-list and pictures.




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