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greatest hits +


GREATEST HITS + TOUR

Following a summer of festival appearances and their hugely acclaimed 5X5 tour, Simple Minds will be performing their greatest hits live near year on a huge 28 date tour of the UK.

Tickets will go on general sale at 10.00AM 26th October 2012 but there will be a special ticket pre-sale beforehand for subscribers of the official site starting on the 24th October.

Simple Minds are one of the UK's most successful rock groups to date. Having topped America's Billboard chart, the Glasgow band have achieved five No.1 albums in the UK as well hitting the top spot in countless other territories including Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Australia and New Zealand.

Simple Minds are also arguably one of the best live bands in the world and over a thirty year career have been responsible for some of the most innovative and enduring anthems in rock music. Expect to hear songs from their extensive back catalogue including Alive and Kicking, Donít You (Forget About Me), Waterfront and more. The show will be in two halves with an interval and no support - a whole evening of Simple Minds, who will be releasing their greatest hits collection Celebrate: The Greatest Hits + in March to coincide with the tour (and which will include two new tracks).

"When we started Simple Minds our objective was to be considered as one of the great live bands. A band that had the desire to go all around the world - playing everywhere and anywhere. That challenge is ongoing and we will relish touring all over the UK next Spring, getting up close to so many who have supported us over the last three decades and more." - Jim

Simple Minds are Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill, Mel Gaynor, Andy Gillespie and Ged Grimes.


"Greetings from Dublin where the sun shone this morning and rehearsals are moving along very nicely. Guys have been working hard. Space, This Is Your Land, Up On The Catwalk, Blood Diamonds and Broken Glass Park all sounding just like they should" - Jim, 14th March 2013.

Another entry on Facebook showed Ged Grimes rehearsing Street Fighting Years.

"Greetings from Dublin were things are about to get in a blur! Well they would wouldn't they given that Paddy's Day is tomorrow. Rehearsals however are strait laced Oh Jungleland, Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel, Home and War Babies... all in the bag. Nearly." - Jim, 16th March 2013.




Tour poster for the gigs.



The colour 28 page tour programme included an introduction from Jim, the Greatest Hits + press release, current live pictures (from the 5X5 Tour) and a lengthy album by album retrospective by Pierre Perrone.







Olympia, Dublin, Ireland
25th March, 2013
Main Set Part #1: Broken Glass Park - Waterfront / Once Upon A Time - Up On The Catwalk / Let There Be Love / All The Things She Said / War Babies / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / She's A River / Street Fighting Years / I Travel
Main Set Part #2: Book Of Brilliant Things - Speed Your Love To Me / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / This Is Your Land - Blood Diamonds - The American / Love Song / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Sanctify Yourself / Space - Alive And Kicking

Many thanks to Martin for the pictures of the poster, set-list and concert photos.

"Thanks to everyone who got us off to a good start in Dublin last night. Hopefully more of the same tonight." - Jim, 26th March 2013




Olympia, Dublin, Ireland
26th March, 2013
Main Set Part #1: Broken Glass Park - Waterfront / Once Upon A Time - Up On The Catwalk / Let There Be Love / All The Things She Said / War Babies / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / She's A River / Street Fighting Years / I Travel
Main Set Part #2: Book Of Brilliant Things - Speed Your Love To Me / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / This Is Your Land - Blood Diamonds - The American / Love Song / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Sanctify Yourself / Space - Alive And Kicking

Many thanks to Martin for the pictures of the set-list and concert photos.




Waterfront, Belfast, UK
28th March, 2013
Main Set Part #1: Broken Glass Park - Waterfront / Once Upon A Time - Up On The Catwalk / Let There Be Love / All The Things She Said / War Babies / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / She's A River / Street Fighting Years / I Travel
Main Set Part #2: Book Of Brilliant Things - Speed Your Love To Me / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / This Is Your Land - Blood Diamonds - The American / Love Song / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Sanctify Yourself / Space - Alive And Kicking

Thanks to Lionello for the pictures and set-list.




Sands Centre, Carlisle, UK
29th March, 2013
Main Set Part #1: Broken Glass Park - Waterfront / Once Upon A Time - Up On The Catwalk / Let There Be Love / All The Things She Said / War Babies / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / She's A River / Street Fighting Years / I Travel
Main Set Part #2: Book Of Brilliant Things / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / This Is Your Land - Blood Diamonds - The American / Love Song / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Sanctify Yourself / Space - Alive And Kicking

"Carlisle was the first of our many English dates. Not sure what we expected but never quite expected a "top notch" audience like that. They were amazing! Had the chance to speak to some fans before the gig, great people all round, great supporters of Simple Minds. Many familiar faces from those who travel far and wide to see us. We are really blown away by their effort and support." - Jim, 29th March 2013.




City Hall, Newcastle, UK
31st March, 2013
Main Set Part #1: Broken Glass Park - Waterfront / Once Upon A Time - Up On The Catwalk / Let There Be Love / All The Things She Said / War Babies / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel
Main Set Part #2: Book Of Brilliant Things - Neon Lights / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / She's A River / This Is Your Land - Blood Diamonds - The American / Love Song / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Sanctify Yourself / Space / I Travel / Alive And Kicking

There were problems with the sound during War Babies and Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel so the band took a break whilst the issues were sorted out. THis lead to the re-ordering of the tracks for the second half of the set.

"Enjoyed it immensely. Beautiful venue and as always the audience so generous. Scotland next - Aberdeen and Dundee await." - Jim, 1st April 2013.




Music Hall, Aberdeen, UK
1st April, 2013
Main Set Part #1: Broken Glass Park - Waterfront / Once Upon A Time - Up On The Catwalk / Let There Be Love / All The Things She Said / War Babies / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / I Travel
Main Set Part #2: Book Of Brilliant Things - Neon Lights / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / She's A River / This Is Your Land - Blood Diamonds - The American / Love Song / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Sanctify Yourself / Space - Alive And Kicking

"Done and dusted - audience were in truly great voice. DUNDEE up next and we better be good as we have not been there since 1984. Hard to believe but true. Hometown gig for our Dundonian bassist - Gentleman Ged Grimes!" - Jim, 1st April.




Caird Hall, Dundee, UK
2nd April, 2013
Main Set Part #1: Broken Glass Park - Waterfront / Once Upon A Time - Up On The Catwalk / Let There Be Love / All The Things She Said / War Babies / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / I Travel
Main Set Part #2: Book Of Brilliant Things - Neon Lights / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / She's A River / This Is Your Land - Blood Diamonds - The American / Love Song / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Sanctify Yourself / Space - Alive And Kicking

Thanks to JohnnyBGood for the set-list and pictures.




Cymru Arena, Llandudno, UK
4th April, 2013
Main Set Part #1: Broken Glass Park - Waterfront / Once Upon A Time - Up On The Catwalk / Let There Be Love / All The Things She Said / War Babies / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / I Travel
Main Set Part #2: Book Of Brilliant Things - Neon Lights / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / She's A River / This Is Your Land - Blood Diamonds - The American / Love Song / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Sanctify Yourself / Space - Alive And Kicking

"Dundee was a highlight, great crowd and Caird Hall is a beautiful venue. A hard act to follow then. But then again within the history of Simple Minds the Welsh audiences have never let us down and Llandudno continued in that vein. Thanks so much to all who came. It is truly appreciated." - Jim, 4th April 2013.




De Montfort Hall, Leicester, UK
5th April, 2013
Main Set Part #1: Broken Glass Park - Waterfront / Once Upon A Time - Up On The Catwalk / Let There Be Love / All The Things She Said / War Babies / Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel / I Travel
Main Set Part #2: Book Of Brilliant Things - Neon Lights / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / She's A River / This Is Your Land - Blood Diamonds - The American / Love Song / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Sanctify Yourself / Space - Alive And Kicking




Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, UK
6th April, 2013
Main Set Part #1: Broken Glass Park - Waterfront / Once Upon A Time - Up On The Catwalk / Let There Be Love / All The Things She Said / War Babies / I Travel
Main Set Part #2: Book Of Brilliant Things - Neon Lights / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / She's A River / This Is Your Land - Blood Diamonds - The American / Love Song / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Promised You A Miracle / Glittering Prize / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Sanctify Yourself / Space - Alive And Kicking

Many thanks to Jean-Michel for the photographs.

"Best audience of this tour so far? Possibly!" - Jim, 7th April 2013




Dome, Brighton, UK
8th April, 2013
Main Set Part #1: Broken Glass Park - Waterfront / Once Upon A Time - Up On The Catwalk / Let There Be Love / All The Things She Said / War Babies / Glittering Prize / I Travel
Main Set Part #2: Book Of Brilliant Things - Neon Lights / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / She's A River / This Is Your Land - Blood Diamonds - The American / Love Song / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Promised You A Miracle / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Sanctify Yourself / Space - Alive And Kicking

Thanks to Otto for the set-list.




Pavilions, Plymouth, UK
9th April, 2013
Main Set Part #1: Broken Glass Park - Waterfront / Once Upon A Time - Up On The Catwalk / Let There Be Love / All The Things She Said / War Babies / Glittering Prize / I Travel
Main Set Part #2: Book Of Brilliant Things - Neon Lights / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / She's A River / This Is Your Land - Blood Diamonds - The American / Love Song / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Promised You A Miracle / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Sanctify Yourself / Space - Alive And Kicking

"Thanks to all for making us feel so good. When I saw that the venue was all seated I originally thought that the atmosphere might be a little low key. Stiff. Formal. But not at all, we had a party - audience sang and danced all night. Magic." - Jim, 10th April 2013




Engine Shed, Lincoln, UK
11th April, 2013
Main Set Part #1: Broken Glass Park - Waterfront / Once Upon A Time - Up On The Catwalk / Let There Be Love / All The Things She Said / War Babies / Glittering Prize / I Travel
Main Set Part #2: Book Of Brilliant Things - Neon Lights / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / She's A River / This Is Your Land - Blood Diamonds - The American / Love Song / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Promised You A Miracle / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Sanctify Yourself / Space - Alive And Kicking

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




Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, UK
12th April, 2013
Main Set Part #1: Broken Glass Park - Waterfront / Once Upon A Time - Up On The Catwalk / Let There Be Love / All The Things She Said / War Babies / Glittering Prize / I Travel
Main Set Part #2: Book Of Brilliant Things - Neon Lights / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / She's A River / This Is Your Land - Blood Diamonds - The American / Love Song / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Promised You A Miracle / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Sanctify Yourself / Space - Alive And Kicking




O2 Academy, Leeds, UK
13th April, 2013
Main Set Part #1: Broken Glass Park - Waterfront / Once Upon A Time - Up On The Catwalk / Let There Be Love / All The Things She Said / War Babies / Glittering Prize / I Travel
Main Set Part #2: Book Of Brilliant Things - Neon Lights / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / She's A River / This Is Your Land - Blood Diamonds - The American / Love Song / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Promised You A Miracle / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Sanctify Yourself / Space - Alive And Kicking




O2 Academy, Bournemouth, UK
15th April, 2013
Main Set Part #1: Broken Glass Park - Waterfront / Once Upon A Time - Up On The Catwalk / Let There Be Love / All The Things She Said / War Babies / Glittering Prize / I Travel
Main Set Part #2: Book Of Brilliant Things - Neon Lights / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / She's A River / This Is Your Land - Blood Diamonds - The American / Love Song / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Promised You A Miracle / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Sanctify Yourself / Space - Alive And Kicking

Many thanks to Clive for the set-list.




Winter Gardens, Margate, UK
16th April, 2013
Main Set Part #1: Broken Glass Park - Waterfront / Once Upon A Time - Up On The Catwalk / Let There Be Love / All The Things She Said / War Babies / Glittering Prize / I Travel
Main Set Part #2: Book Of Brilliant Things - Neon Lights / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / She's A River / This Is Your Land - Blood Diamonds - The American / Love Song / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Promised You A Miracle / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Sanctify Yourself / Space - Alive And Kicking

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




Cliffs Pavilion, Southend, UK
17th April, 2013
Main Set Part #1: Broken Glass Park - Waterfront / Once Upon A Time - Up On The Catwalk / Let There Be Love / All The Things She Said / War Babies / Glittering Prize / I Travel
Main Set Part #2: Book Of Brilliant Things - Neon Lights / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / She's A River / This Is Your Land - Blood Diamonds - The American / Love Song / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Promised You A Miracle
Encore: New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Sanctify Yourself / Space - Alive And Kicking




Opera House, Blackpool, UK
19th April, 2013
Main Set Part #1: Broken Glass Park - Waterfront / Once Upon A Time - Up On The Catwalk / Let There Be Love / All The Things She Said / War Babies / Glittering Prize / I Travel
Main Set Part #2: Book Of Brilliant Things - Neon Lights / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / She's A River / This Is Your Land - Blood Diamonds - The American / Love Song / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Promised You A Miracle
Encore: New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Sanctify Yourself / Space - Alive And Kicking

"Contender for best gig of the tour - so far. No doubt about it. Audience were unbelievably good, great venue also. Thanks so much!" - Jim, 19th April 2013




Empire, Liverpool, UK
20th April, 2013
Main Set Part #1: Broken Glass Park - Waterfront / Once Upon A Time - Up On The Catwalk / Let There Be Love / All The Things She Said / War Babies / Glittering Prize / I Travel
Main Set Part #2: Book Of Brilliant Things - Neon Lights / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / She's A River / This Is Your Land - Blood Diamonds - The American / Love Song / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Promised You A Miracle
Encore: New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Sanctify Yourself / Space - Alive And Kicking

"We loved it, hope you did too!" - Jim, 20th April 2013




Corn Exchange, Cambridge, UK
22nd April, 2013
Main Set Part #1: Broken Glass Park - Waterfront / Once Upon A Time - Up On The Catwalk / Let There Be Love / All The Things She Said / War Babies / Glittering Prize / I Travel
Main Set Part #2: Book Of Brilliant Things - Neon Lights / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / She's A River / This Is Your Land - Blood Diamonds - The American / Love Song / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Promised You A Miracle
Encore: New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Sanctify Yourself / Space - Alive And Kicking

Thanks to Paola for the pictures.

Don't You (Forget About Me) was restarted after Jim forgot the words. "We fucked it up - it's live music - sometimes this happens."




G Live, Guildford, UK
23rd April, 2013
Main Set Part #1: Broken Glass Park - Waterfront / Once Upon A Time - Up On The Catwalk / Let There Be Love / All The Things She Said / War Babies / Glittering Prize / I Travel
Main Set Part #2: Book Of Brilliant Things - Neon Lights / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / She's A River / This Is Your Land - Blood Diamonds - The American / Love Song / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Promised You A Miracle
Encore: New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Sanctify Yourself / Space - Alive And Kicking




Hexagon, Reading, UK
25th April, 2013
Main Set Part #1: Broken Glass Park - Waterfront / Once Upon A Time - Up On The Catwalk / Let There Be Love / All The Things She Said / War Babies / Glittering Prize / I Travel
Main Set Part #2: Book Of Brilliant Things - Neon Lights / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / She's A River / This Is Your Land - Blood Diamonds - The American / Love Song / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Promised You A Miracle
Encore: New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Sanctify Yourself / Space - Alive And Kicking

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




City Hall, Sheffield, UK
26th April, 2013
Main Set Part #1: Broken Glass Park - Waterfront / Once Upon A Time - Up On The Catwalk / Let There Be Love / All The Things She Said / War Babies / Glittering Prize / I Travel
Main Set Part #2: Book Of Brilliant Things - Neon Lights / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / She's A River / This Is Your Land - Blood Diamonds - The American / Love Song / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Promised You A Miracle
Encore: New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Sanctify Yourself / Space - Alive And Kicking

Many thanks to Guido for the pictures.

"We loved it, hope you did too!" - Jim, 20th April 2013




City Hall, Hull, UK
27th April, 2013
Main Set Part #1: Broken Glass Park - Waterfront / Once Upon A Time - Up On The Catwalk / Let There Be Love / All The Things She Said / War Babies / Glittering Prize / I Travel
Main Set Part #2: Book Of Brilliant Things - Neon Lights / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / She's A River / This Is Your Land - Blood Diamonds - The American / Love Song / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Promised You A Miracle
Encore: New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Sanctify Yourself / Space - Alive And Kicking




Colston Hall, Bristol, UK
29th April, 2013
Main Set Part #1: Broken Glass Park - Waterfront / Once Upon A Time - Up On The Catwalk / Let There Be Love / All The Things She Said / War Babies / Glittering Prize / I Travel
Main Set Part #2: Book Of Brilliant Things - Neon Lights / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / She's A River / This Is Your Land - Blood Diamonds - The American / Love Song / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Promised You A Miracle
Encore: New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Sanctify Yourself / Space - Alive And Kicking

Many thanks to Vicente for the set-list.




Guildhall, Portsmouth, UK
30th April, 2013
Main Set Part #1: Broken Glass Park - Waterfront / Once Upon A Time - Up On The Catwalk / Let There Be Love / All The Things She Said / War Babies / Glittering Prize / I Travel
Main Set Part #2: Book Of Brilliant Things - Neon Lights / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / She's A River / This Is Your Land - Blood Diamonds - The American / Love Song / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Promised You A Miracle
Encore: New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Sanctify Yourself / Space - Alive And Kicking




New Theatre, Oxford, UK
2nd May, 2013
Main Set Part #1: Broken Glass Park - Waterfront / Once Upon A Time - Up On The Catwalk / Let There Be Love / All The Things She Said / War Babies / Glittering Prize / I Travel
Main Set Part #2: Book Of Brilliant Things - Neon Lights / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / She's A River / This Is Your Land - Blood Diamonds - The American / Love Song / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Promised You A Miracle
Encore: New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Sanctify Yourself / Space - Alive And Kicking




UEA, Norwich, UK
3rd May, 2013
Main Set Part #1: Broken Glass Park - Waterfront / Once Upon A Time - Up On The Catwalk / Let There Be Love / All The Things She Said / War Babies / Glittering Prize / I Travel
Main Set Part #2: Speed Your Love To Me / Neon Lights / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / She's A River / This Is Your Land - Blood Diamonds - The American / Love Song / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Promised You A Miracle
Encore: New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Sanctify Yourself / Space - Alive And Kicking




Regent, Ipswich, UK
4th May, 2013
Main Set Part #1: Broken Glass Park - Waterfront / Once Upon A Time - Up On The Catwalk / Let There Be Love / All The Things She Said / War Babies / Glittering Prize / I Travel
Main Set Part #2: Speed Your Love To Me / Neon Lights / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / She's A River / This Is Your Land - Blood Diamonds - The American / Love Song / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Promised You A Miracle
Encore: New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Sanctify Yourself / Space - Alive And Kicking

Many thanks to Paola for the pictures.

"Ipswich was a great one to end this fantastic tour. The equipment is already packed up and on its way to the studio and by Monday we will be working on new music. Why stop? Thanks to all our crew - thanks above all to all our fans. - Jim, 5th May 2013


"Starting almost seven weeks ago in a raw and bitterly cold Dublin, and due to end this weekend in what is predicted to be a gloriously sunny Ipswich, I cannot recall any previous tour being so good. That of course is really saying something bearing in mind how much we have enjoyed touring throughout our career."

"The highlight for me was witnessing how much the band (musicians) have raised the bar over the last weeks and I really believe that the current Simple Minds set has superseded any previous as a result of their effort. GG, our live sound engineer, and Stephen Pollard who designs the set lighting, produced great work every night, we owe so much credit to them and the entire production crew who share in our philosophy that every single gig has to be given a full 100% effort."

"Of course there is more to our live events that what is seen on stage. The management and agent who work for months in advance, prepare it all so well to the extent is that really all is taken care of and all we have to worry about is turning up and "doing our thing." Nevertheless, we appreciate the efforts of all who work on our behalf, not forgetting the wardrobe, caterers, merchandisers, and drivers."

"Finally, what point would there be in any of this without people turning up to watch and listen? No point is the answer. But thankfully all the way from Dublin and continuing throughout, we walked out on stage every night to be met with venues that were packed with people who seemed delighted in to be the under the same roof as us. If only I had the skill to describe to you even remotely how great that feels. Or for that matter, how much we appreciate those welcomes."

"And so, until November when we will return to the UK and do it all again, once again, thank you very, very much!"- Jim, 3rd May 2013




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