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summer tour 2014






Some gigs are to be recorded and made available on a USB memory stick. These can be purchased at the concerts or through www.bleecker-street-shop.com



And the Italian version as most of the Italian gigs were recorded.


Festival De Montereau Confluences, Montereau, France
6th June, 2014
Main Set: Waterfront / Broken Glass Park / Imagination - I Travel / Blindfolded / Let The Day Begin / Dancing Barefoot / She's A River / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me)
Encore #1: Big Music / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself
Encore #2: Let It All Come Down / Ghostdancing

"Last day of rehearsals - new songs? Sarah, Charlie, Andy, Mel and Ged getting ready for the gig on Friday in Montereau, France. Not only classics in the set list - two brand new songs, Imagination and Blindfolded, set for live debut. Simple Minds - looking back - but always moving forward." - Jim, 4th June 2014

"We were all happy with the first gig of the tour last night in Montereau. (Well organised festival, congrats.) Weather was amazingly good, audience helped us immensely - thank you. New songs felt good also - Imagination can and will get much better. Blindfolded had an almost perfect debut. Went overnight direct to Netherlands in Holland. Met some fans who had travelled some distance to see us here. Thank you - all of you! We will do our best tonight. Now we have started, we just want to play." - Jim, 8th June 2014




Retropop Festival, Emmen, The Netherlands
7th June, 2014
Main Set: Waterfront / Broken Glass Park / Love Song / Imagination - I Travel / Blindfolded / Promised You A Miracle - Glittering Prize / Let The Day Begin / Dancing Barefoot / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me)
Encore #1: Big Music / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself
Encore #2: Let It All Come Down / Ghostdancing

Many thanks to Peter and Martin for the photos and Martin for the ticket and the set-list.

"A day off in warm Dusseldorf is always a welcome thing. If the rain does not materialise, I look forward to a good long walk by the river. More than that, we are all looking forward to our first German date of this tour - at the Hilchenbach Fest tomorrow evening. See you there." - Jim, 8th June 2014




KulturPur Festival, Hilchenbach, Germany
9th June, 2014
Main Set #1: Waterfront / Broken Glass Park / Stars Will Lead The Way / Love Song / Imagination - I Travel / Blindfolded / Promised You A Miracle - Glittering Prize / Let The Day Begin
Main Set #2: Speed Your Love To Me / Dancing Barefoot / Dolphins / Blood Diamonds / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me)
Encore #1: Big Music / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself
Encore #2: Let It All Come Down / Ghostdancing

"Thanks to all who came to see us over these last days, including last night's red hot show at Hilchenbach Fest. Next up, beautiful Bergen this coming Friday night. Minds are on the move, no doubt about it. See you there!" - Jim, 10th June 2014




Bergen Festival, Bergen, Norway
13th June, 2014
Main Set #1: Waterfront / Broken Glass Park / Love Song / Imagination - I Travel / Blindfolded / Dolphins / Let The Day Begin / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me)
Encore #1: Big Music / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"Full Moon Fever last night, even if darkness never really arrived in Bergen. We love playing there, audience and venue make it so. Once again thank you to all, especially those who travel from far and wide to see Simple Minds. Next up... Athens" - Jim, 14th June 2014




En Lefko Fest, Athens, Greece
20th June, 2014
Main Set: Waterfront / Broken Glass Park / Love Song / Hypnotised / Imagination - I Travel / Blindfolded / Dancing Barefoot / Dolphins / She's A River / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me)
Encore #1: Big Music / Alive And Kicking
Encore #2: New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) / Sanctify Yourself

New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) replaced Let It All Come Down which was originally in the set-list.

Many thanks to Grigorios for the set-list and all the pictures.

"On our way to a city that unfortunately we have only played in a few times. Each time fantastic. Hoping to make up for our absence tomorrow night at “En Lefko Festival” in Technopolis, Gazi, Athens." - Jim, 19th June 2014

"Best audience so far? It is possible. Thanks to all for giving us such a great night!" - Jim, 20th June 2014

"Boy, they were gritty last night!

Grit is living life as though it is marathon, not a sprint.
Grit is passion and perseverance for very long term goals.
Grit is having stamina, grit is sticking with your future day in - day out,
Not just for the week, not just for the months, but for the years,
Working very hard to make that future a reality."




Palacio De Pedralbes, Barcelona, Spain
25th June, 2014
Main Set: Waterfront / Broken Glass Park / Love Song / Hypnotised / Imagination - I Travel / Blindfolded / Dancing Barefoot / Dolphins / She's A River / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me)
Encore #1: Big Music / Alive And Kicking
Encore #2: Let It All Come Down / Sanctify Yourself / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)

"Thanks for the wonderful reception in Barcelona last night. Following on from Athens, in fact we have had exceptional audiences throughout this tour. We appreciate each and everyone - thanks for coming to see and hear Simple Minds." - Jim, 26th June 2014

Many thanks to Phil for the set-list.




Trélazé Free Festival, Parc du Vissoir, France
27th June, 2014
Main Set: Waterfront / Broken Glass Park / Love Song / Mandela Day / Imagination - I Travel / Blindfolded / Dancing Barefoot / Dolphins / Let The Day Begin / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me)
Encore #1: Big Music / Alive And Kicking
Encore #2: Let It All Come Down / Sanctify Yourself

There was a technical problem after Dolphins which delayed the start of Let The Day Begin.

Many thanks to Nicolas for the set-list.




TW Classic, Werchter, Belgium
28th June, 2014
Main Set: Waterfront / Broken Glass Park / Love Song / Mandela Day / Imagination - I Travel / Blindfolded / Dancing Barefoot / Dolphins / Let The Day Begin / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me)
Encore: Big Music / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"Heading out to the festival site soon. 85,000 people expected today, but I am a lot less nervous compared to when we played there for the first time in 1983. Wish us luck please!" - Jim, 28th June 2014

"Thanks for all the support and wishes of luck: Trelaze and Werchter were great to us. Moving on now, see you in the UK next weekend." - Jim, 29th June 2014




Cornbury Music Festival, Great Tew, UK
5th July, 2014
Main Set: Waterfront / Broken Glass Park / Love Song / Promised You A Miracle - Glittering Prize / Imagination - I Travel / Blindfolded / Dancing Barefoot / Dolphins / Let The Day Begin / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me)
Encore: Alive And Kicking / Let It All Come Down / Sanctify Yourself

"Andy enjoyed playing there last night. We all did. An audience of all ages made us feel appreciated. New and old songs are going over fantastically well, the highlight for me is Dolphins... thanks to all once again." - Jim, 6th July 2014




Benedikbeuern Open Air Festival, Benedikbeuern, Germany
10th July, 2014
This show was cancelled due to unforeseen organisational and technical problems.




Kunst!Rasen, Bonn, Germany
11th July, 2014
Main Set: Waterfront / Broken Glass Park / Love Song / Stars Will Lead The Way / Imagination - I Travel / Blindfolded / Dancing Barefoot / Dolphins / Let The Day Begin / Someone Somewhere In Sumertime / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me)
Encore: Big Music / Alive And Kicking / Let It All Come Down / Sanctify Yourself




Bospop Festival, Weert, The Netherlands
12th July, 2014
Main Set: Waterfront / Broken Glass Park / Love Song / Promised You A Miracle - Glittering Prize / Imagination - I Travel / Blindfolded / Dancing Barefoot / Dolphins / Let The Day Begin / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me)
Encore: Big Music / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

Let It All Come Down wasn't played despite it being on the set-lists.

Many thanks to Martin for the ticket scan, set-list scan and all the photos.




Place de l'Office du Tourisme, Morzine, France
14th July, 2014
Main Set: Waterfront / Broken Glass Park / Love Song / Mandela Day / Imagination - I Travel / Blindfolded / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / Dancing Barefoot / Dolphins / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me)
Encore: Big Music / Alive And Kicking / Let It All Come Down / Sanctify Yourself

This was a free show.

Many thanks to Fred and Phil for the set-list, Lionello for the poster, set-list and live pictures and Richard for the live pictures.

The entire gig can be seen on YouTube.

"We look forward as always to returning to France for two gigs next week. First up is Morzine on Monday 14th. Followed by Nice on Wednesday 16th. Lucky us... see you there!" - Jim, 11th July




Place de l'Office du Tourisme, Morzine, France
14th July, 2014
Main Set: Waterfront / Broken Glass Park / Love Song / Mandela Day / Imagination - I Travel / Blindfolded / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / Dancing Barefoot / Dolphins / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me)
Encore: Big Music / Alive And Kicking / Let It All Come Down / Sanctify Yourself

Thanks to Stéphane for the set-list.

"Last played here in 1984 - great memories. Nice will always be a special town for Simple Minds. Came here to work on lyrics for what was to become some of our biggest tunes: Alive And Kicking, All The Things She Said, Oh Jungleland and Once Upon A Time."

"Also remember receiving a "telegram" in the small Nice Hotel, informing that Simple Minds were number 1 on Billboard Charts with Don't You (Forget About Me). Best days of our lives? No! It was great then... but it is still great now. We are really looking forward to playing in Theatre Verdure tomorrow night. It will be better than ever. A promise." - Jim, 15th July




Crazy Week Festival, Theatre De Verdure, Nice, France
16th July, 2014
Main Set: Waterfront / Broken Glass Park / Love Song / Mandela Day / Imagination - I Travel / Blindfolded / Dancing Barefoot / Dolphins / Let The Day Begin / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me)
Encore: Big Music / Alive And Kicking / Let It All Come Down / Sanctify Yourself




Delapre Festival, Northampton, UK
18th July, 2014
Main Set: Waterfront / Broken Glass Park / Love Song / Hypnotised / Promised You A Miracle - Glittering Prize / Imagination - I Travel / Blindfolded / Dancing Barefoot / Dolphins / Let The Day Begin / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me)
Encore: Big Music / Alive And Kicking / Let It All Come Down / Sanctify Yourself

"Cannot emphasise how much our audiences are "giving" at these summer shows. The audience at Delapre was out of this world. Hoping for more of the same tonight at Kew in London." - Jim, 18th July




Kew The Music, Kew Gardens, London, UK
19th July, 2014
Main Set: Waterfront / Broken Glass Park / Love Song / Hypnotised / Promised You A Miracle - Glittering Prize / Imagination - I Travel / Blindfolded / Dancing Barefoot / Dolphins / Let The Day Begin / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me)
Encore: Big Music / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Let It All Come Down / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

Many thanks to Graeme for the pictures.

"Kew: we loved you. Beautiful spot. Weather was perfect. Jeez....what an audience. Unforgettable! Thanks all of you." - Jim, 19th July




Teatro Antico, Taormina, Sicily
24th July, 2014
Main Set: Waterfront / Broken Glass Park / Love Song / Hypnotised / Promised You A Miracle - Glittering Prize / Imagination - I Travel / Blindfolded / Dancing Barefoot / Dolphins / Let The Day Begin / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me)
Encore: Big Music / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Let It All Come Down / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

Many thanks to Peter and Claudia for the pictures.

"Italians have supported Simple Minds since our earliest days. They made us feel so good that we ended up living there - almost! We are looking forward to returning next week and what a great way to start - by performing at Teatro Greco in Taormina. Looking forward to giving our very best, as always." - Jim, 18th July

"Hello and welcome to everyone who is going to see Simple Minds tonight at the Teatro Greco. If it is your first time in Taormina I am sure you will really enjoy the town and the venue, you will also understand why we think it is a truly magical place. Thanks to all for coming to see us in Sicily - especially the many who have travelled from far and wide. We appreciate it!" - Jim, 24th July




Banchina San Domenico, Molfetta, Italy
26th July, 2014
Main Set: Waterfront / Broken Glass Park / Love Song / Mandela Day / Promised You A Miracle - Glittering Prize / Imagination - I Travel / Blindfolded / Dancing Barefoot / Dolphins / Let The Day Begin / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me)
Encore: Big Music / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Let It All Come Down / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

Many thanks to Enrico for the ticket scan, set-list and pictures.

"Ged Grimes is delighted to be back in Rome. We all are, and very much looking forward to the show tonight. But first we must say thanks to all who gave us a fantastic reception in Puglia/Molfetta." - Jim, 27th July 2014




The Cavea, Rome, Italy
27th July, 2014
Main Set: Waterfront / Broken Glass Park / Love Song / Mandela Day / Hunter And The Hunted / Promised You A Miracle - Glittering Prize / Imagination - I Travel / Dolphins / Theme For Great Cities / Dancing Barefoot / Let The Day Begin / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me)
Encore: Big Music / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Let It All Come Down / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

Many thanks to Francesco for the ticket scan.

"Had the feeling that last night's gig in Rome was very special. We certainly enjoyed it as much as any previous Rome show within our career. Sicily, Puglia, Rome and now Ferrara, these Italian dates are wonderful." - Jim, 27th July 2014




Piazza Castello, Ferrara, Italy
28th July, 2014
Main Set: Waterfront / Broken Glass Park / Love Song / Mandela Day / Hunter And The Hunted / Promised You A Miracle - Glittering Prize / Imagination - I Travel / Dolphins / Theme For Great Cities / Dancing Barefoot / Let The Day Begin / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me)
Encore: Big Music / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Let It All Come Down / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

Many thanks to Francesco for the ticket scan.

"Had the feeling that last night's gig in Rome was very special. We certainly enjoyed it as much as any previous Rome show within our career. Sicily, Puglia, Rome and now Ferrar, these Italian dates are wonderful. Thanks to all!" - Jim, 28th July 2014

"Another amazing night in Italy. Ferrara was an experience, the audience was better than ever. Thanks to all...we will be back most certainly" - Jim, 29th July 2014




Arena Alpe Adria, Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy
29th July, 2014
Main Set: Waterfront / Broken Glass Park / Love Song / Mandela Day / Hunter And The Hunted / Promised You A Miracle - Glittering Prize / Imagination - I Travel / Dolphins / Theme For Great Cities / Dancing Barefoot / Let The Day Begin / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me)
Encore: Big Music / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Let It All Come Down / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

Many thanks to Frank for the ticket scan and set-list.

"It has been a while since we last played in Torino. We hope to make up for that tomorrow night in what will be our last show of this great Italian tour." - Jim, 29th July 2014

"Considering the torrential downpour that occurred during the show, last night's crowd in Lignano were amazingly supportive throughout the almost two hour show. Together... we sparkled in the rain. Unforgettable! Thank you. - Jim, 30th July 2014

"Big thanks to all the people at Lignano last night. It rained for most of the gig but they stayed and made it a memorable night. Grazie a tutti." - Charlie, 30th July 2014

"Jim threatened to never buy me an ice cream in Taormina again if i didn't post something on FaceBook." - Charlie, 30th July 2014




Gru Village, Turin, Italy
30th July, 2014
Main Set: Waterfront / Broken Glass Park / Love Song / Mandela Day / Hunter And The Hunted / Promised You A Miracle - Glittering Prize / Imagination - I Travel / Dolphins / Theme For Great Cities / Dancing Barefoot / Let The Day Begin / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me)
Encore: Big Music / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Let It All Come Down / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

Many thanks to Martin for the photo-pass, ticket, set-list and photos.

"After last night's downpour, it is nice to arrive on a beautiful sunny morning here in Turin. Very much looking forward to tonight's show." - Jim, 30th July 2014

"Who are the best audiences to play to? Well, we are lucky because everywhere we go we get great audiences. But....considering the crowds we have played to over the last few nights, the Italians are surely up with the very best. No doubt about it." - Jim, 30th July 2014

"Tonight's show (Turin) will be the 6th show in 7 days. That Simple Minds have energy to burn is no secret. It is however our crew, including the drivers etc, that really put in the extra effort to enable such a schedule. Hats off - big thanks to all of them!" - Jim, 30th July 2014

"Ciao Italia: Until the next time! We enjoyed every minute - sunshine and rain. Taormina, Molfetta, Roma, Ferrara, Lignanon and Torino - thanks to all for these unforgettable nights." - Jim, 31st July 2014




Suikerrock Festival, Tienen, Belgium
1st August, 2014
Main Set: Waterfront / Love Song / Mandela Day / Promised You A Miracle - Glittering Prize / Imagination / Dolphins / Let The Day Begin / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Big Music / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself / Ghostdancing

Many thanks to Klaus for the pictures.

"Out of Italy en-route to Belgium. We have had great nights at Suikerrock Festival before. Hoping for yet another tomorrow night." - Jim, 1st August 2014

"Thank you to all for the reception last night. Third time at Suikerrock - always memorable." - Jim, 2nd August 2014




Chris Evans' Car Fest, Cheshire, UK
2nd August, 2014
Main Set: Waterfront / Broken Glass Park / Love Song / Promised You A Miracle - Glittering Prize / Dancing Barefoot / Let The Day Begin / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / Don't You (Forget About Me)
Encore: Big Music / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"After the recent successful shows in Northampton and Kew Gardens in London, we are now looking forward to the various UK gigs throughout August. First up is Cheshire this coming Saturday night. See you there!" - Jim, 1st August 2014

"Thanks to all for the welcome last night. Great atmosphere at the event. Organisation was superb, the audience as good as any anywhere. Thanks to Chris Evans and the BBC for the invite." - Jim, 3rd August 2014

"Back home and getting very excited about our one and only Scottish date at Linlithgow Palace... one week from now." - Jim, 3rd August 2014




Smukfest Festival, Skanderborg, Denmark
7th August, 2014
Main Set: Waterfront / Broken Glass Park / Love Song / Hypnotised / Imagination / Promised You A Miracle - Glittering Prize / Dancing Barefoot / Dolphins / Let The Day Begin / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me)
Encore: Big Music / Alive And Kicking / Ghostdancing - Riders On The Storm

Many thanks to Steen for the set-list.




Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, Denmark
8th August, 2014
Main Set: Waterfront / Broken Glass Park / Love Song / Hypnotised / Imagination / Promised You A Miracle - Glittering Prize / Dancing Barefoot / Dolphins / Let The Day Begin / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me)
Encore: Big Music / Alive And Kicking / Ghostdancing

Many thanks to Steen for the set-list and Carlos for the pictures.

"Next up Denmark. The Danes have supported Simple Minds ever since our first gigs there in 1979. Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen on Friday will be special - as will Skanderborg the previous night." - Jim, 4th August 2014




Linlithgow Palace, Scotland, UK
10th August, 2014
Main Set: Waterfront / Broken Glass Park / Love Song / Hunter And The Hunted / Promised You A Miracle - Glittering Prize / The American / Dolphins / Let The Day Begin / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Alive And Kicking / Ghostdancing

"It was seeing the atmospheric images from Karl Lagerfeld's Chanel show at Linlithgow Palace a couple of years ago that convinced us it would be only a matter of time before someone would come up with the idea of using the historical site as the background to an open air music festival. We are delighted that it has come to pass this year, even more delighted that Simple Minds will have the honour of being involved in what will inevitably be one the highlight of our touring activities this summer."

"As to what the audience can expect from our set at Linlithgow Palace? Well of course we will play all the "big hits," those that are received ecstatically night after night as we continue to tour the world. But in fact we will be choosing songs from throughout our career, from the first album all the way up to the current. Some new songs also. Simple Minds now try to never play the exact same set twice, we always look to add the odd surprise, Linlithgow can expect that."

"Playing in Scotland is always amongst the highlights of any tour, it is our home after all. The recently released Simple Minds Celebrate Live DVD, filmed at The Hydro in Glasgow last year, more than gives an idea of the connection between Simple Minds and our Scottish fans."

"Scotland had produced an abundance of remarkable music over the decades. We look forward to playing alongside many of the artistes who have contributed to that at this Linlithgow Palace event. We invite everyone to come along and we promise to give 100% of ourselves during our performance on the night." - Jim, 24th June 2014

"Our only Scottish date this year, and an honour to play in front of such a truly historical backdrop. See you there." - Jim, 10th August 2014

"Wherever we go in the world we are blessed with fantastic audiences. However tonight's audience in Linlithgow was particularly remarkable. How people who had stood for hours on end in the rain could still create such a positive atmosphere is beyond me. You are the best! (This was the very first Party At The Palace and we were delighted to be invited. I sincerely hope that it becomes successful annual event. Thanks to all involved, good luck in the future." - Jim, 11th August 2014

"Many thanks to the fans at Linlithgow for their support through a rain drenched day. Wonderful gig in a wonderful location, would be great to see this place as a regular venue (with better weather of course). Truly great audience." - Charlie, 13th August 2014




Foire Aux Vins, Colmar, France
13th August, 2014
Main Set: Waterfront / Broken Glass Park / Love Song / Imagination / Promised You A Miracle - Glittering Prize / Dolphins / Let The Day Begin / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me)
Encore: Alive And Kicking

Many thanks to Lionello for all the pictures.

"Thank you for the reception in Colmar last night. It was the last French gig of the tour, we enjoyed every one of them and appreciate the on-going enthusiasm for our music in France. See you next year!" - Jim, 14th August 2014




Alnwick Castle, Northumberland, UK
16th August, 2014
Main Set: Waterfront / Broken Glass Park / Love Song / I Travel / Imagination / Hunter And The Hunted / Promised You A Miracle - Glittering Prize / The American / Dancing Barefoot / Dolphins / Let The Day Begin / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me)
Encore: Big Music / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself / Ghostdancing




Parken Festivalen, Bodo, Norway
22nd August, 2014
Main Set: Waterfront / Broken Glass Park / Love Song / Hypnotised / Imagination / Promised You A Miracle - Glittering Prize / Dancing Barefoot / Dolphins / Let The Day Begin / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me)
Encore: Big Music / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"We missed the midnight sun by a few weeks. It is a little chilly up here inside the Arctic Circle." - Jim, 21st August 2014

"We are in Bodo, Norway. It is the last weekend of August and there is only handful of dates to go on this summer tour of which we started rehearsing for way back in May, and of which we will gradually conclude in September. Not quite finished yet then, however there is the realisation that having mostly taken care of these summer shows, we all naturally have an eye on what's next, and indeed what is the shape of the future to come. Details of much of that will be announced officially in the next few weeks, and plenty is in the process of being finalised."

"But back to Bodo, and the harbour-front hotel where band and crew have just finished breakfast. For the musicians, we have a long but relaxing day in front of us as our stage time is set for 11PM tonight. Some of us will go out sightseeing, some will catch up on whatever needs to be caught up on. Others (me) might take take the chance to work on a new song idea, followed by a walk through the little town."

"For the crew it is a much different story. It might be just after 10AM and a whole 13 hours before our set begins. They however are already clambering onto the bus that will take them to the festival site and from the moment they arrive, a long day of intense work begins. Very long in fact, for it is possible that they will not get back to the hotel until after 1AM, and possibly even later. And that by any account is a long working day, even if typical during these summer events. Of course their shift is made even harder as an experience on those days when the weather is not favourable. When it is pissing down, or approaching the mid 30's as it often is in Southern Europe."

"And yet rarely do we hear any real complaint of fatigue from anyone involved. Sure, we all have good days and not so good days. We all, crew and band alike have our periods when energy is abundant, and other times when it is anything but. Likewise we all sometimes hanker for an easier run of events or better conditions to display our talents. But, somehow perspective is maintained, and collectively the aim of what we all do seemingly overshadows all else."

"And what is that aim? That aim is to try and give 100% of ourselves every night. No matter the circumstances. Nothing is more important to us than our live shows after all. And with that, I take the opportunity again to point out how central our crew and their are efforts are in what we do. The show, and the results of it, rely as much on the talents of the individual crew members as it does the talents of those on stage. Many thanks to them." - Jim, 22nd August 2014

"Really enjoyed being here. Charming town, great venue, above all some very nice people. Thanks for the welcome, we already look forward to the next time." - Jim, 23rd August 2014




SummerDays Festival, Arbon, Swizerland
29th August, 2014
Main Set: Waterfront / Broken Glass Park / Love Song / Hypnotised / Imagination / Promised You A Miracle - Glittering Prize / Dancing Barefoot / Dolphins / Let The Day Begin / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me)
Encore: Big Music / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"Sun is setting by the lake, I can feel it will be good tonight - live in Switzerland. - Jim, 29th August 2014




Electric Picnic, Stradbally Estate, Ireland
31st August, 2014
Main Set: Waterfront / Broken Glass Park / Love Song / Promised You A Miracle - Glittering Prize / Let The Day Begin / Dolphins / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Alive And Kicking

"Ever since we first played in Ireland back in 1982, it has always been a highlight of any tour. Looking forward to the Electric Picnic festival tomorrow, we are all set to give our best. - Jim, 31st August 2014

"Great to feel the warmth of the Irish crowd at yesterday's festival. Nice to meet up with many of our old friends also. Until next time." - Jim, 31st August 2014




Zelt Festival, Bochum, Germany
4th September, 2014
Main Set: Waterfront / Broken Glass Park / Love Song / Stars Will Lead The Way / Hypnotised / Hunter And The Hunted / Promised You A Miracle - Glittering Prize / Dancing Barefoot / Dolphins / Let The Day Begin / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / Don't You (Forget About Me) / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
Encore: Big Music / Let It All Come Down / Alive And Kicking / Sanctify Yourself

"Summer has slipped away. One minute we were in London during May for rehearsals, finding time to laugh and joke around. And then in a flash, we are in September and closing in on the penultimate gig of the tour.But the beat goes on always, relentlessly so!" - Jim, 3rd September 2014

"We apologise wholeheartedly for the technical problems that meant we had to leave the stage twice tonight during our set. In almost 40 years of touring "we have never" had to leave the stage twice during our set, it was a new and disappointing experience for us. Unfortunately the "event time curfew" that was imposed on us, meant we could not play beyond the allotted time. That made it all more frustrating for everyone involved, you can be sure that given the opportunity we would have gladly played longer as a compensation for the disruption. We greatly appreciate the patience demonstrated by the audience tonight. It was both kind and remarkably understanding. Simple Minds thank all of you for that and hope that you accept our apology." - Jim, 4th September 2014




Hardwick Hall, County Durham, UK
12th September, 2014
Main Set: Waterfront / Broken Glass Park / Love Song / Hypnotised / Imagination / I Travel / Promised You A Miracle - Glittering Prize / Blindfolded / Dancing Barefoot / Dolphins / Let The Day Begin / Someone Somewhere In Summertime / See The Lights / Don't You (Forget About Me)
Encore: Big Music / Alive And Kicking




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