Today I Feel Sick… Last Night In Tao

There’s been no escaping the endless deluge of photos and videos from last night’s gig. I feel a fool for having not tried to move hell and high water to go. But, I convinced myself it wasn’t the “important place”. That it wasn’t the “be all and end all.”

Birdy was kind. Telling me that I had been “sorely missed” and “should have been there”, but, alas, I was not.

My friend, Michelle, had my “bird’e eye” view. I’m sure she won’t mind me showing you the position she ended up with. I can’t really bring myself to think about it being “my spot”.

Next time? We’ll see. The distraction of working on my assignment helped, but I had submitted it by midday on Monday. So the distraction ended just when I needed it to most.

I’m trying hard not to wallow in self-pity and think about next month instead, the Princes Street Gardens double gigs, and that I am going to get one hell of a good mark for my assignment! (If I don’t, then I really will despair.)

To make it worse last night…I couldn’t sleep and had a toothache.

Anyway…onwards and upwards…

P.S. Looks like someone packed his lunch away. 😜🤣🤣🤣 Keeping it safe from wandering digits, I guess.

Christophe in Cognac

Anyone going to see Simple Minds next week in Cognac in France will also get to experience this wonderful photographic exhibition by Christophe Duron.

I got to speak to him briefly after the Paris gig and he was really excited about this. Who could blame him? It looks great and he has taken some fantastic photos of Jim and Charlie in particular.

As a say, if you’re in Cognac for the gig, make time to have a good keek at Christophe’s fab photos.

Sentimentalities…

Earlier in the year, Christophe, from the wonderful, City Of Light, a French Simple Minds tribute band, got in contact with me about the badges I had been sent of my ‘art’ by a lady named Samantha. I told him I was happy to send some to him.

It’s taken a while due to there still being some Covid restrictions about for City of Light to be getting back to gigs. Christophe had let me know the badges arrived safely and he would wear them when performing. Only recently did I see some wonderful photos with him wearing one of the badges I had sent. You’ll see a couple of photos below.

Well, today Samantha saw a photo of Christophe meeting Jim at Tilloloy and he is wearing the badge again. How wonderful is that?! I was already so honoured that Christophe wanted to wear badges of mine, but for him to be wearing one meeting Jim? Just lovely. It made my day!

Thank you, Christophe. And thank you again to Samantha for having made them and send them on to me. I’ll be forever grateful. You definitely made Blenheim one of the good memories. Thank you ❤️

From The Sickbed…Visual Heaven

This is my medicine. This gorgeous creature. These rare ones from the Mojo spread are wonderful. I have a lot to thank Tom Sheehan for. Tom capturing Jim in front of a Canadian flag back in 1982 changed my life immeasurably some 34 years later. I will be forever thankful.

The other by Peter Anderson is a great action photo.

On the morning I was travelling down to England, I had this thought in the shower (I tend to have a number of thoughts in the shower…not all of them clean. Lol). I was thinking about how Graeme Thomson had referred to Jim (and his performing style back in the day) at the reading/conversation with John Dingwall at the Mitchell Library as “feline”. And I had these images in my head…

And then these words came to my head. And I kept saying them over and over so I wouldn’t forget them and then, once I was out of the shower, I could write them down. Of course I forgot and only remembered once I had got to England and had nearly arrived at my friend Ruth’s house. Lucky my phone has a little notepad app. I quickly typed it out…

Hypnotising: Like a swaying cobra ready to strike if you’re caught not paying attention.

L. Read, June 17th, 2022

That photo by Peter Anderson….that’s the cobra coiled in the wicker basket, the music working its magic to have him swaying out of the metaphorical basket to hypnotise the crowd. Jesus! He’s divine…

I’ll enjoy my Covid induced fantasy. Thank you! 😜😉

I’m grappling with whether I should just put the whole Mojo article up but I think I better wait until the next issue is available. In the meantime, apart from the article itself, and the piece on the new album (and Jim calling his dad a count – minus the ‘o’ – I love it when it’s used as a term of endearment. Lol) these photos, along with Jill’s magnificent cover photo, are my faves.

Oh…there’s a point. I’ll post Jill’s words from within the opening pages of the mag. She said a very lovely thing. Read below.


Video Review – Blenheim Palace

Sorry it’s a video review but it was the only quick way for me to do it. Needs must and all that. Hope you enjoy my waffling and moaning. Lol

WARNING: You’ll see my hagged old face and have to endure my croaky voice and dripping nose. Sorry! To make up for it, there are some musical snippets…

To the left of the photo was our hero video screen tech guy.

Water And Courage….

So much to tell, so little time. Back safe and sound in Glasgow but now assignment number four looms large. I have a week to get to grips with Plato, Socrates, Laches and Nicias – but just for tonight, I’ll think about “ArKERRmedes” and baths and being dripping wet.

I’ll try and make time for a review of the gig tomorrow but I have much study to do. No promises. Until then….a tantalising glimpse of the latest Mojo magazine. EUREKA!

A Day Away…

My flight home this evening was cancelled and my very gracious host is keeping me accommodated for another night.

All the breakdown of the gig will come soon. It might be a short review when I got to it.

The very short review is – myself and my gig buddy, Ruth, got absolutely DRENCHED and it took about 2.5 hours to drive back to her house afterwards.

All three bands were amazing.

A few pics for now.

And England’s Steaming…

On the train from Gatwick Airport to get to ma pal’s at Reading. Left Glasgow in the pishing rain at 16 degrees. It’s now 30 degrees where I am.

AM ROASTIN!

Minds, Deacon Blue and Caezar at Blenheim Palace tomorrow. Meant to have brought the weather with me for it. Yay!

More to come!

Album News! Direction Of The Heart – Released October 21st, 2022

Early birthday present! Thank you, Simple Minds!

OMG…I don’t even know where else to begin or what else to say here other than …. SQUEEEEE!!!

Russell Mael guesting on a track! Fucking hell! That is so fucking awesome! I’m betting Jim would have been like a kid in a candy store with that one. Jeez-o!

And, they are performing in Leeds on Sept. 17th for this BBC Radio 2 weekender thingy going on there!

I want to pre-order EVERYTHING! But I need to keep money for Saturday’s gig at Blenheim Palace, so it’ll have to wait. I missed out on a test pressing for Walk Between Worlds. The same will happen again. Never mind. Doesn’t matter.

Anyway…all the info is on their social media. I will never get to be armed with any exclusives. I’m ‘just another fan’ – but hey ho. That’s okay. I love this band to the moon and back no matter what.

Vision Thing has now had an official release. Here’s the video. Enjoy! And happy pre-ordering. (I’ve yet to get a cassette for ANYONE that has bought out a cassette – Pathfinders excepted – it was the only option in that case. I am SOOOOO getting a cassette copy of this!)



Link to pre-order: https://SimpleMinds.lnk.to/DirectionOfTheHeartFA