Review: Massive Attack – SSE Hydro, Glasgow – Jan 28th, 2019

First gig of the year could not have been more epic and compelling.

Due on stage at 8.30pm but fashionably late – the lights in the Hydro switched off about 8.45. The crowd went nuts… but they made us wait just a bit longer.

Incredible from the get go. You’d have thought someone just put the CD on over the speaker system… but no. Apart from some parts (loops, etc) that I assume are a backing track… it was all live. Two drummers! Love it!

Horace Andy performed tracks. And for a 67 year old man, he’s sounding great and still got the moves.

Several songs in, and out comes the Indie/New Wave Queen of Grangemouth… ladies and gentlemen, Ms Elizabeth Frazer. Of course she got a huge, rapturous welcome.

She performed Black Milk and the crowd went nuts after.

I’m not overly familiar with Mezzanine as an album… but they were performing tracks in a mixed up order.

A small pause after about 75 minutes on stage, and back they come with Horace Andy to perform a stonking version of Angel. And then the roof gets blown off the Hydro as Liz comes back out on stage and the opening chords to Teardrop start.

I’ve never heard a reaction like it after the song was done. I’m surprised it wasn’t a standing ovation, frankly.

A stunning gig. Great visuals. Some not easy to take. Text on screen. Thought-provoking messages. Almost like being at a live Adam Curtis screening.

I loved every second of it. And I definitely want to see them again.

I was a bit of the way up, so I don’t have the best pics, but here are a couple. I grabbed video footage of Angel but will have to share that when I’m back home, I think.

What an opener to the year!

Simple Minds – Group Of The Year (3rd) 2018

The results of the Classic Pop Readers Poll is in and printed in the latest edition of the magazine. And, well, in the eyes of all Simple Minds fans they are top of the tree…not just in 2018, but eternally.

In the “Group of the Year” category, Simple Minds came in at 3rd place. Nothing to be sneezed at, of course, but us fans know better! Congrats, guys!

(I’ll share better scans ASAP)

Rejuvenation Box Set – Now As A 7CD/DVD Package

A bunch of bonus tracks and B Sides come with it including: from the Cry sessions, Lead The Blind, For What It’s Worth, The Garden, New Sunrise and Where Is The Max? (Never heard of this song before): From Black And White 050505, Bird On A Wire, Too Much Television and Mighty Joe Moon: With Graffiti Soul, the Searching For The Lost Boys bonus disc with added track, a cover of T-Rex’s Children Of The Revolution: on Big Music, a bonus of the collaboration with The Stranglers of (Get A) Grip (On Yourself) plus the Johnson Somerset Big Music 4 Track remix CD. Plus lots of visual content on the DVD, official videos, etc, etc.

Check the link for full details (you can also see full details through Simple Minds’ official social media channels).

The bonus material makes this a tempting investment. The cynic in me wonders why it was not released simultaneously with the vinyl box set. The vinyl package looked lovely, but I couldn’t afford to invest, as of yet.

It hits the shops March 29th (just in time for Brexit. Yay!), but is available to pre-order now. (Click the image to see more)

Is The “Four Letter Word” – Horn?

A batch of Simple Minds connected new releases today. Phunk Investigation and their multitude of mixes of Four Letter Word (which I am going to assume having listened to the lyrics a couple of times is actually the rather genteel “love” – perhaps I am being naive? At one point Jim admits to being “addicted to the four letter thing” – in that circumstance, I could NEVER imagine him meaning “love”) with Jim on vocals.

Secondly, the Trevor Horn “Reimagines The Eighties” version of Brothers In Arms, featuring “Simple Minds” – aka Jim, Mick MacNeil and (supposedly) Charlie (unless he’s playing violin – or in a strange homage to John Cage, without his Strat plugged in).

Anyway…all Spotify links follow…I am sure all tracks will be on YouTube as well.