Cherisse And Mel On Drumathon Live

Well, think this has to be the charity event of the year, so far – Drumathon Live. Both Cherisse Osei and Mel Gaynor took part. I watched both their stints at the kit and both were awesome.

But I have to that Cherisse’s set up really gave the feel of being at a gig. She was in a darkened room, with golden lights beaming in. It looked really great and sounded fabulous.

Here are some screenshots of both of them drumming away.

The drumathon ends tomorrow evening, so there is still time to watch some amazing drummers and also to make a donation. It’s what it’s all about after all! The donation you make will go to several mental health charities in the UK. Please give if you can! Go to www.drumathon.live to view the drummers and make a donation.

Cherisse Osei – BBC Radio 5 Live Interview For Drumathon Live

As highlighted on Cherisse’s social media accounts as well as the Simple Minds social media accounts, Cherisse took part in Drumathon Live last night.

The Drumathon is a 264 hour non-stop drumming session, featuring drummers from all different bands from all around the globe. It’s all for charity, raising funds for the NHS and mental health charities, including the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, UK Trauma Council, Mind, NHS Charities Together, and Child Bereavement UK.

Yesterday morning, Cherisse was interviewed for BBC Radio 5 Live about the Drumathon. She also performed a little snippet of Alive And Kicking during the interview.

Mel Gaynor will also be taking part with his drumming slot taking place between 10am and 10pm on Thursday, May 20th.

You can tune into the live stream and donate by visiting drumathon.live

You can hear Cherisse’s interview below.

SSE & Nordoff Robbins Charity Raffle

SSE and Nordoff Robbins are holding a charity raffle and one of the prizes is a Simple Minds concert package. The prize includes a pair of tickets to their Hydro gig, rescheduled for April 6th, 2022, a signed guitar and dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe in Glasgow.

You can enter the raffle online by purchasing raffle tickets at £5 each, proceeds of which will go to Nordoff Robbins.

You can also enter for free.

Click the image below for full raffle details. Online entries close on May 12th with free postal entries closing on May 10th.

Good luck!

Win One Of Charlie’s Guitars! #iLoveLive Crowdfunder

UPDATE: There is just two days to go to make a donation and enter the prizedraw for your chance to win Charlie Burchill’s guitar. You need to enter by 6pm GMT, Wednesday, March 17th.


This is AWESOME! Charlie has donated one of his Stratocaster guitars as part of a prize draw for the #iLoveLive Crowdfunder and Stagehand to help support the live music scene and all the staff and roadcrew who work behind the scenes in the live music industry.

You can find out more details via Simple Minds’ social media (Twitter link is below). For each £5 donation, you are entered in a draw to win Charlie’s 1983 Fender Stratocaster. A genuine and incredible piece of Simple Minds history and an amazing one-off piece of memorabilia.

And all in a cause so close to all our hearts. The live music scene is taking one of the hardest hits from what has happened to the world in this pandemic.

You can also go directly to the #iLoveLive Crowdfunder page by clicking HERE

Please think of donating! And look what you can bag yourself by doing so! If all you can afford is £5 then…it’s a donation and one entry. A hundred of them….a thousand of all those little £5 entries would help massively!

The Lasting Legacy Of Live Aid?

There were some fantastic positives resulting from Live Aid. Largely that, a bunch of muso’s with giant, inflated egos could actually leave their egos and performance bills at the door and do something for the greater good – en masse. (A few exceptions, granted “buy my new single, Vive Le Rock” still remains a cringeworthy one.)

It was interesting seeing the look back and memories people had of the day. But has the actual reason and significance of the occasion been left behind?

One shining legacy IS that musicians more than anyone else in the arts and cultural stream these days seem eager to club together and raise awareness and money for certain causes. But has that eagerness diluted things? Has it diluted the importance of Live Aid itself and its reason for being?

A few people talked about the ticket price. “Wow! All those acts for £25? Amazing.” Well, actually, it should have been hundreds of quid when you think about it – esp. when you consider what the money was for and where it was going.

Another comment I saw said “such a wonderful day for freedom and peace”….? Eh? Either you had mixed up your concerts or ….

This is why I am pondering whether the reason behind Live Aid has been lost on a new generation. That, as us kids of the 80s look back, we are so in awe of the talent on display and of the music, we forget to pass on the reason it happened.

It’s still happening around the world – in truly apocalyptic and horrendous fashion. sustained and deliberate.

Where are the musicians clubbing together and pulling together like this for Yemen? Where innocent children are starving and dying daily? Not fashionable enough? Not considered urgent enough? Have you SEEN what is going on over there?!! Should I be daring to compare Ethiopia to Yemen?

Parents – I have one request. That every year when the anniversary for Live Aid comes around and you reminisce about a world in which a band of musicians in the first world could pull their resources to create the biggest charity event the world has ever seen to raise funds for possibly the worst famine the world has ever seen, that you remind your kids that the day was for THEM – the famine victims. Those in East Africa, suffering on a scale that, mercifully, your children are unlikely to experience.

NHSFest Raffle – Win Simple Minds Meet And Greet Tickets!

There’s a raffle that’s been organised to raise money for the NHS and Simple Minds have kindly donated meet and greet tickets to the cause. The meet and greet will take place at their rescheduled dates in February next year – at the venue of your choice.

To buy tickets for the raffle (each ticket is £5 – imagine, getting a meet and greet for FIVE QUID!) Click the image below or HERE!

It’s for such a great cause. The raffle closes very shortly, so get your skates on if you want to enter! And good luck!

White Hot Day – Rescheduled! New Date: 17/10/2020

Due to the newly imposed public gathering restrictions as well as the continuing restrictions on travel, countries in lock-down, and general upheaval that the Corona Virus outbreak is causing around the world – the organisers of the Simple Minds convention, White Hot Day, have rescheduled the event from its original date of next Saturday, March 21st to the later date of October 17th.

Tickets already purchased will still be valid for the new date AND venue. The new venue is BAAD – Barras Art And Design. Right next to the famous Barrowland Ballroom. The venue has a larger capacity which will hopefully mean an even BIGGER convention than first anticipated.

Time for us all to stay healthy, isolate if we need to and get well, and just…breathe and recharge ready for an even bigger event than before. See you guys there!

Gobsmacked By Sheer Beauty…

Well played Ronnie Gurr for revealing this this evening. I’ve only ever seen a few of Richard Coward’s SM images. Obviously his photography was used for the Empires And Dance artwork and there’s an image of Jim he took in the Scottish Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh, but these are the only things I have ever seen.

THIS IS BEAUTIFUL! JIM IS BEAUTIFUL….

What’s On The Ryder?

The Sue Ryder, that is! There has been an announcement today from the Sue Ryder charity (who also provide palliative and neurological care for the terminally ill) about an auction with donations of items from various celebrities and musicians.

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And they say that, on behalf of Simple Minds, Jim has donated tickets to a Simple Minds gig in 2020, as well as a meet and greet opportunity with the band.

The auction is open to bids now and ends on September 1st, 2019.

There are a few doubters about the legitimacy of this but Sue Ryder is one of the UK’s biggest charities, they are hardly likely to talk about and reveal something like this if it wasn’t legitimate.

Click on the link HERE for full details.