Dundonian Done Good

There was a wonderful piece and accompanied Zoom video interview in local Dundee paper, The Courier, with Ged Grimes over the weekend.

He discusses what’s been keeping him busy during lockdown (namely working on an orchestral arrangement to songs from the Bard’s Tale VI game that he provided the music for – as well as some new Simple Minds music on the horizon), his love of his home town, cycling and food.

You can read the article and see the interview by clicking the link HERE

Mel’s The Master In “Fundee” Dundee – 17/12/1982

I started listening to this one last night. And even compared to Aberdeen – which they played the following night – WOW! Jesus! This gig is just BRAW! Mel is just playing like a demon!

I had been lamenting some, over what was Mike’s last gig with them a few weeks prior (Nov. 7th in Toronto), having listened to it a short while ago…but then you hear Mel again and it all makes sense. I can very much hear from this gig why Jim would say stuff like “with Mel behind me, I feel 10 feet tall”.

The band are tight, Jim is just so impassioned and “up”! I think the version of I Travel on this bootleg is the best (in terms of band performance and Jim’s vocal delivery – rather than of sound quality) I’ve ever heard. Certainly of the ones I’ve heard from the New Gold Dream tour of ‘82/‘83 at least. A real braw version of Celebrate too.

But the thing that really got hold of me most was Mel’s drumming. I mean, yes, in some ways. esp compared to Mike or Brian, Mel is quite a showman in terms of licks and fills – but it is those very licks and fills that are making this gig sound so frigging amazing! And I can hear from that…from the attitude and bombast and level of musicianship he brought in at that time why Jim’s confidence seemed to soar as a consequence. I don’t think it’s any accident that connection between Mel’s coming into the band full time, his playing and Jim’s growing level of confidence and strengthening connection with the crowd.

I listened up to the end of Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel and then stopped. I wanted to savour the rest for tonight – as tempted as I was to have Hunter And The Hunted play. I was starting to drift off into sleep and I didn’t want to miss parts of the gig.

It is a strange kind of thing to be laying in bed, listening to a gig that’s nearly 40 years old and just quietly cheering and silently mouthing “this is fucking AWESOME! Listen to them! Oh, Jim! You are just so frigging HOT AF! God, I adore you!” And then I stop listening and lay there waiting for sleep to envelop me, chanting “please let me dream of him, please let me dream of him!”

I rarely ever do. And if I do…it’s never of me in the crowd at a gig in 1982. I wish I could have lucid dreams! Or actually could control or pilot what I dream about! I’d be in 1982 – or even 1981 – every night of the week! Lol. Hanging out backstage, being a wallflower, praying Jim would take even a modicum of notice of me, only to see him make his escape with some Amazonian brunette on his arm and wish for all the world that I was taller, slimmer and much more beautiful than I am.

Anyway…”to be or not to be” – the rest of the gig awaits the night.

Penguin Auction Day

Later today (local BST – British Summer Time), an auction of all the penguins that had been on display as part of Maggie’s Penguin Parade go under the hammer. The one that Fiona Sutherland co-created and Simple Minds sponsored (and have signed for the auction) being one of them.

You can see the SM sponsored penguin to the left of the picture. All the penguins are on display at Slessor Gardens in Dundee, where the auction will take place early this evening. Local Dundee paper, The Courier, have an article on the auction.

Click the image to read the article and get more info about the auction.

PppppPick Up A PpppPenguin

Well, it would appear Sir’s boots are not the ONLY thing Simple Minds related up for auction! So is this penguin sculpture, co designed and created by Fiona Sutherland.

Can’t imagine it is going to be cheap!

The Power Of Music

I really hope I can get this to work, because it is one of the most wonderful things you will ever see. The newspapers…the local Dundee ones…there is a young man pictured in the Evening Telegraph, dancing. His name is Paul and he was dancing his heart out at the gig last night. His mum Celia posted to SMO FB about what an amazing night Paul had and how Jim was his dance hero.

A video accompanied Celia’s comment, showing Paul dancing away, and it’s wonderful! I’m going to try to embed it here…but it may not work. Let’s try…

It’ll be optimised for viewing on mobile devices, rather than on desktop, but I hope it works. It seems to be appearing. Hopefully if you click on the details on the comment, you’ll be able to view the video.

An inspiration!

UPDATE:

I can’t embed the comment directly, sadly…but just look for the comment from Ceila Sweeney in the comments on this post and you’ll see the video and a proud mum’s wonderful words.

 

Simple Minds In Slessor Gardens Finale Success!

Local Dundee newspaper The Courier and Advertiser showcased the gig finale in their opening pages with a glowing review. As if it would be any other way?!

Oh, I wish I could have been there! I pray it is not too long a wait until my next lot of gigs! “Normality” beckons for the next few months. On a personal scale, things will get busy and potentially VERY different. And, I still have several non SM gigs left for this year. With two already booked for next year, and two yet to be booked.

Anyway! The local review!

UPDATE: And more from other local paper the Evening Telegraph.