Well, well, well….maybe he DOES listen to fans after all? Those who make a loud enough fuss, kicking and screaming that the dynamic of Simple Minds was fundamentally broken without a full-time keyboard player in the fold.
Enter Berenice Scott!
And…we are now back to full contingency.
I was in the city today and purely by chance walked by the venue that Simple Minds will play at in Sydney next year… the First State Super Theatre.
There was advertising for the gig outside…
Well, we might as well have nice round figures, eh?
But THIS IS IT! Ten is enough! Done!
Talking about political activism in the 1980s and the Minds part in it. This…washing away of its relevance now. “It’s all been said.” That may be so, Jim. But…no one’s learning! So we need to keep fighting the good fight! Please! Don’t just wash it away with “it’s all been said”. Well…don’t bloody bother writing anything as poignant and relevant as Walk Between Worlds then, eh? Just…you know…”nae bother”.
Please, Sir! YOU HAVE A VOICE! USE IT! IT’S STILL RELEVANT!
Anyway…that’s my peace. As a fan. Who loves you. And loves you even more when you express some political cut and thrust. I’m not telling you to go all Bono. By any means, just…don’t be afraid to nail your colours to the mast, okay?
So…it was on YouTube this video…and then Reuters took it down and embedded it onto a page on their website. Thanks, Reuters!
A link to view the video is here: https://www.reuters.com/video/2019/11/22/simple-minds-look-back-at-political-acti?videoId=630401340
Well…it started with Sophia Deboick in the New European magazine in April, 2018 greasing the wheels of me FINALLY taking a dive into Roxy Music and then my little talk with Jim about starting to get into them and him just reiterating the importance of Roxy and Bryan Ferry on Simple Minds and him (“No Roxy Music, no Simple Minds” he said to me) that compounded things.
I absolutely fell in love with early Roxy Music, esp. I confess I have still not delved into Bryan’s solo stuff as much…but honestly…what better excuse do I have!?
Despite not having as much of a delve into his solo stuff, Bryan quickly became very high on the agenda of a musical act to see.
When it seemed the money was going to appear last year, I had dallied with the notion of seeing him in Germany or at the Albert Hall…but the money just wasn’t around and I couldn’t. Then also this year, he was was playing a festival that was VERY local (I think near St Albans…? From memory) and he also played at the Summer Nights Festival at Kelvingrove Bandstand last year. The chances all slipped by.
But now, here we are! To Glasgow, my new home, and to Bryan playing the Armadillo on March 3rd, a few days before heading off to Copenhagen to see Simple Minds.
Can life get any sweeter? SOMEBODY PINCH ME!
I’ll be popping my cherry twice! My first (might end up being my only…who knows?) Bryan Ferry gig, and my first Armadillo gig (unless I happen to see someone else there beforehand. Though I doubt it).
ROLL ON MARCH!
And of Bryan’s solo work I know…I love this…a reinterpretation of Robert Palmer’s Johnny And Mary – executed at the highest order.
Full details at Argos on Twitter. Closing time for entries is 17:00, Friday, November 29th. (I might be a little bit pre-occupied right at that point in time!)
I read a piece from The Guardian yesterday as to why author Karl Whitney believed that Glasgow is the best city in Britain for the popular music-lover. He talked about the vibrancy of the scene, the number of venues the city has, a number of them more intimate music/pubs, some offering a fully vegan menu. I had been in two of them mentioned, The Flying Duck (making my mind up about Walnut Road and hearing Cities being played as some kind of omen) and Mono, in which I had that delicious kumquat margarita – and also checked out adjoining Monorail record bar.
I’ve walked past Nice N’ Sleazy’s numerous times but have never ventured in. And also for me personally, the notion that I am going to be living just 15 minutes away from the Royal Concert Hall fills me with SO MUCH EXCITEMENT…I can’t even!
And he also talked about the shops too, mostly around the West End on the Byers Road. In all my visits to Glasgow so far, one of the things that has eluded a visit is Byers Road. And only this last time did I get a sweeping glance of it as we passed by on the sightseeing tour bus (highly recommended, I must say – and if you love a bit of history and Neil Oliver’s dulcet tones float your boat, you’re in luck! He provides the audio commentary on the bus). But when the move happens…well, I’ll be on the lookout for bargains and by all accounts the Sally Army store up near Partick is the place to go – two birds, one stone!
Anyway, Karl extolls the virtues of my very, VERY soon adopted city much more than I can. Click the image of Barras to read the article.