Pete Still Photography – Simple Minds 1982 London Gig Photo Set

A few other fans in the groups I am on mentioned this set of photos being sold on eBay. A photographer named Pete Still is selling a set of 30 photos that he took during a gig at the Lyceum Theatre in London on December 8th, 1982.

I’m not sure what kind of kit he had at the time, but I’m guessing it isn’t anything too pro. The photos aren’t from the press pit but way back and up in the rafters.

Given that and they have been printed on 6 x 4 inch Fujifilm quality paper, they look pretty fab and are very reasonably priced (you can also buy individual larger copies).

Photos by Pete Still Photography

I’ve laid out a montage of the photos here just so you get a sense of scale and quality. For just over £10 including postage (UK), I am very happy with these prints.

You can order your own by clicking on the link HERE

He also is on Facebook at – https://www.facebook.com/PeteStillPhotography/

Never In A Month Of Sundays…

Is I am guessing is the answer (re: title of the post). Well, I guess Jim is now also focusing on his tome and … I dunno. I really feel like it’s that petty fucking “no one’s the boss of me” BS at play or some shit. I dunno what it is…but I had the feeling that even from day ONE when fans started asking these kind of questions and putting these pleas out that Jim had absolutely NO INTEREST in doing this AT ALL.

Someone asked weeks back “how do you think we could get their attention on getting some kind of remote live thing happening?” And I replied with “get a GoFund me page going” because it seems the only language Jim understands sometimes. (The filthy lucre.) And I was honest! Because, that’s how it seems – and he doesn’t do much to counter that opinion with crass statements about going down to Oz in Newcastle because “we were offered a LOT of money” Well, bully for you, Jim. And guess who pays for it all, eh? Mugs like us. And that’s how you blatantly treat us, with statements like that! “Oh, you fools!”

Makes a mockery of that line you like to trot out time and again “We’d have paid YOU to play live when we got started.” Oh, really? Yeah…well, not fucking now. Money talks – and you love its language, Mr Kerr.

But, you know, even that idea this person proposed…a previously unseen gig – that wouldn’t even take you guys getting together. No Zoom meeting involved.

And, you know what? This thing doesn’t have to be put on for free, Jim. Some people actually put these things on behind a “pay wall”!! Piqued your interest yet, Mr Ker-ching? Just…don’t go printing money with it, right? Make it a nominal charge. Many people are struggling now. Jobs being forloughed, etc. Oh, imagine having to have to work for someone?! Yuk!

Now! Before you get too pissed off with me and think about blocking my arse again from SM FB – I KNOW I AM INCREDIBLY LUCKY – I saw you at Copenhagen! And you are not twisting my arm on going to ANY of your gigs, or buying ANY of your merch…I do it all of my own volition! This isn’t about me. It’s about the fans looking forward to gigs that were coming up that got cancelled. All the fans, the “REAL FANS” (if you insist!) that missed out this year.

Lift their spirits, man! GIVE THEM SOMETHING! You must have recorded at least ONE 40 Years Live gig before Coronavirus put the kibosh on 2020. What say you, Jim?

Minds Music Monday – Utrecht, 1982

Another gig shared by Art & Talk on YouTube.

I started listening to it last night but started to drift off to sleep. But I came around again long enough to hear Jim’s deliver of the second verse in Celebrate “she rag doll / she she she keeps him so warm”. OMG – that line will NEVER stop being as sexy as fuck!

Anyway, I’ll give it a proper listen later, while I am fully awake. Lol

From the bits I was conscious of, Jim seemed a little…not quite with us/under the weather…? I dunno. I mean, it isn’t a sleight on his performance. He’s always frigging stellar. Even when physically ill, he very rarely gives a bum performance. It just seemed from what I heard last night that he may have been a tad…maybe had too many “helping hands”, if you get my drift?

He was fine and on amazing form in Cologne three weeks later, so who knows? I’ll give a more comprehensive assessment later. For now…enjoy!

UPDATE: WRITTEN LAST NIGHT (May 12th)
 

Always a def. difference between Kenny and Mike as drummers.

Jim does a lot of screaming and shouting in this version of Changeling – I like it!

He doesn’t finish introing 30 Frames. It’s quite manic and he mixes up parts of the verses. Quite a bit of screaming again. Swearing too! “He said ‘fuck you, Jack’!” Naughty Jim! Sexy Jim!

Premonition – Worried Jim wasn’t feeling himself with this performance. Dunno why. Derek initially intros the song, but then Jim adds a bit of commentary “sometimes people have no choice”. Hard to get a definite feel without seeing visuals. Can only go by audio. Jim alters between sounding super emotive and ….lethargic and not right. Maybe he was just tripping or had too much to drink to try and settle the nerves? Dunno.

Sweat In Bullet – Does he say “kinda like now”? Maybe he was just bloody hot. Lol. Hot and frigging sexy! OMG! It really doesn’t help that I’ve been looking at photos of him today – trying to make decisions on photos from Virginia. Photos of him with tambourines and boots and sunglasses and just being goddamn sexy.

Celebrate – that “she rag doll” line…I’m not saying any more!

Room – is kind of chaotically sexy. And he turns it into Rock n Roll – but I was only thinking listening to it tonight that, really, it’s the Simple Minds version of Sister Midnight.

Date Cake?

Today I’ve been baking a date loaf. It’s looking really good and I was having a moment of feeling particularly chuffed about it and then wrote this post on the SM FB wall. Then I thought “given recent outcomes to some of my posts, I’ll take a screengrab – it’ll probably get taken down”. Just to grab it and put it here also, as I know Jim visits this blog sssooo much!

😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 (I don’t think so!)

It looks bloody good though this cake, even if I do say so myself…

I Wish I Was There…

Leeds, 2018. Don’t mean to be maudlin, but…

To hear the “burning slow” lines return to the song during the Grandslam part of the tour – I was sssooo, so happy. They are the most beautiful, romantic lines.

There was “soft rain” falling that night in Leeds too. And after all that had gone on in the month or so prior to that night…I felt back “home”.

It was a gorgeous night. How I wish it was happening again tonight.

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!

What’s Left?

I’m not really sure what *is* left? This site has become stagnant. Gigs are on hold. There is NOTHING coming from the official channels from Simple Minds – now suddenly after 9 years on Facebook is now being referred to as just “Simple Minds” rather than “Simple Minds Official”.

Another nail in the coffin? Another sign of “letting go”?

This blog will just end up a sad nostalgia fest. “Look at all the gigs I USED to go to.” I could add more quotes but I’m sure you can make assumptions of where it would lead.

All past tense. Past. Past. Past.

The future finally seemed here. And in the blink of an eye, it’s gone again.

I’m not in the mood for April Fools jokes and pranks. I’m a year-long fool. An every day fool.

Perhaps I’ll just go back to swamping this site with the nostalgia of a time I wish more than anything I was involved in. Early SM. For all the reasons I will keep in my head and heart.

Maybe still do some art…who knows? If I do, I may give some of it away. I still owe two people prints. I’ll get them to them soon and see where we go from there. Other than those few things, I’m not sure I have it in me for the “onwards” Simple Minds journey.

I’m taking a U-turn. I think the driver of the bus doesn’t want me on the forwards journey anyway.

And besides…what’s one fan in the grand scheme of things?

The journey was fun while it lasted. But these past few months haven’t been much fun. Time to get off the bus, I guess.

I wish I could explain what a void I am feeling right now. It goes beyond there being a break in the tour. I have felt this void for over 12 months now. It just…doesn’t get any better. It just gets worse. The past few months have been the worst of all, combined with the upheaval of a house move and the loss of my mum….everything just feels so hollow.

Rescheduled Dates For Simple Minds

At last! Some more rescheduled date information. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

As follows:

These are mostly for German, French and other continental dates that were imminent, as well as the UK and Irish dates too.

If you can’t see your city/date, check the official Simple Minds social media platforms.

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Pissing In The Wind…

I love this band. I love them sssooo much and I really, really HATE criticising them or their management. And I know they’ll be working hard and doing what they can to reschedule dates – BUT – enough is enough now.

If you can’t confirm new dates, please at least reassure fans. Reassure them you ARE doing all you can to ensure new dates are on the way. SOMETHING. ANYTHING! It is better than nothing…which is what happens between confirmation of rescheduled dates.

I’ll leave it in the capable hands of this man. A fellow fan. One of many on the SMO visitor wall pleading for some news.

Before I hand it over to him…loyalty really does work both ways. We are all being quite patient and loyal. Always loyal. So, please return the favour! Just…BE HONEST – if all you can say is “we’re working on it, doing all we can to secure new dates and we’ll give you details as soon as we have them. In the meantime, please bear with us.” THAT MEANS SOMETHING and will help to put minds at ease.

You are more than happy to keep feeding us the info of tickets going on sale and where to buy them ENDLESSLY as a tour is announced and tickets go on sale. So, PLEASE! Think about doing the same for reassuring fans about new dates. I know you may not have them yet but…just talk to us! Keep the line of communication open instead of making people feel left in the dark!

Over to Jim…KEIR…