Since I booked the gigs last night, I had in my head that I had 8 SM gigs booked for next year, convinced I had (without really thinking in those terms to begin with) fallen one short of this magical 9 figure I’d fallen upon these past couple of years.
But…obviously I was neglecting to tally my numbers right…perhaps mislead by the unexpected Bordeaux addition.
A recount and lo! Look where we are…
What is it with me and nine SM gigs a year? Lol
Where does this mysterious nine figure come from? How have I arrived at it? Jim’s shoe size? Erm…inches? Lol (I’m selling him too short by all accounts there!) Centimetres of Charlie’s Cuban heels? The number of plectrums Charlie has on stage with him? Number of Toblerones on the rider?
Answers on a postcard, sent on to Glasgow G22 – I’ll collect them in a couple of weeks 👍🏻
Sophia Deboick writing in The New European, theorising on Jim Morrison’s final weeks and days lived in Paris – also a piece on partner and muse, Pamela Courson.
**NB: The final sentence on the main article appears to get cut off. This is not of my doing, but how the article was printed.**
Just over a year since the last Acoustic gig, tonight in Paris, Simple Minds Ltd Ed (ie: Jim, Charlie, Cherisse and Sarah) played an acoustic set at a secret location (La Reservoir) to a select group of fans. Lucky people they were!
The gig was aired live on French radio station Oui FM. The set lasted just on an hour and it was fabulous. From great versions of dancier and more rocking tracks like Summer, Waterfont and The American, to more ephemeral and tender pieces like Sense Of Discovery, Glittering Prize and Long Black Train…it was a little like taking a time warp back a year to those amazing acoustic shows.
There was meant to be a Q and A on Facebook after, and there was a link to Oui FM’s TV channel online…but nothing worked or was viewable. A shame…after such a great gig, I aticipated seeing some Jim and Charlie banter. Never mind. You can’t win them all.
You lucky Parisians…you experienced something very special tonight.
Listen to the full gig below.
Thank you to Ricardo Benavente Martin for providing me with the audio. It is much appreciated ❤️