I couldn’t post this one on YouTube, so here it is. That’s all of them now. Happy Weekend!
Today was a wander up to a different part of Maryhill, walking up from the other side of Ruchill Park through Ruchill itself.
I love getting to know my local patch.
Please note that Warm Digits have rescheduled their dates for the end of April/early May.
So far, there are two new dates rescheduled for Newcastle and Manchester. News on the Stag And Dagger date in Edinburgh and the London date for the Purcell Room at the Southbank Centre will follow.
New dates for The Cluny in Newcastle is Sept.11th and Yes in Manchester is Sept. 12th. Keep your eyes peeled on the band’s social media for the remaining date changes. See you out there in Sept. hopefully!
Tonight the tour kicks off in Stavanger, Norway. For me personally, I still have a wait on my hands until Copenhagen. There is 11 more days to go. This is when the wait gets excruciating until it’s my turn…
An interesting post on SMOG from a long-time fan, reminiscing about the Floating World tour of 2002.
It gives a little pang of envy. I know this person has been relatively close to the band in the past. They have stories to tell. Lovely memories. You know…it sounds like more than just “band and fan”. A thing that I had always dreamed of. A thing that I sometimes kidded myself I had, you know. Not overtly so! It’s just that yearning of reciprocation. You love the band, so you hope the band loves you too. “She is your friend, until the bitter end.” But it can only go so far. And I just want more than I can have. It’s that simple. But even that little bit I *did* feel I had is all but gone.
I’ll shut up about it!
Anyway, said fan asked what our favourite tour was. He had talked about this tour like the “gig hop” tours I’ve been on. Following the band around, seeing them all over the place. But again, his experiences were back in “halcyon days”. Soundchecks you didn’t have to pay for to experience. Time just hanging out with the band after shows and stuff. Like, not just a quick signing and a photo op, but a chat at a bar or restaurant. Talk that went into the wee hours. A number of fans have these stories.
Anyway, I think his gigging goes back to 1986? Or maybe ‘89. A long way back anyway. But the Floating World tour was his favourite, he said. Others chimed in with 5×5 Live…just to make me spit even MORE chips!
I gave it a second’s thought. Of my EXTENSIVE range of tours, Big Music (technically one gig, though I saw them twice in 2015, the second was a festival slot, so not strictly a Big Music tour gig, I guess), Acoustic and Walk Between Worlds…I dunno. I have to discount Big Music, it was just two gigs – but that first ever Simple Minds gig at Cambridge will always hold a special place. And of the other two, Acoustic and Walk Between Worlds – both were amazing for differing reasons. But I guess Acoustic just pips it because…just…meeting Jim and hearing him say my name at Bristol and…yeah. All that silly “falling in love” business. Lol. But for WBW there was the album signing, Barras and the meet and greet at Colchester.
But who knows what this year will hold? I am on a MASSIVE 12 show hop-a-long, seeing them in six different countries (seven, if you separate England and Scotland). Let’s see where the wind takes us…
The boys hit the road at the end of April and into early May to headline a tour showcasing the forthcoming album, Flight Of Ideas. I had already mentioned the album launch and signing happening at Rough Trade East in London on April 4th – beyond that are dates as listed below.
I would DEARLY LOVE to go to the Purcell Room in London but now I’m here living in Glasgow, I can’t really justify it. I looked into going, seeing how much it would be logistically but couldn’t really do it.
But I have already planned my logistics to see them in Newcastle and Manchester. Tickets for Newcastle went on sale this morning and Manchester tickets will be on sale tomorrow. And…Steve did say to me there will be an Edinburgh date too, so I will definitely be going to that one as well.
This band is ssooo stellar live (well, not just live). And they will be sure to have some special guests playing with them. If you can, go see them! Only Simple Minds and The Stranglers do I hold in as much esteem as these guys.
If you love your motorik beat “kraut rock” with a blend of electronica, you’ll LOVE Warm Digits! Check them out and go see them!
WARM DIGITS TOUR:
Sat April 4th 2020 – London, Rough Trade East
Thu April 30th 2020 – Newcastle, The Cluny
Fri May 1st – Manchester, Soup Kitchen
Sat May 9th 2020 – London, Purcell Room (South Bank)
Where I can no longer “offend” the likes of someone who has decided to name themselves after a potato. So, Maris Piper, et al – and whomever I keep on seemingly offending at Simple Minds Official – I’ll stay right here and just respond to posts within my own space.
To be honest, all the wonderful dynamic that was there up until recently has all but gone anyway. I don’t know exactly what caused it. Perhaps an amalgamation of things – Jim’s dad, the changing of record companies, other high profile things that will never get a mention on this page (as unlike a lot of other fans who seem to revel in that kind of gossip, it is DEFINITELY NOT me). It feels all very….estranged, the way the FB page feels to me now, so it’s best to leave it.
Anyway, Mr Kerr posted about venues. Indoors, outdoors, small or large – he seemed to give off the air that nothing ever phases him. He’s ready for anything. Something he’s been saying, really, since 1983 and this short interview at one of the European festivals.
My response is as follows (I actually posted it in the comments but then decided to remove it and post it here instead. Keep it all within my own space.) Worded as if I am replying to him directly – which I was when I posted it…but, hey ho.
Inside the Kelvingrove on Saturday was pretty amazing. One to consider for the future. (I was praying you’d play the bandstand this year too.)
From a small-ish (ish – your fave appendix!) 1700 capacity venue (Vega, Copenhagen) to a Winery (Binbadgen, Hunter Valley) – I’ll be experiencing SM shows in all manner of settings. And you guys always deliver at every kind of venue.
That sentiment expressed in the last sentence is not meant to be perceived as sycophancy – it’s true! They knock it out the park every time. But…perhaps I do wear rose-tinted glasses. Who knows? I don’t feel as though I do.
Obviously, you can see his post on SMO FB to read exactly what he said.
In the meantime…34 days until Copenhagen…
I hate it when it starts to feel like this again…
Here’s my list of gigs to look forward to.
Something to keep me happy.
UPDATE: 27/01/2020 – NEW ADDITION*
Feb 1st – Field Music, Kelvingrove Art Gallery
Feb 10th – Polica (Warm Digits are support – and the reason I’m going), St Lukes and Winged Ox
March 3rd – Bryan Ferry, SEC Armadillo
March 10th – Simple Minds, Vega Copenhagen
March 12th – King Creosote, Royal Concert Hall
April 4th – Simple Minds, La Seine Musicale Paris
April 6th – Simple Minds, Arkea Arena Bordeaux
April 18th – Simple Minds, First Direct Arena Leeds
April 22nd – Simple Minds, 3Arena Dublin
April 25th – Simple Minds, SSE Hydro
May 14th, John Grant, Festival Theatre Edinburgh
June 17th – Crowded House, SSE Hydro
July 18th – Simple Minds, Teatro Greco Taormina
August 11th – Primal Scream*, Kelvingrove Bandstand
August 13th – Simple Minds, P&J Live Aberdeen
Dec 1st – Simple Minds & OMD, Margaret Court Arena Melbourne
Dec 3rd – Simple Minds & OMD, First State Super Arena Sydney
Dec 5th – Simple Minds, OMD and Eurogliders, A Day On The Green – Bimbadgen Winery Hunter Valley
Not meant to be taken seriously.
Let me explain.
As I was travelling back home to the UK I posted to the SMO FB visitor wall about having Jim greet me at Glasgow Airport.
I can’t remember what I wrote exactly. I was on the plane at the time and hadn’t slept for some time so I can’t recall exactly how I worded it. But I had joked in the comments of a post written a few days before about him greeting me at the airport.
This post to the visitor wall was a “reminder” – you know “tomorrow, 3pm, be there or be square” kind of thing. Just a silly thing. Light hearted.
So why was it deleted? Who got offended by it? Was it the mention of a certain Glasgow doughnut shop? I don’t work on commission for them!!! Simple Minds have no trouble with me mentioning the band everywhere else… or running this blog as a massive advert for them.
I know I am being oversensitive worrying about why it was removed but I just get miffed about this crap.
It was just starting to feel nice again. Jim was starting to post a bit more and those months of feeling persona non grata were going away… and now this!?
I dunno. Why do I bother?
As petty as a post like that is… you just do it for a bit of fun. When it gets deleted, it feels like a kick in the guts. Like, “Oh FFS, what have I done wrong now?!” Are you just trying to tell me to fuck off? Well… just tell me to fuck off then.
Meh. Never mind, eh?
Let’s just count the days until Copenhagen and delude myself he still likes me. If he ever did.