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…
Yesterday saw the second anniversary of the release of Walk Between Worlds.
Of course it was the day that Jim and Charlie appeared at the HMV in Argyle Street for an album signing. I was so, sooo nervous! Lol. Silly, really, as I had met them both before already, but the more it goes on – my involvement in the fanbase, how much more in love with the band (Jim!) and the music I become, the less and less confident I am.
It all means too much, and I feel my eyes already beginning to sting with tears just thinking about what it all means to me.
But, hey. Never mind. All good things must come to an end.
I cringe at the memory of placing that bag of sherbet straws in front of Jim. Just me and my silliness. Just trying to deflect what was really going on inside my head which was me standing there gawping at this beautiful man and being struck dumb.
Anyway…as yesterday was the second anniversary of the album’s release, for MMM, I am sharing my favourite track on the deluxe version of the album. I still think it is a crime this song was not included on the standard version of the album.
It is beautiful…
Last night I was in Oxford seeing Kelly Jones on the final night of his “Don’t Let The Devil Take Another Day” solo tour of the UK. I will review the gig in a dedicated post shortly.
But while I was at the gig last night, news of this broke out within the fandom…
Now I had known something was coming out in November as Virginia had told me she had one of her photos being used for a release coming up. I didn’t quiz her any further on it as I knew it would all be announced by the band in due course.
There’s an extra buzz within the fanbase as this new compilation seems to include a completely new song called For One Night Only. I first read about this track a very short time ago on the Dream Giver Redux site. It was sited as a Walk Between Worlds track that didn’t make the final cut and lyrics were listed for the song.
The link to the info on Dream Giver Redux can be viewed by CLICKING HERE
So now it would appear that FONO will get an airing…albeit as a carrot on the stick of yet ANOTHER compilation album. And a rather strange and curious tracklisting this new “best of” has too. Before it disappeared off Amazon it said the album’s tracklisting had been put together in conjunction with “the band” (aka Jim and Charlie, I’m guessing). It’s a bit non-linear to say the least. And this same treatment that the Bowie “best of” Nothing Has Changed got has been deployed with “edits” of songs all over the place. I don’t get it. WHY have an edit of a song on one disc to have the full version on the next? I mean…what the fuck IS that about? I do not understand what goes on in the minds of record company execs any more. I’m not even sure THEY know how to sell product any more.
So, curious, perplexing and something to push onto us leading up to Christmas with the tasty little morsel of ONE SOLITARY NEW SONG. Okay…keep them keen, I guess.
More on this to come in the ensuing weeks, methinks.
A new single from the soon-to-be-released live album.
Looking in from the outer, I see some tentative improvement on “The Group”. At least a few more memories are filtering through and the admins at SMOG (well, more accurately, the admins at SMO via SMOG…same admins? Dunno) at least asked for some participation and contributions from fans yesterday.
It may have legs yet. I still need convincing.
In the meantime, the memories shared by the North American fans and by those who travelled to the USA and Canada to see a gig or gigs have been great to see. Some wonderful phots and videos shared.
In amongst the ones I saw yesterday was this amazing snap of Jim by Cody Fulfer. Wonderful stuff.
While it is that beautiful man’s birthday – it is also my fan anniversary. This year it is FIVE YEARS since I became a Simple Minds uber fan.
I clean near forgot as I have had something else rather dominating my thoughts today – and it wasn’t that it’s Jim’s 60th, no.
I’ve been hard at work on something today and there’s a few other bits and pieces going on…all enough to distract me from remembering my fan anniversary for several hours today.
But here we are. FIVE YEARS! Of following the most amazing band in the world, EVER. From the very earliest days right up til the present moment…Simple Minds have been my entire universe these past five years.
I can’t imagine my life without this band in it now.
Thank you ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ – a heart for each of the current members of the band.
I’m sure it doesn’t seem the case to those who THINK they know me…I’m sure I seem the biggest blabber mouth on the face of the earth, but I CAN keep a bloody secret!
One that I was (somewhat accidentally, admittedly) entrusted with was the info there was going to be a live release from Simple Minds’ most recent tour of the U.S.
Today I received the latest issue of Classic Pop in the post and there’s a big old write up and interview with SM producer, Andy Wright. In amongst it, he talked about his working relationship with SM and within it was also the reveal of there being a live release of SM recorded during the resent U.S. tour. He says it’s going to be a 40 track thing…but that seems quite a lot. I’m not even sure 40 individual tracks made it on the setlist in America, did they? Perhaps some things played during soundcheck are being included? Who knows? We’ll see around Christmas time, I guess.
Exciting news nonetheless.