Due to the newly imposed public gathering restrictions as well as the continuing restrictions on travel, countries in lock-down, and general upheaval that the Corona Virus outbreak is causing around the world – the organisers of the Simple Minds convention, White Hot Day, have rescheduled the event from its original date of next Saturday, March 21st to the later date of October 17th.
Tickets already purchased will still be valid for the new date AND venue. The new venue is BAAD – Barras Art And Design. Right next to the famous Barrowland Ballroom. The venue has a larger capacity which will hopefully mean an even BIGGER convention than first anticipated.
Time for us all to stay healthy, isolate if we need to and get well, and just…breathe and recharge ready for an even bigger event than before. See you guys there!
Well played Ronnie Gurr for revealing this this evening. I’ve only ever seen a few of Richard Coward’s SM images. Obviously his photography was used for the Empires And Dance artwork and there’s an image of Jim he took in the Scottish Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh, but these are the only things I have ever seen.
And as we are now half-way through the first month of 2020, the other focus is on gigs and other events in the calendar.
High on the anticipation scale is White Hot Day – the first Simple Minds fan convention in over 15 years and the first I’ve had the opportunity of being able to attend. Fans are coming from all over the world to attend. It really is going to be something.
Tickets are available HERE – and if are travelling from afar to sunny Glasgow, I may be able to put you up for the night.
I am a word lover – a lyrics lover. But I also love Simple Minds instrumentals…but I tend to love the dedicated instrumentals most…Kant Kino, Somebody Up There Likes You, Androgyny, Year Of The Dragon, Theme For Great Cities…Veldt! (although it does have some strange vocalisation on it…so I suppose Veldt is not STRICTLY an instrumental) – and often avoid the instrumental versions of songs that ended up with vocals – Sound In 70 Cities, This Earth That You Walk Upon, etc.
But there are a few instrumentals of that ilk that I love as much as the lyrical version…ones that show what timing Jim has with his vocals. Like a lot of pop/rock singers, he may not be the strongest of vocalists, technically, but one of his strengths is impeccable timing. A case in point…White Hot Day. The time sequence of the song is…unorthodox. And each time I listen to Bass Line, I am floored by the timing that Jim keeps with his vocal to it.
So, this week for MMM I provide TWO clips. The first being Bass Line. The second being Jim’s isolated vocal on White Hot Day.