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Simple Minds tour to include P&J Live

By David Porter

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Simple Minds celebrate 40 iconic years in music by embarking upon a major world tour in 2020, including P&J Live, Aberdeen on August 13. Simple Minds are fronted by founder members Jim Kerr (vocals) and Charlie Burchill (guitar).

“Simple Minds are different now,” says Jim Kerr, “We’re not a stock rock band, but we haven’t changed our line-up to be cool.

"We’ve done it because it’s great to have so many amazing players on board.

"I’m grateful for the career we’ve had, but I’m mad enough to think we can still hit new levels.

"This is what we do – write, record and play live.”

“The perception that we're now gathering pace is down to our attitude to playing live,” adds Charlie Burchill, “There have been lots of different incarnations of Simple Minds, but we’ve always kept our identity.

"A legacy can be a burden if you allow it to be.

"For us, it's been empowering.”

The Scottish band further mark their 40th anniversary celebrations with the release of the career-spanning compilation 40: The Best Of – 1979-2019 on November 1st via UMC.

Collating their early fan favourites with their era-defining hits and their essential recent material, the album is now available.

The collection also includes a gloriously euphoric new track - a cover of King Creosote’s celebration of weekend revelry For One Night Only.

Head of entertainment at P&J Live Louise Stewart said: “We are beyond thrilled to announce that Simple Minds will play at P&J Live next year. "This is another brilliant gig for the city and I’m sure fans across the country will flock to see what’s set to be a great show.”

Simple Minds have experienced a remarkable journey since releasing their debut album ‘Life in a Day’ in 1979.

Constantly evolving, the band’s rousing choruses and booming atmospherics made them one of the most iconic bands of the Eighties.

Along the way, they’ve landed five UK #1 albums, topped the singles charts on both sides of the Atlantic, sold over 60 million albums and packed stadiums the world over.

General tickets go on sale Friday, December 6 at 10am from pandjlive.com

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