Simple Minds packed out The Barras for a sensational show, returning to their old stomping ground to promote their new record ‘Walk Between Worlds’. Introduced on stage by veteran broadcaster and music journalist Billy Sloan, the band kicked off with a rousing version of ‘I Travel’, the opening track from 1980 album ‘Empires and Dance’. This was followed by ‘Celebrate’ from the same album. 1981 single, and fan-favorite ‘Love Song’ came next along with ‘This Earth That You Walk Upon’, both tracks featuring on the 1981 album ‘Sons and Fascination’. The crowd was in raptures, the combination of the iconic Glasgow venue and the band’s history of playing there creating an electric atmosphere.
A wee time out was called for, and Billy Sloan entered the stage to have a quick chat with Jim Kerr and colleague Charlie Burchill about their career in Simple Minds, which now spans an incredible 40 years! The current phase of Simple Minds includes mainstays Jim Kerr on vocals and Charlie Burchill on guitar and keyboards, and they are joined on stage by Ged Grimes on bass, Sarah Brown on backing vocals, Gordy Goudie on guitar, Cherisse Osei replacing Mel Gaynor on drums and Catherine AD on vocals and keyboards.