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Published on April 17th, 2015 | by voxx


Simple Minds – Grimsby Review

Kicking off their 30 gig UK run, Simple Minds came to Grimsby on Friday 27 March. But this was no warm up. This was the real deal.

Jim Kerr said it himself, “only two minutes in and I can already tell this is gonna be a good night.” And man was he right. The Grimsby Auditorium felt more like a stadium than a small town venue as the band played their Big Music (sorry, the pun was inevitable) and Jim strolled on with his red tartan coat to a crowd roaring with excitement.

Blast from the past? Sure. But this gig was proof that the band are still pushing boundaries, still making music history and still having an amazing time doing it. The latest album ‘Big Music’ embraces their 80s stadium rock sound but also harnesses a modern spin, inviting a new generation of Simple Minds fans like myself, to enjoy a night of both classics and new music.

The vibe was insane, the crowd of 1,200 people were loud and the band was on absolute top form. We got to hear the greats: Alive and Kicking, All The Things She Said, and of course Don’t You Forget About Me, as well as some ace new songs from the recent album: Wounded, Big Music, and Let the Day Begin.

With two full sets to perform, they showed off their versatility with some great acoustic takes on their songs as well as solo slots from special guests Catherine AD and Sarah Brown who we were all super excited to hear from.

Speaking directly to members of the audience in between songs and smiling like there’s no tomorrow, Jim thanked the crowd wholeheartedly for making the gig so special, the night will be one to remember for us all.

Words: Amy Naylor
Photo: Andy Watson

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