Simple Minds fans living in North America have been a patient lot, as the band hasn’t toured here in more than a decade. But there is renewed hope today, thanks to a message from Jim Kerr and Co. that reveals the group plans to new record music this summer for an album due next spring and “hopefully” will tour the U.S. and Canada this fall.
The new album would be Simple Minds’ first in five years, following up the 2009 collection Graffiti Soul, and any North American tour would be the band’s first since a 16-date trek in the summer of 2002 — including a couple dates with INXS — in support of that year’s Cry album.
“Tour starting now..Recording in summer….Hopefully US/Canada to follow…Arena tour to finish the year…New album next spring…No wonder Charles is in a blur!”
The band already has a busy 2012 on tap, with an unusually extensive U.K. tour that begins Monday and runs through early May in support of its Celebrate — The Greatest Hits+ best-of collection and a just-announced U.K. arena run in November with support from Ultravox (see full dates).
PREVIOUSLY ON SLICING UP EYEBALLS
- Simple Minds enlists Ultravox as special guests for U.K. arena dates in November
- Simple Minds reveal tracklists for ‘Celebrate — Greatest Hits+’ double-, triple-disc best-ofs
- Simple Minds to release ‘Celebrate’ best-of in March, embark on 28-date U.K. tour
- Simple Minds detail ‘5X5 Live’ album featuring songs originally recorded from 1979-1982