Simple Minds announces dates for most extensive North American tour in 30 years

As hinted at over the weekend, Simple Minds today announced a rare North American tour that will hit 24 cities in September and October, the most extensive touring the band has done in the U.S. and Canada in more than 30 years.

The tour — the band’s first since a seven-date run in 2013 — opens Sept. 24 in Bethlehem, Pa., and runs through Oct. 29 in Vancouver, B.C. All told the trek includes 20 dates in the U.S. and four in Canada.

The general on-sale for all shows begins 10 a.m. local time on Friday, though Simple Minds’ website lists pre-sales and other meet-and-greet and soundcheck ticketing options.

The band, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary, promises to play two full sets each night “featuring iconic songs spanning their whole career and including tracks from the new album Walk Between Worlds.”

Having released their first album in four years, earlier this year, Simple Minds currently have dates scheduled in the U.K. in August and September with The Pretenders. The North American tour will be the band’s most extensive since 1985’s Once Upon a Time trek.

Check out full tour dates below.

 

Simple Minds North American tour dates:

Sept. 24: Sands Casino, Bethlehem, PA
Sept. 26: Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ
Sept. 28: M Telus, Montreal, QC
Sept. 29: Budweiser Gardens, London, ON
Sept. 30: Sony Centre, Toronto, ON
Oct. 2: Beacon Theatre, New York City, NY
Oct. 3: Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA
Oct. 5: Tower Theater, Upper Darby, PA
Oct. 6: 9:30 Club, Washington, D.C.
Oct. 8: Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
Oct. 9: Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN
Oct. 11: Hard Rock, Cleveland, OH
Oct. 13: Pabst Theatre, Milwaukee, WI
Oct. 14: Fillmore, Detroit, MI
Oct. 15: Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL
Oct. 18: Paramount Theatre, Denver, CO
Oct. 20: Grand Sierra, Reno, NV
Oct. 21: Pearl Theater, Las Vegas, NV
Oct. 22: Humprehy’s Concerts, San Diego, CA
Oct. 24: Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
Oct. 25: Masonic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA
Oct. 27: Roseland Theater, Portland, OR
Oct. 28: Moore Theater, Seattle, WA
Oct. 29: Orpheum, Vancouver, B.C.

 

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10 Comments

  • Scott R Stalcup

    Why’d they forget about us?
    Indy’s alone. Passed by, you know it baby.
    Tell me, the tour dates about.
    Four dates in the Midwest, Indy’s left out.
    Bay-bay!
    Why are they not playing Indy?
    Don’t. Don’t. Don’t. Don’t.
    Don’t you forget about us.

     
  • HumanCobras

    they’re a bore

     
  • UE405

    They ought to bring Shriekback along for the ride. I recall they toured the States together around 1986 or so, and the Shrieks have been trying to back over here too.

     
    • Paul Kiefer

      That’s totally what I was thinking! Shriekback wants to tour here but they’re having trouble raising the money. Simple Minds should totally help out. Shriekback is in the same era/ genre and I think they’re seriously underrated. The two bands together would make a killer show.

       
      • That’s a beautiful thought, since I pledged [to no avail] on both the successful Shriekback UK KickStarter [which I could in no way attend] and the US one, which fizzled mightily. Too bad SM would be reluctant to pay for an opener over here, as I would be in orbit to finally see Shriekback. The last two SM tours had no opener, and none are put forth for this one.

         
        • Willard

          Living in the USA I also pledged support for the European tour, and I’m gutted they couldn’t put together a tour in North America (I’d like to see them in Montreal, maybe Boston).

          That being said, Shriekback are releasing a new album May 25.

          Why Anything? Why This?

          I can’t wait, as I love their more recent output, back as far as Cormorant.

           
  • I’ve always wanted to see them but worried that this could be a dud, especially if they do that interview in between (not listed though). I’ll have to check the Euro reviews.

    Pabst theater isn’t great for this. Beautiful theater well over 100 years old but really short and steep, especially the balcony. I used to usher there a bit in college and no way we went up and down those ladders, I mean stairs.

     
  • Nortley

    “Street Fighting Years” remains one of the most underrated albums of the 80’s.

     
  • Well, the TicketMobster fiasco was the most painful yet. When presale started, I was in and watched in horror as the blue dots disappeared at the rate of dozens per second until less than 90s seconds in there were hardly any seats left for and certainly not a 5-seat block for my friends. Panicking, I opted for the band-reserve low-tier VIP. $160 each, plus fees. Ouch. But 3rd row center aisle. Within the hour all of those tickets were on StubHub for $222-9999. Most of then nowhere near as prime as what I ended up getting. I don’t think I can buy from TM any more. It’s far too nerve wracking.

    On the brighter side, I did not in a million years imagine a SM tour over here. The 2013 show was my most exciting show ever. The current setlists from the last leg look amazing. Hopefully, they will be similar to what’s in store for The States. Copenhagen opened with two from “Empires + Dance” followed by two from “Sons + Fascination [including a deep cut] leading into the entire new album played in the middle, in sequence. If I ever wanted to hear a Minds album post 1983 played in its entirety, it’s the new one, so color me happy.

     
  • Houston

    Sigh… fourth most populated city in the nation and the closest show will be 800 miles away!

     
 

 

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