Simple Minds today officially announced their first U.S. concerts in more than a decade — the New York City show we reported earlier this week, plus a second concert in Red Bank, N.J., that will feature the band’s “Greatest Hits+” show — while also hinting that Canadian dates are to be announced soon as well.
The band confirmed that it will play its hits sets at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank on Oct. 17 and at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City on Oct. 24. Ticket presales for members of SimpleMinds.com begin 12 p.m. EDT Monday, with general on-sales following on July 19.
The band made no mention of additiona shows, but, last night, Jim Kerr posted on Facebook:
“Will never forget those early gigs or the Canadians who went the extra mile in making us feel that we maybe were a bit special. We have not been there to play in over a decade – but that is going to change – soon. JK”
Simple Minds have been hinting for months at a return to North America. In May, the band announced via its official Facebook page that North American concerts may be coming “sooner than you might think.”
The North American concerts will be Simple Minds’ 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. In March, the band posted that “hopefully” U.S. and Canadian concerts would follow recording sessions this summer.
The band just wrapped an extensive U.K. tour, and currently is scheduled to return to the road this November for a U.K. arena run with support from Ultravox.
Simple Minds North American tour dates:
Oct. 17: Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ
Oct. 24: Roseland Ballrom, New York, NY
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- Simple Minds to play New York City this October — first U.S. concert in a decade
- Simple Minds hint that return to North America coming ‘sooner than you might think’
- Simple Minds to record new album, hint at first North American tour in a decade this fall
- 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