Simple Minds this week announced its first North American tour in 11 years, a surprisingly short 7-date trek that has left fans who don’t live in Los Angeles or the Northeast severely disappointed. Frontman Jim Kerr, though, says the band is testing the waters for a larger tour — but if that’s to happen, fans better turn out for the October dates.
The band — original members Kerr and guitarist Charlie Burchill, plus longtime drummer Mel Gaynor and more recent additions Ged Grimes (bass) and Andy Gillespie (keyboards) — will play Los Angeles, Red Bank, N.J., Washington, D.C., Boston, Montreal, Quebec and New York City (see dates below).
On SimpleMinds.com today, Kerr says the short tour “could mean a new beginning for us in that part of the world,” but adds, “we need as many people as possible to come support us at these dates… demonstrating to the local promoters in other cities that there is a demand for live shows from Simple Minds.”
Kerr writes: “If these shows are a success both artistically and commercially, there is no doubt that we will be able return soon for a much more extensive tour.” But he also warns, “Should these shows be less than well attended, it is most unlikely that we will get another opportunity to return.:
The fall North American concerts will be Simple Minds’ first since a 16-date trek in the summer of 2002 in support of that year’s Cry album. The band just wrapped an extensive U.K. tour, and also is scheduled to play a U.K. arena run this November with support from Ultravox.
Read Kerr’s full statement:
United States + Canada: Here We Come!
Everyone connected with Simple Minds was more than delighted to finally see the announcement of a series of live dates for us in United States and Canada. It has been a long time coming. Way too long to be honest, and although this is by no means an extensive tour, it could mean a new beginning for us in that part of the world.
But that depends on more than just us, you should understand. Because more than ever we need as many people as possible to come support us at these dates, to make sure that the shows are well attended of course, and in doing so demonstrating to the local promoters in other cities and states that there is a demand for live shows from Simple Minds.
Putting it plainly, if these shows are a success both artistically and commercially, there is no doubt that we will be able return soon for a much more extensive tour, a tour that we can genuinely build on, a foundation for future tours. Alternately, should these shows be less than well attended, it is most unlikely that we will get another opportunity to return. So there you have it, such are the facts!
And really, you have no idea how much we would like the chance to go to work in a serious fashion, throughout Canada and USA, just like we did in the earlier days of our careers. Reality is, we have been dreaming of getting the opportunity to do so, just as many of our supporters in North America might well have been dreaming of getting the chance to see Simple Minds turn up in their hometown.
Well, that little dream is on for LA, Boston, New Jersey, Montreal, Canada, Washington and New York. And in turn we thank all who have supported us in in those parts, thanks to them for hanging in with us and not giving up on Simple Minds. We will do all to make it well worth the wait. A promise!
Simple Minds North American tour dates:
Oct. 15: Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
Oct. 17: Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ
Oct. 18: 9:30 Club, Washington, D.C.
Oct. 20: Wilbur Theatre, Boston, MA
Oct. 21: Metropolis, Montreal, QC
Oct. 22: Massey Hall, Toronto, ON
Oct. 24: Roseland Ballrom, New York, NY
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