Video, Vintage Video — February 27, 2014 at 8:08 am

Vintage Video: Simple Minds live at ‘Rockpalast’ 1982 — watch full 90-minute set

Simple Minds

For this week’s installment of Vintage Video we return to that treasure trove of quality early ’80s concert footage, the West German TV show “Rockpalast,” for this New Gold Dream-era performance by Simple Minds filmed on une 6, 1982. Below, via craig floyd, you can watch the full 90-minute performance by Jim Kerr and Co., which even includes the now-dated practice of trotting out your big hit for a second time in the same set.



Setlist: Simple Minds, Rockpalast, West Germany, 6/6/82

1. “New Gold Dream” (Intro)
2. “Love Song”
3. “Changeling”
4. “Thirty Frames a Second”
5. “Premonition”
6. “Sweat in Bullet”
7. “Promised You a Miracle”
8. “King is White and in The Crowd”
9. “I Travel”
10. “Celebrate”
11. The American”
12. Sons and Fascination”
13. Room”
14. “Promised You a Miracle” (Encore)






  1. >>which even includes the now-dated practice of trotting out >>your big hit for a second time in the same set.

    That’s an interesting observation. I remember seeing Shriekback tour for “Big Night Music” around 1988, and they opened AND closed the set with “Nemesis.” Admittedly, it made for a set of anthemic bookends to the evening, but at the same time I was like, “Um, maybe you should have rehearsed some more songs? You’re catalog’s deep enough. How about something off ‘Jam Science’?”

    Did a lot of bands used to do this, play the same song twice in a set? That was the only show I can remember where I saw it, but I think I read that EMF did it with “Unbelievable” too … ?

    • Hey, man. I saw Big Country in ’87, and they did “Fields of Fire” not once but twice–and the crowd seemed even more into it the second time around! :o

      And U2 played “Vertigo” twice at one of their Saitama, Japan shows back in ’06.

      Imagine the Church kicking off a set AND encoring with “Aura”! That would be unreal… :)

      • Hey!

        I’ve often thought that if a band was going to do that, the first play should be like a stripped down arrangement that “hints” at the song without totally diving in, to tease the audience and leave them wanting more as you segue into some other song. Then at the end of the set, do the number full on as the big payoff and send ’em home happy.

        Although I think EMF probably only had seven songs to begin with and probably had to repeat! 8-P

        • LOL at EMF.

          Queen used to do this. They’d open with a really fast, rockin’ version of We Will Rock You, then you got the standard version at the end of the show.

    • A proper encore! (Encore = ‘Again’ or ‘repeat’)

    • Yes on EMF, I saw that tour and they played it twice. U2 on the Boy tour played I Will Follow twice and The Kinks during the One For The Road and Give The People What They Want era did You Really Got Me twice, once instrumental and later the real deal.

  2. Glory2Babalon

    I saw Christian Death play Heresy twice in 1994.

  3. A perfect time in history to see this band!

    The “New Gold Dream” era caps my favorite phase of SM’s career. Those early albums were much edgier than the arena rock they would soon indulge.

  4. I really miss the amazing sound of these analog keyboards. I would also love to get some decently mixed recordings from this tour!

  5. simple minds fan PA USA

    Great set! To listen to the bootlegs coming out now form the 2015 Big Music Tour is amazing and then to go back and listen to the old stuff form this era really puts it into perspective!

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