Simple Minds played the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall last night, a relatively small venue for them as they are normally sssiciated with stadiums or arena venues.
The gig was a stripped down acoustic set, no synths, three guitars, percussion, Jim on lead vocal and the gorgeous foxy Sarah Brown on backing and occasional lead vocals.
The band have just released an album Simple Minds Avoustic and the tour is obviously to generate sales.
But what came first? The music or the marketing?
The music obviously. But it’s a business, no one gets to keep producing new music unless it sells.
Jim mentioned last night that the band had recently had a few tough years.
I expect that their new material doesn’t sell as it’s just not as popular as it was except with those rare die-hard fans.
Their tour a few years ago at Glasgow Barrowlands was pushing their 5 from 5 allbum with 5 tracks taken from each of their first 5 albums.
Their last tour which took in the Glasgow Hydro was mainly a greatest hits tour with a few recent tracks thrown in for toilet breaks.
But they were still better than U2 or New Ordervwjo were both touring within weeks of each other.
Last night, they rocked the place.
In all my times at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, which is quite a sedate venue for a rock band as it’s all seated. This was the only time that everyone was on their feet from the start.
The hits came one after an other at a blistering pace. But what made this for me was Jim chatting and joking with the audience.
As a guy he’s mellowed and I’m sure he appreciates what he has now more than ever. His dad was in the audience and Jim played tribute to him and a few other family members of the band for giving them the money to get started 40 years ago.
There were a few surprises along the way, a tribute to Bowie playing his song Andy Warhol from Hunky Dory was for me a bizarre choice when there are so many more well known Bowie songs to choose from which would be more accessible to the audience.
The final encore was a nice touch were Steve Harley of Cockney Rebel joined the band for a rousing rendition of Come Up and See Me ( Make Me Smile)
You certainly did that.
My brother and I went home .. or back to the pub as high as a kite and wishing we could do it all again today.
The Minds are part of the soundtrack of our youth, A time when we had our full life’s ahead of us and everything was possible.
Now call me an Old Gold Dreamer, but I like to think it still is.
What a weekend I have ahead?
The Minds last night, my bestie for a curry tonight, a Bowie tribute band at Oran Mor tomorrow night and going to see the Celtic finish the league unbeaten and pick up the title again.
Life is good.
Because we make it that way.