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Simple Minds to play material from first five albums at intimate gigs

Simple Minds

Story by Jack Foley

SIMPLE Minds have announced a very rare opportunity to see them perform material from their first five albums at four intimate UK venues in February and March 2012.

These landmark shows, lasting over two and half hours, will be part of a 16-date European tour beginning in Portugal on February 14, with the first UK shows taking place at Birmingham Academy and in the band’s hometown of Glasgow, at Barrowland, on February 24 and 25 respectively.

The final two shows take place at London’s Roundhouse (March 3) and the Manchester Ritz the following evening.

The band will exclusively play five songs from each of their first five albums – Life In A Day, Real To Real Cacophony, Empires and Dance, Sons and Fascination/Sister Feelings Calling and New Gold Dream (‘81, ’82, ’83, ’84), which celebrates its 30th anniversary next year – which were released in a prolific period from 1979 to 1982.

Jim Kerr commented: “This is the set that so many who appreciate Simple Minds have been begging us to play and finally this is that one-off chance to see it.”

The 5 X 5 tour dates are (all February and March 2012):

14 – Coliseum, Lisbon, Portugal
15 – Riviera, Madrid, Spain
16 – Razzamatazz, Barcelona, Spain
18 – Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
19 – Admiralpalast, Berlin, Germany
20 – Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
21 – Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway
23 – Cirque Royal, Brussels, Belgium
24 – Birmingham O2 Academy
25 – Glasgow Barrowland
27 – Casino De Paris, France
28 – Alcatraz, Milan, Italy
29 – Komplex 457, Zurich, Switzerland

2 – London Roundhouse
3 – Manchester HMV Ritz
4 – Olympia Theatre, Dublin

Tickets – costing £37.50 (£39.50 London) – will go on sale at 9am on Friday, November 25.