Simple Minds at the Roundhouse, London

This time we travelled to London to see Simple Minds, the venue, The Roundhouse was just a very special place, a converted Roundhouse Loco Shed in Camden.

The show was announced in 3 parts, with short interviews with Jim and Charlie talking about the band.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the band as they approach 3000 shows played. The new look band consisted of Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill, Ged Grimes, Catherine Anne Davies, Sarah Brown, Gordy Goudie and Cherisse Osei.

They opened with I Travel, Celebrate, Love Song and This Earth That You Walk Upon.

Now was an imterview on stage for a chat with the band, talking about the new line up, the new album and the 40 years of Simple Minds.

Then we were treated to the first half of their new album ‘inbetween worlds’, the new songs were very good, Charlies guitar screaming to Magic, Summer, Utopiah and In Dreams.

Following another Interview break, during which Jim told us his dad had suggested at Barrowlands that Sarah Brown should sing all the songs, all very tongue in cheek of course.

The next half of the new album started with The Signal and the Noise, a classy tune I had heard for the first time but liked very much.

This was followed by Barrowland Star, Walk Between World’s and Sense of Discovery. By now the fans are yearning the tune Simple Minds usually open with and there is a massive roar when Ged Grimes starts the iconic bassline of Waterfront.

After that it was nearly all classics like Someone, Somewhere in Summertime, Alive & Kicking, Sanctify Yourself, The American and New Gold Dream. After a very short wait, the final encore where Jim and Sarah sang Dirty Old Town, followed by the awaited Don’t You.

Jim stayed a little while and boogied up and down the stage, waving and thanking the fans. Great Night…


Philip Goddard

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