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are a Scottish rock band. They formed in Glasgow in 1977 and became the
most commercially successful Scottish band of the 1980s. They achieved
five UK Albums chart number one albums during their career and have sold
an estimated 60 million albums. Despite various personnel changes, they
continue to record and tour.
The band scored a string of hit singles, becoming best known internationally for their 1985 hit "Don't You (Forget About Me)" (UK #7, US #1, CAN #1), from the soundtrack of the film The Breakfast Club. Their other more prominent hits include "Alive and Kicking" (UK #7, US #3, Canada #3) and "Belfast Child" (UK #1, Ireland #1, Netherlands #1). In 2016, they won the British Academy's Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Song Collection.
The core of the band is the two remaining founding members, Jim Kerr (vocals, songwriting) and Charlie Burchill (guitars, keyboards after 1990, other instruments, songwriting). The other current band members are Ged Grimes (bass guitar), Sarah Brown (vocals), Gordy Goudie (guitar), Cherisse Osei (drums) and Catherine AD (vocals, keyboards, guitar). Former members include bass guitarist Derek Forbes, keyboardists Mick MacNeil and Andy Gillespie, drummers Brian McGee and Mel Gaynor (who first joined the band in 1982).
Simple Minds are
delighted to announce that they will tour North America in September and
October 2018, playing two full sets featuring iconic songs spanning their
whole career and including tracks from the new album Walk Between Worlds!
Not a great fan of Jim Kerr himself but a big fan of early Simple Minds. Only two originals left now.
Hopefully the tour will come to the UK