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3Arena, Dublin
This Sunday 17th April 2022
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Doors 6:30pm | Show 8pm Sharp | No Support

SIMPLE MINDS ‘Act Of Love’
New single OUT NOW
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The year is 2022. The year is 1978.

On January 17, Simple Minds release ‘Act Of Love’ as a one-off single to mark the anniversary of the band’s very first performance – at Glasgow’s Satellite City on January 17, 1978.

Mixed by Alan Moulder (Suede, Arctic Monkeys, The Killers), ‘Act Of Love’ is a vivid reimagining of one of the first songs Jim Kerr and guitarist Charlie Burchill wrote together. It speaks of where Simple Minds have been and where they are heading. Honouring the youthful passion and belief which sparked the band into life, it pulses with the desire which continues to drive Kerr and Burchill to create thrilling new music.

The track is an act of time travel, sweeping across four decades in just a few exhilarating minutes.

Jim Kerr explains: ‘Over the years people have asked: When did you think Simple Minds had the potential to make it? My stock answer was always, Oh, we didn’t really think about that. But I realise now that I wasn’t telling the truth. I believed we had something special as soon as I heard Charlie play the riff on ‘Act Of Love’.’

‘Act Of Love’ is synonymous with the beginning of the Simple Minds story. It was the first song played at the Satellite City show in January 1978, and the opening track on the demo tape that won the band a record deal later that year. ‘I always loved the song,’ says Kerr. ‘To all intents and purposes, it was the first thing anyone heard of Simple Minds. It became our rallying cry, our banner.

As Simple Minds established themselves as the hottest property on the Scottish post-punk scene, ‘Act Of Love’ became a live favourite. ‘We believed in it, but would anyone else?’ says Kerr. ‘It was so great when they did. It was the oxygen we needed to continue.’

Life moved fast back then. By the time Simple Minds recorded their debut album, Life In A Day, early in 1979, the song had ‘disappeared into the mist’ without ever being properly recorded. ‘Through the years, I always wanted to go back to it,’ says Kerr. In 1980 the singer recycled the title phrase as the opening line to ‘Celebrate’, the electro-blues juggernaut from Simple Minds’ extraordinary third album, Empires & Dance. Meanwhile, bootlegs of the 1978 demos ensured that ‘Act Of Love’ was treasured among diehard fans.

Four decades, numerous hit singles and 60m record sales later, Kerr and Burchill have finally returned to the song. A couple of years ago, while Burchill was in Thailand on a busman’s holiday, he sent Kerr the outline of an updated version of the track. ‘It was ‘Act Of Love’ with a new bit, and it sounded great.’

While recording the next Simple Minds album in Hamburg during 2020 and 2021, the follow up to 2018’s acclaimed Walk Between Worlds, periodically they returned to ‘Act Of Love’. ‘We tinkered around with it,’ says Kerr. ‘When we listened to the original demo, we loved its spirit and its general form, but it sounded like a youth club band song. How could we do that now, adding extra pieces without losing the essence?

‘Act Of Love’ takes the 1978 version to new places. The original rattled along with the youthful energy one would expect from fans of the Velvet Underground, Magazine and Roxy Music. In 2022, the killer riff and chorus melody remain, bolstered by pulsing synths and a surging new section in which Kerr sings poignantly to his younger self: ‘A born believer / Head full of plans / Got nothing to lose / So much to reveal.’

‘I was thinking about the excitement of what we were setting out to do. We would rehearse in the afternoon in a derelict building in the Gorbals and I’d walk past Govanhill Library, thinking about the idea of the muse: a voice within that will appear and provide inspiration. That’s what the song was about originally. Now I’m looking back, reflecting on how the belief was real. When Charlie played that riff, it made me think we could do this. From that belief becomes your attitude, your body language, the whole culture of the band.’

A bridge between Simple Minds’ glittering past and still-evolving future, ‘Act Of Love’ is a reassertion of faith. The song has again become a ‘rallying cry’, this time for fans who have waited two years for the group to re-commence their world tour. Curtailed in 2020 due to the Covid pandemic, it is due to start again in the spring.

What a thing: merging the very first Simple Minds song and where we are now,’ says Kerr. ‘There’s a story there. I think we’ve managed to tell it well.’

‘Act Of Love’ is OUT NOW via BMG 

Simple Minds 2022 UK & IRISH Tour Dates

MARCH

31st – The SSE Arena Wembley, London 

APRIL          

1st – International Centre, Bournemouth                                           
3rd – Brighton Centre      
5th – P&J Live, Aberdeen                                    
6th – OVO Hydro, Glasgow                                 
7th – Resorts World Arena, Birmingham         
9th – First Direct Arena, Leeds                           
10th – Utilita Arena, Newcastle                            
12th – Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham   
14th – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff                        
15th – Bonus Arena, Hull                                      
16th – M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool 
17th – 3Arena, Dublin

JUNE

18th – Nocturne Live, Blenheim Palace  

AUGUST

9th – Custon House Square, Belfast      
12th – Summer Sessions, Edinburgh      
13th – Summer Sessions, Edinburgh

Simple Minds celebrate 40 iconic years in music by embarking upon a major world tour in 2021. Today the band announce details of the tour’s European dates, which covers 38 shows across 12 countries and culminate with a homecoming show at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro. Simple Minds are fronted by founder members Jim Kerr (vocals) and Charlie Burchill (guitar).

“Simple Minds are different now,” says Jim Kerr. “We’re not a stock rock band, but we haven’t changed our line-up to be cool. We’ve done it because it’s great to have so many amazing players on board. I’m grateful for the career we’ve had, but I’m mad enough to think we can still hit new levels. This is what we do – write, record and play live.”

“The perception that we’re now gathering pace is down to our attitude to playing live,” adds Charlie Burchill. “There have been lots of different incarnations of Simple Minds, but we’ve always kept our identity. A legacy can be a burden if you allow it to be. For us, it’s been empowering.”

Simple Minds further mark their 40th anniversary celebrations with the release of the career-spanning compilation ‘40: The Best Of – 1979-2019’ on November 1st via UMC. Collating their early fan favourites with their era-defining hits and their essential recent material, the album is now available to pre-order. The collection also includes a gloriously euphoric new track – a cover of King Creosote’s celebration of weekend revelry ‘For One Night Only’.

Simple Minds have experienced a remarkable journey since releasing their debut album ‘Life in a Day’ in 1979. Constantly evolving, the band’s rousing choruses and booming atmospherics made them one of the most iconic bands of the Eighties. Along the way, they’ve landed five UK #1 albums, topped the singles charts on both sides of the Atlantic, sold over 60 million albums and packed stadiums the world over.

But the story didn’t end there. After taking some time out, they returned revitalised and resurgent with the 2014 album ‘Big Music’ and have maintained that upward momentum ever since. They claimed the Q Inspiration Award that same year, which was followed by an Ivor Novello in 2016. And when last year’s ‘Walk Between Worlds’ album crashed into the UK charts at #4, it represented their highest position in 23 years. No wonder that the Manic Street Preachers, Moby, Primal Scream and many others cite Simple Minds as a vital inspiration.

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