80s legends Simple Minds to play first Hull gig
THE last time Simple Minds set out on a 30-date UK tour was in 1979.
Frontman Jim Kerr and his Scottish bandmates had just released their debut album Life In A Day.
Although their music failed to light up the charts straight away, their anthems made them superstars and they never looked back.
With the release of a greatest hits album, peppered with new material and a nationwide tour, 2013 looks set to be a busy year for the group. They will play Hull City Hall and intimate venues across the country.
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Jim said: "We haven't had a greatest hits album out for 12 years and the hardcore fans lap it up.
"It's all being re-mastered and we wanted to keep it fresh with two new songs.
"There are a lot of young kids coming to see us and we want to point them in the right direction.
"It's not been easy to write new material though, you can't just stick a couple of tracks in, they have to be good."
The achievements of the Glasgow band include topping America's Billboard chart and six UK number one albums.
Jim said although most artists would choose to do arena dates, Simple Minds are looking forward to playing on people's doorsteps in new venues.
He said: "It's the first time we will have played Hull and it's quite an intimate venue- you'll be able to see the whites of our eyes.
"Hull is a great place and one of our favourite musicians, Mick Ronson, comes from the city.
"The one thing that hasn't changed over the years is we still put in 100 per cent every time we play."
Tickets for the show on Saturday, April 27, go on sale tomorrow at 10am. Prices vary. Call 01482 226655.