Posted in music | pictures on October 28, 2013

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin; words by Bill Pearis

Simple Minds @ Roseland Ballroom, 10/24/13
Simple Minds @ Roseland Ballroom

Some bands that aspire to arenas or have played them, can't recalibrate their show to a smaller space. The lead singer of an unknown band can look like a wannabe Bono when making broad gestures and playing to the back of the room when the back of the room is only yards rather than miles away. A big act reduced in scope can appear monolithic. Not Simple Minds. I wish I had credits for the show because their lighting in particular was excellent and far superior to what bands can usually muster for Roseland. It was stadium ready in its subtlety and dramatic effects but their were adjusted well for the stage the band was actually playing on. Their sound mix was excellent: for me, lead singer Jim Kerr's vocals are always slightly buried more in the mix than I would choose, but this has clearly been an aesthetic choice for decades, not the fault of the mixer. The core of the band has always been founding members Kerr and Charlie Burchill (keyboards and co-songwriter on many tunes). But this lineup has been steady for the longest period in the group's history. So this is as Simple Minds a group of musicians as any Simple Minds lineup has ever been and their tightness and power in playing as a group came across wonderfully. - [HufPo]
Simple Minds just finished their first North American tour in more than a decade on Thursday (10/24) at Roseland (which is closing in April). The band -- featuring singer Jim Kerr and longtime members Charlie Burchill and Mel Gaynor -- played two sets, including hits like "All the Things She Said She Said," "Alive and Kicking" and "Don't You (Forget About Me)" plus a fair number of deep cuts, including their terrific instrumental "Theme for Great Cities." No "Up on the Catwalk," but they did do "Hunter and the Hunted" and "Glittering Prize," both from New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84). Full setlist and pictures from the show are in this post.

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Simple Minds @ Roseland Ballroom

Simple Minds @ Roseland Ballroom

Simple Minds @ Roseland Ballroom

Simple Minds @ Roseland Ballroom

Simple Minds @ Roseland Ballroom

Simple Minds @ Roseland Ballroom

Simple Minds @ Roseland Ballroom

Simple Minds @ Roseland Ballroom

Simple Minds @ Roseland Ballroom

Simple Minds @ Roseland Ballroom

Simple Minds @ Roseland Ballroom

Simple Minds @ Roseland Ballroom

Simple Minds @ Roseland Ballroom

Simple Minds @ Roseland Ballroom

Simple Minds @ Roseland Ballroom

Simple Minds @ Roseland Ballroom

Simple Minds @ Roseland Ballroom

Simple Minds @ Roseland Ballroom

Simple Minds @ Roseland Ballroom

Simple Minds @ Roseland Ballroom

Simple Minds @ Roseland Ballroom

Simple Minds @ Roseland Ballroom

Simple Minds @ Roseland Ballroom

Simple Minds @ Roseland Ballroom

Simple Minds @ Roseland Ballroom

Simple Minds @ Roseland Ballroom

Simple Minds @ Roseland Ballroom

Simple Minds @ Roseland Ballroom

Simple Minds @ Roseland Ballroom

Simple Minds @ Roseland Ballroom 10/24/2013
Broken Glass Park
Waterfront
All the Things She Said
Let the Day Begin (The Call cover)
Hunter and the Hunted
Glittering Prize
Speed Your Love To Me (instrumental)
I Travel
Someone Somewhere in Summertime
This Fear of Gods
The American
Love Song
Don't You (Forget About Me)
Promised You a Miracle
Theme for Great Cities
Sanctify Yourself
Alive and Kicking

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Comments (15)

promised you a miracle is a cool song, don't know these guys much beyond don't you forget, that, and one other song

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2013 5:53 PM

Much more importantly, they did an amazing version of "The American"!

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2013 6:03 PM

Um...I think we've got shots of Jim pretty covered. The rest of the band perhaps?

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2013 6:06 PM

No Mandela Day????

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2013 6:29 PM

Every single band member is in these shots you idiot.

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2013 7:14 PM

7:14 - Try again asswipe. There are no close ups or single shots of any other band member other than Jim Kerr and his backup singer. Are you blind in addition to dumb?

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2013 7:19 PM

There are some great tracks on the early SM albums. They started out with a lot of Eno and Roxy Music influences. It was too bad they became known to most people for a movie soundtrack song they didn't even write. Glad to see them making the rounds again.

Posted by . | October 28, 2013 7:30 PM

Oooohhhhh, my bad!!! I didn't know there must be a close up of every band member. And I'm the dumb one...right...

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2013 10:10 PM

Theme for Great Cities is a great great song.

Posted by Anonymous | October 29, 2013 1:17 AM

'i travel' is one of the greatest songs by anyone...ever.

Posted by Anonymous | October 29, 2013 8:30 AM

The setlist is missing songs. They did See the Lights, New Gold Dream, and others. The perils of simply copying from setlist.com....

Posted by Anonymous | October 29, 2013 10:40 AM

wow, random. always wondered how they manage to play a full-set since most know them from Come See About Me.

Posted by Anonymous | October 29, 2013 12:39 PM

Charlie Burchill plays the guitar, not the keyboards. Andy Gillespie plays keys. Still, nice photos.

Posted by Cosmicherb | October 31, 2013 2:51 PM

Still a class act, apparently they'll be back in the summer. Their first 5 albums are immense and their last one "Grafitti Soul" ain't bad either.

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2013 3:06 PM

Rock Werchter Belgium in the eighties, one of the memories that never will fade away. the smell of pot, puke, beer, love in the air and all people united as one even in the pouring rain!

Posted by Fidse | October 23, 2014 5:25 PM

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