Simple Minds' Jim Kerr still alive and kicking
In the six years of doing Stuck in the '80s, I don't think I've ever had as much fun on the telephone as I did for a half hour last month with Simple Minds frontman Jim Kerr. Our conversation is the latest Stuck in the '80s podcast.
In the '80s, Simple Minds caught me off-guard. I didn't know a tune of their's beyond Don't You Forget About Me, but I still bought a ticket to see them in the spring of 1986 for their Once Upon a Time tour. Best concert decision I've ever made.
The Call opened the show at Tampa's Curtis Hixon Hall (love them!), setting the tone of night of great showmanship. When it came time for Simple Minds, Jim just popped up on stage out of nowhere. The music hadn't even begun. He waved at the crowd of thousands and just said "hello!" A bizarre but warm beginning to an excellent show. They opened with Waterfront, and I fell immediately under their spell.
I recounted the story of that night to Jim at the start of our conversation, and he seemed impressed at the depth of my memories. And it set the tone for a great conversation that spans his philosophy on live shows, his solo career, Live Aid, the long shadow of their biggest hit song, politics in music. And lastly, he sets the record straight on why we haven't seen Simple Minds tour in the U.S. in so long.
It has been too long, Jim. Let's find that dream bill and bring the lads back.
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