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Jim Kerr of Simple Minds

SIMPLE MINDS LIVE IN BIRMINGHAM – WHAT HAPPENED

Tonights review will be a short and sweet one, having only been able to witness the opening 3 songs from each of tonights bands.

The Utilita arena was a buzzing hive of activity tonight, close to capacity, if not very nearly sold out. A concourse full of the eager fans of Del Amitri and Simple Minds filling the air with excited chatter and a pleasant atmosphere.

As usual, with the Utilita Arena, the security are friendly and helpful, engaging with the fans as they scan the tickets and wave them through the metal detectors, directing them to their sections.

Tonight is a showing of Glasgows finest talents and Del Amitri were the first to come on. The floor seats were filled and the stands had a steady flow of people coming in as the band kicked into thier first number “Always The Last To Know”. The crowd were receptive and the band were tight, as you would imagine from one that had been on the scene for decades. And being an arena show the sound was on point.

The stage showmanship looked effortless between Justin Currie and Iain Harvie, with the latter really putting on a true rock show performance with his guitar playing and stance.

The following songs “Opposite View” and “Kiss This Thing Goodbye” made the fans just as happy and just like that it was time for the Photographers to be put in time out to wait for the main act.

You could still hear the crowd enjoying themselves and the crystal clear music from the stage so I think i’m right in saying Del Amitri went down well.

After a period of waiting we were once again ushered down to the pit. The place errupted into a huge roaring cheer as Simple Minds strolled onto the stage, waving to the sea of people who had come from far and wide to see them.

“Waterfront” started the set, one of the bands classic hit tracks which really filled the arena with a glourious wall of synth backed sounds. The bands current drummer, Cherisse Osei is a joy to watch behind the kit, her energy and enthusiasm really shows and the smile certainly depicts the sheer enjoyment of being behind the tubs.

Jim Kerr, just as happy and enthusiastic, clearly enjoys being up there performing for the fans, strutting around the stage, making sure to give all the crowd some engagement and really putting on a show whilst having fun.

Co-Founding member, and the bands lead guitarist, Charlie Burchill was enjoying himself just as much but with the reception they still get today you can see why. The vibe from the band translates across easily to the fans and the place was electric.

The following 2 songs “Love Song” and “Sweat In Bullet” sounded fantastic but alas that was to be my fill of Simple Minds. I’m yet to witness a full set myself but if it is all like those first 3 songs I can imagine that a whole set would be an experience to remember.

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