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Simple Minds @ New Theatre, Oxford
Sunday 26 April 2015, 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Fresh from their renaissance and rightful reappraisal, Simple Minds release Big Music, their first album of new material in five years, on 3 November 2014. They also embark on a major UK tour in 2015.
Big Music, released through Caroline International, is Simple Minds’ 16th album. It’s a swaggering collection that reiterates the band’s world-class credentials; a culmination of a decade of stealthy rediscovery that has seen the band make two albums, 2005’s Black & White 050505 and 2009’s Graffiti Soul, before reminding us all of their legacy with the acclaimed X5 boxed set and subsequent 5X5 Live album and tour. Big Music sees the band rekindling the energy and attitude, the mystery and magic that made them one of the greatest bands on the planet.
With a touring cast that now sees Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill joined by stalwart drummer Mel Gaynor, keyboardist Andy Gillespie, Ged Grimes, backing vocalists Sarah Brown and Catherine AD (additional keys and guitar). Simple Minds have a settled line-up that re-affirms their status as one of the great live bands.