Kerr: I can’t tell you how much I love Blackpool

Simple Minds

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Simple Minds arrive at the Opera House tonight, and a stop in the resort will bring back pleasant memories for frontman Jim Kerr.

“Myself and Charlie Burchill - who I founded the band with back in the 70s - have brilliant memories of Blackpool. We love the place,” said Kerr, now aged 53 but still going strong.

“We went every year with our families between 1969 and 1973 and I remember it like yesterday. We stayed in a big bed and breakfast on York Street and us kids used to have a whale of a time.

“The whole of Glasgow seemed to come to Blackpool for their holidays back then and it was like a giant family trip. I swear to God, the whole of our street used to go at the same time.

“I can’t tell you how much I loved it and still do. The Tower, the Pleasure Beach, the piers … it is unique and such an important place in this country.”

Best known for their massive hit Don’t You Forget About Me at the start of the 80s, Simple Minds are probably more successful than you think - racking up six UK number one albums and topping the billboard charts.

They will play all their biggest hits tonight.

The tour is to promote the recent release of a greatest hits compilation Celebrate.

The band should be nicely warmed up - they toured New Zealand and Australia before Christmas. They are also looking forward to playing in smaller venues, like the Opera House, rather than the stadiums they usually play in.

“We’ve really made a point of doing that with this tour, “ added Kerr.

“We are going off the beaten path, playing everywhere from Inverness to Blackpool to Ipswich.

“We thought instead of spending six days playing six arenas, let’s spend six weeks going everywhere. I think that demonstrates the energy and desire we have to still make and play music.”

Check ticket availability for tonight’s gig on 0844 856 1111.