Opera House beckons for 80s stars

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Eighties stadium rock stars Simple Minds will be playing songs from their first album in five years alongside old favourites at the Opera House in April.

The Glaswegians have just released their first new songs on Big Music and have included a date at the famous Blackpool venue on their UK tour.

The band, which formed in 1976, became international stars in the mid-80s with songs like Don’t You Forget About Me and Waterfront.

They appeared on the American date of Live Aid and after a quiet 1990s returned in the new millennium with sell-out tours and well-received albums.

The band appear at the Opera House on April 3.

Jim said: “When we first started all we were thinking about was getting another gig as there were never any guarantees.

“Back in those days no-one really went on forever.

“We are very, very fortunate to have had the career we’ve had. I really love our story.

“We never imagined we’d make it big let alone still be going now.

“Dour times when we’ve felt a bit out in the cold or old fashioned, but even then we had thousands of people coming along to our shows.

“I just love playing live – whether it be in a pub, theatre, arena or an outdoor venue.”

Tickets cost £39.50. Visit the Opera House website.