So live and kicking

Simple Minds
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One of the UK’s best known and longest established bands is set for a Blackpool visit next year.

Following a summer of festival appearances and their hugely acclaimed 5X5 tour, Simple Minds will be performing their Greatest Hits Live next year on a huge 28 date tour.

Their Blackpool date is Friday April 19, 2013, at the Opera House and tickets from £37.50 to £49.50 (plus booking fees) go on pre-sale from tomorrow at the Winter Gardens box office (0844 8561111) and, and on general sale from Friday.

Simple Minds are one of the UK’s most successful rock groups.

Having topped America’s Billboard chart, the Glasgow band have achieved six number one albums in the UK as well hitting the top spot in countless other territories including Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Australia and New Zealand.

Simple Minds are also arguably one of the best live bands in the world and over a 30-year career have been responsible for some of the most innovative and enduring anthems in rock music.

They will be performing songs from their extensive back catalogue including Alive and Kicking, Don’t You (Forget About Me), Waterfront and more.

The show will be in two halves with an interval and no support – a whole evening of Simple Minds, who will be releasing their greatest hits collection Celebrate in March to coincide with the tour (and which will include two new tracks).

“When we started Simple Minds our objective was to be considered as one of the great live bands,” says frontman Jim Kerr. “A band that had the desire to go all around the world - playing everywhere and anywhere.

“That challenge is ongoing and we will relish touring all over the UK next spring, getting up close to so many who have supported us over the last three decades and more.”

Simple Minds are Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill, Mel Gaynor, Andy Gillespie and Ged Grimes.