Simple Minds to mount first major North American tour in decades this fall

Credit: Dean Chalkley
Credit: Dean Chalkley

Simple Minds have announced a lengthy fall North American tour in support of their latest studio album, Walk Between Worlds, which was released in February. The 30-plus-date trek marks the Scottish band’s lengthiest tour of the continent in decades.

The outing kicks off September 24 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and will wind down with a November 11 concert in Orlando, Florida. Fans can expect to hear a career-spanning selection of songs, including tunes from the new record and classic ’80s hits like “Alive and Kicking,” “Sanctify Yourself” and, of course, the chart-topping smash from The Breakfast Club‘s soundtrack, “Don’t You (Forget About Me).”

Simple Minds are in the middle of a summer European tour leg will end with a series of dates in the band’s U.K. homeland running from early August to early September.

In a recent interview with Pollstar, frontman Jim Kerr discussed his excitement about touring North America again.

“We’ve always had it in our head that the Americans invented rock ‘n’ roll,” he explained. “In England you can get away with being no good live, because its more about the vibe or the fashion, so you can kind of get away with it. But in the States people smell it a mile away. You’ve got to deliver. I’m aware of these [U.S.] towns and cities and I’m aware of their musical heritage. You must have your chops together and better be good, or else how dare you play there.”

Here is Simple Minds’ full list of 2018 North American tour dates:

9/24 — Bethlehem, PA, Sands Casino
9/26 — Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
9/28 — Montreal, QC, Canada, M Telus
9/29 — London, ON, Canada, Budweiser Gardens
9/30 — Toronto, ON, Canada, Sony Centre
10/2 — New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
10/3 — Boston, MA, Orpheum Theatre
10/5 — Upper Darby, PA, Tower Theater
10/6 — Washington, D.C., 930 Club
10/8 — Atlanta, GA, Tabernacle
10/9 — Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
10/11 — Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Rocksino
10/13 — Milwaukee, WI, Pabst Theater
10/14 — Detroit, MI, The Fillmore
10/15 — Chicago, IL, Chicago Theatre
10/18 — Denver, CO, Paramount Theatre
10/20 — Reno, NV, Grand Sierra
10/21 — Las Vegas, NV, Pearl Theater
10/22 — San Diego, CA, Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
10/24 — Los Angeles, CA, Orpheum Theatre
10/25 — San Francisco, CA, Masonic Auditorium
10/27 — Portland, OR, Roseland Theatre
10/28 — Seattle, WA, Moore Theatre
10/29 — Vancouver, BC, Canada, Orpheum
11/2 — Austin, TX, ACL Live
11/3 — Irving, TX, Toyota Music Factory
11/4 — Houston, TX, Revention Music Center
11/6 — New Orleans, LA, Saenger Theatre
11/8 — Miami Beach, FL, The Fillmore – Jackie Gleason Theater
11/9 — St. Petersburg, FL, Mahaffey Theater
11/11 — Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live

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