Simple Minds Live, Brisbane, December 2012

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Dramatic intro music plus dimming lights prepared the way for Simple Minds to launch into Waterfront, the classic call-to-arms that had the crowd jump in unison. Early classics and global smashes were reconfigured and injected with fresh sonic blood, the towering menace of Celebrate and This Fear Of Gods highlights, followed by See The Lights and the stadium-rock glory of Sanctify Yourself.

Jim Kerr encouragingly offered the microphone to the crowd and, as Don’t You (Forget About Me) faded out, the piston-like intro of New Gold Dream powered into life, a classic bridging the early electro years and the stadiums to come, its ethereal beauty raising arms to the heavens. Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) was perfect for the evening, and Kerr’s warm voice burnished a deep, lush soundtrack. Alive And Kicking’s big chorus saw him trade vocals with back-up, Sarah Brown, and Ghostdancing’s frenetic opening guitar kept everyone revved up, before a synchronised blaze of lights and a bow to raucous applause.

This review was published in Record Collector Issue 411, February 2013, http://bit.ly/VxMhxX. A full length version is on this blog at http://bit.ly/W89ud7

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