Simple Minds concert review: A vintage performance to treasure | Music | Entertainment

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In fact, they played the whole album in the middle part of the set much to the overwhelming delight of their dedicated audience.

To open with the classic I Travel from 1980’s Empires And Dance album reminded what an experimental forward thinking band they are.

Now a well balanced seven-piece group, this expanded line up create an expansive sound that breathes new life and directions on follow up deep cut songs Celebrate and Love Song.

It doesn’t take long for frontman Jim Kerr to adopt his now famous crouch position whilst delivering his vocals. 

With his arms stretched out in front of him, as though he is wafting away imaginary cobwebs from the band’s back catalogue, he launched into a vintage performance to treasure.  

A widescreen, otherworldly gush of guitar effects by Charlie Burchill heralded the standout epic new song Barrowland Star, already a crowd favourite, to add to title track Walk Between Worlds. 

There are quite a few fine female drummers currently rocking the backbeat in bands, but none that do it with quite the gusto and guile of Cherisse Osei. This former Bryan Ferry thumper brought a swing to Someone, Somewhere In Summertime as she raised the energy levels with her infectious style.

Then a shimmery, silver mist of atmospheric sound seeped from the speakers as the band kicked into an ethereal Waterfront.  

There was also a reminder of their classy run of hit songs with a pulsating take on Alive And Kicking.

A rammed to the rafters Roundhouse responded with heady chants of ‘Hey, Hey, Hey’ during Don’t You Forget About Me, the final encore song to conclude a euphoric and joyful evening of deep cuts, hits and superb new songs.

Simple Minds are walking between their past musical worlds into their present purple patch with a future path of new music laid out and still to explore.