Glasgow was in for a big treat on Thursday night as some of the most iconic rock bands from the 1970s were due to perform in Scotlands premier live muRead More
After 2 years of rescheduling, Glasgow finally welcomed one of Scotlands most successful bands to Scotlands premier music venue, the OVO Hydro on 6th April 2022.
It was an early start with no support, so ticket holders were quick in their arrival, the sold out gig wasnt even full a few minutes before they were due to perform.
Simple Minds entered the stage with a rapturous welcome from the crowd, they began with some of their earlier hits back in the early 1980s, when they were only known locally, before they were topping the US Billboard charts, such as Act Of Love, I Travel and Promised You A Miracle, with Jim Kerr showing that energy and determination that he usually does at live performances.
They played other earlier hits such as Up On The Catwalk and their UK topping 1989 song Belfast Child, which is a song rarely played live by the band, but said it was fitting for the set especially since there is a war happening right now.
Play was temporary stopped during "Chelsea Girl" however, watching from the back and what has happened at the Hydro in the past few shows it was assumed that a fight was happening, however after Jim Kerr asked "is it a penalty?", it turned out somebody collapsed in the crowd and was taken away via wheelchair, whoever it was we at Glasgowmusic wish you a speedy recovery.
An interval happened after Chelsea Girl which allowed the band to take a breather and let the crowd get refreshments for the second half of the show, with the band returning 15 minutes later and the venue filling up again.
The second half of the show began with Theme For Great Cities, then after a solo drum set by Cherisse Osei, the band then played Waterfront, which is a personal favourite.
Jim Kerr then announced to the crowd that it was the bands first live performance since the loss of his parents, he said "They are not here tonight, but you guys, feel like family", which was very warmly received.
Shes a River, Dolphins, See The Lights then the signature song, Dont You Forget About Me followed, before the band left once more for a short encore.
The band returned again and finished up with Speed Your Love To Me, Alive and Kicking and Sanctify Yourself, ending a triumphant night for one of Scotlands most successful acts.
The audience were really given a treat on Wendesday, as the saying goes "good things come to those who wait".
You can view a photo gallery of Wednesdays show via the link below.
Review and photography by Stewart Fullerton.
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