Simple Minds announce Aberdeen gig

Simple Minds frontman Jim Kerr at Stonehaven's Hogmanay celebration in 2013.
Simple Minds frontman Jim Kerr at Stonehaven's Hogmanay celebration in 2013.

SIMPLE Minds are heading back to Aberdeen to delight their North-east fans.

The iconic Scottish rockers, fronted by Jim Kerr, will play the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on December 1, as part of their Big Music tour.

And fans will be treated to a rich catalogue of hits including Don’t You (Forget About Me), their global smash which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

AECC bosses expect tickets to be in demand when they go on sale this Friday.

Louise Lonie, the venue’s director of sales and marketing, said: “The Simple Minds gig is another great addition to the entertainment line-up.

“The band has a huge Scottish fan base and I am sure they are as excited as we are to welcome them back to the city.”

Simple Minds will tour the UK on the back of their latest album, Big Music, which has been acclaimed as one of their finest by critics and fans.

Over more than three decades Simple Minds have been hailed as one of the best live rock and roll bands in the world and notched up 20 Top 20 hits during their glittering career.

Those include Alive And Kicking, Waterfront, Promised You A Miracle and Belfast Child. Simple Minds last played the North-east when they saw in 2014 at Stonehaven’s Open Air In The Square Hogmanay gig.

Their last appearance at the AECC was in 2009 when Jim Kerr praised North-east fans.

Jim said: “The audiences in Aberdeen are always fantastic and they have been since we began playing all those years ago”.

Jim said in the early days of Simple Minds they couldn’t get gigs in their hometown of Glasgow and were booked by an Aberdeen promoter.

He added: “You need encouragement, so Aberdeen played a part in our development. We have never forgotten that.”

Ms Lonie said Simple Minds were a welcome addition.

She added: “It is great to see Scottish bands choosing to perform here and as well as Simple Minds, Texas and Wet Wet Wet also have gigs lined up at the arena.”