Simple Minds were one of the most iconic and important bands of the 1980s with such anthems as Alive and Kicking, Don’t You (Forget About Me) and their only number one, Belfast Child.
They struggled to recapture those heights during the 1990s and after the turn of the Millennium, but judging from the ageing but enthusiastic crowd at the NEC, they haven’t been forgotten. From the moment the unmistakable intro to Waterfront kicked off the show and lead singer Jim Kerr bounced onto the stage, memories of their sell-out stadium tours came flooding back.
The Birmingham show was one of six special concerts designed to celebrate the band’s 30 years in music ahead of the release of a new album in the new year.
It’s difficult to understand why Kerr and Co have not enjoyed the lengthy success of U2.
Although the show was mainly centred around the album Kerr believes was one of their most important, New Gold Dream, hits such as Promised You A Miracle, Someone and Mandela Day delighted the crowd.
“Don’t you forget about me,” Kerr crooned, and the Birmingham crowd certainly hadn’t.