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Simple Minds Share New Version Of Early Rarity Act Of Love

Monday, 17 January 2022 Written by Jon Stickler

Photo: Laurie Evans

Simple Minds have released a new version of an early rarity.

Act Of Love is a reimagining of one of the first songs singer Jim Kerr and guitarist Charlie Burchill wrote together in 1978, though it was never recorded or released then.

Mixed by Alan Moulder, the surging track bursts with youthful post-punk energy, held together by a driving guitar riff and glistening synths. It arrives in celebration of the anniversary of the band's first performance at Glasgow's Satellite City on January 17, 1978. Kerr said:

"Over the years people have asked: When did you think Simple Minds had the potential to make it? My stock answer was always, Oh, we didn’t really think about that. But I realise now that I wasn’t telling the truth. I believed we had something special as soon as I heard Charlie play the riff on Act Of Love."

He added: "I was thinking about the excitement of what we were setting out to do. We would rehearse in the afternoon in a derelict building in the Gorbals and I’d walk past Govanhill Library, thinking about the idea of the muse: a voice within that will appear and provide inspiration. That’s what the song was about originally. Now I’m looking back, reflecting on how the belief was real. When Charlie played that riff, it made me think we could do this. From that belief becomes your attitude, your body language, the whole culture of the band."

Simple Minds will celebrate their 40th anniversary with a world tour beginning in the spring. They also have a performance at Blenheim Palace in the diary for June 2022 as part of the Nocturne Live concert series. Tickets are on sale now. 

Simple Minds Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Fri March 04 2022 - HAMBURG Sporthalle (Germany)
Sat March 05 2022 - BIELEFIED Ringlokschuppen (Germany)
Mon March 07 2022 - LILLE Zenith Arena (France)
Tue March 08 2022 - PARIS La Seine Musicale (France)
Wed March 09 2022 - BORDEAUX ARKEA ARENA (France)
Fri March 11 2022 - LUDWIGSBURG MHP Arena (Germany)
Sat March 12 2022 - OFFENBACH AM MAIN Stadthalle (Germany)
Sun March 13 2022 - MUNSTER Halle Munsterland (Germany)
Mon March 14 2022 - ERLANGEN Heinrich Lades Halle (Germany)
Wed March 16 2022 - LYON Halle Tony Garnier (France)
Thu March 17 2022 - FREIBURG Musikklub (Germany)
Fri March 18 2022 - COLOGNE Palladium Koln (Germany)
Sat March 19 2022 - ERFURT Thuringenhalle (Germany)
Mon March 21 2022 - BERLIN Columbiahalle (Germany)
Tue March 22 2022 - BREMEN Pier 2 (Germany)
Wed March 23 2022 - HANNOVER Swiss Life Hall (Germany)
Fri March 25 2022 - ZURICH Hallenstadion (Switzerland)
Sun March 27 2022 - AURICH Sparkassen Halle (Germany)
Mon March 28 2022 - SAARBRUCKEN Saarlandhalle (Germany)
Tue March 29 2022 - RAVENSBURG Oberschwabenhalle (Germany)

Thu March 31 2022 - LONDON SSE Arena Wembley
Fri April 01 2022 - BOURNEMOUTH Bournemouth Int'nl Centre
Sun April 03 2022 - BRIGHTON Centre
Tue April 05 2022 - ABERDEEN P&J Live
Wed April 06 2022 - GLASGOW OVO Hydro
Thu April 07 2022 - BIRMINGHAM Resorts World Arena
Sat April 09 2022 - LEEDS first direct Arena
Sun April 10 2022 - NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE Utilita Arena
Tue April 12 2022 - NOTTINGHAM Motorpoint Arena
Thu April 14 2022 - CARDIFF Motorpoint Arena
Fri April 15 2022 - HULL Bonus Arena
Sat April 16 2022 - LIVERPOOL M&S Bank Arena
Sun April 17 2022 - DUBLIN 3Arena
Sat June 18 2022 - WOODSTOCK Blenheim Palace
Tue August 09 2022 - BELFAST Custom House Square Belfast
Fri August 12 2022 - EDINBURGH Princes Street Gardens

Tue April 19 2022 - AMSTERDAM Ziggo Dome (Netherlands)
Wed April 20 2022 - ANTWERP Sportpaleis (Belgium)

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