The energy crackled through Leeds Arena tonight as Simple Minds, co-headlining with Scottish rockers Del Amitri, delivered a powerful and nostalgic performance. From the opening set by Del Amitri, the crowd buzzed with anticipation, singing along to their favourite hits. Their infectious energy set the perfect stage for Simple Minds to take the stage.

Jim Kerr emerged with a rockstar’s swagger, his voice instantly captivating the audience. The iconic opening chords of “Waterfront” sent a wave of cheers through the arena, igniting a night of singalongs and fist-pumping anthems. From the opening chords, it was clear this wasn’t a band content to rest on past glories. Weaving a masterful tapestry of old and new, they delivered a performance that resonated with fans of all ages.

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Jim Kerr, the band’s charismatic frontman, commanded the stage with an effortless cool. His voice, though perhaps a touch raspy with age, retained its soulful power, soaring effortlessly through anthems like “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” and “Glittering Prize.” The band behind him was tight and energetic, perfectly capturing the essence of Simple Minds’ signature sound – a blend of pulsating synths, soaring guitars, and driving rhythms.

The setlist was a well-curated journey through Simple Minds’ impressive career. Fan favorites like “Belfast Child” and “Alive and Kicking” brought the crowd to its feet, swaying and singing along in a wave of nostalgia. But the band didn’t shy away from showcasing newer material either. Tracks from their recent albums were seamlessly integrated, proving their creative fire still burns brightly.

A particular highlight was a  rendition of “New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84),” with a drum solo, showcasing the raw emotion and songwriting prowess that have always been at the heart of Simple Minds’ music. The venue’s acoustics shimmered with the song’s melancholic beauty, creating a moment of pure connection between band and audience.

There were touches of humor throughout the evening, with Kerr’s self-deprecating charm keeping the atmosphere light. His interaction with the crowd felt genuine, his appreciation for their continued support evident in every word.

Simple Minds’ live show is a testament to their enduring legacy. They are a band that has grown and evolved over the years, yet never lost sight of what made them great in the first place. This concert wasn’t just a trip down memory lane; it was a celebration of Simple Minds’ enduring legacy and their continued ability to rock a crowd. Leaving the arena, you couldn’t help but feel the electric energy and the shared experience of witnessing a band that continues to defy the odds.

Simple Minds Photo Copyright © Jo Forrest

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