- 08 Jun 17
Our man Pat Carty weighs up the return of Simple Minds.
A commodious vicus of recirculation has seen Simple Minds reputation reassessed in recent times. Younger bands like The Killers and The Horrors have been happy to cite them as major influence, which, of course can never fully erase the horror of something like ‘Belfast Child’, but it hasn’t hurt. The ‘Minds themselves would probably tell you that they just kept doing what they were doing, and waited the whole thing out, and here they are, with two pretty much sold out nights at the Olympia.
In a move you don’t see every day of the week, main man Jim Kerr takes to the stage early in order to introduce “special guest” (not support act) KT Tunstall, but not before regaling us with tales of childhood holidays to Bray and the like. If the singing doesn’t work out, he has a glorious career as an after dinner speaker ahead of him.
Ms Tunstall’s appeal has always been a bit of a mystery to me, but there’s no faulting her passion tonight. Armed with only an acoustic guitar and the various effects pedals that make up her “band”, which result in her hopping from foot to foot like someone waiting for the jacks, she easily wins the crowd over. She tells a few stories, gives out the hits, throws in a blast of The Bangles’ ‘Walk Like An Egyptian’ and plays The White Stripes’ ‘Seven Nation Army’ on the kazoo: a proper show in other words. Her Scots burr, in both sung and spoken form, is most pleasing to the ear. If she roared out the window at me, I’d certainly come in for my tea.