In her show tonight, Jo Whiley announced that Simple Minds will perform a special BBC Radio 2 In Concert on Thursday 10 November at Hackney Empire, London. The performance, which will be their only UK show in 2016, will be broadcast live from 8:00pm on BBC Radio 2, as well as available to watch live on the BBC Red Button and online at www.bbc.co.uk/radio2
For their BBC Radio 2 In Concert, Simple Minds will perform a career-spanning collection of songs reimagined acoustically, on the eve of their album’s release. The origin of ‘Simple Minds Acoustic’ can be traced back to a rare live session they recorded for The Chris Evans Breakfast Show in 2014, which inspired the band to start working on some stripped back arrangements of some of their hits. The concert will also feature some special guests.
Lead Singer of Simple Minds, Jim Kerr, said: "There could be no better way to premiere our Simple Minds Acoustic set than performing at the beautiful and intimate Hackney Empire. It won't be that intimate however. Because thanks to BBC Radio 2 - the whole world can of course listen in! So please make sure that you do."
Jeff Smith, Head of Music BBC Radio 2 & BBC 6Music, said: “I’m delighted Simple Minds are performing this very exclusive concert for Radio 2 – their only show in the UK this year. We know how much our audience loved the re-imagination of Status Quo’s songs live In Concert a couple of years ago when I asked them to deliver their songs without electric guitars. I think it will be an equally rare treat to hear acoustic arrangements of some of Simple Minds’ best-loved songs performed live for the Radio 2 audience, as well as for all those watching online at bbc.co.uk/radio2 and on the BBC Red Button.”
Tickets for the event are priced between £25-£38 plus £2.80 booking fee, and can be purchased at www.bbc.co.uk/radio2 from 8.30pm on Monday 10 October. Audience members must be 18 years old or over to attend this event and proof of age may be requested upon entry.
‘Simple Minds Acoustic’ continues the band’s artistic quest with a one-off album release of stripped down and re-imagined songs spanning their eclectic and illustrious career.
SIMPLE MINDS ACOUSTIC - CD TRACKLISTING:
1. The American
2. Promised You A Miracle (featuring KT Tunstall)
3. Glittering Prize
4. See The Lights
5. New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)
6. Someone Somewhere In Summertime
8. Sanctify Yourself
9. Chelsea Girl
10. Alive And Kicking
11. Don’t You (Forget About Me)
12. Long Black Train
VINYL LP EXCLUSIVE BONUS TRACKS:
13. Stand By Love
14. Speed Your Love To Me
15. Light Travels