Simple Minds Jim Kerr ‘Every night you go on stage, you’re telling your story… I think what’s important is writing new chapters… adding to the story’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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With 6 No. 1 albums and reaching the top the Billboard Chart, Scotland’s most successful rock group could be forgiven for taking it easy. But no, Simple Minds are back on the road, and Jim Kerr spoke with Dave Fanning on The Ryan Tubridy Show to explain the motivation behind their latest album and tour – Simple Minds Acoustic.

The band continue to entertain fans with their live shows, this time around unplugging their guitars for a different type of gig.

While their biggest hits continue to play a part in the shows, Dave questioned Jim if it is really important to be a band with new music.

“we don’t want to be our own museum piece… you’re fighting the gravity of your past.”

Jim says they were ready to try a fresh approach to live performance.

“ You know that old adage… if it’s a good song it’s a good song, you’ll play it on anything…”

On the MTV generation, Jim says they knew immediately how it would be a turning point.

“MTV came along and suddenly if you got on you could arguably be in every hip bar in the world from Japan to Dublin.”

To listen to Dave Fanning in conversation with Jim Kerr, click here.

© The Listener 2017

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