They will be rocking out arenas over Summer, but Simple Minds are going unplugged on their new studio album.
Simple Minds Acoustic is due on November 11 and is made up of stripped back versions of some of their best-loved songs.
There are four songs from their 1982 breakthrough New Gold Dream, including a version of Promised You A Miracle featuring KT Tunstall, along with new takes on early favourites such as The American and Chelsea Girl, and a remake of arguably their best known song Don’t You Forget About Me. In addition, Simpler Minds Acoustic also includes a cover version of Richard Hawley’s Long Black Train.
“Our songs mean a lot to people, so we had to be careful,” says singer Jim Kerr. “It wasn’t a case of just knocking up some acoustic riffs. We had to show respect to the songs and retain everything that made them good in the first place, and we wanted to create a Simple Minds party album, not a traditional, introspective acoustic album – more something that people will play during goods times. This experience has reinvigorate and excited us about the potential of new songs, which we’ll begin recording soon.”
As previously reported, Simple Minds and B-52s are teaming up for a tour next year, which will kick off in Melbourne in February.