You may be aware of the fact that Simple Minds have jetted over to America for the Billboard Music Awards to be broadcast “live” on ABC Television tomorrow night at 8:00 11:00 p.m. EST. Don’t look for them to play “Honest Town” in prime time! This marks the occasion of the 30th anniversary of that song. We all know the one. It seems like “Breakfast Club” star Molly Ringwald will be there to introduce the now seven piece configuration of Simple Minds to the audience at home. The two entities fortunes have been inextricably linked together through this song after decades. Ms. Ringwald has recorded her own version of “Don’t You [Forget About Me]” on her 2013 debut album, “Except Sometimes.” I’ve not had the pleasure, but I’m told it’s a jazz version.
It’s also reported that a new version of “Don’t You [Forget About Me]” has popped up on Spotify with a “live sounding” rendition. I don’t play in that sandbox, but the thought is [and I’m a cynical Monk] that it was a live track the band laid down to be mimed to later on tomorrow evening for the “live” broadcast. I’m not shocked by this. Actual live performance on American television virtually never happens for numerous technical and aesthetic reasons. Producers hate to leave anything to chance when so much money is at stake. Especially with this vulgar rock music the moptops listen to.
I can’t watch TV even if I wanted to [no antenna, cable, dish or even a digital compatible TV] but I’m sure I’ll at least read about the event afterward. Kudos to the band’s management for scoring this highest of profile TV gigs for the band as it will immeasurably raise their profile for American promotors looking to book the Big Music Tour here next year. This 4:27 of television should make the difference between the band crossing the Big Drink for a North American tour or settling down for some more bratwurst plates next Summer in the Euro festival circuit.
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