Yesterday, I was poking around simpleminds.com to [finally] purchase the 4xCD version of “Live In The City of Angels” when I saw good news on the home page. Simple Minds were once again teaming up with OMD for a tour with the synth quartet accorded “Special Guest” status. This is not the first time that these two great tastes have tasted great together. In 2008, before the triumphant “Graffiti Soul” album was released, Simple Minds mounted a UK tour with OMD as special guests. At the time OMD were just beginning to triangulate into writing and recording new music. Now they have three strong new albums under their belts and had recently matched Simple Minds recent Top 5 ranking in the UK album charts with their own “Punishment of Luxury” album in a amazing replay of the early 80s [minus all of the money].
Given that these two bands have had turbulent histories that have seen them existing over 40 years after their initial formations [true, OMD did table things for a decade] and have certainly had their ups and downs, it is perhaps fitting that they link up again when both acts have had strong modern albums and a return to the commercial spotlight. We’ve managed to see them separately last year as noted here and here. But this time we’ll be even more thousands of miles from the action as the two are touring Australasia [New Zealand and Australia, at least – sorry New Guinea] during the Southern Hemisphere summer in December 2020. The dates go on sale on the 18th of November, 2019 and here’s where they are playing.
SIMPLE MINDS + OMD | OZ + NZ Tour | 2020
Nov 26 | Perth, Australia | Kings Park & Botanic Garden [w/Eurogliders]
Nov 28 | Yarra Valley, Australia | Rochford Wines [w/Eurogliders]
Dec 1 | Melbourne, Australia | Margaret Court Arena
Dec 3 | Sydney, Australia | First State Super Theatre
Dec 5 | Hunter Valley, Australia | Bimbadgen [w/Eurogliders]
Dec 6 | Brisbane, Australia | Sirromet Wines [w/Eurogliders]
Dec 9 | Christchurch, New Zealand | Horncastle Arena
Dec 11 | Wellington, New Zealand | TSB Bank Arena
Dec 12 | Auckland, New Zealand | Villa Maria [w/Eurogliders]
That’s a very warm way for the band to spend leading into Christmas 2020. And a third of the dates are for New Zealand. Impressive! Also impressive was the local act that will be playing on the bill on about half of the dates. Eurogliders were a band that I had enjoyed and even taped during the Oz Aid prelude to Live Aid [that was more interesting] that MTV showed in the wee small hours before Live Aid happened. I have a copy of their first US release, a massively re-jigged “This Island” and can say that this is a lineup I’d be happy to experience. Both OMD and Simple Minds are doing valedictory laps right now what with their concurrent [more or less] 40th anniversaries having already happened, so I’m imagining that this will be about massive hit power with less emphasis on their last albums. That’s a pity as they each had such strong work.
Any Antipodean reading these words on a regular basis should probably think about attending. As we now have to buy any tickets a full year in advance, act smartly. Tickets available here and members of A Day On The Green can get general admission for these huge outdoor spectacles at the tony wineries hosting the tour for as little as AU$109, with the top end going for AU$249. Seems about right for bands of that caliber but your mileage may vary. I know that I paid about as much just to get seats for the last Simple Minds tour but hope to never go through that again.
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