Simple Minds to pay tribute to late John Hughes in documentary and 2009 'Graffiti Soul' World tour

Posted: 12th August 2009
Simple Minds

Simple Minds are to appear in a new documentary about the Brat Pack film director, John Hughes, who died at the age of 59 from a heart attack in New York City last week.

Jim Kerr, lead singer of Simple Minds, today confirmed that on their forthcoming 'Graffiti Soul' world tour; they'll dedicate "Don't You (Forget About Me)" to the memory of John Hughes and how his teenage coming-of-age films defined a generation.

The documentary "Don't You Forget About Me" is named after the Simple Minds song from Hughes's seminal 1985 Brat Pack film 'The Breakfast Club'. The documentary will be distributed worldwide by Montreal-based Alliance Films.

Director Matt Austin-Sadowski flew to Scotland to interview Kerr, and also interviewed Brat Pack stars Ally Sheedy, Judd Nelson, Mia Sara and Andrew McCarthy. The film follows Sadowski and producers Kari Hollend, Mike Facciolo and Lenny Panzer as they set off on a road trip to find Hughes.

Says Kerr, "When we perform 'Don't You (Forget About Me)' on the forthcoming tour, we'll be thinking about John Hughes and how his enthusiasm for the sound of Simple Minds made us go the extra mile when we recorded it back in 1984. Everyone was hell bent on making a classic piece of pop rock, but little did we know the kind of longevity the film would have on generations to come. The Breakfast Club helped us kick the door down, and once there, no one could ever lock us out or tell us again what it felt like to be No.1 in America."