Ask anyone of a certain age, 'which two bands would epitomize what the '80s were all about?' and most might answer with any pair of possibles from a vast choice.
Lately though, both Jim Kerr's and Midge Ure's million-selling outfits have been experiencing something of a renaissance, making them a top option when considering iconic artists from the Thatcher years. With interest in that most Marmite of decades very much, ahem, alive and kicking, it's hardly surprising to see Simple Minds enjoying some praise for a change.
After touring their first five (and best) albums on the near sold-out 5X5 tour last year, followed by a more recent 'Greatest Hits' tour (the compilation "Celebrate" is out next week) that is due to start in Dublin on 25th March and continue to Ipswich by 4th May, Jim Kerr and co are riding on a wave of interest not seen since their "Glittering Prize" days.
After selling-out much of that forthcoming tour, Simple Minds have announced four very special 'Greatest Hits + Arenas' dates for the autumn. Joining them will be Ultravox whose schedule has differed slightly to Simple Minds - Midge Ure's charges have recently unleashed a new album, rather than a swath of reissues. "Brilliant" was, in many fan's eyes, well, brilliant and assured the band a share of sold-out shows in 2012.
Both bands will take to the stage during November and will play Glasgow on the 27th, followed by Manchester on 28th, Birmingham on 29th and London on the 30th. Tickets on sale now, priced from £39.50 to £55.
Both bands have a repertoire crammed with hits - "Promised You a Miracle", "Vienna", "Don't You (Forget About Me)", "Dancing With Tears In My Eyes", "Alive and Kicking", "Hymn", "Waterfront". The list goes on...