Simple Minds celebrate 30 years live: 1978-2008 at Sheffield Arena, Monday December 1

One of the most successful bands of their generation; Simple Minds will take a break from the preparations of their new album to celebrate their 30th Anniversary with a series of six rare UK concerts during November and December. They will be performing at the Sheffield Arena on Monday 1st December having been one of the first bands to play the Arena when it first opened in 1991 and last performing at the venue in 1995.

To add further excitement to Simple Minds' highly anticipated 30th Anniversary tour, the band has confirmed 'Deacon Blue' as very special guests.

Simple Minds will perform for the first time the entirety of their multi-million selling 1982 album 'New Gold Dream' featuring the hits Promised You a Miracle, Glittering Prize and Someone, Somewhere (In Summertime).

The second half of the concert will see the band perform some of their best-known songs from their classic albums starting off with 'Life in a Day' (1979), 'Reel To Reel Cacophony' (1979), 'Empires & Dance' (1980), right up to their groundbreaking first album with Virgin, 'Sons & Fascination' (1980) featuring the hit Love Song.

The band will also highlight songs from the album 'Sparkle in the Rain' (1984) that includes the hits Waterfront and Up On The Catwalk, as well as the U.S. No.1 hit single Don't You (Forget About Me) (1985), plus the benchmark album 'Once Upon A Time' (1985) featuring the massive global anthem Alive and Kicking.

But that's not all. The band will also perform songs like Belfast Child from 1989's 'Street Fighting Years' right up to 2004's return-to-form album 'Black & White 050505' featuring the songs Home and Stranger.

Incredibly, Simple Minds have scored over twenty Top 20 hits in a career spanning nearly three decades. They have sold over 35 million records, had five number one albums, a No. 1 single in America - plus three American top ten singles and been Voted Q magazine's World's Best Live Act.

Throughout their illustrious 30-year career in music, Simple Minds have embarked on countless sold out stadium tours including headlining three times at Wembley stadium. "We are delighted to announce these six rare UK concerts," says lead singer and founding member, Jim Kerr. "The concerts will reflect our entire musical journey from day one to the current phase of creativity and without doubt will also conjure up all the energy, atmosphere and passion that for many is symbolic of Simple Minds shows over the last 30 years."

"There is no better way of announcing to the world," adds Kerr, "that Simple Minds continues to embrace an uplifting musical spirit and enthusiasm that that defined our best work. We are really looking forward to these concerts and celebrating 30 years of musical history with the fans."

With six million album sales under their belt, Deacon Blue's first album 'Raintown' set the precedent, spending 77 weeks in the album chart, and with five top 5 UK albums (of which 2 were number 1) under their belts they have chalked up an impressive 4 years in the British album charts. Their seventeen top 40 singles resided in the chart for more than 2 years. June 9th sees the band release their new DVD "Live", filmed during their sell-out 2007 European tour and featuring their biggest hits including Dignity, Real Gone Kid, Wages Day and Chocolate Girl.

The band to perform the entirety of their 1982 album 'New Gold Dream'

Tickets for the Sheffield Arena show on Monday 1st December, priced 35 (may be subject to booking fee) are available in person at the venue box office, by phone on 0114 256 5656 or online at www.sheffieldarena.co.uk