Back to the 80s

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FORMER Simple Minds members will be turning back time for a celebration of the 80s.

XSM, which features original members of the hit band, Derek Forbes and Brian McGee, will feature in a Back To The 80s night at Rainton Meadows Arena on October 27.

XSM will be playing a selection Simple Minds’ early songs and hits, written during the band’s most critically-acclaimed era.

Forbes and McGee helped to create the band’s era-defining sound on tracks including Themes For Great Cities, Love Song, I Travel, The American, Changeling and Chelsea Girl.

Brian McGee left Simple Minds in 1981, after touring the globe.

Meanwhile, Derek Forbes carried on touring with Simple Minds through their golden phase, writing and recording such albums as New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) and Sparkle in the Rain.

Derek and Brian will be accompanied by ex-Isolated Atoms bass player Anthony William on lead guitar, and keyboard wizard Andy Gall. Eddie Beggan completes the band on vocals.

Tickets are £20 or £35 with a three-course meal. They are available from Tel. 584 8630 or www.raintonmeadowsarena.co.uk.