Last Friday I was sent to the LG Arena (the NEC to me and you) to photograph Scottish band Simple Minds, who are celebrating their 30th anniversary. I was shooting the gig for Birmingham Live and hopefully the review will go up asap. Support came from fellow Scots Deacon Blue.
Now, if you've read any of my other posts on this blog, you'll probably know that Friday's lineup wasn't exactly my musical cup of tea, and I'd be lying if I said that I enjoyed Deacon Blue's set. It didn't help that their singer kept chucking water over all of us photographers - very annoying. The crowd seemed to like it though.
Then it was down to the headliners to send the room crazy. Again, not my style of music, but they were much more enjoyable to watch than the support act, and the quality of their lvie sound was impressive.
Another plus point for Simple Minds - no water being launched in the direction of the photographer's pit!
30 years together is a mighty achievement, and unsurprisingly the band got a great reception from their fans. Singer Jim Kerr hardly stopped waving to the crowd for the whole three songs that I shot them for.
Of course, their big hit was "Don't You Forget About Me", but I didn't stay long enough to hear it - partly because I was only given a photo pass and not a ticket, but mainly because I had a train home to catch.
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That's it for Simple Minds, and indeed for November. I have no gigs no until 10th December, which is an absolute age compared to the last couple of months! However, there is due to be an article about Bimringham Live appearing in Practical Photography next week, which I actually arranged, so I'll probably post on here when that comes out. Here's a final shot from Simple Minds for you, catch you all again soon!