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Simple Minds announces new album and releases first song

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Simple Minds announces new album and releases first song

Simple Minds, the Scottish rock band formed in Glasgow back in 1977 announced a new album called “Direction of the Heart” and released the first single “Vision Thing”. The record that will be out next October 21 is their first one since “Walk Between Worlds” (2018).


The band’s current line-up has original members Jim Kerr (Vocals) and Charlie Burchill (Guitar and occasional keyboards). They are accompanied by Ged Grimes (Bass), Sarah Brown (Backing vocals) and Cherisse Osei (Drums).

Hear the new Simple Minds song “Vision Thing”

“Direction Of The Heart” tracklist

  1. Vision Thing
  2. First You Jump
  3. Human Traffic
  4. Who Killed Truth?
  5. Solstice Kiss
  6. Act of Love
  7. Natural
  8. Planet Zero
  9. The Walls Came Down

The digital and deluxe CD tracklist will include two bonus tracks: “Direction Of The Heart (Taormina 2022)” and “Wondertimes”.

In an official statement about the album, frontman Jim Kerr said: “How to make a feel-good ‘Electro-rock’ record, during the very worst of times? Direction Of The Heart is the result of that challenge. Who would have thought we’d have so much fun creating it?”

Most of part of the album tracks were written, created and demoed in Sicily, where both Jim Kerr and guitarist Charlie Burchill live.

Next Simple Minds tour dates


  • 18 Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, UK
  • 19 Stadspark Live – Groningen – NL
  • 22 Espacio Delicias, Madrid, Spain
  • 23 Recinto Ferial de Albacete, Spain
  • 26 Retro C Trop Fest, Tilloloy, France
  • 27  Rockhal, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  • 28 Salle Metropole, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 30 SRC Salata, Zagreb, Croatia


  • 1 Tollwood Sommerfestival, Munich – Germany
  • 2 Eurockeenes, Belfort, France
  • 3 Avoine Zone Groove, France
  • 7 Les Deferlantes, Argeles Sur Mer, France
  • 8 Musilac, Aix Les Bains, France
  • 9 Festival Blues Passions, Cognac, France
  • 12 Teatro Antico di Taormina, Italy
  • 14 Teatro D’Annunzio, Pescara, Italy
  • 15 Pistoia Blues, Pistoia, Italy
  • 17 Auditorium Parco della Musica, Italy
  • 18 Arena di Verona, Italy
  • 20 Jazzaldia, San Sebastián, Spain
  • 21 Jazz A L’Hospitalet, Narbonne, France
  • 23 Sant Feliu De Guixols, Girona, ES
  • 24 Concerts De Vivers, Valencia, Spain
  • 26 Magdalena En Vivo, Santander, Spain
  • 27 Coliseum A Coruña, Spain
  • 29 Starlite Marbella, Marbella, Spain
  • 30 Murcia, Spain
  • 31 Tio Pepe Festival, Jerez, Spain


  • 3 Monte Carlo Sporting Summer Festival, Monaco
  • 5 Kunst!Rasen, Bonn, Germany
  • 6 Nieuwpoort Beach Festival, Belgium
  • 7 Festival du Bout du Monde, France
  • 9 Custom House Square, Belfast, UK
  • 11 Audley End House, Essex, UK
  • 12 Edinburgh Summer Sessions, UK
  • 13 Edinburgh, New Gold Dream, (UNICEF), UK

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