Simple Minds are back!!!! The iconic '80s band -- still led by frontman Jim Kerr and guitarist Charlie Burchill -- are back on the continent for their first appearances in five years -- with a whopping 23 years passing since their last extensive North American tour. Simple Minds wowed critics last February with the release of the band's critically acclaimed eighteenth studio set, Walk Between Worlds.

Simple Minds kicks off its 31-city trek tonight (September 24th) in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania at Sands Bethlehem Event Center and will hit the Northeast, Midwest, Pacific Northwest, and the Southern states before winding things down on November 11th in Orlando, Florida at Hard Rock Live Orlando.

We asked Jim Kerr why Simple Minds have waited so long to embark on a major North American tour: "A gazillion reasons. I think the promoters thought it was over, to be really frank with you for the longest time. Then, we didn't stuff for a long period, and then everything had kind of moved on. And we didn't wanna do any of those really weird '80s packages-stuff. And then we kept hangin' for a good band tour to with and it never really turned up -- and then, before you knew it; two decades have gone. But what's important is, that we're here now, got a lot of catching up to do, a lot of provin' ourselves to do and really grateful for the opportunity." :

September 24 - Bethlehem, PA - Sands Bethlehem Event Center
September 26 - Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie Center
September 28 - Montreal, QC - M Telus
September 29 - London, ON - Budweiser Gardens
September 30 - Toronto, ON - Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
October 2 - New York, NY - The Beacon Theatre
October 3 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre Boston
October 5 - Tower Theater - Upper Darby, PA
October 6 - Washington, DC - 930 Club
October 8 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle Atlanta
October 9 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
October 11 - Northfield, OH - Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park
October 13 - Milwaukee, WI - The Pabst Theatre
October 14 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore Detroit
October 15 - Chicago, IL - The Chicago Theatre
October 18 - Denver, CO - Paramount Denver
October 20 - Reno, NV - Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
October 21 - Las Vegas, NV - Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms
October 22 - San Diego, CA - Humphreys Concerts by the bay
October 24 - Los Angeles, CA - The Orpheum Theatre
October 25 - San Francisco, CA - The Masonic
October 27 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
October 28 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre
October 29 - Vancouver, BC - Orpheum
November 2 - Austin, TX - ACL Live
November 3 - Irving, TX - Toyota Music Factory
November 4 - Houston, TX - Revention Music Center
November 6 - New Orleans, LA - The Saenger Theatre
November 8 - Miami Beach, FL - The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater
November 9 - Saint Petersburg, FL - Mahaffey Theater
November 11 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live Orlando

AUDIO: JIM KERR ON SIMPLE MINDS SETLISTS
AUDIO: JIM KERR ON SIMPLE MINDS COMING BACK TO AMERICA