Making their first NYC visit in more than a decade, Simple Minds took a packed Roseland Ballroom for a trip down memory lane last night, playing their irresistible synth pop to a packed—if a bit graying—house at Roseland. Lead singer Jim Kerr was in strong voice last night, recalling days of old when these guys used to pack stadiums in Europe, and were spoken of in the same breath as U2 and Duran Duran. Sadly, Simple Minds never evolved to achieve those other bands' superstardom, but for those looking to be taken back to the '80s—punctuated by their hits "Don't You Forget About Me" and "Alive and Kicking"—they did not disappoint.
My attendance last night coincided with the news that Roseland will sadly be closing its doors in April after nearly a century in business. In addition to its storied legacy as a dance hall, some of NYC's biggest rock shows of the past decade have happened at Roseland, including shows by Madonna, Radiohead, and the Rolling Stones (not to mention My Bloody Valentine, Atoms for Peace, Spoon, etc.) The sightlines and sound might not have been great, but there isn't another standing-room only venue in New York with the same cavernous feel, or immediate connection to the past. It will be missed.