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Danny's DVD of brilliant things ; HITS: COUNTY FILMMAKER CHOSEN TO RECORD SIMPLE MINDS' HOMECOMING GIG

November 8, 2013

YellowBrix

They were one of the biggest bands of the 1980s - responsible for hits such as Alive and Kicking, Don't You Forget About Me and Book of Brilliant Things.

As well as topping the charts on both side of the Atlantic, Simple Minds were hailed by Bob Geldof as one of the best acts at 1985's Live Aid and filled stadiums all over the world.

Now an award-winning filmmaker from Leicestershire is to document their homecoming concert in Glasgow this month.

Danny O'Connor is overseeing the job of catching the band on stage at the Pounds 125 million, 13,000 capacity Hydro venue built for next year's Commonwealth Games.

A crew of between 25 and 50 will be involved in capturing the concert on November 27, and the film will be released next year.

Danny, from Medbourne, near Market Harborough, said it was a big coup for his company, Document Media, which he runs with Karen Craig.

He said: This news is somewhat monumental as the band's last 'live in concert' film, recorded in Verona way back in 1989, is now regarded as a rock classic.

Simple Minds don't make a DVD every day - or even every decade - so the Glasgow Hydro is in for a real treat.

To get them is beyond significant - and it's contextual because this film will be about a brand new Glasgow and a brand new tour.

The city has been reborn - that's what the band are keen to convey and I share that with them all the way.

Danny has brought in Matt Askem to direct filming.

Matt has filmed some of the world's biggest bands and filmed the opening and closing of the last year's London Olympics. Danny will oversee the editing.

One of his biggest successes was Upside Down: The Creation Records Story, a documentary telling the story of the influential indie record label, its founder Alan McGee and bands such as the Jesus and Mary Chain, Primal Scream and Oasis.

That film, directed by Danny, was released in 2011 and won a Mojo magazine vision award and NME music critics' award. Other projects have included radio documentaries on Billie Holiday, Kasabian and disco pioneer Giorgio Moroder, and concert films for Franz Ferdinand and Kaiser Chiefs.

Simple Minds frontman Jim Kerr said it was a privilege to be playing the new venue in their home town of Glasgow.

He recently blogged: To say that we were impressed with what we saw would be a massive understatement.

In fact, we were initially quite speechless, such was the impact.

We agreed that what we saw has the makings of what may well be the perfect arena venue. Of course, Simple Minds fans can have the opportunity to decide for themselves the true merits of this venue when we perform there.

As for those who cannot be there, well you will still have the chance to experience the atmosphere of that night due to our decision to film the show.

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