Here was Simple Minds, the biggest rock band to ever come out of Scotland. But if circumstances had been slightly different, they might be playing Madison Square Gardens or a football arena rather than a famed but smaller venue.
Nelson Mandela, whose July 18th birthday is known and celebrated worldwide as Mandela Day, is hugely influential and inspirational to musicians, who've found it easy to wrap poetry and melodies around the leader's tragic and triumphant life since.
It may surprise music fans of a certain age to know that various members of Big Country, The Alarm, and Simple Minds are performing together as Big Country in 2013. On paper, this tour has the makings of just another 1980s nostalgia trip.