Simple Minds' Jim Kerr pays tribute to director John Hughes Simple Minds Tickets

'Don't You Forget About Me' will be dedicated to him, singer says

Simple Minds' Jim Kerr pays tribute to director John Hughes
Simple Minds frontman Jim Kerr has paid tribute to film director John Hughes, who died on August 6 aged 59.

The director featured a number of UK bands – such as Simple Minds, The Smiths and Echo And The Bunnymen – in his films, which included 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off', '16 Candles' and 'Pretty In Pink'.

Simple Minds' 'Don't You Forget About Me' was used prominently in Hughes' 1985 hit movie 'The Breakfast Club', and the song shot to Number One on the US Billboard chart as a result of the film's popularity.

Writing in his diary at Simpleminds.com, Kerr paid tribute to Hughes, who died of a heart attack, and revealed that Simple Minds will be dedicating 'Don't You Forget About Me' to his memory on their forthcoming tour.

He said: "And so it is that during the forthcoming 'Graffiti Soul' Tour, and when each and every night we dig into ourselves in order to pull out the greatest ever version of 'Don't You Forget About Me', it is John Hughes that I will be considering, and how in particular it was his enthusiasm for the sound of Simple Minds that made us go the extra mile back in December '84 when we pulled up at a draughty and soulless Wembley recording studio [to record the track]."

Kerr went on to thank Hughes for helping the band to "kick down the door" into the US mainstream.

He added: "John Hughes and his movie 'The Breakfast Club' gave us above all the thrilling opportunity that everyone who starts a band dreams of. The opportunity that is of aggregating the kind of success that enables an act to go through the door and into what is considered to be 'The Big League'.

"That we were maybe destined for it in any case is neither here nor there. The fact is that John helped us kick the door down and once there, no one could ever lock us out or tell us again what it felt like to be Number One in America. Because thanks to John Hughes and his film 'The Breakfast Club', we had been there and done it for ourselves, and not so many can say that, unfortunately!"

Blog - Why John Hughes' Movies Would Have Been Nothing Without Their Soundtracks

Read More On This Artist

Simple Minds Tickets
Date/Time Venue Seetickets Viagogo


Buy Simple Minds Tickets

from £24

Buy Simple Minds Tickets


Buy Simple Minds Tickets

from £24

Buy Simple Minds Tickets


Buy Simple Minds Tickets

from £50

Buy Simple Minds Tickets


NOT AVAILABLE

Buy Simple Minds Tickets


Buy Simple Minds Tickets

from £39

Buy Simple Minds Tickets


Buy Simple Minds Tickets

from £50

Buy Simple Minds Tickets


Buy Simple Minds Tickets

from £49

Buy Simple Minds Tickets

from £89


NOT AVAILABLE

Buy Simple Minds Tickets

from £102


Buy Simple Minds Tickets

from £40

Buy Simple Minds Tickets


NOT AVAILABLE

Buy Simple Minds Tickets

from £102


Buy Simple Minds Tickets

from £49

Buy Simple Minds Tickets


NOT AVAILABLE

Buy Simple Minds Tickets

from £102


Buy Simple Minds Tickets

from £49

Buy Simple Minds Tickets


NOT AVAILABLE

Buy Simple Minds Tickets

from £90


Buy Simple Minds Tickets

from £49

Buy Simple Minds Tickets

from £85


Buy Simple Minds Tickets

from £39

Buy Simple Minds Tickets

from £73


Buy Simple Minds Tickets

from £39

Buy Simple Minds Tickets


NOT AVAILABLE

Buy Simple Minds Tickets

from £73


Buy Simple Minds Tickets

from £49

Buy Simple Minds Tickets


NOT AVAILABLE

Buy Simple Minds Tickets

from £71

back to top

More News
Sly Stone awarded £3.3 million in unpaid royalties
Rage Against The Machine's Tim Commerford teams up with Lance Armstrong
Skrillex, Flying Lotus, FKA Twigs, Duran Duran added to Sónar festival bill
Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante to release acid house LP
Run The Jewels share 'Lie, Cheat, Steal' video - watch
Everything Everything: 'If you put out a record this year and it's all smiles, then...
Students launch petition to name east London University building after Wiley
Sinead O'Connor withdraws application to join Sinn Fein
Sleaford Mods back crowdfunded documentary 'about the band and state of modern Britain'
Björk on 'Vulnicura' album leak: 'There's no way to say how you'd...
Drenge on new album 'Undertow': 'One song just screams 'Fleetwood Mac'
Liam Howlett confident ahead of new Prodigy album: 'I've been feeling these new...
Taylor Swift tells hackers who claim to have nude pictures of her: 'you got nothing'
Noel Gallagher: 'new album is is full of songs that make you punch the air while crying'
Carl Barât says he 'needs therapy' now that his Libertines bandmate Pete Doherty is clean
The Cribs say new album is 'their poppiest record since 'Men's Needs, Women's...
Sam Smith responds after US DJ Howard Stern calls him a 'fat ugly motherfucker'
Tom DeLonge says Blink-182 'haven't talked in months'
Carl Barât & The Jackals announce one-off UK show
Blink-182's Mark Hoppus confirms conversations about replacing drummer Travis Barker did...
Faith No More announce release of new single 'Superhero'
L7 announce reunion and European gigs

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM