As Simple Minds’ frontman Jim Kerr, leapt onstage to rapturous applause at the O2 I wondered if it was a bit of a comedown after performing to tens of thousands at a time in their heyday.

If it was, a youthful-looking 53-year-old Jim certainly wasn’t showing it.

Grinning from ear to ear, he weaved around the stage throughout the two-part set (with no support) giving the 2,000 strong audience over two hours of top quality classics.

While it took the mostly middle-aged audience (some of whom had even managed to squeeze back into their Simple Minds tour T-shirts from the 80s) a few tracks to get going, by the time Kerr had gone through Up On The Catwalk, Let There Be Love, All The Things She Said and Glittering Prize, the crowd were lapping it up.

But it was the second half’s performance that really had the gig in full swing with She’s A River, Love Song and See The Lights, Promised You A Miracle and New Gold Dream conquering the audience. And, when they launched into their flagship song – Don’t You Forget About Me – Kerr simply pointed the mic at the crowd and let them do the work.

Returning for the inevitable encore of Sanctify Yourself and Space, Kerr ended the show predictably with the classic Alive and Kicking – but proved to his loyal legion of fans that, after 35 years, Simple Minds certainly still well and truly are.