DEREK FORBES … original bassist/writer of Simple Minds
DEREK FORBES & THE DARK are Derek Forbes bass and vocals, with Brian McNeill (China Crisis) on keyboards and drummer Tony Soave (The Silencers)
After Simple Minds he was bassist/writer with the German band Propaganda- followed by Oblivion Dust (Japan) FourGoodMen . He formed the band XSM with 2 other former members of the Simple Minds Bryan McGee and Mick Mc Neill. He decided to leave the band when he was asked to take the place of Tony Butler in the band BIG COUNTRY
After a year of working in studios with various musicians, Derek has decided, following the many requests of his fans, to release his new album LIVE. In America he toured intensively, making it clear that there was a need for a European tour.
The album “Echoes” consists of 11 songs he wrote during the time he worked with the Simple Minds and are equipped with a new jacket, he is responsible for playing all the instruments that can be heard and he also took care of the vocals. During his tour he will be accompanied by specially selected musicians, all with a considerable musical past.
He is now ready for a new challenge! His status as a musician many times will certainly play a role in this.
Voted Best Bass Player in the World… Australia 1982
Voted Best Bass Player in the United Kingdom 1982
Voted Best Scottish Bass Player Ever… 2010
IvorNovello award ( outstanding song collection) in 2016
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