Mel Gaynor is the powerhouse with Simple Minds.
Gaynor joined Simple Minds in 1982 as a session drummer for the New Gold Dream album (as a recommendation by the record producer, Pete Walsh) then later joined the band permanently for the New Gold Dream tour. Except for a brief stint away from the band after the Real Life tour in the early 1990s, he has been the band's drummer to the present day.
In addition to drumming, he is active as a songwriter and a record producer. Currently, he has also been working on a side project as part of a duo (along with Stephane Deriau-reine) called The Fusion Project-described as "a mix between progressive rock and jazz-fusion."
Gaynor considers The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, and the Mahavishnu Orchestra to be his main influences.
In addition to Simple Minds, he has played alongside other acts such as: Sir Elton John, Lou Reed, Tina Turner, Meat Loaf, Samson, The Associates, Peter Gabriel, The Pretenders, Gary Moore, Jackson Browne, Little Steven, Brian May, The Nolans and Robert Palmer.
Mel will perform in association with Natal.