A Night For The Blues
Viva (Birmingham) December 1991
Birmingham Symphony Hall 8th December 1991

SYMPHONY Hall is a posh venue for a rock 'n' reel band like Deacon Blue. "I had to wear a dinner jacket to get in," joked tricky Ross, dressed in a dark suit. "And we've brought along a violinist... We told them it was a classical night, so keep the clapping down." What followed was definitely a classic Viva night. The audience rose to its feet at the band's entrance, and from then on there was never any chance of keeping the noise down.

Lorraine Mclntosh was inspired, at one point, to go into the crowd to sing, while Ross switched off his mike during one number - and could still be heard singing clearly. Songs such as Raintown, Bright Lights, I'll Never Fall In Love Again and Wild Mountain Thyme were lapped up. After an hour and 50 minutes of great music and two encores, Ross paid the hall his ultimate tribute. "This is marvellous. You can actually see the faces In the audience. It's one of the best nights of my life..." Brian Feeney