Blue Heaven!
Evening News 1st April 1993

Ingliston ready to rock with the real gone kids

THE Real Gone Kids are back in town — Scots rockers Deacon Blue are set to take Lothian by storm tonight with a huge concert at Ingliston. Music fans from through out the region and far beyond will flock in their thousands to watch the country s top purveyors of pop give a show-stopping performance. Riding on the success of their new album — Whatever You Say, Say Nothing — which has just climbed to number five in the charts, the band are certain to strike a chord with chart hits including Fergus Sings the Blues, Queen of The New Year, Dignity and Your Town. The band already have a clutch of best selling albums under their belts including Raintown, When the World Knows Your Name and Fellow Hoodlums.

The new album is further confirmation of the winning formula of dance able tunes, memorable melodies and strong lyrics that have become the enviable hallmark of the home-grown group. Despite sweeping to international fame in Europe, the band — named after a Steely Dan song — have remained true to their Scots roots. They are one of the most successful Scottish groups of the last decade, combining pop careers with putting across a political message.

The have also lent their services to support several causes. Edinburgh’s Milestone House and Royal Hospital for Sick Children have been among the organisations to benefit. Tonight’s gig at Ingliston marks the opening of Deacon Blue’s first tour of the year — and will also see the unveiling of Ingliston’s newly revamped stage area, which will give a clearer view to the crowd and reduce the distance the sound has to travel. The band’s theatrical stage show tonight promises to thrill thousands, and is likely to be one of the 1993’s most memorable pop events.

Politics and pop have proved a potent mixture for Deacon Blue’s Dundee-born frontman, Ricky Ross. Both he and wife, Lorraine, who provides the band’s distinctive backing vocals, have added their voices to calls for Scottish independence, lending their high- profile support to public meetings and rallies. Ricky was a central figure in Artists for Independence and Scotland United, and Deacon Blue are prominent players at benefit gigs. But now the signs are that nationalist politics have moved over to make way for pure pop, and that the band are concentrating on hitting the right notes with punters rather than politicians. Ricky has said he wants to make music that reaches the masses: We want to make pop records and the nature of a pop record is that it’s a popular record.” If the surefire success of their Ingliston gig is anything to go by, popularity is one thing the band already have in abundance.