Deacon Won't Sing The Blues
Dublin Evening Herald 19th April 1994
Dublin National Stadium 18th April 1994

THERE is no accounting for public. taste, Why else would one of the finest bands around fail to sell out the National Stadium last night?

Scotland's Deacon Blue have long been recognised by quite a few people as the, purveyors of principled pop, songs with both melody and purpose.They've even had a string of chart hits and with the craggy Ricky Ross out front, Deacon Blue should by rights be packing out the 8,000 capacity Point Depot rather than failing to fill the National Stadium. But Deacon Blue were certainly not downhearted and they delivered a passionate, hugely enjoyable 90.minute show which forms part of their "Greatest Hits" tour.

And what hits. "Raintown" was the second song in and the place was already going wild. By the fourth number - another old favourite in "Fergus Sings The Blues" - the crowd were on their feet and rushing down the front. "Real Gone Kid" added fuel to an already blazing fire as Deacon Blue proved what a hugely under.rated band they are, Ross's marvellous voice, "his incisive songs and maniacal presence' were embellished by his partner,'Lorraine Mclntosh.Tony O'Brien