Deacon Blue To Split Edinburgh Evening News 27th April 1994

DEACON BLUE today shocked their army of fans by announcing they will split at the end of their current tour. The group bow out on May 19 with a concert at the Barrowlands in their home town of Glasgow.

The band, who appeared at the Edinburgh Playhouse last week, scored a total of 16 hit singles and five massive selling albums. Singer Ricky Ross, who started the band in 1985, said today: As George Harrison once said, all things must pass. The band always agreed that Deacon Blue was going to be time limited and, after much consideration, weve decided that time has come. Were leaving on a high, and have no plans to work together after the current tour. I hope, however, the fact were still touring means its self evident the band are still friends.

In an ironic reference to the break-up of the Beatles, he added: We cant even blame Yoko. The future of only one member of the band, drummer Dougie Vipond, is currently clear. Scottish Television today confirmed that he will present STVs arts show, NB, when it returns on Saturday, May 7. A spokesman said: The current presenters are leaving to do other programmes and Dougie and another newcomer, Susan Maxwell, will take over. Dougie wanted to branch out into television. Keyboard player Jim Prime is reportedly considering emigrating to the US.

The decision to split comes at a time when Deacon Blue are enjoying success in the album charts with their compilation, Our Town, currently No. 2. The band released their first single, Dignity, in 1987, and followed up with hits such as Real Gone Kid, Fergus Sings the Blues and Ill Never Fall In Love Again. Their albums include Raintown, When the World Knows Your Name, Fellow Hoodlums, and Whatever You Say, Say Nothing. Peter Laing