Dignity Is The Name Of Ricky's Game
Ricky Ross Colchester Arts Centre 1.4.98 - Internet Gig Guide April 1998
SUCCESSFUL singers often have songs that haunt them, the hit from way back which is always requested, no matter how much their career has moved on. For Jon Bon Jovi it is Livin' on a Prayer, and for Ricky Ross it must be Dignity.
It must have been something of a relief to the ex-Deacon Blue frontman that he made it 40 minutes into his set before Dignity was mentioned, even if he was greeted on stage with the question "Where's the wife?"
In the four years since the band split Ross has been busy proving his solo worth, both as a performer and songwriter.Alone with his guitar and a grand piano, at a venue a long way from the usual big arenas, he showed the full range of his talents. The distinctive vocals and his laid back Scottish humour came across as they never could in those frantic Deacon Blue days.
Despite his vulnerable look, Ross seemed to thrive on the intimacy of the small venue. The mix was just right, recent material plus old favourites which found new life in the unplugged approach.
The last time I saw him on stage he looked like a man who was tired with
what he was doing. Now he is clearly having fun again. He even gave in to
the Dignity request and seemed to thoroughly enjoy doing it.Kim
|My Only Tie|
|Good Evening Philadelphia|
|I'm Sure Buddy Would Know|
|I've Been Making Such A Fool|
|Love & Regret|
|The Further North You Go|
|On The Line / Dignity|
|Earth A Little Lighter|
|Twist And Shout|
|What You Are|
|The Germans Are Out Today|
|Born In A Storm / Raintown|
|The Undeveloped Heart|
|He Looks Like Spencer Tracy Now|