Great Night Of Nostalgia As Solo Star Ricky 
Rocks On At Ronnie's

Sunday Mercury 7th February 1999


OLD rock stars don't die - they play a week's residency at Ronnie Scott's. 

Former Deacon Blue frontman Ricky Ross was the latest arrival, travelling light with just piano and acoustic guitar to support him. 

Ross no longer packs out Wembley Arena or produces platinum-selling albums as he did with the band, but as he showed this week he is still a potent songwriting talent - and a nice bloke too. 

Dressed in rock star regulation all black, Ross looks little different from 10 years ago - unlike most of us in the audience. 

The voice is still as distinctive as ever with a slight lisp here and there as he sang out New Recordings (the title of his solo album) such as The Further North You Go or Bethlehem's Gate, interspersed with the `oldies' Love and Regret, Loaded and an excellent, stripped-down version of Dignity. 

Chatting away between songs, Ross builds up a good rapport with the audience, even managing to draft them in for the quirky The Germans Are Out Today. 

All in all a great night. His solo career may be yet to take off, but if there's any justice in the world this won't be the last we've heard of the talented Scot.  Jon Perks