Ricky Ross sheds his Deacon Blue
skin once again as he sets off on his third solo tour,
coinciding with the release of his new album This Is The Life.
But Deacon Blue fans are being assured that
some of the band's material will still be showcased alongside
the solo stuff.
"Of course it will," promises
Ricky. "I realise that the vast majority of the people
coming to the shows will be Deacon Blue fans. The idea of going
out with the band before Christmas was to give everyone their
fix of the big songs. We still love playing all that stuff, and
there will be a certain amount included.
"But the idea is to play everything,
revisiting some of the less obvious older numbers too, drawn
from all the Deacon Blue and solo album back catalogue. Old
songs, new versions."
So will the band featured on the album be
on the road with Ricky?
"Yes and no," the singer reveals.
"Davie Scott and Mick Slaven are going out with me, but
we're not taking bass and drums, which means we can reproduce a
real flavour of the album, but also have the chance to be
intimate, experiment with new arrangements of the songs and
still do them justice. It's a question of balance."
Ricky admits that he really enjoys doing
solo shows, although he finds it scarier than performing with a
"I have to give more of myself, you
create your own stark intimacy with the crowd when you're in
smaller venues. And the acoustic format immediately brings you
so much closer to people.
"On the other hand that makes it more
special, it's more about personality and it's more about the
The solo shows also offer the chance to
vary the format from the Deacon Blue gigs.
"I talk a lot more when I perform
solo," Ricky says. "There's more dialogue between the
songs, it's closer to traditional storytelling because it gives
me so much more of an opportunity to express myself.
"There are no big lights and loud amps
to hide behind but that's great. It's a challenge to bring the
songs to life and it's fun because we all swap instruments
"I play piano and a bit of guitar,
Dave and Mick do the same, so there's still a lot variety in