Deacon Blue Scoop Academy Award
Sunday Mail 2nd February 2003

They're first up at Scotland's new rock venue

Billy Sloan Exclusive

DEACON Blue tell me they plan to give a show with a difference when they raise the curtain at Scotland's new rock venue.

The group play the first gig at Glasgow Academy on March 26.

They've won the scramble to be the opening act - pipping Bryan Ferry and Sugababes - and frontman Ricky Ross revealed he's got something special in mind for the show.

"It's nice to be asked to do the honours of opening the Glasgow Academy," he told me.

"Deacon Blue are a Glasgow band and playing in the city is always important to us. This will be a real accolade. I want to do something different... a style of show we've never done before. Obviously, I don't want to say too much in case I blow the surprise."

Tickets priced 23.50 go on sale tomorrow at 9am from the usual outlets. The group are reforming specially for the gig and will have original members Ricky (vocals), Lorraine McIntosh (backing vocals), Jim Prime (keyboards) and Dougie Vipond (drums).

They'll be joined by Mick Slaven, Scott Fraser and Tash Wyzgawski.

Ricky said: "We have had a long association with Barrowland. We had many great nights there.

"It's exciting to have a new place to play on the south side of the city. The venue is based on Brixton Academy, which is a brilliant gig. We loved it.

"The Glasgow version is going to be even more amazing."