The Press & Journal 30th December 2003
Hundreds of Deacon Blue fans left Aberdeen Music Hall croaky voiced after one of the band's best ever North-east gigs.
The Scots group were given a standing ovation after an excellent set lasting nearly two hours.
Lead singer Ricky Ross treated the adoring crowd to his usual first class vocals as well as friendly, cheeky banter.
Joined on stage by his band - including his wife and backing singer, Lorraine McIntosh, who now stars in Scots soap River City, and Sportscene presenter Dougie Vipond on drums - Dundonian Ricky had the packed hall eating out of his hands.
He also spoke of the "total thrill" he felt at performing the national anthem at Hampden Park before the recent Scotland victory over Holland.
It's clear from this gig that the recently reunited Deacon Blue have held on to hordes of their most loyal fans - and adopted many more.
Among the biggest crowd pleasers were Fergus Sings The Blues, Dignity, Real Gone Kid and I'll Never Fall In Love Again.
But one of the loudest cheers was saved for an impromptu version of The Darkness' recent hit Christmas Time, part of a three-song encore.
The crowd were left shouting for more and hoping it wouldn't be too long before Deacon Blue took the road to Aberdeen again.