Scots Touching Tribute To Lost Pal
In Sizzling Set Of Classics
Sunday Mail 9th January 2005

DEACON BLUE Carling Academy, Glasgow, December 30

The Scots - who took their name from a Steely Dan tune - have been entertaining huge audiences for almost 15 years but delivered one of their best and most emotional performances ever at this gig.

Classics such as Chocolate Girl and Homesick immediately created an electric atmosphere. But it wasn't just the music that sent the fans wild - women swooned over frontman Ricky Ross' and drummer Dougie Vipond's good looks.

Ricky's wife - River City star Lorraine McIntosh - also had her own special group of fans cheering her on.

Her fellow cast members from the Scots soap were spotted dancing along with the rest of the crowd to Twist And Shout.

Things took a sombre turn when Ross dedicated a new song to the memory of their deceased guitarist, Graeme Kelling, who died of cancer in June, aged 47.

Highlight was definitely the packed-to-the-rafters crowd singing their hearts out to the band's classic anthem Real Gone Kid.

Deacon Blue delivered a tight, great-sounding gig. In a bigger venue, this would have been even better. Barry Gordon