Ricky Ross: We Miss Graeme Kelling Every Day
The Daily Record 24th August 2012

THE Deacon Blue frontman reveals band has dedication to late guitarist Graeme Kelling on their new album.

DEACON Blue frontman Ricky Ross yesterday paid tribute to the band’s late guitarist Graeme Kelling ahead of the release of their first new studio album since 2001.

The band, whose hits in the 1980s and 90s included Dignity and Real Gone Kid, will release new LP The Hipsters on September 24.

And they will tonight play their first live radio session in 20 years in a world exclusive of the new record on Edith Bowman’s Album Show on Radio Scotland.

Ross said Kelling, who died in 2004 after a four-year battle with pancreatic cancer, would never be forgotten.

He said: “Graeme is missed all the time. It’s very rare we don’t think of him.

“When we get back in that room, it’s the old stories and Graeme was a part of that. It’s hard not to have him there.

“Sometimes you turn around and expect him to be there.

“There’s a dedication to him on the record. Graeme was the hipster in Deacon Blue.”

Tonight’s session also marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Raintown.

Ross, who is married to bandmate Lorraine McIntosh, said: “The opportunity to do Edith’s show came up after we were asked if we’d come in for a chat, and I offered to play.

“Then I realised we hadn’t done a full-on radio session with a full band for about 20 years – it was on Radio 1, I think.”

Edith said: “I was 12 when Raintown came out so I wasn’t really going to gigs but whenever they came on TV I was addicted to it – I just wanted to be Lorraine.”