Deacon Blue frontman Ricky Ross reveals his teenage kids talked him into doing gig at T in the Park
Daily Record 10th July 2013

THE Scottish music veteran is relishing the opportunity to finally make his T in the Park debut at Balado with his band after a 20-year wait.

IT’S taken 20 years and some reassuring teenagers for Deacon Blue to take their place on the T in the Park bill.

The band split up the year T was born in 1994 but reformed five years later and stayed together for sporadic tours and recordings.

But despite the success enjoyed at Balado by fellow Scottish acts with vintage status such as The Proclaimers, Simple Minds and Texas, Saturday’s Main Stage performance will be Deacon Blue’s T in the Park debut.

Lead singer Ricky Ross said: “I’ve been asking my kids, ‘Should we really be playing T? Will anyone know our songs?’

“They say, ‘Of course they will’. I don’t know if they’re just being nice but I’m really looking forward to it.

“I went to T in The Park with my daughter and brother-in-law to see Brian Wilson a few years back and people were asking me for photographs. I was
really surprised – I didn’t think anybody would know who I was.

“So, hopefully if people have been friendly while we’ve been watching in the audience, they will be friendly when we’re on stage, too.”

Ricky was a last-minute addition to the Main Stage line-up in 1996, during the early days of his solo career.

But it’s an experience he hopes not to repeat. He said: “It was horrible. I was doing a solo album which wasn’t really happening and it was all very last-minute. I didn’t enjoy it.”

The band will follow T with dates next month at the V Festivals at Chelmsford, Essex, and Weston Park, Staffordshire, and Chris Evans’ Car Fest at Oulton Park before resuming the tour for their comeback album, The Hipsters.

The 55-year-old added: “Five or six years ago wouldn’t have been the right time for us to do T, so it’s nice to be asked now.

“We headlined the acoustic tent at Glastonbury a couple of years ago, which was terrific, and I had a solo gig down there last week with a really lovely audience.

“I’d love to hang around to see Frank Ocean but I suspect by the time Sunday comes, I will be in my garden.”  Paul English