Deacon Blue star Lorraine McIntosh misses first show in two decades after losing her voice
Daily Record 14th December 2013

SCOTS band Deacon Blue were forced to perform without singer Lorraine McIntosh for the first time in 26 years.

She lost her voice and had to miss their gig at Bristol’s Colston Hall.

Guitarist Gregor Philip stepped in to cover on vocals.

Posting on Deacon Blue’s Facebook page, Lorraine apologised to fans and thanked them for sticking with the band as they played their hits without her.

She said: “It was with a very heavy heart that I made the decision, after seeing a doctor, that I should not go on.

“It was the first time since 1987 that Deacon Blue performed without me and it wasn’t easy for them.

“They tell me it was a pretty special gig with the audience singing most of my parts anyway.”

Lorraine’s throat problem on Wednesday night came during the band’s longest tour in a decade.

She recovered to rejoin husband Ricky Ross and the rest of the band on stage for last night’s Newcastle performance.

The band play Liverpool tonight before their homecoming gig next Friday at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow.

They will also play at the Hogmanay celebrations at Stirling Castle.

Paul English

Lorraine's full apology statement
To all the people who came to our show last night in Bristol.

I would like to say how sorry I was not to be able to sing. We were all so looking forward to playing for you and it was with a very heavy heart that I made the decision after seeing a doctor, that I should not go on.

Thank you for being so understanding and supportive to Ricky and the band. It was the first time since 1987 that Deaco
n Blue had performed without me and it wasn't easy for them.

They tell me it was a pretty special gig with the audience singing most of my parts anyway!

We will be back in force but in the meantime I just wanted to thank you for transforming what could have been a bit of a sad occasion into a brilliant night. The power of songs!

Thanks also for all the good wishes and I'm feeling much better now.

Love, Lorraine X