Scots rockers Deacon Blue set for Yorkshire date

Deacon Blue
Deacon Blue

One of Scotland’s most popular bands are coming to York’s Grand Opera House later this year.

Scottish pop band Deacon Blue, who formed in Glasgow during 1985, will come to Yorkshire on June 24. Their name was taken from the title of the Steely Dan song ‘Deacon Blues’. The band consists of vocalist Ricky Ross and Lorraine McIntosh, keyboard player James Prime and bass player Dougie Vipond.

The band released their debut album, Raintown on May 1, 1987 in the United Kingdom, it was released in the United States in February 1988. The album, widely praised as Deacon Blue’s finest work, has the overtones of a concept album relating to the struggles of getting by in life in the inner city of urban life - the city being unmistakably Glasgow, referenced by the roots of the band and by the famous images on the cover of the album, the view of a rainy day over Glasgow’s West End (with the Finnieston Crane featuring prominently) and, on the rear, a long-exposure capture of the Kingston Bridge blasting through the city centre at night.

The band went onto release their second studio album, When The World Knows Your Name (1989) which topped the UK Album Charts for two weeks, which included their hit single, “Real Gone Kid” which became their first UK top ten single.

Deacon Blue split in 1994, after the release of their fourth album, Whatever You Say, Say Nothing (1993). With Vipond’s decision to quit the group in favour of a career in television, Deacon Blue split up in 1994. Five years later, the band held a reunion gig in 1999, and this led on to a new album, Walking Back Home, with the band now working on a part-time basis. The band released another album, Homesick, in 2001. Though Graeme Kelling died from pancreatic cancer in 2004, the band has continued in his absence and 2006 saw Deacon Blue returning to the studio to record three new tracks for a Singles album - including the track “Bigger than Dynamite”. Deacon Blue are confirmed to be recording new material for a 2011 or 2012 release.

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