Review : Royal Concert Hall
Nottingham Post 14th December 2014

Although their musical career spans almost 30 years, Deacon Blue did not look a day older as they thrilled their fans at The Royal Concert Hall on Saturday, as part of their short winter tour to promote their new album; A New House.

This six piece band provided an almost two hour set list where their own blend of pop, rock, blues and country style music really hit the spot. Ricky Ross was preening, posturing and striking a pose just as he did back in the late 80’s, whilst Lorraine McIntosh was a fireball of movement as she energised the stage.

Opening with two new numbers; Bethlehem Begins and Wild, it was clear that the band is back at its best. Queen Of The New Year got the crowd’s blood pumping before a few ballads and some funky guitar tracks made way for the 1989 hit, When Will You (Make My Telephone Ring).

A barrage of hits brought the show to a close; Loaded, Raintown, Real Gone Kid and after a Twitter troll preamble, there was the long awaited Fergus Sings The Blues, before bringing the set to a close with That’s What We Can Do from The Hipsters album.

The band returned to the stage for an encore which included The Long Way Home, the Burt Bacharach and Hal David classic, I’ll Never Fall In Love Again and what would have been a fitting end to any night, an audience led Dignity.

Deacon Blue are, well, Deacon Blue. They have a winning formula and quite rightly don’t deviate from it. It is a tour to promote a new album, and a good album it is, but for a large proportion of this crowd, it was the hits that they had come to hear and they weren’t disappointed. Kevin Cooper