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When Glaswegian chart-toppers Deacon Blue split up at the height of their success in 1994, it seemed like complete madness.

Despite notching up four Top 10 albums and a staggering 17 chart hits, frontman Ricky Ross says that creatively the band had come to the end of the road.

Gamble

"There's definitely a time for bands to split up and we didn't want to miss the boat," says Ricky, who has just released his first solo album What You Are.

"You always want to do it at a time when you're on top and things are going well. We didn't want to just fizzle out. It's much better to just say 'stop' and do something else."

The 38-year-old fronted Deacon Blue, along with wife Lorraine McIntosh, 32 - so the split affected the couple personally as well as professionally.

And although the father-of-three had a good working relationship with his wife, they weren't cut out to be the Richard and Judy of rock.

"Being in a band forever is perhaps not that brilliant an idea," he says. We worked together successfully, but I wouldn't say that I'd recommend it. The whole thing can get very pressurised."

The couple are still happily married and their gamble to split the band has paid off.

Ricky's first solo single Radio On made it into the Top 40 last month and he is now set for a UK tour, culminating in three shows with Bryan Adams next month.

"The new material will be different," admits Ricky. "It's slightly more straightforward and guitary than Deacon Blue was. Hopefully our fans will love it."

Catch Ricky Ross on tour: Tonight Glasgow King Tuts; June 8, Fleadh Festival; 11, London Mean Fiddler; July 20, Ibrox Stadium; 24, Huddersfield Stadium; 27, Wembley Stadium (last three dates are with Bryan Adams - Ricky plays at 4pm).

LEO ROBERTS
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Date:Jun 6, 1996
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