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IN THE WORDS OF MARTY: IT'S BRILL IN RHYL.

WET Wet Wet began their musical careers more than 30 years ago and have ruled the charts and enjoyed significant success ever since.

The quartet - singer Marti Pellow, bassist Graeme Clark, Neil Mitchell and Tommy Cunningham - began their extensive Big Picture Tour of Britain and Europe with a gig at the Pavilion Theatre, Rhyl.

The band opened with East of the River from their debut album Popped In Souled Out from 1987.

Pausing to catch breath - both band and audience - after a couple of songs Marti Pellow greeted the crowd.

He said "It's brill to be in Rhyl" to thunderous applause and cheers from a capacity audience.

Pellow's charisma radiated from the stage. He was last seen on the Pavilion stage as the Narrator in Blood Brothers last March.

During that performance he lurked in the shadows. But not on Sunday!

Accompanied by a threepiece brass section Wet Wet Wet proved they are still a formidable live band playing a varied setlist containing their biggest hits, fan favourites and cover versions.

As befits a tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Picture This the list contained a fair number of songs from the album including Julia Says, Somewhere Somehow and Morning.

Gypsy Girl, from the same album, was one of a trio of songs performed in an accoustic mini set.

The band spent time last summer writing new material and the band performed Love Wars live for the first time. Sweet Little Mystery, which sounded as fresh as it did when first appeared on the Popped Out album, brought proceedings nearly full circle and the band walked off stage leaving Pellow alone facing the audience.

"Ever thought you were all alone," he said as he briefly walked offstage to return with the rest of the band. "I found them," he shouted as the band struck up Lip Service.

Inevitably the evening concluded with Wet Wet Wet's biggest UK hit, Love Is All Around. The audience's response was ecstatic.

Wet Wet Wet were really brill in Rhyl.

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Wet Wet Wet on stage in Rhyl and (below) lead singer Marty Pellow belts out the hits

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Feb 23, 2016
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