Deacon Blue at the Apollo


Seated, which was unusual for the venue – not that we stayed in our seats for long. The band launched into a set list of all the oldies (plus a few lesser known titles) and the crowd swayed, clapped, shouted and sang all night.

Ricky Ross screamed “London take it away” and the audience sang “Dignity, Fergus Sings the Blues and Real Gone Kid”. I’ve been to a number of gigs over the years, but these guys know how to work a crowd…

At one point Ricky disappeared off stage, much to the surprise of the band, only to appear in the audience. He climbed back on stage, announced the doors were locked and we’d be there for a while yet.

At the end of the gig, the whole band walked forward to the edge of the stage and shook hands with the first row. If you ever get the chance to see them live, go, please. It really is one gig that will stand out as fun, entertaining, enjoyable and definitely memorable.