Wet Wet Wet has announced an extra special one-off gig to celebrate the band’s 25th anniversary.
Back in the Park will take place at Glasgow Green on Friday July 20 2012 – Marti Pellow and the boys’ first show in almost five years.
I headed along to the press conference yesterday to watch Wet Wet Wet perform some of their most loved hits and to chat to the band about the reunion show.
Fans lucky enough to snap up tickets to the Green won’t be disappointed: the band sound just as good now as they did all those years ago, and it’s impossible not to sing along, especially if you grew up with a mad Marti fan like my mother, who insisted on playing ‘the Wets' on repeat. More on that later…
Speaking of their excitement about Back in the Park, Graeme Clark said: “It’s quite exciting for us to be back there [Glasgow Green]. We played there in 1989 so 23 years later should be good.”
Marti Pellow oozed cheeky charm as he spoke about the band’s ability to appeal 25 years on from when they first hit the airwaves.
He said: “When you make records it’s about longevity and as long as people embraced the music, we would still be doing it, and besides I was a terrible painter and decorator!”
Hailing from Clydebank, Marti admitted there was something special about holding their comeback gig in Glasgow.
The 46 year-old-said: “We’re in amongst our own, that’s what’s important for us, this is where we burst out of, this is where we come from, this is where our journey began, so it seems the most obvious thing for us to come back.”
And the gig is sure to delight the band’s loyal army of fans, as Graeme added: “We’re doing a Wet Wet Wet show, full of hits and hopefully people can come and embrace that and enjoy themselves.”
Marti and Graeme had nothing but praise for the current crop of Scottish acts storming the charts, noting Emeli Sande and Biffy Clyro as stand out musicians flying the Scottish flag.
With Back in the Park taking place in July, I wondered whether the Wets would possibly be using another Park show to warm up for the big day – T in the Park?
Marti said: “Festivals are where it’s at. For us, we’ve played a lot of festivals in Europe but never the UK – we never wanted to come out when it was raining!” Get Geoff Ellis on the phone.
Back to the Park may be billed as one-off gig, but will it spark the return of Wet Wet Wet and a possible album? The lads are keeping their cards close to their chest for now, but admitted they have been working on new tracks and if the Green gig goes well, it could be the start of things to come.
Following the interview, Marti delighted my mum by calling her up for a surprise chat – what a lovely man! She’ll be dining out on that one for years and is sure to be in the front row with her original Popped in Souled Out t-shirt at Back in the Park, and after yesterday’s performance, I’ll definitely be joining her.
Tickets go on sale at 9am on Wednesday (28 March) and are available from www.ticketline.co.uk or by calling 0844 888 9991 from 9am on Wednesday 28 March 2012.
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