Wish­ing I was solo: Marti Pel­lowquit­sWetWetWet

Evening Times - - NEWS - By STACEY MULLEN

CLY­DE­BANK crooner Marti Pel­low has an­nounced he is leav­ing the band which pro­pelled him to fame.

The singer has called it quits with Wet Wet Wet af­ter 30 years of hits and sell-out con­certs.

Pel­low, 52, said he is to leave the band to con­cen­trate on his solo ca­reer.

Wet Wet Wet pre­vi­ously split up in 1999 and later re­formed in 2004.

The lat­est an­nounce­ment comes af­ter three hugely suc­cess­ful con­certs – with the fi­nal night at Ed­in­burgh Cas­tle cel­e­brat­ing the band’s 30th an­niver­sary.

He said: “I will be spend­ing more time on my solo work - per­form­ing con­certs, act­ing and my own song­writ­ing - as an artist I feel a lot more set­tled in this world. I have had a great time and loved my ca­reer with Wet Wet Wet and to me they will al­ways be the best band in the world.

“When I started in Wet Wet Wet I gave it 100% of my heart and soul and that’s what it de­mands and that is also what the fans de­mand – and if I can’t do that be­cause my fo­cus is else­where, then this is not fair on the fans or the rest of the guys in the band.”

Wet Wet Wet shot to fame af­ter form­ing in the early 80s. The band, which also fea­tures drum­mer Tommy Cun­ning- ham, bassist Graeme Clark, gui­tarist Graeme Duf­fin and key­boardist Neil Mitchell, are best know for their 1994 cover of The Troggs’ 1960s hit Love is All Around. The song spent 15 weeks at the top of the Bri­tish charts and fea­tured in the movie Four Wed­dings and a Fu­neral.

The group also had hits with Wish­ing I Was Lucky, Sweet Lit­tle Mys­tery, An­gel Eyes and Good­night Girl.

Pel­low grew up in Cly­de­bank be­fore he quit Scot­land 20 years ago for a new life in Wind­sor.

He bat­tled with an ad­dic­tion to heroin dur­ing the late 90s be­fore check­ing into The Pri­ory re­hab clinic for treat­ment.

The hand­some star is now writ­ing a new stage mu­si­cal with his long-term mu­sic col- lab­o­ra­tor and pro­ducer Grant Mitchell, along with lead­ing theatre dra­maturge and play­wright, Jack Bradley.

Last year, Pel­low had a suc­cess­ful stint as evil sor­cerer Abanazar in the hit panto Aladdin, which ran at the city’s Clyde Au­di­to­rium.

He has also had a suc­cess­ful mu­si­cal theatre ca­reer with roles in Evita and The Witches of East­wick.

Pel­low, 52, in­set right, and above, with the band, said he is to leave Wet Wet Wet to con­cen­trate on his solo ca­reer

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