Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Marti Party Is Back in Town; Love Is All around Now Wet Wet Wet Are Back Together. Marion McMullen Talks Charts Hit and Sell-Out Shows with the Band's Lead Singer Marti Pellow

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Marti Party Is Back in Town; Love Is All around Now Wet Wet Wet Are Back Together. Marion McMullen Talks Charts Hit and Sell-Out Shows with the Band's Lead Singer Marti Pellow

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COME and party with Marti," announces Marti Pellow with a cheerful flourish.

The Wet Wet Wet singer has become a musical stage star over the last few years with shows like Chicago, Blood Brothers and The Witches Of Eastwick under his belt.

He's been a shyster lawyer, a mysterious stranger and a horny little devil in the musicals and he's currently touring the country playing Che Guevara in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's international hit Evita.

But the sound of Wet Wet Wet cannot be stopped and is calling him back once more. The band, who had three number one singles including Love Is All Around, are coming back for a Greatest Hits UK tour that sees them playing dates throughout the country including Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff and Newcastle in December.

"We want to have fun otherwise there's no point," says Marti simply. "We want everybody to have a good time."

Evita will keep him busy right up until the band dates and he will then return to the musical again afterwards.

"I'm not really sure when my next break is going to be," admits the 48-year-old "but that's the nature of the job. I'm used to it. I'll take a break when I need one. When I'm ready."

Not many bands can boast an impressive 508 weeks in the UK charts and the Clydebank-born star is looking forward to fronting the charttopping group once more, belting out the songs that led to more than 15 million single and album sales, hits like Sweet Little Mystery, Angel Eyes, Wishing I Was Lucky and Goodnight Girl.

Bursting onto the scene in the 80s, Marti, guitarist Graeme Clark, drummer Tommy Cunningham and keyboard player Neil Mitchell became one of the most successful bands in British pop history and played all over the world.

They went their separate ways after bowing out at the top, but the deep links between them all have always run deep.

They sold out a record 10 shows at Glasgow's SECC in 1995 - outselling the Rolling Stones who were also on tour that year.

They band then returned to Glasgow Green for a sold out 25th anniversary concert last year and decided now was the time to tour again. …

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