Marti Pellow has announced he is leaving Wet Wet Wet after more than three decades with the band, Music Week can exclusively reveal.
Pellow has decided to quit to concentrate on his solo career as a singer, songwriter and actor.
The Scottish singer recently performed three sell-out Wet Wet Wet concerts to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the band’s debut album. The concert at Edinburgh Castle on July 15 turned out to be his final gig with the group.
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.”
Pellow is now working on a new stage musical with his long-term music collaborator and producer Grant Mitchell and leading theatre dramaturge and playwright, Jack Bradley.
By Georgina Littlejohn