Wet Wet Wet singer Marti Pellow backs former band after being replaced by new frontman

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 06:  Marti Pellow of Wet Wet Wet performs live on stage at The O2 Arena on March 6, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Simone Joyner/Getty Images)
Marti Pellow of Wet Wet Wet performs live on stage at The O2 Arena in London, 2016. (Simone Joyner/Getty Images)

Wet Wet Wet star Marti Pellow has given his former band his support after being replaced by new frontman.

Pellow, 56, left the band in 2017 to pursue a solo career, forcing the band — Graeme Clark, Neil Mitchell and Tommy Cunningham — to bring in a new lead singer in 2018, settling on Liberty X’s Kevin Simm.

He says he still considers his former bandmates as a 'band of brothers' telling the Mirror:

“We don't really talk to each other that much, I guess that's quite sad, but, you know, hey ho.”

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“Life's short as it is. We weren't marching to the same drum.”

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 14: Graeme Clark, Tommy Cunningham, Neil Mitchell, Kevin Simm and Graeme Duffin of Wet Wet Wet attend The Forth Awards 2019 at Usher Hall on November 14, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Roberto Ricciuti/Redferns)
Graeme Clark, Tommy Cunningham, Neil Mitchell, Kevin Simm and Graeme Duffin of Wet Wet Wet in 2019 (Roberto Ricciuti/Redferns)

Reminiscing on the success of the Scottish band, he confessed that he will always cherish the work he did with them, despite the 'messy ending'.

Best known for their cover of The Troggs’ hit Love Is All Around which spent 15 weeks at the top of the chart in 1994, the quartet had previously sold 15 million records.

Wishing his successor the best, Pellow admitted that he thinks the new line-up will bring 'a different vibe… and a different dynamic', and that if people enjoy the new sound then 'fair play to them'.

Scottish band Wet Wet Wet are voted Best British Newcomer at the Brit Awards, held at London's Albert Hall, 9th February 1988. From left to right, they are Neil Mitchell, Tommy Cunningham, Graeme Clark and Marti Pellow. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Scottish band Wet Wet Wet were voted Best British Newcomer at the 1988 Brit Awards (Dave Hogan/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Both are set to release new music soon: Pellow is releasing his own album Stargazer, while the band are working on their first album with new frontman Simm.

In light of his recent tour announcement as one of the first artists to announce dates following easing of lockdown restrictions, Pellow admits just how much he took touring for granted before the pandemic.

Wet Wet Wet, music group, in concert, NEC, Birmingham, 29th June 1994. Lead singer, Marti Pellow. (Photo by Birmingham Post and Mail Archive/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
Wet Wet Wet, music group, in concert, NEC, Birmingham, 29th June 1994 (Birmingham Post and Mail Archive/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)

"Now you realise how much a big part of your DNA as an artist it is to be able to go and an entertain and feel that sense of connection, and I want to be part of that, with the millions of people who have followed me on this wee journey.”

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