Ten years on and an Aberdeen-based band are taking their frocks back out of the closet – thanks to a little Facebook pressure from fans who have never forgotten them.
And now the Bloody Marys – who were a loud, proud and in-your-face phenomenon back in their day – are set to delight devotees new and old with a comeback gig at the city’s Lemon Tree Lounge on Friday, May 27.
Lead singer Ian Gray said: “We have been absolutely astonished at the encouragement from our fans – both old, and surprisingly a lot of new ones - and their turnout to the initial reunion gig was testament to their level of support.
“We had 10 years ‘missing’ from our repertoire and we have had a lot of fun developing our set to combine old and new.”
In their hey-day in the 90s the guys - Ian on lead vocals, Barry Dodds on guitar and Steve Morrison on keyboards - played to crowds of up to 2000 people throughout Scotland, including sell-out shows at the now-defunct Capitol Theatre; appeared on the cult TV show The Big Breakfast and accumulated accolades such as the Holston Pills Band of the Year.
Their farewell gig at Aberdeen Music Hall in 1999 was an instant sell-out.
Described in one national newspaper as “brilliantly vulgar”, the Bloody Marys have an eccentric on-stage persona, bringing the stage alive with their unique performances of cover tracks from the ever-popular Abba, Take That and The Rocky Horror Show.
Ian added: “Our new gigs recreate our previous format, with two sets covering the old, the new and the 10 years in between. Of course, it’s done in our trademark tongue-in-cheek way - hot, spicy and with lots of fun and frolics.”
Tickets for the Friday, May 27 gig are available online at www.boxofficeaberdeen.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall, His Majesty’s Theatre and The Lemon Tree.