To coincide with the 20th anniversary of their Picture This album, Wet Wet Wet will bring their Big Picture Tour to Cardiff Motorpoint Arena on March 9, 2016.
The Wets, Marti Pellow, Graeme Clark, Neil Mitchell and Tommy Cunningham have sold over 15 million records worldwide whilst notching up over thirty UK chart hits including three number 1’s.
Alongside their incredible success, performing amazing live shows has always been at the heart of what the band do. having played to over 5 million people across the globe since 1987. “Our business is taking care of the legacy we've managed to build up over the years,” the bands drummer Tommy Cunningham tells Andy Howells, “ we've got to make sure that we don't destroy that and we treat it with respect. We’re always taking care of the back catalogue but at the same time we're pushing forward and trying to do new songs.”
Tommy confirms that fans will get to hear many of The Wets hits on the new tour, “There are certain songs we have to do including Love Is all Around and Goodnight Girl. We also like to bring out songs we've not touched in a while, songs like Angel Eyes from our first album. It was a top 10 hit but we don’t play it at every gig or songs like Sweet Surrender.”
The Picture This album, originally released in 1996 has cause to be celebrated highlighting a peak in Wet Wet Wet’s chart success including the hits Julia Says, Don’t Want to Forgive Me Now, Somewhere Somehow, She’s All On My Mind, Morning and Love is all Around. The album has recently been remastered for special anniversary releases.
There is still a lot of excitement for the bands live shows not just from the Wets huge fan base but also the band themselves, “They can digitise your music, they can digitise your image but they can’t digitise the live experience!” continues Tommy, “People who come along to our concerts want to be entertained and it’s our job to do that.”
- Catch Wet Wet Wet at Cardiff Motorpoint Arena on March 9, 2016. Tickets available from available from: Ticketline.co.uk / Seetickets.com / Ticketmaster.co.uk and WetWetWet.co.uk
- A version of this interview by Andy Howells appeared in The South Wales Argus entertainment supplement The Guide on July 31, 2015