The shock announcement comes soon after Marti and the Wets finished a hugely-successful trio of concerts, culminating in a final night appearance at Edinburgh Castle to celebrate the band’s 30th anniversary. Few fans could have predicted it would be Marti’s last time on stage with the group.
Commenting, Marti Pellow 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.’
Marti is currently engaged in writing a new stage musical with his long-term music collaborator and producer Grant Mitchell, along with leading theatre dramaturge and playwright, Jack Bradley.