Big Country split from manager over Stuart Adamson estate row


THE group claims Ian Grant refused to hand over money earned on their last tour to the estate of the late singer. ROCK group Big Country have split with their manager after members accused him of failing to pay money to Stuart Adamson’s estate.

Guitarist Bruce Watson accused Ian Grant of ­“immorally” refusing to hand over a percentage of earnings from the ­Dunfermline band’s last tour.Grant denied the claims and said the estate of their singer, who died in 2001, aged 43, would be paid in full.

Watson told fans on the band’s website that they were separating from their manager of more than 30 years – but that the group would continue.

He said: “We cannot continue working with Ian Grant. We have agreed to pay Stuart’s estate a percentage of our earnings, which Ian Grant is meant to pay to them.

“We, the band, found out half-way through the gigs that he wasn’t paying them. Most of us in the band find this disgusting, immoral and probably illegal.”

Grant said: “This is not true. I am dealing with the estate and have dialogue with their representative. They are being paid.”

Big Country bass player Tony Butler is retiring and will be replaced by Derek Forbes of Simple Minds


By Nick Hanlon 26 Sep 2012 00:01


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