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Sunday, 9 December, 2001, 12:51 GMT
Big Country singer missing again
Mr Adamson has lived in the US for five years
The lead singer of one of Scotland's most successful rock groups of the 1980s has gone missing for the second time in two years.

Stuart Adamson, who fronted Big Country, was last seen several weeks ago and since then family and friends have been unable to contact him.

The 43-year-old, who lives in Nashville, Tennessee, disappeared for some time two years ago forcing the band to cancel shows supporting Bryan Adams.

Mr Adamson has had a long battle with alcoholism and after his previous disappearance he claimed he was disillusioned with the music industry.

Stuart Adamson
Stuart Adamson was the lead singer with Big Country

His ex-wife Sandra said she and Mr Adamson's manager, Ian Grant, had been desperately trying to contact the singer for the past few weeks.

She said: "I was married to Stuart for a long time and still feel that I know him really well.

"Ian and I have done more than anybody to try to trace him."

Mr Grant said he had even hired a private detective to track down Mr Adamson - two American fans have also volunteered to look for him.

Mr Grant said everyone who knows the singer, who was born in Manchester but brought up in Crossgates, Fife, is desperately hoping he makes contact soon.

He said: "There's a lot of care and love for Stuart from family, friends and fans and we all hope he can come back from this brink and get back to his normal self.

"There's nothing for Stuart to feel guilty about, we just hope he re-surfaces."

The last time he was just avoiding my phone calls, but this time we've been searching everywhere without success

Ian Grant

Mr Adamson left a note for his son Calum on 7 November saying "back by noon Sunday", but has not been seen since.

He has not answered any messages left on his voicemail since and his mobile phone no longer functions.

Mr Grant said his latest disappearance is more serious than his previous one.

He said: "The last time he was just avoiding my phone calls, but this time we've been searching everywhere without success.

"I managed to track down someone in Atlanta who watched the Iran versus Ireland football match with him before he left for Nashville on November 15, but he hasn't been seen since."

The singer has also been placed on the missing person's register in Nashville and Atlanta, while a description of his car has also been circulated to the police.

Court date

Mr Adamson's ex-wife also confirmed he is due to appear in court in the US charged with drink-driving.

She denied reports that his disappearance was linked to his court case and that he was on the run from the police.

She said: "I was told two or three days ago that someone represented Stuart in court and that the case had been deferred until March."

Big Country split last year and Adamson went on to form another group, The Raphaels.

He has lived in Nashville for the past five years and is married to Melanie.

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