90s boyband taking their hit parade on the road one last time
Boyzone have announced a farewell tour of the UK!
The group formed in 1993, put together by Louis Walsh, with Ronan Keating, Stephen Gately, Michael Graham, Shane Lynch and Keith Duffy signing up to be part of one of one of the biggest pop acts of the decade, scoring hit singles with the likes of ‘Love Me For A Reason’, ‘Words’, ‘Picture of You’, ‘Baby Can I Hold You’ and ‘When The Going Gets Tough’.
They suffered tragedy in 2009 when Stephen Gately died while on holiday in Majorca. Their 2010 album Brother was dedicated to his memory.
The eleven-date UK tour includes shows in Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, and at London’s O2 Arena.
A band statement said: ‘When we started out as five young Dublin Northsiders, eager to face the world, we never imagined that we’d still have an army of fans some twenty-five years later.
What followed was the stuff of dreams. We’ve played stadiums and arenas all over the world, released six albums, and had almost two-dozen hits.
‘We really can’t put into words just how much you, the fans, have supported us along the way.
Without that support, we would have never achieved what we have, and for that we’re eternally grateful.
‘We’ve had some tough times too. The loss of Stephen left scars that we will carry as a band forever.
‘Twenty-five years is a long time. We’re certainly not boys anymore, and we all feel that we should now call time on our lives together as Boyzone and go out on a real high.”
The final Boyzone album, titled Thank You & Goodnight, will be released on Fri 16 Nov.