Wait­ing for the Westies

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Living - - FRONT PAGE - DONAL LYNCH

Yes, of course they al­ready made mil­lions off a “farewell” tour and now, a few years later, they’re back, but if we didn’t hold that against the likes of Bar­bra Streisand, we’re sure as hell not go­ing to hold it against Westlife, who have an­nounced they are re­form­ing. The Spo­tify gen­er­a­tion have been spoiled with mod­ern pop stars and their dance rou­tines and live singing, it’s only right that they should get ac­quainted with a group whose moves in­cluded get­ting up and down off a stool and let­ting just two of them do the vo­cal heavy lift­ing.

Of course their hits re­ally have stood the test of time, such as, er, Fly­ing With­out Wings and that one where they dressed up as Ed­die Rocket’s waiters. Nicky Byrne’s kids, per­haps, spoke for a na­tion when they said “Dad, if you’re do­ing this re­union you’re not do­ing all those crap songs you did the first time!” But the Westies have Ed Sheeran on board for the first sin­gle, so we, and the kids pre­sum­ably, can only live in hope.

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