A night of mu­sic and sto­ries is in store

7 Days in Dubai - - ENTERTAINMENT -

rom the Mon­kees to New Kids on the Block, Take That and the Back­street Boys (to name just a few), boy bands have al­ways had a place in the mu­sic in­dus­try. A mix of boy­ish good looks, har­monies and some shrewd man­age­ment is a win­ning for­mula in terms of chart hits and loyal teenage fans. Ir­ish bands Boy­zone and Westlife are cases in point with over 20 UK No.1s be­tween them from the mid 1990s and be­yond.

The looks may not be quite so boy­ish any­more, but Keith Duffy of Boy­zone and for­mer Westlife singer Brian McFad­den are set to roll back the years when they bring the ‘Boy­zlife’ tour to the UAE later this year. The for­mat’s a lit­tle dif­fer­ent from nor­mal con­certs. As well as the hits, sure to in­clude No Mat­ter What, Love Me For A Rea­son and Fly­ing With­out Wings, the boys will be dish­ing out juicy anec­dotes and funny tales about life in the fish bowl of a man­u­fac­tured pop band.

McFad­den ex­plains: “It was all Keith's idea, he was go­ing to do a one-man show by him­self, a stage show talk­ing about his ca­reer in anec­dotes. Then he came to see a solo show I was do­ing in Dublin. He came back to the dress­ing room and we were sit­ting hav­ing a pint and he said why don’t we do this to­gether. I thought it was a great idea.

“Keith could write a book but it wouldn't be the same as him telling you the sto­ries as he is so an­i­mated. There’s a mix of ev­ery­thing, footage and videos as well as the songs.”

Keith carved out a suc­cess­ful post Boy­zone ca­reer as an ac­tor in long-run­ning Bri­tish soap opera Corona­tion Street while Brian quit Westlife in 2004 to pur­sue a solo ca­reer. He’s since re­leased four al­bums and forged a new ca­reer as a TV pre­sen­ter. While the rest of Boy­zone are be­hind Keith’s show, it’s not an at­ti­tude shared by cer­tain mem­bers of Westlife. Kian Egan la­belled the show ‘ag­gra­vat­ing’ and ‘un­fair on fans’.

McFad­den says: “I don’t re­ally have the same re­la­tion­ship with the Westlife boys that Keith does with Boy­zone, as they still gig to­gether as a band. They are very sup­port­ive but I have not re­ally dis­cussed it with any of Westlife.”

The 36-year-old says: “It’s not that we don’t talk. We see each other and say hello if we have some­thing go­ing on, but we've all gone and grown up and have dif­fer­ent lives. We move in dif­fer­ent cir­cles and live in dif­fer­ent places. I guess I view Westlife the same as col­lege - you have great friends but you might not ever see them again when you have that dif­fer­ent life once you leave.”

Brian is also philo­soph­i­cal about his treat­ment by the tabloid press. He’s en­joyed his fair share of col­umn inches in the tabloids thanks to his pri­vate life - high pro­file mar­riages to Bri­tish pop star Kerry Ka­tona and Ir­ish DJ Vogue Wil­liams both bro­ken down in the glare of the pub­lic eye, as did his en­gage­ment with Aus­tralian star Delta Goodrem.

He says: “That’s all in the past. We wouldn't have had the same ca­reer suc­cess with­out them (the me­dia) and so you have to take the good and bad. If they write some­thing good about you, you ac­cept it. It’s the same with the bad, it’s all part and par­cel of the busi­ness.

“With a show like this, noth­ing can be taken out of con­text. So if peo­ple want to hear the sto­ries, they will hear the sto­ries from us and there's no way of twist­ing that re­ally.”

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