The All To­gether Now team leader talks Ge­orge Michael, Whit­ney, Stephen Gately, El­ton John, U2 and… Elvis! And his new and fi­nal Boy­zone al­bum, with Stephen Gately.

DNA Magazine - - CONTENT #225 - By Matthew My­ers.

DNA: The for­mat of All To­gether Now is quite unique for a tal­ent show. Dis­cuss! Ro­nan Keat­ing: It’s fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment packed full of great live mu­sic but it also has a hun­dred peo­ple singing and danc­ing along. It sounded so epic I wanted to be part of it.

Who is Ro­nan Keat­ing’s diva?

Whit­ney Hous­ton! She was prob­a­bly the great­est singer the world has seen and she’ll be re­mem­bered for that one track, I Will Al­ways Love You.

What’s news on the Boy­zone front?

We have a new and fi­nal al­bum com­ing out, plus a huge farewell tour. After 25 great years we all feel that now is the right time to call it quits. We’ve made our best al­bum yet with Thank You And Good­night. We were all sad­dened when Stephen Gately died in 2009, but Boy­zone have man­aged to record a new song with him!

Yes, it was re­ally spe­cial to have found an old demo of his that we’ve been able to build a new song around. It’s right that he’s a part of our fi­nal chap­ter to­gether as a band. He was a lovely, gen­tle soul with a great voice and a brother to us all.

Stephen was proudly gay. He’d have been happy with the global progress to mar­riage equal­ity, right?

For sure, he’d have loved it! Stephen was hap­pily mar­ried him­self.

Boy­zone ap­pear­ing in that clas­sic U2 video, Sweet­est Thing: is that one of the band’s most bizarre mo­ments?

[Laughs.] Yes. It still seems crazy that Bono asked us to be part of it, but it’s cer­tainly a cool thing to look back on.

In 2007 Boy­zone made The Guin­ness Book Of Records, beat­ing Elvis as the only artist to have 30 con­sec­u­tive top 10 sin­gles in the UK charts. That must feel spe­cial.

Yes, but it’s not some­thing I dwell on. I’m just very grate­ful that I’m still here after 25 years do­ing what I love.

Who has been the big­gest in­flu­ence on your ca­reer?

I grew up lis­ten­ing to Ge­orge Michael. He’s the rea­son I’m a singer to­day. I sang along to Faith in my room and dreamed that one day I could be like him. He’s al­ways been a hero of mine and it’s still very raw for me that he’s gone.

What has been the big­gest “pinch your­self” mo­ment in your ca­reer so far?

I’ve been lucky to have a few but I think per­form­ing with El­ton John at New York’s Madi­son Square Gar­den was pretty spe­cial. What’s the best piece of ad­vice you’ve ever re­ceived?

Your health is your wealth!

We can’t keep you out of Aus­tralia!

No, it’s my sec­ond home! My wife is Aus­tralian, and we have a baby son and he’s ob­vi­ously half Aus­tralian, too. The Ir­ish have a real ap­petite for travel and Aus­tralia feels a lot like home to us. It’s the peo­ple that make Aus­tralia so spe­cial. Like the Ir­ish, you love life and are al­ways up for the craic!

Ge­orge has al­ways been a hero of mine. It’s still very raw that he’s gone.

Ro­nan: 45 mil­lion al­bums with Boy­zone and solo; (above) with Aussie wife, Storm and son Cooper.

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