Philippine Daily Inquirer

Boy­zone’s last show in PH on Aug. 26 /

- —ALLANPOLIC­ARPIO

The re­main­ing mem­bers of the pop­u­lar 1990s pop band Boy­zone—Ro­nan Keating, Keith Duffy, Mikey Gra­ham and Shane Lynch—will take the stage and per­form for their Filipino fans one last time at SM Mall of Asia Arena on Aug. 26.

The con­cert—mounted by Ova­tion Pro­duc­tions—is part of Boy­zone’s 25th an­niver­sary and farewell tour. Af­ter which, the Ir­ish group will dis­band “for good.” Tick­ets are now on sale (call 470-2222).

In a joint state­ment from Warner Mu­sic Philip­pines, Ro­nan, Keith, Duffy and Mikey said they have never imag­ined they would still have loyal fans af­ter 25 years in the in­dus­try.

“We can’t put into words just how much you, the fans, have sup­ported us along the way,” they said. “With­out that sup­port, we would’ve never achieved what we have and, for that, we’re eter­nally grate­ful.”

The singers jested that, af­ter all, they’re “not boys any­more.” “We all feel that we should now call time on our lives to­gether as Boy­zone and go out on a real high,” said the band, who pop­u­lar­ized such hits as “Love Me for a Rea­son,” “Pic­ture of You,” “No Mat­ter What” and “I Love the Way You Love Me.”

As a fi­nal hur­rah, Boy­zone will re­lease its sixth and fi­nal al­bum, “Thank You & Good­night,” on Nov. 16. In it is the trib­ute song, “I Can Dream,” for the group’s de­parted mem­ber, Stephen Gately, whose death in 2009 left the band with “scars that we will carry for­ever.”

“I Can Dream” is a re­work­ing of a demo Stephen orig­i­nally recorded in 2002 for a solo al­bum. Ro­nan, Keith, Duffy and Mikey did har­monies to go with Stephen’s lead vo­cals.

“It was a bit­ter­sweet ex­pe­ri­ence to hear our voices to­gether again. It’s the clos­est the five of us will ever get to be­ing in a room to­gether, mak­ing mu­sic,” they said. “Stephen was our brother and will al­ways be at the very heart of Boy­zone.”

 ??  ?? Ed­i­tor Rito P. Asilo
Ed­i­tor Rito P. Asilo

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