Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Boyz to men: 20 years of Boyzone  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Khaleej Times - 21/05/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Shane lynch recalls 20 years as part of pop behemoths boyzone ? including his blissfully na?ve early days and losing bandmate stephen gately

boyzone (left to right): keith duffy ronan keating mikey graham and shane lynch

in november 1994 irish boy band boyzone introduced themselves to the world with love me for a reason a cover of the osmonds’ track released 20 years previously.

the five-man group put together by future x factor judge louis walsh as a gaelic alternative to take that went on to dominate the uk charts for the remainder of the decade – tallying 10 top 10 singles plus six number ones including words no matter what and you needed me.

but as the millennium approached and inter-band tensions escalated the quintet parted ways. ronan keating went on to have a successful solo career with hits like when you say nothing at all again managed by walsh until the duo fell out over his musical direction.

keith duffy moved towards acting joining soap opera coronation street meanwhile mikey graham retreated into family life. stephen gately had a brief solo career before also moving into acting starring in the west end show joseph and the amazing technicolor dreamcoat while shane lynch indulged in his passion for motorsport and became a regular on reality tv shows like cirque de celebrite.

the band finally settled their differences and reunited in 2008 – with fans flocking to arenas across the uk and ireland to hear the old classics. tragedy struck the following year though as gately died while on holiday from an undiagnosed heart condition.

despite being rocked to their core boyzone have continued as a four-piece – releasing the record brother in 2010 in tribute to their bandmate and last year bringing out their fifth studio album bz20.

as the pop veterans prepare to play dubai city times spoke with shane.

what were your expectations when you first joined boyzone?

i expected the world. i didn’t for one minute doubt the success of boyzone – and i have to give credit to louis walsh because he promised us the sun the moon and the stars and that’s what he delivered.

was there any naïveté in that entirely optimistic outlook?

if it didn’t work out we could’ve looked back and said we definitely were naïve but certainly not with the success that happened.

when did you first realise boyzone were a big deal?

we thought we were big from the beginning – and it was a big deal when we got our first magazine cover. it was called in dublin and they literally only sold it in dublin but we thought we’d hit the big time. it just continued from there.

how has it been continuing as a four-piece after the passing of stephen?

it’s definitely not an easy thing to do moving forward without someone who was such a big asset to our group – and someone who we loved dearly. but i think as time went on we realised we’d prefer to be together and we understand each other’s loss equally. and the more time we spend together the more time we can celebrate stephen. when we’re on stage we can talk about him with the fans. that’s a big part of our show.

when boyzone reunited in 2008 did you find people’s reaction to the band had changed at all?

there’s a lot of love out there for boyzone. i have no idea why that is but we constantly get the tv shows that other bands can’t get and constantly sell out the arenas that other bands can’t sell out. it’s just one of those things and maybe our break was a great part of that.

how do you keep fit?

i had a full-body medical the other day after five years and i’m fitter now than i was five years ago. i’m very happy to say that! i made a conscious effort to change my lifestyle and it paid off. i eat sensibly and i do my 20 minutes of training a day. but you know that you can’t avoid eating junk when you’re on the road.

have boyzone made any attempt to appeal to a younger audience in 2014?

we’re just doing the music we like to do. if anyone likes that music be it a teenager or older that’s absolutely fine with us. we’re not trying to appeal to anyone or grab any particular market. we are who we are and 20 years later i think that’s quite apparent. we’ll just continue in that way.


 


Khaleej Times




  MENA News Headlines
 Aug 30 2015 - Egypt- 13 smuggled medication brands confiscated from prominent Maadi pharmacyDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) 17 August Ministry of Health raid on a renowned pharmacy resulted in the seizure of 13 drug brands in quantities of 23 packets, according to an official statement on ...

 Aug 30 2015 - Abu Dhabi set for new hotel boomThe Arabian Post
(MENAFN - The Arabian Post) |By TAP Staff| Some 5,200 rooms are expected to be added to the Abu Dhabi hotel sector by 2017. Of this, 2,300 rooms are set to enter the market by the end of 2015 alone, ...

 Aug 30 2015 - Egypt- High-profile figures to push for Fahmy's deportation, others hope for presidential pardonDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) The three Al Jazeera journalists, Mohamed Fahmy, Baher Mohamed and Peter Greste, received Saturday three year prison sentences in the case also known as the 'Marriott ...

 Aug 30 2015 - 10 water stations closed, investigations ongoing in Assiut after oil leakDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) The Minister of Environment Khaled Fahmy, along with officials in Assiut and Beni Suef and President of the Central Administration for Environmental Crisis, Kawthar Hefni, ...

 Aug 30 2015 - Arqaam fined for money launderingThe Arabian Post
(MENAFN - The Arabian Post) The regulator of Dubai's financial free zone said on Wednesday it had fined Arqaam Capital $50,000 after investigating the Dubai-based investment bank over compliance with ...

 Aug 30 2015 - Egypt- 2 suspects killed in Fayoum amid accusations of extra-judicial killingDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) Two men, named as Mohamed Khames and Salem Sayed, were killed Friday morning in Fayoum as police stormed their home, while eyewitnesses claim they were unarmed.The Fayoum ...

 Aug 30 2015 - Egypt- Ministry of Interior denies hackers took down official websiteDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) The Ministry of Interior denied Friday evening reports that its website had been taken offline by hackers, despite the claims of a group who say they are responsible for ...

 Aug 30 2015 - Gold headed for biggest monthly drop since 2013The Arabian Post
(MENAFN - The Arabian Post) Gold fell, heading for its largest monthly decline in two years, as the Federal Reserve moved closer to boosting US interest rates for the first time since 2006.While Fed ...

 Aug 30 2015 - Egypt- Endowments ministry partners with state TV to produce weekly segmentDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) The Ministry of Religious Endowments launched a religious segment on Saturday in partnership with state television that aims to counter "extremist religious ideology".In ...

 Aug 30 2015 - Turkey launches first coalition airstrikes against ISDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) Turkish fighter jets have hit "Islamic State" targets in Syria € for the first time as part of the US-led coalition. Turkey took on a more active role in the fight against ...

more...


 






Google

Click to Apply

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help