Boyzone - Boyzone's Stage Tribute To Stephen

Boyzone paid a touching tribute to Stephen Gately as they brought their 'Brother' tour to London's The O2 last night (08.03.11).

Ronan Keating, Shane Lynch, Mikey Graham and Keith Duffy admitted they were unsure if they would carry on as a four piece after Stephen died of natural causes at his holiday home in Majorca in 2009 but eventually decided to make the 'Brother' album and go on tour to honour their friend.

Speaking on stage, Ronan told the crowd: "12 months ago we didn't know what the future held for us, we didn't know if we could tour as a four piece. We made this album under unbelievable duress, we laughed, we cried.

"I hope you're ok Steo and I hope you're enjoying the music."

Mikey added: "I try not to think too hard about the loss, He's never forgotten. If I could say something about him it's that it's difficult without you."

The group then performed 'Gave It All Away' as a montage of Stephen played on big screens behind them.

In another nod to their dead friend, all wore a touch of red, Stephen's favourite colour as they performed 'Better' and asked the audience to sing his part from 'No Matter What' because he is "irreplaceable".

In a two-hour set the band mixed new songs from their 'Brother' album including 'Til The Sun Goes Down' and 'Ruby' with old favourites 'Picture Of You', 'You Needed Me', 'Love Me For A Reason', ' When The Going Gets Tough' and their first UK number one 'Words'.

As they reappeared in green velvet suits for the encore fans were treated to 'Baby Can I Hold You' before they ended the show with Ronan's solo single 'Life Is A Roller Coaster'.

Support on the tour comes from girl bands Wonderland and Barbarellas, and Australian pop star Guy Sebastian.


Contactmusic

Tags: Boyzone - Guy Sebastian - Hope - Keith Duffy - Mikey Graham - Ronan Keating - Shane Lynch - Stephen Gately


Editors Recommendations

MS MR Admit They're 'Natural Performers' As They Enjoy 2014's Festival Season

Some bands are worth getting excited about and, with the festival season well under way...

MS MR Admit They're 'Natural Performers' As They Enjoy 2014's Festival Season

Miley Cyrus Forced To Cancel More 'Bangerz' Tour Dates As She Remains Hospitalized

Miley Cyrus is still receiving hospital treatment for "severe allergic reaction...

Miley Cyrus Forced To Cancel More 'Bangerz' Tour Dates As She Remains Hospitalized

Peaches Geldof Will Be Laid To Rest In Same Church As Late Mother

Peaches Geldof, who suddenly died at the beginning of this month (April 7th)...

Peaches Geldof Will Be Laid To Rest In Same Church As Late Mother

Gwen Stefani To Step In For Christina Aguilera On "The Voice"

We never would have pegged Gwen Stefani as the reality talent panelist type...

Gwen Stefani To Step In For Christina Aguilera On

Bryan Singer Announces Alibi, But It Won't Help "X-Men" Marketing

As X-Men director Bryan Singer is gearing up for his defense case, which he will have...

Bryan Singer Announces Alibi, But It Won't Help

Prince To Release New Album With New Warner Bros. Records Partnership

Prince and Warner Bros, Records seem to have put their differences aside...

Prince To Release New Album With New Warner Bros. Records Partnership

Lindsay Lohan's Ex List Was Actually A Step In Her Recovery

Lindsay Lohan really did write down her now infamous list of lovers, which has been...

Lindsay Lohan's Ex List Was Actually A Step In Her Recovery

'Mrs. Doubtfire' Cast Reluctant For Sequel: A Cash Cow For Robin Williams?

The news that a Mrs. Doubtfire sequel is definitely in the works 21 years after the 1993...

'Mrs. Doubtfire' Cast Reluctant For Sequel: A Cash Cow For Robin Williams?

Music Fans Crown Ozzy Osbourne And Lady Gaga "Hardest Artists To Understand"

Music fans have named Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus and Rihanna in their top ten hardest...

Music Fans Crown Ozzy Osbourne And Lady Gaga


More recommendations

Comments

Boyzone Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Boyzone

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All