Former BOYZONE singer Stephen Gately is hopeful the Irish boy band will reunite - although without frontman Ronan Keating.

Gately, currently starring in the London musical JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, said he had been in discussions with the other three members of the group - Mikey Graham, Shane Lynch and KEITH DUFFY - about the possibility of a comeback.

Gately says, "I don't know whether there will be another record - probably. I'd like there to be. Probably Ronan won't be involved, but the four of us had dinner last week and had some discussions about what we could do in the future."

He adds that he believed there was still a huge market for future Boyzone releases, even without Keating's involvement.

He says, "There's still a great interest there. There's still a huge fanbase, and we just had a re-released album out and that went straight in at number six here in the UK without doing any promotion."

Boyzone had a record-breaking chart career - they were the first group in history to have 15 consecutive top three singles in the UK.

16/05/2003 17:04