'Boyzlife's Dublin gigs would have sold out but for begrudgers' - Keith Duffy
Published 18/05/2016 | 07:25
Keith Duffy has blamed "Irish begrudgery" for their failure to sell out Boyzlife's Irish dates.
The former Boyzone star has joined forces with ex-Westlife singer Brian McFadden for a series of performances across Britain and Ireland.
"It's selling well in Ireland. It's not sold out, there's still tickets available. But the UK sold out straight away," Keith told the Herald. "You know what that's all about, the old Irish begrudgery. That's it. Myself and Brian talk with Dublin accents and the only city we didn't sell out in is Dublin. Work that one out.
"That's why we released the tickets early in case there was a struggle - because people didn't really understand what it was we were trying to do - to give us time to do a bit of marketing."
Kicking off in London on October 16, the 16 shows, sponsored by Hilton hotels, will be a mixture of songs and on-stage banter between the pair as they recall career highlights and the stories behind the headlines.
Keith said that if the tour does well, they're hoping to take it worldwide - and they're also filming it for a TV documentary as he finalises the show's content.
"I'm just concentrating on the creative side of Boyzlife, writing the stories, getting it all together. We're not out to hurt anybody, just out to entertain people," he said.
"There's no kiss-and-tells or any of that s***e, but plenty of stories about backstage craic. Most of the stories that the lads tell of fun antics that went on backstage - it's usually me that was the brunt of the joke anyway."
Brian also revealed how he has ditched the booze and cigarettes in order to be in tip-top condition for the next few months.
"I'm nearly 10 weeks on the dry. I don't miss it at all. I've got a massive year coming up now with the Boyzlife tour. We're going worldwide so this could go on for a long time," he said.
The pair were dishing out free waffles to commuters at Heuston Station to mark the opening of the Hilton Garden Inn at the IFSC.