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Future remains unclear as Boyz cope with loss


Boyzone on the 'Late Late Show' in 2007

Boyzone on the 'Late Late Show' in 2007

Boyzone on the 'Late Late Show' in 2007

THE future of Boyzone as a band will remain up in the air for some time following the tragic death of singer Stephen Gately.

The remaining members are still too devastated to even consider the future, which had been planned out for the next year.

They had picked 30 songs to work on for a brand new album to be recorded over the next six months and released at the end of next summer, with an arena tour to follow in September.

Stephen had been helping to pick out the songs along with fellow group members, manager Louis Walsh and representatives from their record company.

One industry insider said: "They all adored Stephen so it's difficult to know if they'll even want to record and tour without him. They certainly can't even entertain the idea right now. Maybe they'd do the album and a final tour in tribute to him. But it would be extremely hard on them not having him there.

"Although Ronan was the lead singer, Stephen sang a fair few numbers himself, and he was really well loved by the fans."

There is also the possibility of a single being re-released to honour his memory. The old Boyzone number 'No Matter What', which features him on lead vocals, has been getting extensive airplay as radio presenters pay him tribute.

While Ronan has a new solo album, Keith Duffy and Shane Lynch have TV work lined-up, and Mikey Graham runs his own recording studio.

Irish Independent