Friday 22 March 2019

Boyzone confirm they'll split for good after 25th anniversary album and tour

British Summertime Festival – London
British Summertime Festival – London
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Despite the fact they've all been pursuing solo projects from car dealerships to soap roles to singing for many years, Boyzone have never permanently split up.

However, they have now confirmed that their next album, dedicated to the memory of former member Stephen Gately, will be their last and their 25th anniversary tour will be their farewell tour.

Ronan took to Instagram on Monday night to confirm the news for fans.

"The news is out and yes, it's true... our new album will be the last for Boyzone," he wrote.  "We've had twenty-five amazing years and we promise you taht this will be our biggest and best year yet. Watch this space... #BZ25"

Boyzone in 1998 (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
Boyzone in 1998 (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

He also posted a video to Instagram in which he apologised for the leak.

"Apologies that you didn't hear it from us straight up, it wasn't our fault. The plan was that you were supposed to hear it from the four of us and somebody jumped the gun," he said.

"It's our final album, final tour. Time to hang up those dancing shoes. We're going to have one last hurrah. The album is unbelievable. I promise you you're in for a treat, it's the best record we've ever made."

He added that the news is "sad, it's heartbreaking.  Twenty five incredible years. On behalf of the four of us, and from Steo, thanks very much for the support.

"Thank you for everything, let's enjoy the ride. It's not over," he said.

Ronan, Shane Lynch, Mikey Graham and Keith Duffy parted ways back in 2000 after seven years together but reunited in 2009 for for the Back Again... No Matter What tour and again 2013 to celebrate their 20th anniversary with a tour and new music.

Shane Lynch also said that the upcoming album, dedicated to Stephen, will be the "best album we've ever done" while Mikey Graham tweeted, "See you on tour for one last blast.  All the hits for all our fans."

Tour and album release dates have yet to be announced.

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