Sunday 22 July 2018

'We got really lucky on this one' - Shane Lynch reveals how songwriter found an old treasure involving Stephen Gately

Boyzone (from left to right) Mikey Graham, Keith Duffy, Shane Lynch and Ronan Keating (Ian West/PA)
Boyzone (from left to right) Mikey Graham, Keith Duffy, Shane Lynch and Ronan Keating (Ian West/PA)
Popgroup Boyzone in Korky's Shoe Shop, Moore St, Dublin
Boyzone members Stephen Gately, Keith Duffy, Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch attend RTE's The Late Late Show at RTE Studios on November 23, 2007 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by ShowBizIreland/Getty Images)
Shane Lynch (second right) suggested McFadden may join his group (John Stillwell/PA)
Shane Lynch (Ian West/PA)
British Summertime Festival – London
Keith Duffy and wife Lisa celebrate his birthday

Lynne Kelleher

Singer Shane Lynch has admitted that Boyzone are "happy" to be on their farewell tour as the group "can't go on forever".

The star said the Thank You & Goodnight tour will be the band's final act, and it was also revealed that former bandmate Stephen Gately sings on their final album.

The Dubliner said on ITV's This Morning yesterday that it was the right time to call it a day as the singers are now all into their 40s.

"I think since 2007 when we came back on the scene when we finished a tour and album it was always left hanging," he said.

"This time around, we're reached the 25-year milestone and if we're going to celebrate it, we are also saying this is enough.

"We can't go on forever and we're happy this is the last. We are definitely not hampered by the name Boyzone."

Ronan Keating said they have managed to pay homage to their late bandmate Stephen Gately, who died in 2009, with a new track featuring his vocals.

He said on ITV's This Morning that they were delighted to find out that the song, which is on the new album, was penned by the singer in the years before his untimely death.

He said: "It's very important that we think about Stephen in anything we do now, and we got really lucky on this one because a songwriter who had written a song with Stephen 15 years ago, perhaps, found this old tape with Stephen on it.

"He and Stephen had written this song, and he sent it into the record label when he heard we were making a record.

"So we pulled out Stephen's vocals and we all wrote some parts and created this new song with Stephen on the chorus, now called I Can Dream.

"That was amazing for us."

Mikey Graham said he has a greater appreciation for all their success as Ireland's first globally famous boyband in more recent years.

"It is a massive achievement," he said. "Looking back at those videos, we never imagined back then we'd still be around doing the same thing 25 years later.

"We're very humbled by it all really."

Keith Duffy said they have decided to call the tour Thank You & Goodnight to end their career on a high note.

"We made that decision because we had huge success the first time, and again in 2007, and obviously we have to remember the loss of Stephen Gately," he said.

"It took us a few years to figure out what we were going to do after that.

"And now, we'd like to be remembered for the successful band that we are and if we were to come back for a 30th anniversary we might not be able to achieve what we have with this album."

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