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Westlife gear up for final gigs... on four tribute stools in Scotland

THERE are just a few days left before Westlife take to the stage for their final concert at Croke Park. Nicky Byrne, Shane Filan, Mark Feehily and Kian Egan are gearing up to take to the stage for the first of two concerts taking place this Friday and Saturday.

And to mark the Irish leg of their Farewell tour, which will see them playing some of their best-known hits, they will give their last ever studio interview in RTE.

They will be talking to 2fm's Michael Cahill ahead of taking to the stage, marking the end of 14 years together as a group.

Nicky, who previously presented a guest slot on the station, said: "It's great to have the chance to talk to all our fans on air.

"I'm expecting some interesting questions. Then it's off to Croker to play in front of 160,000 people."

But they will certainly be going out with a bang. As well as performing a duo of gigs at the massive stadium, final preparations are also underway for their VIP aftershow party.

Hailed as the hottest ticket in town, the four lads and their manager Louis Walsh have invited all their nearest and dearest to join them for one final hurrah.

Meanwhile, one Scottish venue has paid a tongue-in-cheek tribute to the band.

The SECC arena in Glasgow unveiled four bar stools engraved with the names Shane, Mark, Kian and Nicky ahead of their final concert there.

The tribute stools will have a permanent home outside the main entrance of the SECC in recognition of their popularity in Scotland.

The band played at the venue 49 times, entertaining more than 380,000 fans and selling more tickets than any other act.

As they unveiled the silver stools, the band said: "It's a wonderful gesture and we have always loved playing in Scotland. It's fitting way for us to say goodbye and we hope that the seats will be a permanent reminder for our fans of all the great nights we have had here."