Westlife’s Shane Filan has revealed that the chart-topping band are “extremely excited” to finally return to the stage for their world tour this July.
e said it will be exactly three years to the week since they last put on a major stadium show for fans – their “Twenty Tour” at Croke Park on July 5th and 6th, 2019.
They will kick off their “Wild Dreams” tour in Kent on July 1st and perform outside of London’s Wembley Stadium in August at the Aviva Stadium and Páirc Uí Chaoimh, promising attendees a “big, spectacular show”.
“It’s been a weird few years for everyone and the music industry has definitely been a weird place because the only thing you couldn’t do during the pandemic was have an audience or perform for someone. So you could never play Aviva or Wembley,” he told dem Irish Independent.
“We had to wait almost three years. Our last gig was at Croke Park in 2019, so it’s exactly three years to the week we last performed. The excitement will be huge for us.
“We’ve had to cancel Cork twice and postpone Wembley twice so there are people who have had tickets for the last two years and are still waiting to see us. It’s gonna be incredible.
“Every time you go on stage you have to treat it like an FA Cup final and give it your all. You don’t want to be just 90 percent about your performance, you want to be 100 percent every time.
“It will be just as good if not better than the excitement that we’re coming back for the first time in 2019 because the fans had to wait even longer.”
The stars will make history with their debut at the 90,000 capacity Wembley Stadium on August 21-22 and he said it has always been a dream for the band, which formed in 1998.
To date, Westlife have sold more than 55 million records worldwide and are the only band whose first seven singles have reached number one in the UK Singles Chart – but they’ve never played big London.
“I still pinch myself when I think about it. Being one of those names on this list of artists is pretty cool, it’s a bucket list thing for us,” he said.
Westlife fans can also see him playing guitar on stage for the first time after learning to play during the pandemic.
“Learning how to play it was a life goal for me. It was something I had never done before. I used to envy seeing a guitarist on stage. I recorded it at the beginning of lockdown and always sang while playing.
“It kept me in the vocal world, which is so important for a singer. It’s like if you don’t go to the gym for six months, your body is shocked to the core when you try to go back,” he said.
The singer is currently raising funds for the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) with a JustGiving page and has already raised over €14,000.
He was devastated after losing both parents to the disease within 10 months. He lost his mother Mae to lung cancer on December 15, 2019 and father Peter to pancreatic cancer on October 4, 2020, and he said he still misses them “every single day.”
As ambassador for Daffodil Day, which takes place this Friday, March 25, he said the ICS had been so supportive during one of the most difficult times of his life.
“I’m doing this to keep her memory alive to some extent. It’s nice to know that I’m doing this for them and they would be so proud of it. They would be happy for me to help people who were in their scenario. That’s why I care so much and it’s nice to have that connection with them,” he said.
Everyone who donates will have a chance to win the “Ultimate Westlife Package” and attend their July 8th Aviva performance as a VIP.
You and your family can listen to the sound check, see the concert, meet the whole band, and stay at the Intercontinental Hotel afterwards.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/finally-playing-wembley-stadium-is-a-dream-come-true-for-westlife-shane-filan-says-band-is-excited-to-return-to-stage-41472414.html “Finally playing Wembley Stadium is a dream come true for Westlife”: Shane Filan says the band is excited to return to the stage