Westlife star Nicky Byrne reflected on the band’s history ahead of their first concert at Wembley Stadium, saying the Irish group’s hiatus had resulted in “two completely different bands together”.
ubliner Byrne, 43, found fame with Westlife alongside Shane Filan, Mark Feehily, Kian Egan and Brian McFadden. The band disbanded in 2012 after 14 successful years, before reuniting in 2018.
Speaking of the changes he has seen since the band’s founding in 1998, including the passing of 42-year-old McFadden, in 2004, Byrne told the PA news agency: “Mr. honestly, it’s weird, I think we’re really like two different people. strips.
“Our band now, and our band from ’98 on, are two completely different bands.
“Obviously we’re the same people, and all the hit songs we had in our early years were the foundation on which to continue our careers. However, we had a seven-year break in the middle of it all, and I think we all matured in that time.”
Reflecting on the band’s legacy, which has won 14 UK number-one singles and eight number-one albums, Byrne has looked back at the growth of his fan base.
“We are back on stage after seven years, and we see in concerts in 2019 that everyone, the fans, seems to have grown up and enjoyed their time off too,” he said. told PA.
“Suddenly we have boys coming to the concert, husbands, boyfriends, partners of our young fans who are now women and the boys are now men. . I don’t know how to explain it.
“It’s almost like a family day out, now there are kids going to concerts not knowing who Westlife is but their parents are taking them with them, there are boys going with ‘never. now f****** likes Westlife but this is a great night out”. So have we changed? I would say unbelievable. “
Looking to the band’s future, Byrne doesn’t rule out using AI technology, similar to that used by Abba in their current Abba Voyage concert residence and recently hailed by Sir Mick Jagger.
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He said: “I haven’t seen the Abba show in real life but I’ve seen the clips online and it looks phenomenal. I don’t think Westlife is at any stage where we need to consider something like that and we’re not anywhere near the legacy or class of Abba or The Rolling Stones, but we continue to cause surprise yourself.
“I mean we’re working at Wembley Stadium for the first time in our lives… And there are things at the right time where you go, ‘this doesn’t slow down’.”
Ahead of playing Wembley Stadium for the first time on August 6 – which will also be televised live in cinemas across the UK – Byrne added: “We’re getting ready for one of the the most iconic, if not the most iconic, movement in the world.
“We don’t take it lightly because we’ve never made Wembley Stadium. Everything we’ve been through, 23 years, everything from number one spots to losing a band member to marriage and kids.
“We’re actually leading up to something quite emotional.”
Westlife – Live From Wembley Stadium will be broadcast at 8:30pm on Saturday 6th August. There will be 3pm encore screenings in cinemas on Sunday 7th August.
For more information and to find movie theater locations, visit westlifeincinemas.com.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/were-two-completely-different-bands-nicky-byrne-reflects-on-westlifes-comeback-41890042.html ‘We are two completely different groups’ – Nicky Byrne on Westlife’s return