Westlife star Mark Feehily hailed Louis Walsh on his 70th birthday as an “important part of their story” ahead of their first performance at Wembley Stadium.
peaking on ITV’s This Morning on Friday, the band celebrated the music manager’s birthday and reiterated his influence on the group as they geared up for a sold-out show at the London venue on Wednesday. Seven as part of their Wild Dreams Tour.
Feehily said: “The way Louis drew us in and put us in the music industry and put us on the map, this weekend’s gig, for me, Louis is a big part of the story. ours.
“Between us and him here, we think about the band that started in high school.
“This is a very important event in our careers.”
Feehily along with Shane Filan, Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan and Brian McFadden found fame with Westlife but they disbanded in 2012 after 14 successful years.
The group reunited in 2018 but without McFadden, who left the group in 2004.
Feehily admits that securing this concert nearly 25 years into their musical career “blows our minds a bit”.
He added: “I think to be able to play concerts like this at Wembley Stadium is something we’ve dreamed of since we were boys and to actually be here now, I think for the most part. It means a lot to us, almost 25 years of our career playing at Wembley Stadium have sold out. “
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Filan agreed that finally getting to play Wembley was a “huge achievement” for the group, saying: “We’ve played stadiums around the world but Wembley Stadium is probably the most famous stadium in the world. world.
“And I suppose once you play the stadium you’re on the very elite list of people who are lucky enough to play it and I’m obviously thinking of bands like Queen and people like that.
“It is incredible and we are very proud of that.
“It’s a huge achievement for us.”
The highly anticipated concert will also be broadcast live in cinemas across the UK.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/westlife-star-hails-louis-walsh-huge-part-of-their-story-on-his-70th-birthday-41892572.html Westlife star hails Louis Walsh ‘a big part of their story’ on his 70th birthday