BZ20 THE ANNIVERSARY TOUR
Life was very different in 1993. We bought our music on CD’s and vinyl, mobile phones looked like bricks, there were only four channels on the telly and no-one had the ‘X Factor’ or a ‘Big Brother’. Meatloaf would do ‘Anything For You’, Tom Hanks & Meg Ryan were ‘Sleepless in Seattle’, David Beckham was in his first season at Man U and Facebook, YouTube, iTunes & Twitter were just pipe dreams.
But in November 1993 a bunch of young lads from the North side of Dublin would infamously appear on ‘The Late Late Show’ and the rest, as they say… is history.
Twenty one singles, seven albums, twenty five million record sales, hundreds of gigs, millions of memories and twenty years later, boyzone are still going strong.
2013 will see Ronan, Keith, Shane & Mikey take to the road once more to thank their fans for the incredible support and dedication they have shown over the past twenty years.
‘Love Will Save The Day’ is the first single to be taken from their new album BZ20, which is released 25 November through Warner Music.
Boyzone was Europe’s most successful boy band during the second half of the 1990s. Comprised of five Irish vocalists and funded by music manager Louis Walsh, the group embraced a similar style of pop music as Take That, whose breakup in 1996 created a void that Boyzone happily filled. By combining boyish charm with slick songwriting (much of which was co-written by the bandmates themselves), the singers found enormous success throughout the U.K., where 16 of their first 17 singles became Top Five hits. Six of those songs made it to number one, establishing Boyzone as the first Irish group to top the British charts so regularly, and bandmate Stephen Gately garnered additional headlines in 1999 by announcing his homosexuality, making Boyzone one of the only boy bands to include an openly gay member. The group didn’t fare nearly as well in America, where acts like *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys reigned supreme, but Boyzone’s success in Europe was nearly unparalleled during the group’s heyday.
Boyzone was founded in 1993 by Louis Walsh, an aspiring music mogul who — like Maurice Starr and Lou Pearlman — formed, funded, and managed the group from day one. Over 300 vocalists auditioned for Walsh’s project, including future actor Colin Farrell, but the competition was ultimately narrowed down to five males: Mikey Graham, Stephen Gately, Shane Lynch, Keith Duffy, and lead vocalist Ronan Keating. The quintet initially honed its sound by performing covers of ’70s pop tunes, including Detroit Spinners’ “Working My Way Back to You,” which became a number three hit on the Irish charts, and the Osmonds’ “Love Me for a Reason,” Boyzone’s first single to chart in the U.K. When it came time to write original material, however, the group hired Ray Hedges of Take That to lend his songwriting assistance.