11:50 Saturday 14 December 2013

REVIEW: Boyzone at 20

Written byCAROLYN BOINTON

GIVEN that boy band concerts are generally packed to capacity with screaming teenagers and hysterical girls clutching tear-sodden hankies you’d be forgiven for being slightly apprehensive wondering what to expect from possibly one of the most famous of all groups in this genre – Boyzone.

Of course the original fans have all grown up now, so it was a much more mature audience at their recent concert at Capital FM Arena in Nottingham.

Don’t be fooled though, the audience could hold their own against their younger counterparts any day, with plenty of shouting and screaming when the still youthful foursome came on stage. The group of Irish lads certainly know how to charm, flirt and captivate their fans, with plenty of moments in between songs to chat and share stories covering their success over the last 20 years and a poignant reflection with personal memories of original band member Steven Gately, who died in 2009.

The remaining members, Ronan Keating, Keith Duffy, Mikey Graham, and Shane Lynch opened up with heartfelt stories of their friend, with a touching scene round a bistro table, complete with a bottle of wine which they shared while the backdrop of photos and video clips highlighted their younger days.

There was barely a dry eye in the house.

The stage set was fantastic with light-up steps, big video screens and six dancers who enthralled the crowds with their creative and imaginative routines.

Given that the group have enjoyed almost 20 top 40 hits, there was plenty of well-known songs for the fans to enjoy powering through their 22 song-set which included Nothing Without You, Picture of You, Ruby, and Words, before launching into Everything I Own.

After a quick costume change from black-tie to more casual attire the group thrilled the audience with Baby Can I Hold You?, with the audience singing the lyrics back in unison.

The evening ended with a soulful rendition of Who We Are.

The boys may be all grown up, but their fans still love them.

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