The Boyz are back in town to start tour
Boyzone are to kick off their reunion tour at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast next May, it was announced last night.
The chart-topping Irish band will take to the road again in the spring of 2008 for the first time in seven years - playing the Odyssey Arena on Sunday, May 25.
The news will be music to the ears of the tens of thousands of Boyzone fans who were left reeling when the band split in 2000.
The tour is set to be one of the highlights of next year's live calendar and is expected to sell out in arenas across the UK.
The five members of Boyzone - Ronan Keating, Stephen Gately, Shane Lynch, Mikey Graham and Keith Duffy - got together again to perform for this year's Children in Need.
They also took the opportunity to tell the world they were reuniting and going on tour - pointing out that they had decided to reform before the Spice Girls had announced their decision to get back together.
Lead singer Roanan Keating, who carved out a solo career after Boyzone split up, said: "We've been talking about getting back together for some time now. The Children in Need rehearsals just made us want to tour together again.
"I can't wait to be back on the road and all the guys feel the same.
"Our live shows were always great fun but this time it will definitely be the best night out ever."
Throughout their seven years together, Boyzone had 16 consecutive top five hits.
Having scored six UK number one singles, plus four number one albums, their total album sales tally exceeds 15m, making them one of the UK and Ireland's best-selling bands.
Tickets, priced £38 seated and £35.50 standing, go on sale next Friday (November 30) at 9am from the Odyssey box office and Ticketmaster.