Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

Bantering balladeers Boyzone in fine fettle

Brotherly bond: Boyzone (from left) Keith Duffy, Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch
Brotherly bond: Boyzone (from left) Keith Duffy, Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch

Inside what could only be described as a giant yellow and blue circus marquee smack bang in the middle of a jam-packed Falls Park, the four remaining members of Boyzone emerged in very dapper suits to deliver a set that was by turns earnest, upbeat and showcased some nifty dance moves.

The swoon-some Ronan Keating in particular looked like he'd taken swaggering dance inspiration from JT or Tinie Tempah, and was a true Adonis in the flesh – all gleaming veneers and super-styled hair, and so enthused by the crowd's hysteria he could only swear in surprise.

"Belfast, this is the last date at the end of our 20th anniversary tour, and we clearly saved the f****** best for last," he hollered.

The somehow grungy Shane sported a cool, wizard-like beard, former Corrie star Keith bared half his tanned chest in a low cut shirt, and at one point draped himself in an Irish tricolour, while Mikey Graham looked slightly like an affable accountant mistakenly roped into a sweaty pop concert.

The Dublin band worked their way through a back catalogue that included Love Me For A Reason, Baby Can I Hold You, When The Going Gets Tough, plus new material from album BZ20.

There was a moving moment when they played footage of band member Stephen Gately, who died in 2009 aged 33. They sang a plaintive ballad in his memory.

Full of banter, Boyzone were rapturously cheered by devotees who clearly hunger for 20 more years of the same.

Four stars

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