If you grew up in the Golden Age of Boybands (i.e. the 90s) and you actually enjoyed boybands, we have some good news and bad news for you. Good news: Soon, you'll be able to see Boyzone in Asia (namely, Singapore, Manila, and Kuala Lumpur) as they celebrate their 25th anniversary with a tour. Bad news: this is also their farewell tour.
Yup, after 25 years, the Ronan Keating, Keith Duffy, Michael Graham, and Shane Lynch have decided to call it a day — but not before releasing one last album (aptly titled Thank You & Goodnight) on November 16 and going on this farewell tour.
We suppose this has been a long time coming. After all, with all of the members in their 40s, they've long outgrown their group's name.
"Twenty-five years is a long time," the band wrote in a statement on their official website. "We're certainly not boys anymore, and we all feel that we should now call time on our lives together as Boyzone and go out on a real high."
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This isn't the first time the group have called it quits; back in 2000, the members went their separate ways to pursue solo careers but reunited in 2007. However, this time, it seems like the split is final.
"It's our final album, final tour," said Keating in an Instagram video. "Time to hang up those dancing shoes. We're going to have one last hurrah. The album is unbelievable. I promise you, you're in for a treat, it's the best record we've ever made."
Boyzone was formed in 1993, its most recognisable lineup made up of Keating, Duffy, Graham, Lynch, and Stephen Gately, who passed away in 2009 due to complications from an undiagnosed heart condition. The group's hits include "Love Me for a Reason", "Words", "Picture of You", "Baby Can I Hold You", and "No Matter What".
We'll miss the boys, but we can't deny that a kickass album (with songs from no less than Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran) and a world tour is a good way to go.
Here are the dates for Boyzone in Asia:
August 16: Colombo, Sri Lanka (Buy tickets)
August 18: Bandung, Indonesia (Buy tickets)
August 21: Singapore, Singapore (Buy tickets)
August 23: Surabaya, Indonesia (Buy tickets)
August 24: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Buy tickets)
August 26: Manila, Philippines (Buy tickets)