Live Review: Boyzone say Thank You and Goodnight to Glasgow

Boyzone played their final show ever in Glasgow last night and we were there to cry along.

Over the last 25 years Boyzone have made us laugh, cry, supported us through heartbreak and made us daydream about one of them breaking our hearts. Last night they said goodbye to Glasgow one last time.

Goodbye

The show at the SSE Hydro was an added date on the boys’ farewell tour and saw thousands of fans gather for one last chance to see them off.

There was countless thank yous with Ronan, Keith, Shane and Mikey taking to the stage individually to say goodbye and express what the last quarter century has meant to them.

In true 90s boyband style they entered the arena on a floating stage singing Who We Are before stepping off onto the main stage and going straight into Love Is a Hurricane.

Hits

Old hits gave the audience a sense of nostalgia, as did the dance moves, with snippets of the original videos playing in the background.

Ronan Keating took his turn to speak with the crowd first asking who had their first kiss to a Boyzone song, or maybe even their first… well that would be telling.

He reminisced about their first tours, travelling to shows in a tiny van and thinking it surely couldn’t last.

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One by one they made it clear that Boyzone isn’t just a band, it’s a family and that includes the fans.

They made sure that everyone was included in the show, including the late Stephen Gately.

Remembrance

This October marks 10 years since Stephen’s passing and the boys paid tribute to their brother.

Taking to a second staged which they dubbed the Stephen stage, they told stories of how he was strong, lived in the moment and stated that they would always be a five-piece no matter what.

They spoke about the tabloids forcing Stephen to be open about his sexuality and how one of the lowest times of his life became a chance to inspire fans and be himself.

 

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Steo. 17th March 1976 – 10th October 2009. Always in our thoughts. Photo by Ray Burmiston.

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Performing on the Stephen stage: a light in the centre of the stage represented his spirit, lighting up when his vocals played for the audience.

Before singing I Can Dream, a song written around old recordings they found of Stephen singing his own lyrics, Ronan looked back at some of their fondest memories with him.

He told the audience how Stephen had nicknames for all of them: Mickey was Michaela, Keith was Kitty, Shane was Shanese, Ronan was Rosaline and he dubbed himself Stephanie.

After leaving the second stage the boys split up and walked through crowd to get back to the main stage. Sadly security stopped us when we tried to run after them.

TBT

For the encore they did the ultimate throwback and took us to 1993, 94, 95 and 96 donning their most ridiculous outfits of the time. We’re talking silver sequin blazers and Ronan’s zebra print jacket.

The boys left us sad that it’s finally over but in true Boyzone style they also left us having fun, happy and grateful for the last 25 years.

For now, and maybe forever, we’ll leave you with one last word from the boys: Look after each other, love each other, love yourself and always remember life is a rollercoaster.

Even though it’s ending we know this love’s forever. That’s all that matters, no matter what.

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