Boyzone should follow Slash's example
20/09/2004 - 19:29:39
Ronan Keating has encouraged
his former Boyzone bandmates to take
inspiration from rock star Slash - and reform the group without its original
The Life is a Roller Coaster singer, 27, is keen to continue with his solo
career and has warned ex-colleagues
Mikey Graham, Stephen Gately, Shane
Lynch and Keith Duffy he won't reunite with the successful boyband.
urged them to consider regrouping without him, in the same way
former Guns N' Roses stars Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt
Sorum did to form
Velvet Revolver - without temperamental singer Axl Rose.
Keating explains: "They won't come
back as Boyzone, as in singing and
dancing, but maybe something else.
"Slash and the bassist and drummer from
Guns N' Roses got back together and
went on tour, but they didn't come back as Guns N' Roses."
Just find it,Line
In the summer of 1994 Boyzone's first single 'Working My Way Back To You' was released only in Ireland and
reached number three in the charts. The song later became something of an embarrassment to the band - it was soon deleted
and has never been included on an album. Their first UK single 'Love Me For A Reason'(a Osmonds ) was released in December
1994 and courted attention when the boys performed on the Smash Hits Roadshow and won Best New Tour Act at the Smash Hits
Poll Winner Party . The single entered the charts at number 10 and then climbed to be number two at Christmas, only being
kept off the top by East17s 'Stay Another Day'. Boyzone's first release of 1995 was 'Key To My Life' which reached number
three, followed by 'So Good' which also reached number three. In the summer of 1995 a strange turn of events befell the band.
Mikey Graham fell off a horse and hurt his neck and spine and Shane Lynch broke his ankle in a freak accident jumping over
a stream to retrieve a basketball. The accident meant that the band's first UK tour had to be drastically altered and although
Shane missed several appearances he was able to attend Boyzone's launch party for their first album 'Said And Done' which
was held at Chessington World Of Adventures. The album went straight in at number one in the UK and Ireland and the band ended
the year with the release of 'Father And Son' - the song that Ronan had sung at their auditions. One of their biggest selling
singles to date, it reached number two in the UK charts. They ended the year by winning Best New Act at the Smash Hits Poll
Winner Party. Boyzone began 1996 with an unexpected nomination in the Best International Newcomer Category at the Brit Awards.
For a large part of the summer they toured the UK and then, early in 1996 it was revealed that both Mikey and Keith's girlfriends
were pregnant . Mikey's daughter Hannah and Keith's son Jordan were born shortly before the start of Boyzone's UK tour and
rumours suggested that the band would split