Friday, 6 November 2009

Boyzone stars honoured by gay campaigners

Boyzone have been honoured by gay campaign group Stonewall for the late Stephen Gately's contribution to raising awareness. The band were named Entertainers of the Year at Stonewall's annual awards event at London's Victoria and Albert Museum in Kensington.
Gately died last month of natural causes while on holiday in Majorca as the band prepared to work together again.
His partner Andrew Cowles, with whom he was in a civil partnership, collected the award of their behalf.
The judges took account of Gately's "brave decision to come out" at the height of the band's success.
They also noted that the band "made pop history with their video featuring a same `sex couple a year ago".

Monday, 2 November 2009

At coffin vigil 'in pieces' to Boyzone

Spending the night with Stephen Gately's coffin made Boyzone "fall to pieces".
The Irish boyband have broken their silence over the sudden and unexpected death of Stephen last month, and described the night they spent alone with him at church ahead of his funeral on October 17.
Lead singer Ronan Keating told Sky News: "To turn up on the Friday night at the funeral home was the hardest thing I think I've ever had to do in my life. And I think all the lads feel the same, I know they do.
"When I walked into the funeral home I just crumbled. I fell to pieces. It was there that I realised he was gone, ly gone."
Ronan and band members Shane Lynch, Keith Duffy and Mikey Graham had accompanied Stephen's body from Majorca, where he was staying in his holiday home with husband Andy Cowley when he died after a night out aged 33.
They then took the unusual move of staying with his body overnight at St Laurence O'Toole's church in Dublin, where the funeral was held, because they didn't want Stephen to be alone.
Ronan added: "All of us are so happy that we did it. It was our last real night together as a five-piece, and it felt like that - it felt like we were quiet.
"We lay on the floor to the left of the coffin in our sleeping bags and we cried and we laughed and we could hear him telling us jokes and answering back, what he would say back.
"We didn't get much sleep - a little bit but that's not what it was about - it was just about spending time with Steve and we knew Steve well. He didn't like the dark, he didn't like being on his own."
The band also revealed Stephen had already recorded vocals for two tracks wich will be included on their next album.

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Boyzone singer: Stephen Gately’s will missing

The will of Irish boy band star Stephen Gately is nowhere to be found.
The singer Boyzone, who died at the age of 33 from an acute pulmonary oedema at his holiday home in Majorca on October 10, left behind a £7.2 million ($12 million) fortune.
The hunt is now on to find the document, his family on thursday which was supposed to be unveiled.
His civil partner Andrew Cowles, 32, has been told the will is safe in the hands of a London based law firm, but he doesn't know which lawyer has the copy of the last wishes.
A source close to Cowles told Ireland’s Daily Mirror newspaper: “It actually is panic stations. They can’t locate Stephen’s will anywhere. Nobody from the firm has got in touch with him to say they have it. Everything is up in the air now.”

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Gately died a 'natural death' to Boyzone singer: autopsy

PALMA DE MAJORCA, Spain (AFP) – An autopsy on Boyzone singer Stephen Gately revealed that he died due to excess fluid in his lungs, a court spokeswoman on the Spanish island of Majorca said Tuesday.
"He died a natural death of acute pulmonary oedema" which had nothing to do with any consumption of alcohol or drugs, said the spokeswoman in the Majorcan capital of Palma.
A pulmonary oedema, or water on the lungs, can be due to either the failure of the heart to remove fluid from the lungs or direct damage to the lung tissue.
Gately, 33, was found dead on Saturday in his apartment in the Majorcan town of Port Andratx while on holiday on the Mediterranean island. News reports said he had been out late the night before.
His body is now at a chapel of rest in the Majorcan town of Calvia, from where it will be flown to Dublin on Friday.
Cowley, who married his partner Andrew Cowles in a civil union in 2006, sent ripples through the pop music world 10 years ago when he announced that he was gay.
Gately joined the Irish pop band Boyzone in 1993 after answering an advert in Dublin for an audition.
The band went on to enjoy huge success with six number one singles in Britain, but split up in 2000.
They reunited seven years later, but their current 19-date Better tour failed to fill stadiums, despite offers of free tickets.
Gately also starred in West End musicals in London, including "Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat".

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Lead tributes to Gately Beyzone

Boyzone led tributes to their "friend and brother" Stephen Gately, saying he was a "beautiful person in both body and spirit".
Stars of the music world, Sir Elton John and Andrew Lloyd Webber including, praised the 33 year old singer, calling his "untimely death" in Majorca a "tragedy".
Ronan Keating, Keith Duffy, Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch said: "We are completely devastated by the loss of our friend and brother, Stephen. We have shared such excellent times together over the years and were all looking forward to sharing many more."
They continued: "Stephen was a beautiful he had all over the world. Our love and sympathy go out to Andrew and Stephen's family. We love you and will miss you forever 'Steo'."
Sir Elton said: "David (Furnish) and I are stunned by thisin both bodies of Stephen person in both body and spirit. He lit up our lives and those of the many friends tragedy. Stephen was the kindest, gentlest soul. We send our love and condolences to his partner Andy and to all his friends everywhere."
And musical impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber added that Gately was "enormously talented". "I very much enjoyed working with him on Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat and the Boyzone hit No Matter What my biggest selling single," he said. "His death is a great loss to the musical world."
Phillip Schofield, who also played Joseph in the West End production, wrote on Twitter: "My God. What terrible news to wake up to. Poor Stephen. My deepest condolences to his friends family and fans. He was a actually lovely guy".
Westlife band members Kian Egan, Mark Feehily, Nicky Byrne and Shane Filan said Gately was "friendly, positive spirit and a passionate performer".
Boyzone manager Louis Walsh's spokeswoman said he was "very shocked and exceptionally upset" and he had pulled out of the X Factor live finals.
Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, whose daughter Georgina is married to Nicky Byrne of boyband Westlife, told the BBC's Andrew Marr show: "It's just such a tragedy.Boyzone and Stephen, they've all been part of Irish life and far wider than that, the last 15 years, and so successful, so it's a huge, huge tragedy. It's so sad."

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Jenny-Lee battles painful injury

TOP model Jenny Lee Masterson is recovering from a painful injury after her charity trek to Peru.
The ambitious climb saw her and a pair of celebs including Boyzone's Mikey Graham and Keith Duffy, climb Machu Picchu in aid of Autism Action.
The Diary has learned the Assets beauty is recently seeking medical help for a case of shin splints and says if it weren't for her personal trainer, Paul Byrne, who was also on the trip, she would be out of action for months.
Jenny Lee paid tribute to Paul's quick thinking and medical knowledge which saved her from having to quit the trip.
According to the catwalk queen: "My shins got the better of me unfortunately. I got a bad case of shin splints during the week.
"Luckily Paul was there and he showed me what stretches to do and how to avoid it getting really bad.
"I was freaking out for a while because I had made it so far, I actually didn't want to have to get on the back of a horse and go back down.
"A couple of people got altitude sickness but luckily most of us were fine and made it to the top," she said.
Jenny Lee has also just been cast in a new Irish film called My Angel which will see her starring alongside Robbie Walsh.

Monday, 5 October 2009

Few Surprises with X Factor's Final 12 are Selected

It was no surprise to see the likes of Jamie Archer, Danyl Johnson and Lucie Jones sail into the final 12 this week on X Factor. However, are Edward and John (pictured at right), Simon's "vile little creatures," really another Boyzone in disguise as Louis suggests? Does everyone love Olly Murs enough that he has a serious chance? Regardless of what your opinion is of who made it through and who got eliminated, this was a wonder double header of high drama TV for X Factor resulting in a powerhouse lineup of talent left to carry on. These are the 12 remaining finalists:
Boys - Mentor Cheryl Cole
Lloyd Daniels
Rikki Loney
Joe McElderry
Girls - Mentor Dannii Minogue
Rachel Addedeji
Lucie Jones
Stacey Solomon
Over 25s - Mentor Simon Cowell
Jamie Archer
Danyl Johnson
Olly Murs
Groups - Mentor Louis Walsh
John and Edward
Kandy Rain
Miss Frank

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Host Special Chol HaMoed Events Oorah’s BoyZone and GirlZone Camps

September 30, 2009-Lakewood, NJ-Oorah’s BoyZone and GirlZone Camps will be hosting two particular Chol HaMoed kiruv events at New Roc City in New Rochelle one on Tuesday Oct. 6 for girl campers, and one on Wednesday Oct. 7 for boy campers. Activities will add an indoor arcade with bowling and rides, dinner, music and dancing, and benching lulav and esrog.
The boy’s event will be followed by a Simchas Bais HaShueva party with Rabbi Chaim Mintz, shlita, at the Gvul Yaabetz Shul at 9:30 PM. The shul is located at 1580 Coney Island Avenue., Brooklyn, NY.
The Chol HaMoed events at New Roc City both begin at 2:00 pm.
New Rock City is located at 33 Le Count Place, New Rochelle.

Monday, 28 September 2009

15 minutes of Ronan Keating in Hanoi

Boyzone front man Ronan Keating drew throngs of followers wherever he went during his short visit to Hanoi last week, no matter how secret his schedule was kept.
Visiting mainly to promote the opening of an International Watch Company (IWC) see shop on September 18, Keating was swarmed by dozens of youngsters
crying out for auto graphs and photographs at the Sofitel Metropole Hotel, where the shop launch took place.
His schedule had not been released to the public, but fans found him either way.
During his 15 minutes on the hotel’s stage, the 32 year old pop star crooned three of his most democratic love songs: “If Tomorrow Never Comes,” “When You Say Nothing At All,” and “Life is a Roller Coaster.”
Earlier, Keating visited Agent Orange victims at the Hoa Binh Children’s Village, also known as Peace Village, in Thanh Xuan District. Hundreds of handicapped children stood around him and sang songs to welcome him.
For the kids at Peace Village, he sang a folk song from his native Ireland about the love between parents and children.
Keating, born on March 3, 1977, joined the Boyzone band when he was 17.
After Boyzone dissolved in 1999, he continued his success with a solo career, clocking up a total of 14 UK top 10 singles as well as four UK Number One albums that sold nearly two and a half million copies worldwide.
Last October, Ronan was entered into the Guinness Book of World Records for being the only artist ever to have 30 consecutive top 10 singles on the UK charts.
Ronan Keating rejoined his Boyzone bandmates in 2008 on a 29 day reunion tour. Boyzone released their comeback single on September 29, 2008, ennobled “Love You Anyway,” which was followed by a greatest hits album, released on October 13, 2008.

Friday, 25 September 2009

The Diary: boyzone; Ryan McGinley; Bonnie Greer;Krzysztof Wodiczko; Ben Bradshaw

Acid test for new Culture Minister
With each new Culture Minister comes a new set of paintings to furnish the office, chosen by the latest incumbent from the vaults of the Government art collection. Ben Bradshaw revealed the names of the six paintings he has just picked to hang on his walls, one of which advise a steathly love of acid house. The screenprint, by the radical Turner Prize winner, Jeremy Deller (best known for his work "Battle of Orgreave", a diversion of a violent clash between police and picketers during the miners' strike in 1984) is called "History of the World" and traces the links between the acid house scene of the late 1980s and traditional brass bands, as well as taking in themes of de-industrialisation, the miners' strike and press hysteria over ecstasy. Effusing over Deller's artwork, Bradshaw said: "This piece says a lot to me. It makes clear the connection between music and politics, which has always been important to me personally, to my political beliefs and musical tastes." He also chose a view of Polpeor Cove on The Lizard in Cornwall, by John Brett, because, "I actually needed a West Country seascape, having spent all my childhood holidays by the sea in Devon".

Friday, 18 September 2009

Boyzone: Boyzone singer visit to Vietnam

VietNamNet Bridge The Irish pop star, Ronan Keating, will come in Hanoi on September 18 to participate in the inauguration ceremony of the IWC watch shop at the Sofitel Metropole hotel. This will be the first visit to Vietnam by a member of the world famous Boyzone band.

Keating will also sing at the ceremony.

Ronan Keating (born March 3, 1977) has had hits with the boy band, Boyzone, and also as a solo artist. He is one of two lead vocalists in Boyzone (with Stephen Gately). In October 2008, Ronan was entered into the Guinness Book of World Records for being the only artist ever to have 30 serial top 10 singles on the UK charts.

As a solo artist, Keating has clocked up a total of 14 UK top 10 singles as well as four UK Number One albums that sold nearly two and a half million copies worldwide. To date, Keating has released five solo albums, four of which went heterosexual to number one in the UK. The singer has had two sold out world tours, received Ivor Novello and BMI songwriting awards, published an autobiography, served as an ambassador for Christian Aid and sold in excess of 22 million albums across the globe.

Keating rejoined his Boyzone bandmates in 2008 on a 29 date reunion tour. Boyzone released their comeback single on 29 September 2008, entitled “Love You Anyway,” which was followed by a wonderest hits album, released on 13 October 2008.

On May 9, 2007, Ronan Keating became the first international number one selling foreign artist to perform a concert in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh.

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Boyzone's Ronan loves to bring family on Archerfield trips

HE is a global pop star who could pick any five star resort in the world to get away from it all.
But Boyzone frontman Ronan Keating likes nothing better than taking his family on holiday to East Lothian.The keen golfer has even become a member of the Archerfield Links course after holding a charity event there last year.He was there again at the weekend for the latest Ronan Keating & Sir Ian Botham Charity Golf Classic, and told the Evening News the area had become his favourite holiday spot.The 32-year-old said: "I come up here outside the event as well, with friends and my family, too. I love bringing the kids here. When I'm away a lot I need to go somewhere with my three kids and feel they are being diverted and there's certainly a good family atmosphere at Archerfield."Keating, who performed at a gala dinner in a marquee on the Archerfield estate on Sunday, and Botham raised over £135,000 from their event last year. Among those taking part this time around were rugby star Matt Dawson,snooker's Dennis Taylor and former football stars Trevor Steven and Phil Babb. Keating added: "While we started up at Gleneagles, it was such a great event at Archerfield last year that we decided to keep it here and I think this is it now I don't think we'll be moving anywhere because we love it here."With Muirfield and all the other great courses around, some people might have thought they were mad when it first came out that they were going to build two courses at Archerfield."But what they've done here is unbelievable. They've made it very special and very exclusive, I suppose, but, at the same time, it's also very homely and I think the staff have a lot to do with that."There are some great houses on the site, too, and, all in all, it is a really special place."The Open returns to Muirfield in 2013. "I've never played Muirfield but I would certainly like to," Keating said. "I love my golf and Barry, who has looked after me for 15 years, and I travel around the world with our golf clubs. "Any city we get to, we need to get the golf bag out and hit a few balls. It's a great way for me to shut down, switch off and get away from it all."Next up for Keating on the golf front is the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, a star-studded pro-am being held at St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns at the beginning of October.

Thursday, 3 September 2009

Peter Andre visit To The South West

Much loved pop star Peter Andre is set to seem at the Big Gig Weekend taking place in Shepton Mallet from September 25 to 27.

Much loved pop star Peter Andre is set to seem at the Big Gig Weekend taking place in Shepton Mallet from September 25 to 27. Peter, 36, will perform on the Saturday night of the case, alongside the currently reformed Boyzone and Britain’s Got Talent winners Diversity. His appearance will be one of the first performances after the release of his hotly anticipated new album Revelations. Peter will perform songs from this new album including new bingle Behind Closed Doors which raced to number four in the charts. He said: “I can’t wait to get on stage and perform some of my new songs as well as some old favourites. “The Big Gig is going to be excellent, I get to see old friends Boyzone and look the amazingly talented Diversity, Steve Appleton and Rhys Morgan and Mark Read former lead singer with A1.” Peter rose to fame in 1996 with his iconic breakthrough hit Mysterious Girl and has since gained popularity on I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! and various reality shows. The Big Gig Weekend will be the perfect showcase for Peter’s new music. Also performing at the event is sultry crooner James Morrison, who will appear on the Friday night, as well as local band Pinstripe, who will experience crowds of up to 8,000 for the first time in their careers. Sunday night will see classical starlet Katherine Jenkins perform stunning pieces attended by The National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Inglis. A special guest for this night is yet to be proclaimed. Guests are invited to bring chairs and picnics to create a perfect end-of-summer evening.

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

The X Factor with Boyzone, the Kelly Osbourne to appear

Kelly Osbourne may be about to appear on The X Factor, a report has claimed.
The 24 year old told OK! magazine that she may be about to follow her mother's footsteps and appear in the hit talent show.
She hinted that she could team up with Irish boyband Boyzone for a special performance during the live stages of the competition.
It has been suggested that X Factor judge Louis Walsh has been orchestrating the move.
Kelly said: "Louis set it up as he knows us both."
A recent report advised that music legends Madonna and Robbie Williams will be guest mentors on the new series of The X Factor.
Brian Friedman, the show's choreographer, has revealed that the superstars will film a guest slot on the show.
A source also claimed that Friedman has said that Simon Cowell has retained "Umbrella" singer Rihanna and Whitney Houston for the show.
It is believed that the popstars will give master classes to this year's in take of hopefuls and that Madonna and Robbie will start filming next month.
A source told The Sun: "Brian is really excited about this year's show because there are some great artists connected.
"He is proud to be part of it and admires Simon's ability to attract A listers."
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Friday, 7 August 2009


The working week is over and they are just enjoyed a pulsating for Friday evening of horseraching, experiencing at close quarters the thunders of hooves up the famous Newmarket turf.
Now the sun is set away on the horizon and the light is falling on the beautiful garden oasis of Newmarket July course.
But far from it being time to go home, the party is just hotting up!
There’s a surge of excitement and spontaneous applause as, onto the big open air stage between the grandstands step on Boyzone.
So don’t miss Welwyn and Hatfied times for this week, so come out for a chance to win tickets and see them great performs Newmarket to next Friday night, August 14 an exclusive chance to actually met the band.

Saturday, 18 July 2009

See Boyzone will continue without RONAN KEATING

Former BOYZONE star STEPHEN GATELY has declared the Irish band will continue without frontman RONAN KEATING.Rumors has it they are planning a talent contest to find a new singer. bandmembers STEPHEN GATELY, MIKEY GRAHAM, KEITH DUFFY and SHANE LYNCH were all spotted having dinner together.

Thursday, 23 April 2009

Boyzone - Live

Boyzone are on the comeback trail and have announced a massive tour for 2009. The Irish man band Boyzone who lets be honest were pretty awful first time round reformed and are performing on Children In Need. Smelling the money and inspired by Take That and the Spice Girls sell out gigs the five-some have sadly decided to do a full tour.Get your Boyzone tickets now!!!

Monday, 30 March 2009

Boyzone Re-Unites for UK tour

Boyzone are to begin a UK tour in may, which will be their first in seven years. Lead Singer Ronan Keating, who left the Irish boy band to pursue a solo career. Will join the group for the series of concerts.

He said: "We've been talking about getting back together for sometime now. I can't wait to be back on the road and all the guys feel the same."

The 10- date tour is due to start on 30 May at London's O2 Arena, and will end in Glasgow on 23 June 2009. Boyzone Tickets for UK tour are available and are out for sale at amazing prices.

Friday, 20 March 2009

Irish Stars See Off St Patrick's Day at Meteor Music Awards

Irish musicians celebrated St Patrick's Day at the Meteor Ireland Music Awards in Dublin last night. Your favourite Irish band Boyzone partied at the ceremony alongside Westlife's Shane Filan and Nicky Byrne, who collected the group's gong for Best Irish Pop Act. The Script picked up two awards for Best Irish Album and Best Irish Band, while James Morrison was named Best International Male. He performed on stage, as did Stereophonics and Elbow. Caprice was her usual shy and retiring self in gold, while Gabriella Cilmi shimmered in silver after performing at Sound Relief in Australia.

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