MANILA, Philippines – It was like we were back in the ’90s. From the Backstreet Boys’ triumphant return to Manila to Irish boyband Boyzone’s May 26 show, these concerts prove that fans haven’t forgotten their favorite groups from yesteryear, and that they’ve retained their charm over the years.
Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham, Shane Lynch and Keith Duffy gave their Filipino fans the performance they’ve waited for more than 18 years since their last visit in 1997. (READ: Boyzone arrives in Manila for 2015 concert)
The boys opened with one of their songs from the album Brother – “Love Is A Hurricane,” followed by “Picture of You,” from the soundtrack the Mr Bean movie. (In Twitter clips: Boyzone live in Manila 2015)
The boys also performed new tracks from their latest album Dublin to Detroit, which Ronan said was “personal project” for them, paying tribute to the Motown classics.
They didn’t hold back from those greatest hits and covers: “Baby Can I Hold You,” “I Love the Way You Love Me,” “Words,” and “You Needed Me.”
In a lighter part of the show, they boys also did “When the Going Gets Tough.” In an interview on Aquino and Abunda Tonight Monday, May 25, the boys said they were big fans of Manny Pacquiao. (READ: Boyzone on Filipino fans, One Direction and Manny Pacquiao)
The boys also made sure that they did not forget to pay tribute to their bandmate Stephen Gately, who died in Marjorca in 2009. The boys performed “Everyday I Love You,” and “Gave It All Away,” with Stephen’s vocals leading the songs.
Ronan said that in every tour they do, they have never forgotten Stephen.
“When the 4 of us are together, we feel he’s in the room. He’s on this stage tonight. Thank you for allowing us to come back and do this,” Ronan said.
“You’ve been so supportive in terms of the pictures, the Instagram, the tweets…back in the ’90s when Stephen was here…so thank you for giving it all back to us. It means so much, all the support, and we love him as much as you do,” Shane Lynch shared.
They also performed “No Matter What,” with one of their backup singers with phones lighting up the venue.
From “No Matter What,” Boyzone did “A Different Beat,” closing with “Love Me for A Reason” and “Life Is A Roller Coaster.”
It was indeed a night to remember for the group and the fans alike – and the boys promised to be back again soon. – Rappler.com
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