Concert recap: Boyzone goes full nostalgia in farewell tour

Shiela Reyes, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 24 2019 02:00 PM

MANILA -- Boyzone is now down to their last chapter as a boyband and it’s bittersweet.

This was probably the common sentiment of their fans as the Irish group staged their farewell concert at the Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday.

Aptly, Boyzone chose to be nostalgic in their show, displaying their vocals and dance moves in matching outfits just like how they did it in the '90s.

A true time warp to the past, the concert began not with the four boys hitting the stage but with former Westlife member Brian McFadden.

McFadden was the first to take the audience to a trip down memory lane with Westlife songs such as “When You’re Looking Like That,” “Mandy,” “Swear It Again,” “World of Our Own,” “Queen of My Heart,” “My Love,” Flying Without Wings” and “Uptown Girl.”

Before he ended his set, McFadden paid tribute to Boyzone saying they were the reason he kicked off a musical career.

“If it wasn’t for those five boys, I wouldn’t be here today. From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much Boyzone. I respect you and I love you,” he said.

Then finally came Ronan Keating, Keith Duffy, Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch.

The quartet performed over a dozen songs throughout the concert including their most famous hits such as “Baby Can I Hold You,” “You Needed Me,” “I Love the Way You Love Me,” “Father and Son,” “Words,” “When You Say Nothing At All,” “Love Me for a Reason” and “No Matter What.”

But it wasn’t all throwback feels because Boyzone also performed tracks from their “Thank You & Goodnight” album such as “Talk About Love” and “Dream.”

They interacted with their fans so much and at some points, they asked audience members to sing with them or join them on stage to have fun.

But perhaps the most touching part of the show was when all four remembered their former bandmate Stephen Gately, who passed away in 2009.

After a heartwarming clip of them recalling their best moments with the late singer, Keating, Duffy, Graham and Lynch gathered on stage to sing “Every Day I Love You” and “Key to My Life” with Gately’s vocals playing along.

The concert ended on a high note with all four singing and dancing to their 1996 hit “Picture of You.”

Although they have already announced that they are set to disband after their “Thank You & Goodnight” world tour, at least Boyzone has left their Filipino fans with tons of songs and memories.

Here are some scenes from Boyzone’s concert at the Mall of Asia Arena on June 23:

Former Westlife member Brian McFadden opens Boyzone’s concert at the Mall of Asia Arena on June 23, 2019. Yeka To-ong, ABS-CBN News

Former Westlife member Brian McFadden opens Boyzone’s concert at the Mall of Asia Arena on June 23, 2019. Yeka To-ong, ABS-CBN News

A scene from Boyzone’s “Thank You & Goodnight” concert at the Mall of Asia Arena on June 23, 2019. Yeka To-ong, ABS-CBN News

A scene from Boyzone’s “Thank You & Goodnight” concert at the Mall of Asia Arena on June 23, 2019. Yeka To-ong, ABS-CBN News

A scene from Boyzone’s “Thank You & Goodnight” concert at the Mall of Asia Arena on June 23, 2019. Yeka To-ong, ABS-CBN News

A scene from Boyzone’s “Thank You & Goodnight” concert at the Mall of Asia Arena on June 23, 2019. Yeka To-ong, ABS-CBN News

A scene from Boyzone’s “Thank You & Goodnight” concert at the Mall of Asia Arena on June 23, 2019. Yeka To-ong, ABS-CBN News

A scene from Boyzone’s “Thank You & Goodnight” concert at the Mall of Asia Arena on June 23, 2019. Yeka To-ong, ABS-CBN News

A scene from Boyzone’s “Thank You & Goodnight” concert at the Mall of Asia Arena on June 23, 2019. Yeka To-ong, ABS-CBN News

A scene from Boyzone’s “Thank You & Goodnight” concert at the Mall of Asia Arena on June 23, 2019. Yeka To-ong, ABS-CBN News

A scene from Boyzone’s “Thank You & Goodnight” concert at the Mall of Asia Arena on June 23, 2019. Yeka To-ong, ABS-CBN News

A scene from Boyzone’s “Thank You & Goodnight” concert at the Mall of Asia Arena on June 23, 2019. Yeka To-ong, ABS-CBN News

A scene from Boyzone’s “Thank You & Goodnight” concert at the Mall of Asia Arena on June 23, 2019. Yeka To-ong, ABS-CBN News

A scene from Boyzone’s “Thank You & Goodnight” concert at the Mall of Asia Arena on June 23, 2019. Yeka To-ong, ABS-CBN News

A scene from Boyzone’s “Thank You & Goodnight” concert at the Mall of Asia Arena on June 23, 2019. Yeka To-ong, ABS-CBN News

A scene from Boyzone’s “Thank You & Goodnight” concert at the Mall of Asia Arena on June 23, 2019. Yeka To-ong, ABS-CBN News

A scene from Boyzone’s “Thank You & Goodnight” concert at the Mall of Asia Arena on June 23, 2019. Yeka To-ong, ABS-CBN News