Boyzone

Ronan Keating reveals Boyzone dropped a song that later became a U2 hit

Ronan Keating admitted that Boyzone passing on a song that later became a hit for U2 was a “big mistake”.

The singer told 98FM’s Big Breakfast how U2’s single Sweetest Thing, originally recorded in 1987 and later released as a single in 1998, almost became a Boyzone song.

However, the boys eventually passed on the song as it didn’t suit their sound but were asked to perform in the music video alongside Bono and the gang.

The 44-year-old explained: “We were [in the Sweetest Thing music video]. We had a great day shooting with the guys. They asked us to be in the Sweetest Thing video.

“Well, actually, if I go back even further, Bono gave us the song The Sweetest Thing at Boyzone. It was a gift to Boyzone.

“And we tried it in the studio and then the record company and people, they felt it didn’t sound like a Boyzone song, so it never got released.

“So there’s a version of Boyzone somewhere singing Sweetest Thing, which I’d love to hear because I’ve never heard it.

“Then the guys said, ‘Well, if you don’t want it, we’ll tape it,’ and they did and had huge success with it. So big mistake on our part.

“But they very kindly asked us to be in the video and it was just off Merrion Square. We spent the day with them.

The Dubliner also revealed that they have new music on the way.

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He said: “I have a brand new album coming out in November. It’s something special that I was in Dublin shooting and filming for.

“I’m not talking about it yet but it’s something very exciting and very important to me and I can’t wait for everyone to hear it,” he added.