Boyzone

Ronan Keating Says Boyzone Would Still Try To Get Home To Spend The Night In His Own Bed As Band Started Despite ‘Crazy Schedule’

Ronan Keating revealed how Boyzone was always trying to get home to spend the night in his own bed at the start of his fame.

While most of the band were still teenagers during the early years, he told in a new BBC documentary how they wanted the stability of returning home.

BBC’s Top of the Pops: Story of 1995 tells how Boyzone rose to fame on the heels of British boyband Take That.

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The Boyzone frontman says their five-man band was a less slick, more down-to-earth version of the boyband.

He said: “Boyzone was kind of your everyday boy band and I think that was part of the charm.

“We were like the guys you meet on the street.

“They were all singing, all dancing, slick-as, they had all the moves. Us, if you saw us dancing it looked like a corner of a nightclub,” he joked.

TV plugger Sam Wright, who has engaged the Irish band on various UK shows, said Boyzone hoped “they could be Take That”.

“Boyzone had auditioned to be the Irish Take That, to be honest with you.

“In those days pop was king, you could break an act just by being on TV at the time, I watched them and I knew I could get them on TV.

“Ronan was kind of together, the organized one, Stephen was the one all the girls liked, Shane and Keith were two guys who laughed, and Mikey wanted to be Sting.”

Peter Loraine, editor of the influential Top Of The Pops magazine in 1995, said the formation of the Irish band came at the right time.

He said, “The Boyzone timing was so impeccable.

“Take this at their absolute peak, able to choose what they will and won’t do and there’s only a short time and they’ve done everything before and they’re almost done.

“And came Boyzone… we’ll do anything, we’re new, we want to be famous.”



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Ronan Keating recalls a crazy schedule at first, but the band was always booked on flights home.

“It was busy, it was crazy.

“We couldn’t really enjoy the success because we were just on the next thing, the next country, the next performance.

“Those were long days and every night we would come back to Dublin just to be in our beds for the night or for our mum to make us a cup of tea or breakfast or whatever.”

He remembers that the quintuple was “very happy with our roles in the group”.

“We are still very close today. We joke about it

“I never felt any underlying jealousy or anything like that.

“Stephen and I were very close, there aren’t many human beings on the planet who knew me like he knew me and vice versa so I think we were very close in that regard.

“(It was) amazing, we were living the dream, we were traveling around the world singing and dancing, it was amazing, with my best friends.”

Top of the Pops: Story of 1995 airs on BBC Two on Saturday 16 April.

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