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What made Boyzone’s Manila concert so special?

May 29, 2015 01:59 AM
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Apart from marking their two decades in the business, Boyzone takes this Manila leg of their two-year world tour a special one. Apart from a 21-song repertoire, which included a four-song encore—the BZ20 World Tour concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last May 26, it became one special moment for the band, who last visited the Philippines in 1997 with a concert at the Folk Arts Theatre. It invited a lot of throwbacks—starting from their first hit “Love Me For A Reason” to their Manila-only performance of “Love the Way You Love Me,” their mind-blowing rendition of various hits like “Picture of You” and “No Matter What,” and popular covers of “You Say Nothing at All,” “You Needed Me,” and Ronan Keating’s solo hit “When You Say Nothing At All”—and some of their current tracks that are actually covers as well—Motown hits like The Four Tops’ “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)” and The Supremes’ “You Can’t Hurry Love.” But what really became the single, most special moment from the two-hour or so concert was their emphatic tribute to their late co-lead singer Stephen Gately, who died in 2009 of a congenital heart ailment. Not only did they show a collage of photos and a collection of videos with Stephen on tour or in private moments—they actually let him still “sing” onstage. They performed “Everyday I Love You,” which they said they haven’t sung live since Stephen’s death, with their late bandmate’s lead vocals still pieced in the song. Indeed everyone remained Boyzoned, with the charm of the remaining four members Keith Duffy, Mikey Graham, Shane Lynch, and Ronan still illuminating the whole coliseum. Here are some pictures from the concert.
 

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