Boyzone ‘to split after 25 years’ – but not before tribute to Stephen Gately
Boyzone are reportedly splitting up for good after 25 years together.
The Irish boy band are going their separate ways, but not until they’ve put out one last album.
It’s said that the lads – Ronan Keating, Keith Duffy, Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch – will release one final album to coincide with their 25th anniversary.
And it’s being reported that the final release will pay tribute to late member Stephen Gately, who sadly died in 2009 at the age of 33.
The band made the decision to split after a series of meetings in which they were planning their future, according to The Sun .
The newspaper reports that Boyzone will release their final album and embark on a farewell tour before calling it a day.
After that, they’ll retire as a group and continue to work on their solo projects.
The final album will also reportedly include a poignant tribute to Stephen in the form of a previously undiscovered song that he recorded before his tragic death.
The lads will add their own vocals to the track before putting it out.
Boyzone are planning on pulling out all the stops for their final album, and it’s said that Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith are among the big names who’ve agreed to contribute.
The album will be released later this year.
Boyzone formed in 1993 and enjoyed massive success in the UK, with 21 singles in the top 40 and 22 in the Irish charts.
They had six UK No.1 singles and nine in Ireland.
They’ve gone off to do their own things and got back together a few times over the years, with the lads pursuing other projects along the way.
Ronan arguably enjoyed the most success as a solo artist.
Keith went into acting, landing a role in ITV soap Coronation Street for a while.
Shane appeared in the last series of Celebrity Big Brother .
Mirror Online has contacted Boyzone’s representatives for comment.
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