Boyzone’s farewell concert to Bangkok takes to the stage minus one member
Boyzone’s concert – the last stop in Asia on their “Thank You & Goodnight Farewell World Tour 2019” – at Thunder Dome last Thursday was probably not a commercial success, judging by the number of vacant seats both upstairs and down.
And it lacked one of quartet’s powerful vocals after Keith Duffy fell sick and was rushed to hospital.
As a result, the concert was delayed for an hour though Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch gamely went ahead with the show as a trio. And while it was a shame that the audience missed out on Duffy, though some of course did get to see him in the Boyzlife’s concert last December, in which he performed with Westlife’s Brian McFadden, the three remaining members did a great job in entertaining the audience.
Screams rang out from the fans, as the threesome came out on stage and opened their first set with “Who We Are”, “Love Is A Hurricane” and “Isn’t It A Wonder” before following up with throwback hits “Coming Home Now”, “Baby Can I Hold You” and “You Needed Me”, with the audience happily singing along.
Listening to “Baby Can I Hold You”, I was reminded of Duffy making fun of Ronan Keating’s Irish accent in that song with Boyzlife.
“Well, well, Bangkok. How are you doing? Sawasdee khrub. Boyzone has been coming here since 1995, I think. You welcome Boyzone with open arms. You make me feel like I’m home. That’s why the band is here tonight to thank you for the last 25 years. Tonight, you’re going to hear songs from the last 25 years – the songs that you want to hear,” Keating told the cheering crowd before introducing a female vocalist to replace the ailing Duffy on “All That I Need” and “I Love The Way You Love Me.”
After “Father and Son”, Keating paid tribute to the late Boyzone member Stephen Gately, who wrote “I Can Dream” 15 years ago. Later retitled “Dream”, Gately recorded a solo version of the song as the B-side to the 2001 single “Stay” (2001) and the band decided to rerecord the number adding their vocals to Gately’s version, thus including their late comember of Boyzone in their last ever studio album.
The trio went on to perform Boyzone hits as scenes from the music videos played on screen. Among them was “Key to My Life” where the five original members are attending school with a hot teacher. Female fans screamed, as closeups of each of the lads back in 1995 came on the screen.
Like Boyzlife, Boyzone covered Bee Gees’ “Words” with the audience helping them out by singing along.
Keating talked about the brand new album, which was released at the end of last year and like the tour is called “Thank You & Goodnight”.
“For the first time, we decided to change the formula for Boyzone’s album. This album mixes urban music with country, pop and rock because nobody listens to music the same way any more. These days, you stream songs from different places. You create a playlist. I hope you’ll enjoy the album,” Keating said as he swung into “Talk About Love”.
Two of Boyzone’s most popular ballads followed – “Love Me for a Reason” and “No Matter What”.
The Irish boy band closed out their last concert in Bangkok with the encore: “Life Is A Rollercoaster” and “Picture of You”.