Up stairs in the Cork Opera House, Keith Duffy is doling out bottles of water to everyone in the room.

“Want some water Brian?” he asks, waving one at Brian McFadden. “No thanks,” he quips back. “I’m trying to cut down. Drank about 12 bottles of the stuff last night.”

The two members of two of the biggest boy bands of the nineties are in Cork to promote their upcoming show at the Opera House, and their banter gives some insight into how life has changed for them.

After the success of their tour last year, the pair decided to put on two shows this summer, one in Cork and one in Limerick.

But even after a string of sold-out performances across the UK last year, they both admit they were initially hesitant to even bring their show to Ireland.

“We decided at the time we weren’t going to do Ireland, we were going to stick to the UK and keep Ireland as our safe haven,” Duffy explains.

“It’s kind of ironic and I can’t explain why,” Duffy says.

“But we sold out the whole of the UK in four hours. It took us something like two months to sell out two nights in Dublin… and we’re both from Dublin!”

“And they were the two smallest gigs,” McFadden pipes in.

“And they were the two smallest gigs! So whatever the reasons behind that….” Duffy trails off.

Is there a noticeable difference between their British and Irish fans?

“We have English fans,” McFadden laughs.

But both artists have die-hard fans, people who have followed their progress through the years, Duffy explains.

“Now they’ve got older, they have their own families, they have their own kids. They bring their kids to see us. We know them. I would follow them on their twitter accounts.

“If they’re coming to a show, they’ll dm me. That’s how well I know them, they’ll dm me and say look we’re going to be there is there any way we can say a quick hello.”

“You should really give them your phone number by now,” McFadden interrupts.

“You know what, I did give them my phone number once because I left my golf clubs at a hotel in Glasgow,” Duffy says laughing.

“I told two of the fans that had driven to the airport on their days off and I asked ‘can you go back to the hotel and get the golf clubs in case I miss my flight’.”

“They got back to the airport in record time with my golf clubs and they texted me when they were outside. And they’ve never used that number since. If they want to contact me they’ll contact me through twitter, they will not use my phone number.”

“Any day now, I should be getting it hopefully,” McFadden quips.

Originally when they were asked to put on shows this summer, they didn’t think there was any demand from the public.

“We were unsure because Dublin took so long for us to sell was there any want for us. We said ‘We’d love to but we just don’t know if they want us there!’” Duffy laughs.

“So here we are, and we’re going to give it a go and if they want us there, people will come and see us and if it’s not they won’t, but we don’t know, it’s an unknown entity at the moment.

“We’ll come down and we’ll have a great night, even if it’s just the two of us!”

The show consists of a mixture of their songs and untold stories, with both performers sharing their memories of their time in their bands.

“All our stories are video related. An example is when Westlife did a duet with Mariah Carey but there’s a piece in the video where I’m caught staring at her boobs,” McFadden explains, referring to the band’s video for ‘Against All Odds’.

“The camera pans out,” says Duffy, “and it’s all the boys and Brian’s like that…” He says, sticking his tongue out and ogling.

“So then Keith shows that video and then we tell the story.”

Stories about when you were on tour before?

“Everything. Stories about life,” McFadden says.

“There’s no bitching. We’re not here to cause trouble for anybody,” Duffy adds.

“We’re literally just reminiscing about how it started, where the success came from, how we built on it where we went to and now it’s like a little thank you to it. Because everything wasn’t roses.

“We lost Stephen Gately back in 2009, eight years this year. There are the sad times and we talk about the difficult things that we don’t like to talk about, we talk about them. You know, Brian’s had a couple of marriage break-ups, we talk about all that stuff.”

“There’ll be few more by the next one!” McFadden responds and they both crack up.

Are you really going to talk about that stuff on stage?

“No I don’t talk about my marriage breakups, of course not,” McFadden says, suddenly serious.

“But we talk about what was happening in our life during all these things. When you have a job like this, it’s all kind of rosy on the outside, people looking in think it’s great. But you know it’s not always great.

“There are things that we’d be going through and I think people would look at it thinking they must be having the time of their lives but actually inside, you could be struggling or having a hard time. We discuss all of that.”

How was it to experience that level of fame so young?

“Listen, we were very lucky. We were 17, 18 years of age, given a ticket to fly around the world and have a great time,” Duffy says.

“And get paid for it!” McFadden laughs.

“And get paid for it. Every country you’d go to you’d have 300 or 400 people screaming your name when you arrive at the airport. Like what the hell’s going on here. Bizarre! It was all very bizarre, you never believe your own hype.

“When you come into this business you’re working on, you’re burning on every cylinder,” he continues.

“They just keep pumping, pumping, pumping, pushing, pushing. Keeping the brand rolling, growing the brand – but we’re people. When you’re working 18 hours a day, you get tired and cranky and narky. You can’t appreciate it the way you should appreciate it. You take things for granted.

“When you come to our age now and the high life, the madness, the crazed part of your career is over, it’s very difficult to fill your day. What we’re doing, we’re doing at our pace now which is great.”

How do they like to spend their free time when they are here?

“We play a lot of golf because it gets you out, it’s a good walk you know it’s socialising,” Duffy explains.

“Some people in this business just become hermits and lock themselves away. I think they can start becoming depressed, and not happy in their surroundings. Something is missing, there’s a void in their life.

“So we try to fill our time now constructively with things that aren’t doing any harm to anybody else… unless you hit someone with a golf ball.”

After their show are they planning a night out in the city?

“Absolutely,” McFadden says, nodding with conviction.

Duffy starts to list out some of his favourite bars around Cork city when Brian cuts in.

“Yeah but the best place in Cork is Trabolgan,” he says.

“The best place in Cork, we used to go there every summer.”

“Did you ever go to Fota Island?” Duffy asks.

“No, we were always Trabolgan. You used to have the wave pool, the crazy golf and the pub and that’s all we wanted.”

“I went to Trabolgan when I was 16 with me Mam and me Dad.”

“Brilliant isn’t it?”

“Fell in love with a girl, we had a little whirlwind romance for about ten days. She was from Midleton.”

Our interview is interrupted while Duffy responses to a message from Louis Walsh. Do they both keep in contact with the famous manager?

“We see him from time to time. Louis’s a character. He’s never going to change,” Duffy says.

“He can upset you by saying things in the press whatever, but if you get upset by Louis you’re mad.”

“When you read things he says about you in the press, you go — I can’t believe he said that but when you see him saying it he’d be giggling and laughing. He’s just winding you up,” McFadden adds.

Do the pair have any warm-up routines before they perform?

“We go through this whole yoga preparation now right before we go on stage. We get water steamed into the room with eucalyptus oils,” Duffy says earnestly.

It’s hard to tell if he’s being serious or not.

“I’m joking, we do fuck all. We have a glass of red wine and give each other a hug. Say a little prayer.”

“Prayer and vodka and we have two fags before we go onstage,” McFadden adds laughing.

April 29, 2017 Author: admin ▪  Categories: News ▪  Comments Off on From boys to men: Keith Duffy and Brian McFadden share memories of a boyband life

Brian McFadden says Rochdale is now his “first home” after finding love with a PE teacher.

The former Westlife star says he now spends most of his time in Rochdale after meeting Danielle Parkinson – and as a bonus living in Greater Manchester brings him closer to his beloved favourite football team Manchester United.

The Irish singer was recently seen sunning himself in Barbados with Danielle, who he met last year through mutual friends, ahead of his tour with former Boyzone star Keith Duffy as Boyzlife.

And he says things are going swimmingly with Danielle, who teaches at Matthew Moss High School.

Brian, who was previously married to Atomic Kitten star Kerry Katona and Irish model Vogue Williams, told us: “We had a lovely holiday and it was nice to get away before the tour.

“And Danielle is a teacher so it was nice for her to have a holiday.

“We met in Manchester through mutual friends and at the moment it’s my first home.

“I’m in Rochdale all the time now.

“It’s perfect for me because I’m a Manchester United supporter and I enjoy playing golf in Manchester. “It isn’t my first time in Manchester but I had never been to Rochdale before.”

Father of two Brian, who was a member of the chart-topping boyband Westlife from 1998 to 2004, has joined forced with fellow Irish pop star and former Coronation Street actor Keith to form the singing and bantering duo Boyzlife.

Another Boyzlife tour of laughter, stories and music comes to the Hilton Deansgate on Thursday April 13 and Friday April 14.

March 01, 2017 Author: admin ▪  Categories: Uncategorized ▪  Comments Off on Brian McFadden says Rochdale is now his “first home” after finding love with a PE teacher

The two Irish singers were on Lorraine to talk about their new boyband Boyzlife.

Brian was part of Westlife and Keith was in Boyzone, so the duo decided to team together to create their new supergroup.

However, things got a bit cheeky between Brian and Lorraine when they started talking about golf.

The TV presenter couldn’t get over the boys’ obsession with the sport and said: “Do you not get fed up of it, cross with it?

“You go out and do exactly the same thing, the exactly the same course, the exactly the same clubs, you’re rubbish and then the next day you’ll be good.”

To which Brian replied with: “Lorraine, is that not what you’ve been doing for the last 25 years?”

The 57 year old was left shocked at the comment and then burst out laughing.

“That’s very true,” she quickly added.

However, the banter didn’t stop there and Keith decided to say: “Where’s your social life gone? Do you have one?”

To which she replied with: “No.

“Cinderella as you know, always got to leave early!”

While Brian added: “Get yourself some golf clubs and when you’ve finished yapping here in the morning, go out onto that golf course.

“It will change your life forever.”

Viewers were left in hysterics over the Boyzlife members antics and took to Twitter to share their thoughts.

One person said: “You need to get Boyzlife as guest presenters #Lorraine”.

A second user put: “#Lorraine, how funny were they, should have their own show!”.

While a third account added: “Keith and Brian should have their own TV chat show they’re lots of fun with plenty of cheeky chat #Boyzlife #Lorraine x”.

Lorraine continues on weekdays at 8:30am on ITV.

February 16, 2017 Author: admin ▪  Categories: Uncategorized ▪  Comments Off on Brian McFadden ‘insults’ Lorraine Kelly during interview with Keith Duffy on LIVE TV

To celebrate the success of each of their chart-topping bands, Brian (Westlife) and Keith (Boyzone) have created Boyzlife and are taking part in another nationwide tour.

The intimate gigs will be taking place at Hilton Hotels up and down the country and are bound to be popular amongst die-hard fans. But when are they touring and how much are tickets? Here’s what you need to know…

The UK and Ireland dates announced are as follows:

Sunday April 2 – Hilton Glasgow
Monday April 3 – Hilton Glasgow
Tuesday April 4 – Hilton Belfast
Wednesday April 5 – Hilton Belfast
Monday April 10 – Hilton Newcastle Gateshead, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Tuesday April 11 – Hilton Newcastle Gateshead, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Thursday April 13 – Hilton Manchester Deansgate
Saturday April 15 – Hilton Birmingham Metropole
Sunday April 16 – Hilton Birmingham Metropole
Monday April 17 – Hilton Liverpool
Tuesday April 18 – Hilton Liverpool
Sunday April 30 – Hilton Brighton Metropole
Monday May 1 – Hilton Brighton Metropole
Tuesday May 2 – Hilton London Bankside
Wednesday May 3 – Hilton London Bankside

Tickets for the tour are on sale now and start at £35. There are two VIP packages available for each show – the Boyzlife VIP Package and the Boyzlife VVIP Package.

Tickets for each show are split into four categories: Category A, Category B, VIP Package and VVIP Package. Category B tickets are the furthest from the stage and cost £35. Category A tickets are behind the VIP seats and cost £45.

The Boyzlife VIP Package costs £75 and includes the following:

Premium seating
Private meet and greet with Boyzlife straight after the show (limited to one hour)
Photo opportunity at the private meet and greet
Signed exclusive tour merchandise item
The Boyzlife VVIP Package costs £200 and includes the following:

Soundcheck attendance
Boyzlife goody bag
Reserved seating in VIP
Drinks service at interval – brought to the seats
Queue jump for ticketing and VIP meet and greet
Dinner at venue

They are on sale at boyzlifetour.com. [Source]

January 31, 2017 Author: admin ▪  Categories: News ▪  Comments Off on When is the Boyzlife 2017 Tour?
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BRIAN McFadden and Keith Duffy joked they created their Boyzlife duo because they were BROKE – and Brian had too many ex wives to pay for.

The cheeky Irish pair, who were previously adored by fans of separate groups Boyzone and Westlife, made their revelation on today’s Good Morning Britain.

When asked why they created the man band by hosts Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan, former Boyzone star Keith said: “We were broke!

“Brian has too many wives.”

His quip about Brian’s former spouses Kerry Katona and Vogue Williams didn’t seem to offend the Westlife singer.

He was quick to set the record straight and said: “We got offered to do books all the time but we never wanted to do it.

“When Keith tells a story he talks it out and we wanted to do a show talking of our story and acting it out.”

He added: “We have quite similar lives as well.”

They joined forces for their new project earlier this year, sharing stories from their time on the road as well as singing some of their respective band’s biggest hits, including No Matter What and Flying Without Wings.

Today Piers grilled them as to how they chose the name Boyzlife – instead of plumping for Westzone.

Brian laughed and said: “It’s because Westzone is a car park outside Dublin Airport.

“It’s also something you use to clean your toilet,” to which Keith replied: “That’s Paragon!”

Source: The Sun

December 06, 2016 Author: Britt ▪  Categories: News ▪  Comments Off on Duffy and McFadden joke they created man band duo Boyzlife for the money

You can now pre-order the official Boylife dvd due on on December 5th.

Follow the lives of Brian McFadden and Keith Duffy as they embark on a new chapter and create the show ‘Boyzlife’. Following their careers, the highs, the lows, the laughter along with the number 1 hits that gave them fame around the World. This documentary follows their journey from the concept of the show right through to the first show date.

Click here to Pre-Order!

December 01, 2016 Author: Britt ▪  Categories: Music News ▪  Comments Off on Boyzlife DVD – Pre-Order now!

Popstars Keith Duffy and Brian McFadden have admitted that they risked their life savings for their Boyzlife tour.

The singers, who were formerly members of Boyzone and Westlife respectively, delved into their own pockets in order to cover the cost for their 12-date tour, which they organised without a concert promoter.

“That meant we fronted the costs ourselves until the tickets sold,” McFadden said.

“It was a big risk,” he added, “We had absolutely no idea how it would be received, we went in totally blind.”

“Keith and I knew we had a great concept, and we said to reach other on evening over dinner, let’s roll the dice, we believe in the idea so let’s go for it, it was pretty terrifying,” he told the Irish Sun on Sunday.

The Dublin duo can be seen in their new DVD sweating over the cost of their gamble as tour expenses begin to climb.

Things got worse as McFadden’s former Westlife bandmate Kian Egan voiced his anger and concern at the duo forming their own group, citing that fans might be mislead into believing Boyzone and Westlife are back together.

“It was really unfair on the fans that everybody thought that this was what’s happening, you know that Westlife and Boyzone were getting together to do a tour,” Egan said in March.

“From the perspective of someone who spent 15 years in Westlife it was really aggravating.”

Ex-Boyzone member Duffy told the paper, “The night before tickets went on sale was definitely a sleepless night for us.”

“We were terrified,” he said, “If the tickets didn’t sell, we were going to be in a bad place.”

Tickets for the tour, which ranged from €40-€100, sold out within six hours of going on sale.

Source: RTE

November 20, 2016 Author: Britt ▪  Categories: Uncategorized ▪  Comments Off on Keith Duffy and Brian McFadden risked life savings on Boyzlife tour

Singers Ellie Goulding and Brian McFadden have put their names forward to replace British TV presenter Chris Evans as the host of popular motoring show Top Gear.

Evans quit the beleaguered series on Monday after joining former Friends star Matt LeBlanc to front the revamped BBC show for its first run since the departure of former presenters Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond.
However, the new Top Gear failed to win over viewers following its return to TV screens in May, and it ended its latest season with the lowest audience of its current series, according to figures released by the BBC. It averaged 1.9 million viewers on Sunday night, a mere 8.6 per cent of the available audience.

Announcing his decision to resign via Twitter, Evans simply wrote: “Stepping down from Top Gear. Gave it my best shot but sometimes that’s not enough. The team are beyond brilliant, I wish them all the best.”
His exit has since prompted both Ellie and Brian to offer up their services to BBC bosses in social media posts on Monday, with the Burn hitmaker jokingly tweeting, “FINE I’ll present Top Gear”.

Former Westlife star Brian McFadden was more forthright in his proposition.

“Dear @BBC_TopGear I will happily drive the best cars in the world and get paid for it! AND be pretty happy about it!” he began. The Irish singer then poked fun at the problems with prompted Clarkson’s departure from the show last year, after he was initially suspended for becoming embroiled in a bust-up with producer Oisin Tymon over catering arrangements.

Brian added, “And @BBC_TopGear I promise not to punch any producers or hit on anyone! Except matt le blanc. He’s dreamy”.

July 06, 2016 Author: Britt ▪  Categories: Uncategorized ▪  Comments Off on I will happily drive the best cars in the world!

Sunday 14th August: BRIAN MCFADDEN! Yes ladies, remember the Westlife hottie and runner up of Channel 4s The Jump 2016, hes going to be doing a live acoustic set at Jacaranda Lounge! For VIP tables and packages email lauren@jacaranda-lounge.com
For table and cabana reservations email reservations@jacaranda-lounge.com

Source : Jacaranda Lounge Ibliza

March 25, 2016 Author: Shally ▪  Categories: Uncategorized ▪  Comments Off on CONFIRMED! Brian McFadden will Be Play Acoustic Set on Jacaranda Lounge Ibiza