Boyzlife announce UK tour for 2022

Boyzlife have announced that they will be going on tour in 2022 from September to November.

It will see the band perform new songs from their upcoming original material studio album, ‘Old School’, which is due for release on May 6, 2022.

Keith Duffy and Brian McFadden make up Boyzlife, who were previously part of the boy bands Boyzone and Westlife respectively.

The band’s debut record was released on July 17, 2020 topping both the UK & Ireland’s iTunes and Amazon music charts immediately as well as charting at #12 in the UK Official Album Chart.

September 26, 2022 – Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool

September 27, 2022 – Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

September 28, 2022 – De Montfort Hall, Leicester

September 29, 2022 – City Hall, Sheffield

October 1, 2022 – Town Hall, Birmingham

October 2, 2022 – St David’s, Cardiff

October 4, 2022 – Corn Exchange, Cambridge

October 5, 2022 – Hexagon, Reading

October 7, 2022 – Music Hall, Aberdeen

October 8, 2022 – Usher Hall, Edinburgh

October 9, 2022 – Opera House, Blackpool

October 11, 2022 – Sands Centre, Carlisle

October 12, 2022 – City Hall, Newcastle

October 14, 2022 – The Barbican, York

October 15, 2022 – St George’s Hall, Bradford

October 16, 2022 – Victoria Hall, Stoke-on-Trent

October 18, 2022 – Pavilions Theatre, Bournemouth

October 19, 2022 – New Theatre, Oxford

October 21, 2022 – Cliff Pavilions, Southend

October 22, 2022 – Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone

October 23, 2022 – Baths Hall, Scunthorpe

October 25, 2022 – Regent Theatre, Ipswich

October 26, 2022 – G Live, Guildford

October 27, 2022 – Westlands, Yeovil

October 29, 2022 – Guildhall, Portsmouth

October 30, 2022 – Orchard, Dartford

November 1, 2022 – Hall for Cornwall, Truro

Keith Duffy and Brian McFadden reveal new album details

Boyzlife have revealed the title and tracklist for their new album, set to be released on May 6, 2022.

The band is made up of Boyzone singer Keith Duffy and Westlife star Brian McFadden.

The latest album, named Old School, is the supergroup’s first original material studio album.

The duo released their first single The One in October 2021.

“Keith and I grew up in the 80s and 90s, the sound of that era is what made us want to be musicians in the first place,” said McFadden.

“When we first started talking about making this record as Boyzlife’s first studio album, we naturally talked about those influences a lot and have loved bringing these familiar sounds into our studio sessions and onto this record.”

Other songs on the 10-track album include Burn For You, A Little Saving, All This Time, Glory Days, Because I Love Somebody, Coming Back To You, Her, If I Asked You To Love and Distant Sun.

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Boyzlife Return With New Single The One, Announce Second Album

Boyzlife have released a new single.

The One will feature on Brian McFadden and Keith Duffy’s forthcoming album, their first collection of original material, due in spring 2022. Further details are still to be revealed.

Co-penned by McFadden and songwriter Guy Chambers, alongside rising producer Jackson, the soft, syrupy track draws on ’80s pop-rock influences and follows the duo’s 2020 debut album ‘Strings Attached’, recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. McFadden commented:

“Keith and I grew up in the 80s and 90s, the sound of that era is what made us want to be musicians in the first place. When we first started talking about making this record as Boyzlife’s first studio album, we naturally talked about those influences a lot and have loved bringing these familiar sounds into our studio sessions and onto this record.”

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Boyzone and Westlife stars ‘can’t wait to get back on the road’ with new music dropping next week

Boyzone and Westlife stars Brian McFadden and Keith Duffy can’t wait to get back gigging – and they’ve have teamed up to release new music.

The Dublin lads are releasing their brand new single “The One” on October 8.

The Boyzlife pair said: “We are so excited to announce that our brand new single. The One is out on Friday 8 October. That’s next week!

“We have worked so hard on creating new music for you guys and we can’t wait for you to hear it! In one week, you’ll be able to download and stream The One from wherever you get your music!”

Boyzlife is the supergroup formed by long time pals Keith and Brian, who previously appeared as members of popular Irish boybands.

With Boyzone, Keith Duffy enjoyed six UK number one singles and 16 out of 17 of their first single releases making the top 5. They’ve had five number one albums and achieved worldwide sales of over 25 million records.

Brian McFadden enjoyed similar success, including 12 UK and Ireland number ones as a member of Westlife, and a record breaking seven top spots in a row. The band also had four number 1 albums and over 30 million record sales in total.

Boyzlife have already performed some of their greatest chart hits for over 70,000 fans, with the second leg of their UK tour now finally underway.

On being back on the road they said: “We couldn’t wait to get back on the road after the last 18 months away!

“It’s fantastic to be back doing what we love and seeing happy, smiling faces every night.

“Our new rescheduled dates for 2021 are live on our website with a few new dates added in.”

The guys describe the show as a rollercoaster and they’re performing all of their top tunes from the past 25 years, with some surprises along the way.

In between tour dates the guys are finishing their first original material studio album.

The first single from the record can be pre-saved here with the album due for release in Spring 2022.

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Brian McFadden and Danielle Parkinson introduce newborn baby Ruby Jean

Ater going through a tough three-year journey to welcome their first child together, it is little wonder Brian McFadden and fiancée Danielle Parkinson don’t want to take their eyes off her. Conceived after IVF treatment following two miscarriages, Ruby Jean McFadden was born at 1:44am on 8 May via emergency C-section, weighing exactly 7lb.

And the blissed-out couple admit it’s “the best feeling in the world” to finally hold their longed-for child in their arms. The couple have shared exclusive pictures of their new baby with OK! VIP members and talk about their journey to having their miracle baby and open up about the birth in a brand new interview.

“We just couldn’t believe she was here,” teacher Dani, 39, says of the emotional moment she arrived. “We don’t put her down, we’re just constantly looking at her,” Brian adds.

The adorable tot made her appearance a little early, after Dani’s waters broke two days before she was booked in for a Caesarean. But while most mums-to-be would be putting their feet up at home, keen golfer Dani was actually putting when she went into labour.

“We were playing golf and her waters broke on the 15th hole!” laughs former Westlife singer Brian, 41, who now makes up one half of Boyzlife with Boyzone singer Keith Duffy.

“She made the winning putt while in labour – it was amazing!”

Here, Brian – who is also dad to Molly, 19, and Lilly-Sue, 18, with ex-wife Kerry Katona – and Dani tell OK! all about Ruby’s arrival, adding to their brood and wedding plans…

Congratulations to both of you! How are you feeling?

Dani: It’s been a whirlwind. The lack of sleep is hard but it’s all worth it because it’s amazing.

Brian: We’ve just been obsessed with her. We don’t put her down, we’re just constantly looking at her. She’s amazing.

How did you pick her name?

Dani: We went round the houses with a name. We had a long list and then the day before I went into labour we were looking through a baby book and I just said “Ruby”, and we both went, “Yes!” We both really liked it and thought it would transcend from a baby to an elderly lady.

Brian: I think because we always knew the second name would be Jean, it made it easier. We had Taylor Jean and Roxy Jean, but Ruby was the one we loved the most.

Dani: Jean has quite a lot of meaning to us, as both my grandparents were Jean and a few of Brian’s family.

Brian: My grandad was Jean and my uncle, who died 10 years ago, so we have four family members who have all passed who were called Jean.

What a lovely tribute. Tell us about the birth…

Dani: I was booked in for a C-section on 9 May because she was breech. A fortnight before, I started doing different things to help, like swimming, and I had an ECV – which is a manipulation where the doctors try to move her – as I would have preferred a natural birth, but that didn’t work. I ended up going into labour two days before my C-section and having an emergency one. I don’t know if because of everything I was trying, I ended up inducing labour!

Brian: [To Dani] Explain what you were doing when you went into labour [laughs]

Where were you at the time, Dani?

Dani: I was playing golf!

Brian: She wasn’t just playing golf, she was playing in a golf competition! She made the winning putt while in labour – it was amazing. Her waters broke on the 15th hole.

Dani: I gave up playing at 37 weeks but there was a friendly competition at the golf club. We always enter mixed competitions and we just thought if we get this competition in now, if we get through, then by the time I’m recovered, hopefully I’ll be ready for the second round [of the competition].

I thought, “I’ll play a few holes and if I don’t feel like it I’ll rest” but I ended up playing the full 18 holes, plus another one as we were tied at the end! My waters broke but it wasn’t a dramatic thing, it was just a trickle. I said to Brian, “Something doesn’t feel right!” It happened again three or four times but we carried on playing because I wasn’t in any pain.

What happened next?

Dani: We went home and at 8pm I started having weird pains, and by 10pm they were intense, so we went to the hospital. There was a queue for the theatre, so I was having to go through these contractions, which were horrific. I was in so much pain and desperate for any pain relief.

I got seen and I was only 1cm dilated. But then, it sounds disgusting, she pooed inside me and that means they’re in a bit of distress, so they took me straight to the emergency bit. I was kind of thankful she’d done that as the contractions were the worst pain I’ve ever experienced. We’d read loads about hypnobirthing and breathing through it, but gas and air didn’t touch the sides. I was in agony. I said, “If we do this again I’m having an epidural and I will take all the pain relief!”

Brian: I knew that was going to happen. When we were doing the pre-natal classes online, they were talking about the different pain relief and Dani said, “I don’t like that, I’m going to do it as naturally as possible.” Then when we were in the waiting room at the hospital Dani was like, “Just give me the drugs!”

Did everything go smoothly with the C-section?

Brian: Yeah, the biggest surprise of the day was how quick it all happened. I went up beside Dani’s head and they said we could put some music on, so I started to play a song by The Killers. The song hadn’t even got to the first chorus and the next moment Ruby was just there looking over the little curtain they had up! It was crazy.

Dani: It was so surreal. I didn’t even cry, I think I was just so happy she was here and was healthy because you have so many worries going into it.

Did you cut the cord, Brian?

Brian: Yes, I cut the one end. When they were stitching Dani up I went into a room and it was just me and Ruby. I was like, “Is someone not going to remind me what you’re supposed to do? There’s no instruction booklet!” [Laughs] When they said we could go home we both looked at each other like, “Are we ready? We don’t really know what to do yet.” The first few days, every little move she did we were like, “Is she okay?” Even if she sneezes, you think something is wrong.

So there wasn’t any muscle memory from when Molly and Lilly were babies, Brian?

Brian: Not at all, which was the weird thing! It all felt brand new. I did think, “It’ll be grand, I’ve done this before.” But no. I also think because I’m older, you get even more scared at this age. And because of everything we’ve gone through for Ruby, to get here and then to have a C-section, you’re always just thinking something is wrong and in a panic. We’re still like that, but we’ve got better! The first couple of nights I don’t think either of us slept because we were just staring at her.

fter everything you’ve been through, how does it feel now she’s here?

Dani: It does feel extra-special. The process feels like a lifetime but it’s been three years from the start to having her, so to finally get a baby after all that is
the best feeling in the world. I never knew how I would feel until I got her. I obviously knew I would love her and be so happy but the love that you feel and the way you want to protect them is indescribable.

Brian: She’s been doing little smiles and every time she does that it just breaks your heart. The worst is when she cries, it just tears you up and you want to do anything to make sure she’s okay.

Dani: We actually fight over who gets to change her nappy and push her pram. We’re like, “No, you did the last one!” At the moment I’m exclusively breastfeeding. I’ve loved the whole experience of breastfeeding but it’s intense because you have no time for yourself.

o you think she’s brought you closer together?

Dani: I would say so. I’ve been very lucky Brian has been at home and you can work it out together, but you also have moments where you disagree on stuff as new parents, but you muddle through. Now we’ve been through this whole time together, from starting IVF to getting her, it’s pretty amazing. You do forget about each other when you’ve got a newborn though. You have to remember to give each other a kiss while giving her a kiss.

Would you like to have more children?

Dani: I think we’re going to try again. We’d like to. When you’ve had a C-section they advise you not to get pregnant for 12 months, so we’ll give it at least a year. If it happens naturally, then great, but if not we’ve got a really strong egg left, the last one left in the freezer, so we can always give that a go as well.

Brian: Yeah. I think we just want to enjoy having Ruby for at least a year before we think about it.

Your daughter Lilly met Ruby recently, Brian. Was she as obsessed with her as you are?

Brian: She was. She had a cuddle and was amazed at how small she is, because she’s tiny. Molly has been bogged down with college work, so she hasn’t been able to get

over from Ireland yet, but we’re hoping in June or July she will, as we haven’t seen her or my parents since Christmas [Molly lives with Brian’s parents in Ireland, where she studies].

My parents are dying to meet Ruby. Molly’s had all her auditions to get into university to study acting, so she’s just waiting to find out where she’s going to go. We’re hoping she’s going to Trinity College. She’s always had a talent for acting but it’s good she’s now going to get the proper training.

Has Kerry sent you any gifts for Ruby?

Dani: She sent us some clothes quite a way into my pregnancy, once we knew everything was okay. She’s also sent us some lovely messages and said how happy she is for us and been really lovely.

Are you going to take up TOWIE star Gemma Collins’ offer to babysit?

Brian: Not likely [laughs]!

Dani: She might take her on a nice shopping trips to Harrods though, you know what she’s like! She’ll get spoiled.

Brian: I think if Gemma was going to be looking after the baby, you’d need someone to look after the both of them! She’s been lovely and told us how delighted she is for us.

You’re also friends with Zara and Mike Tindall. How are they getting on with baby boy Lucas?

Brian: They’re really good. They’re also delighted for us and sent us a lovely message, and we’ve spoken since both of the babies were born. We’re just so thankful that they put us in touch with [expert nutritionist] Simone, who put us on the diet which helped us get pregnant.

Will they be invited to your wedding?

Brian: Of course. Gemma will also be invited. Then Keith [Duffy] is my best man. We’re supposed to be on tour in September and I know it’s going to be so hard to leave Ruby.

What’s the latest with your wedding plans?

Brian: We’ve moved it again. We were meant to get married in South Africa this coming January but with Covid and Ruby only being nine months old, it could be difficult. So we’ve put it back another year to 2023. Ruby will be walking by then and hopefully the world will be in a different state, and people won’t have to worry about testing and isolating – as we’re having 50 guests.

 

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Brian McFadden quit Westlife over moment of ‘shame’ – but lived to regret it

Westlife were at the top of their game back in 2004 and just three weeks away from hitting the road for their fourth world tour when bandmate Brian McFadden dropped a bombshell.

He was done and wanted out with immediate effect.

Announcing his departure in an emotional press conference, Brian – who turns 41 today – explained he wanted to spend more time with his Atomic Kitten star wife Kerry Katona and their two young daughters Molly and Lily.

“It’s very, very hard to juggle two lives when you’ve got a family and being in a band like Westlife, it is a huge commitment,” he explained.

“To be honest for the last year, especially since Lily was born, I haven’t really been able to commit 100 per cent to Westlife and I haven’t been able to commit 100 per cent to my family, so I kind of felt it was unfair to both. I felt it was the right time to stand back.”

His bandmate Kian Egan choked back tears as he read out a letter written to Brian by Westlife, admitting his departure had knocked them for six.

“The last five days have been a huge strain on all of us and only us five in the room will ever understand that,” he said.

“We have enjoyed so many times with you on the road, we’ve shared laughter, tears, success, weddings, babies and most of all we’ve shared our dreams.

They fivesome insisted there was no bad blood, and poured cold water on claims it echoed Robbie Williams’ departure from Take That which was sparked by a series of rows.

However, the four remaining members feared that like Take That – who split less than a year after Robbie left – the end was nigh.

And Nicky Byrne previously told The Mirror it took a lot of healing for the band to move on and confirmed that there could never be any going back.

“I don’t think that Brian would ever ask to come back to the band. But the honest answer would be that we wouldn’t have him back in the group anyway,” he explained.

“We all get on great with Brian but we couldn’t go back to having five in the group because it was such an upheaval when he left.

“We had to re-build and start from scratch and we’re a different group now. We’ve moved on and Brian knows that as much as we do.

Brian and Kerry parted ways soon after he left Westlife (Image: Getty Images Europe)
“If you are asking me if we would let him re-join the group then the answer is no.”

He conceded: “At the time I suppose we did all feel a bit hurt and abandoned by the whole Brian thing because we were emotional about what was happening.

“We were taking a huge step into the unknown when Brian left. I think we all felt a bit vulnerable and scared. That was probably the toughest thing we ever went through as a band but it brought us closer together.

“I think a lot of people wrote us off and thought we would be finished – like when Robbie Williams left Take That.”

Meanwhile, Brian split with Kerry, embarked on a relationship with Australian singer Delta Goodrem and relocated Down Under.

And he also lifted the lid on his real reason for walking away from the band, admitting the flash point came when they were told to cover Barry Manilow’s hit Mandy.

Brian moved to Australia to be with actress and singer Delta Goodrem
Brian told the Irish Independent: “That was definitely a turning point. I’ve always been very proud of Westlife, and I still think that we never got the respect we deserved, but I was f**king ashamed of that song.

“From the second we went into the studio to record it, I lost all interest.”

Over the years, Brian has made several murmurings about wanting back in.

In 2015 he admitted he was kicking himself about the cash he’d missed out on, telling The Irish News: “Sometimes I think if I’d stayed another 10 years, I would have made a lot of money, but that would be the only reason for any regret.”

Westlife continued as a four-piece and have vowed to remain that way
And in 2018, Brian claimed they’d been offered a mega-bucks deal to reunite as a five-piece, but said the other four had snubbed him.

“I was offered a big multi-million pound deal. It was the other boys in Westlife who said ‘no’. They didn’t want me back,” he told the Irish Sun.

“How does that make me feel? It makes me pretty upset because I didn’t realise they still had those feelings towards me.”

That same year, Kian made it clear that there was ‘no feud’ but explained that as far as they were concerned, Brian had been part of a band that no longer exists.

He told the Daily Mail: “It’s a very simple case of Brian was a part of the band for the first five years and the band existed for eight years without him and when we got back together Westlife was a four…

“He’s part of a band that doesn’t exist. There’s no negativity, no bad blood. There’s only positivity and it’s a case that the Westlife we’re members of, is a four. That’s it.

Mark Feehily added: “We wonder when we’ll stop being asked about it because it was 15 years ago. There was never a question of Brian being involved.”

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