Westlife 2.0 they’re calling it – new, improved and back in business.
A lot about the boys hasn’t changed. Their pitch perfect vocals, their Irish charm and their vast array of hits. And they've barely aged since bursting on the scene 20 years ago.
But Shane Filan, Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan and Mark Feehily do hit the stage after a seven-year absence with a fresh sense of confidence.
Kicking off their 46-show Twenty Tour in Belfast this week, they show that by opening with their most recent release, Hello My Love. Written by Ed Sheeran , the up tempo track really sets the tone for night, showing fans that Westlife can still produce hits.
Then it’s on to the ballads we’ve come to know and love Westlife for. Swear It Again gets the crowd swaying in unison, followed by What About Now and My Love. The words for each of their songs come flooding back like they’ve never been away.
With no special guests, Westlife instead tried their hand at a few well known hits by other stars like Micheal Buble and ABBA. A Queen medley, kicks off with Another One Bites The Dust and includes classics like Don’t Stop Me Now and We Are The Champions.
Their famous stools make a reappearance for Unbreakable, with Shane cheekily asking fans “Remember these?”
But they’re not out for long as they rattle through their long list of number ones.
Don’t be expecting a flash production, with dozens of outlandish outfit changes, backing dancers or gimmicky stunts.
If you’re a Westlife fan, you know that’s just not them. They let the music do the
A bit of hip thrusting and co-ordinated shuffling is as much dancing you’ll get.
For their encore, they return to the stage dressed in white suits to sing their iconic Flying Without Wings.
Scanning across the crowd, the boys would be delighted to have seen a new generation enjoying their music. Grans and mums taking children to enjoy the hits they grew up on.
They say this isn’t just a quick money-making tour and that they’re back for good. And it’s certainly Looking Like That.
Tickets on sale for the Twenty Tour at www.westlife.com
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