Today it’s One Direction, in the 1990s, however, it was Boyzone that became one of the biggest boy bands of the decade in record sales. Now, 20 years on from their first single, they return to where it all began – on RTÉ One.
It was on chat show The Late Late Show – then hosted by legendary Irish broadcaster Gay Byrne – that the Boyzone phenomenon began, although at the time from that first dubious performance no one would have suspected they’d end up selling out stadiums on world tours.
Now two decades later Gay Byrne has been re-united with Boyzone for a remarkable interview which looks back over the 20-year career of the group, celebrating the five members and some of their greatest hits along the way.
For One Night Only looks at the then teens, and early twenty-something lads, who went on a tour of Ireland in a white van on what they describe as ‘the window ledge tour’ performing in small venues. Within a year they’d gone on to sell out stadiums all over Ireland and the UK and soon after venues around the world, the boys talk about what life was really like at the top of the charts.
But they were all still mammy’s boys at heart and even at the height of their fame they would jump on a flight at any opportunity to sleep in their own beds even if it was just for a couple of hours. – RTÉ
Life at the top of the charts took its toll on the group and in one of their most candid interviews to date, the band talk about what was going on behind the headlines when they split in 1999, making their final public performance in 2000.
They are eternally grateful for the reunion in 2007 which gave them two great years touring with their ‘friend and brother’ Stephen Gately, prior to his tragic death in 2009. Although they are adamant that Stephen is very much alive when the four of them get together. – RTÉ
For One Night Only – Boyzone meet Gay Byrne airs on Saturday 24th August, 9.35pm on RTÉ One
Pictured top: The surviving members of Boyzone – Ronan Keating, Keith Duffy, Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch – catch up with Gay Byrne 20 years on. Below: Boyzone recreate their 1993 debut on The Late Late Show in 2008.