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Westlife bow out after 15-year ballad career based on hit formula

NOTE: The following article was published on 20 June 2012 and includes quotes of Mark too.

Peter Robinson

First there were six members. Then there were five, then four. Soon there will be none. After a 15-year career that has spawned a record-breaking run of 14 No 1s and platinum success with 10 studio albums and two Greatest Hits collections, Irish boyband Westlife will be rising triumphantly from their stools one last time this Saturday, at the second of two sold-out farewell shows.

Westlife are one of the last remaining bands from pop’s late-90s boom period and have enjoyed an unusually lengthy run of success. Saturday’s concert, at the 80,000-capacity Croke Park stadium in Dublin, will also be broadcast in 200 cinemas across 17 countries. But Westlife’s continued popularity and has done little to silence their critics, who have spent over a decade railing against the boyband’s safe and formulaic brand of mum-friendly ballads. Westlife’s manager, Louis Walsh, is not looking for any last-minute reconciliation in the band’s dying days. Walsh said he didn’t mind whether people liked them: “I could not care less. People did the same with the Bee Gees. Westlife are not hip or trendy or cool but they’re very fucking successful – they’ve probably sold more records than Take That.”

The band started life in Sligo, Ireland in 1997 as a six-piece called Six As One. After they renamed themselves IOU their break came when one member’s mother brought them to the attention of Walsh, who was managing Boyzone, the Irish five-piece who signed to Polydor Records and conquered the charts after an A&R man at RCA passed up the chance to sign them. That A&R man, one Simon Cowell, was not about to make the same mistake twice. “Nobody else could have broken Westlife like Simon did,” Walsh recalls. “There are a few reasons they were successful: yes they were nice guys, and yes they had good songs. But it was Simon who broke them. He wasn’t on TV then, he was an A&R man trying to break a band. He was so into it. Every single little detail, from the clothes, to the videos.”

Instrumental in the band’s launch was the positioning of the Boyzone singer Ronan Keating as the band’s co-manager, which reassured Boyzone fans that it was all right to also enjoy this new boyband. Indeed, the band’s first Smash Hits feature depicted Westlife as schoolboys, being tutored by Keating. Twelve years later, a cheery Walsh clarifies the situation. “Ronan was not involved in the band,” he states. “We were using his name, he was using us, that was all. Because at that time, he meant something.”

Westlife – Shane Filan, Mark Feehily, Kian Egan, Nicky Byrne and Bryan McFadden – quickly established their signature style. According to Feehily, the laws of the Westlife ballad were a source of fond amusement to the band as much as to their detractors. “Everyone knows the style,” he laughs. “A piano intro, Shane starts the song, the drum beat kicks in for the second verse. I sing the second verse and maybe the middle eight, then there’s a key change, a gospel choir and some ad-libs, the end.”

It was a hit formula. The band’s first two singles leapt to No 1, but their success rocketed with third single Flying Without Wings. The song had been planned as the first solo single for Boyzone’s Stephen Gately. “Stephen did the demo and he thought it was going to be his song,” Walsh recalls. “I’ll be quite honest, I missed it, but as soon as Simon heard it he just went bananas. It was really difficult because Westlife were on tour with Boyzone, as the support act.”

Over in Kildare, Nicola Reily – Nicola Filan to her followers on Twitter – remembers that tour well. “I first saw them on TV when I was seven,” she remembers, “and I actually fell in love with them. I went to the Boyzone tour to see them. Westlife were better than Boyzone.” Westlife announced their split on 19 October 2011, four days after Nicola’s 22nd birthday, which she now looks back on as her “worst birthday ever. I’m still in shock that they’re splitting up,” she says. “They’re amazing singers, they pick the right songs, and they stick together through thick and thin, no matter what.” Unless they’re McFadden, who left the band in 2004: “To be honest, they were better off without him.” She may be right. McFadden most recently made headlines last year, when his universally derided and poorly judged single Just the Way You Are (Drunk at the Bar) was criticised for glamorising date rape, leading to a video being scrapped and a less-than-impressive No 49 chart peak, in Australia.

Last year didn’t go precisely according to plan back in the Westlife camp, either. “It’s not really my kind of thing to go naming names,” Feehily tactfully says, “but very recently we recorded a song purely because of who wrote it, and I just didn’t like it and I was against recording it, but because of who wrote it, I think people put all their belief into it. It turned out exactly how I expected it would: nobody liked it. It’s a real shame.”

He’s talking about Lighthouse, the Gary Barlow-penned single that crawled to No 33, and gave Westlife their worst-ever chart position, at the end of 2011. Walsh is less coy about what happened after Cowell cut his ties with Westlife to concentrate on other projects. “That was the A&R man’s fault. When Cowell left, nobody gave a shit. And that song – well, Gary wrote that song for Elton John a few years ago. And he gave it to the producer, and the producer gave it to the guys because they didn’t have anything else.”

Looking to the future, Walsh – these days, like Cowell, a star in his own right thanks to his role on The X Factor – will continue to manage Filan. No doubt keen to get his finances back on track after the collapse of his property development company forced him to declare bankruptcy last week, Filan will be launched as what Walsh describes as “the male Adele”.

“Leaving behind the memories and the lifestyle and the good parts will be difficult,” Feehily admits. “But the last shows will be easier because deep down inside we each know it’s the right thing to do.” He’s also looking at a solo career. “We had a year off once and it didn’t take me long to realise that I need to be active to be happy,” he admits.

He may even look beyond ballads. “I love singing every Westlife song,” he says, “but I can’t deny I’m excited by the idea of the unknown.”

Credit/Source: guardian.co.uk

Jun 27, 2012
Villy

Mark’s No.1 in FollowFriday’s Irish Ranking

If you’re on Twitter you know that every friday people recommend, under the #FollowFriday hashtag, their favourite and most interesting Twitter pages. Out of all the Twitter accounts tweeted FollowFriday.com makes makes different rankings.

Last week Mark got the first place on the Irish Ranking YAY! :D That means he was the most recommended in Ireland! Couldn’t be any other way, he’s tweets are fantastic and always manage to make us smile :D

Well done, Marky!!! :D

If you’re on Twitter and not following Mark, what are you waiting for? The sweetest and funniest tweets with a lot of music choons that will make your day! Go follow him NOW like! :D

FOLLOW @MARKUSFEEHILY ON TWITTER

Credit/Source: followfriday.com

Jun 26, 2012
Nat

Tour pictures – Westlife live at London and Croke Park

We have added a bunch of pictures of Westlife gigs in London’s The O2 (7th June) and Dublin’s Croke Park (22nd May). Big thanks to Alfee for getting them and sending them our way :) Much appreciated hun!

Note: Click in the thumbnails below to see the full album

WESTLIFE LIVE AT THE O2 (LONDON – 7 JUNE 2012)

WESTLIFE LIVE AT CROKE PARK (DUBLIN – 22 JUNE 2012)

Credit/Source: Bullspress / entertainment.ie / splashnews / newscom / wireimages / Alfee

Jun 26, 2012
Nat

Jedward’s exclusive Irish Daily Star column (Mentions Mark)

Jedward wrote a small article about Westlife for Irish Daily Star column where they mention Mark. Below you will find the bit about Mark, for full article click here.

We’re probably most friendly with Mark Feehily because we met him one day in Selfridges in London and we went for sushi with him and we’ve met him lots of times since then. He doesn’t want to go solo — he wants to be a songwriter.

NOTE!: Even though Jedward say Mark doesn’t want to go solo, we need to remember that last May Mark posted a tweet confirming he will NEVER stop singing ;)

Credit/Source: starplus.ie / Twitter.com/MarkusFeehily

Jun 26, 2012
Nat

Westlife Final Concert being screened again today

Yes, as you read, today some cinemas, like Vue and Omniplex, are screening again Westlife’s final concert, that took place last 23rd at Croke Park. Omniplex is even showing the encore version, so if you want to relive the fantastic gig the lads gave us go check your local cinema to see if they’re screening again tonight!

Enjoy guys :)

Credit/Source: myvue.com / Twitter.com/Omniplexcinema

Jun 26, 2012
Nat

HQ Pictures from ISPCC Anti-bullying Awareness Week Launch

Alfee has found more HQ pictures of Mark during the ISPCC Anti-bullying Awareness Week launch (April 23rd – 30th). Big thanks to her for sharing them with us :) xx

Remember that you can collaborate with the ISPCC campaign, visit their website for all the information but also don’t forget that bullying is happening not only in ireland but, sadly, all around the world so don’t close your eyes in your schools and neighborhoods. SAY NO TO BULLYING.

Credit/Source: Alfee

Jun 26, 2012
Nat

Mark’s latest tweets and pictures

The day after the last ever Westlife concert at Croke Park, Mark had some words on his twitter pages about it.

Also, on the 22th of June, before the penultimate Westlife concert, he tweeted two lovely picture while his hairdresser worked on his hair :’) Beautiful!

Credit/Source: Twitter.com/MarkusFeehily

Jun 26, 2012
Nat

Westlife boys plan solo careers but will relax beforehand

By Kathryn Rogers

Music mogul Louis Walsh has revealed the immediate plans for the four former Westlife members is for a long, well-earned holiday.

The band’s ex-manager said Shane Filan (32), Mark Feehily (32), Kian Egan (32) and Nicky Byrne (33) are shelving any ambitious career plans for the moment and are determined to put their feet up for the rest of the summer.

“The first thing all the guys are doing is taking a long holiday with their families,” Louis (59) said.

“They all have various career plans but none of them are rushing into anything. They’re all going away, doing a bit of travelling or just taking a long holiday in the sun. They can spend time with family and friends and enjoy life for a while. There’s no pressure on any of them to do anything for the moment. They’ve worked non-stop for years so they’ve earned some time off!”

Nicky: TV presenter
“Nicky is going into TV presenting — he’s always been clear about that and he’s really good at it. I know he’s been in loads of meetings about various TV shows coming up and about pilots for TV shows. He’s not going to rush into anything either though. He’s got plenty of time.”

Kian: TV presenter
“Kian has a lot of options and I think the offers have been coming in faster than he even wanted. He wants to take a long break. I know he and Jodi really want to take time off to go travelling together and see the world. But he’s a bit torn because there are TV projects on the table that he’s finding hard to turn down. I think he’ll end up involved in the music industry. I introduced him to the ARG Talent Agency in London and now he’s signed with them so he’s in really good hands. I think he’s going to get back into music management down the road too. I think he’ll end up being involved in the music industry.”

Mark: Pop producer
“Mark plans to go to LA to work with some really great producers and record a few of his own songs. He wants to concentrate on songwriting and producing. He’s interested in the whole process and he has that incredible voice so he’s interested in doing something solo down the line too. Mostly he’s into song writing and producing and he wants to work with other artists too. Mark and Shane were the big voices of Westlife and they were the reason Westlife really worked. It was the blend of Shane and Mark together with Nicky and Kian. Between them they produced harmonies that were world class.”

Shane: Solo singer
“Shane is not rushing into anything yet. He’s had all the major record companies trying to sign him and he’s going to release a solo album but that won’t be until next year. Everyone knows he’s had financial problems but he’s trying to get back on track and start afresh. I see him as a new Michael Buble style artist or the male Adele. He’s a natural. He wants to do an album of modern, contemporary songs along the lines of Michael Buble – something that would have wide appeal. He can tackle any music really simply because he has the voice.”

Credit/Source: starplus.ie

Jun 25, 2012
Villy

Best Life (includes Mark quotes)

INCREDIBLE: Croke Park farewell was gig of my career – Kian

By Melanie Finn , Showbusiness Editor

WESTLIFE’s Kian Egan described the band’s farewell concert at Croke Park as the best gig of his life.

And he said the band were thrilled they went out on such a high in front of 160,000 screaming fans before parting ways after 14 years together.

“As a musician, you never really want to perform your last concert. It was something that was hard to even think about but that was honestly the gig of my career, the best one ever,” Kian said.

“Standing there on that stage was an indescribable feeling, it’s something I’ll remember for ever.”

Echoing his comments, band-mate Mark Feehily admitted the finality of the occasion hadn’t really sunk in.

“It hasn’t hit me at all, that we’ve just done our last concert. I would say it will take about two weeks for it to really sink in,” he said.

“When they first opened the gates of Croke Park and the crowds started coming in, I just had this weird feeling in the pit of my stomach and I thought ‘This is it now’.”

The band finally wound down their two-hour set shortly after 11pm on Saturday night.

The show went off without a hitch as the band performed a medley of hits from their lengthy career, with plenty of fireworks and pyrotechnics,

All four members were clearly emotional as they thanked their fans and paid tribute to manager Louis Walsh.

But the night was more of a celebration of the band’s career, which saw them notch up 45 million record sales and countless awards.

And as soon as they curtain finally came down on their last performance, the fun-loving gang wasted little time in getting the party started.

Their manager Louis splashed out more than €100,000 on an exclusive party in the main arena of the O2 where they were joined by family and friends.

“The guys went out on a high, no doubt about it. They could have gone on another ten years but they left at the height of their career,” Louis said.

PR guru Joanne Byrne organised the party and gave out just 600 gold wristbands to their nearest and dearest.

A massive montage featuring the covers of all 12 of their albums had been set up around the walls of the venue, with a flashing dance-floor built especially for the bash.

Each band-member had their own section for their guests, with buckets of rose champagne on the tables with a top DJ from Lillie’s Bordello spinning the hits on the decks.

There was also a complimentary bar, finger food and a chocolate fountain.

Westwives Jodi Albert, Gillian Filan and Georgina Ahern were all looking uber-glam for the occasion, as was WAG Jane Given, there with husband Shay.

There were also a few surprise faces in attendance, including billionaire businessman JP McManus.

Also there were MCD boss Caroline Downey Desmond, MTV beauty Laura Whitmore and Eoghan McDermott, Kian’s pal from The Voice Of Ireland.

Boyband The Wanted were also there, as were Jedward, who wore matching gold jackets and were followed by a cameraman.

Amazing

Nicky Byrne said it was exactly the kind of party they wanted to mark the occasion.

“We’ve done this place 79 times and I remember in the meeting everyone was saying different places to have the party. We gave Joanne the budget and she just transformed it,” he said.

Speaking about their grand finale in Croke Park, he said: “When I started talking to the crowd about how we were being watched in cinemas at that moment and said ‘Ireland say hello to Europe’ and they started singing back Ole Ole Ole, it was just amazing.

“We could never hope to top that. If you wrote a book and you had to best way to end your career, that would be it. Without a shadow of a doubt, it was our best gig ever.”

Credit/Source: www.herald.ie

Jun 25, 2012
Villy

PICTURES: Mark meeting fans in Glasgow

Lovely Alfee found some gorgeous pictures of Mark meeting fans in Glasgow on the 17th and 19th of June during Westlife’s Farewell Tour. :) Thank you Alfee!!

Credit/Source: Thanks Alfee / ClickPhoto / Bullspress

Jun 25, 2012
Villy