Boyzone hone in on Blickling
One of the biggest selling bands of the 1990s have revealed that they’re on their way to play an outdoor gig at Blickling Hall, near Aylsham, this summer.
Boyzone have become men since their reunion
Take That have done it, the Spice Girls have done it, with Boyzone now following suit with a reunion and a tour which is coming to Blickling.
The Irish band – who announced they were getting back together in November last year – are to play an open-air gig in the refined parklands of the north Norfolk stately home on Sunday, 20 July, 2008.
All five original members of Boyzone will be reunited for the Back Again – No Matter What road trip – the group's first in seven years.
The Blickling Hall picnic-style concert has been added to the band's tour, which starts in May.
Boyzone got together in 1994 and had 16 top five hits on the trot, including six number one singles and five number one albums.
They split after Ronan Keating chose to work on solo material – with the Blickling visit a return trip for the singer, who performed a sellout gig at the venue in 2005.
The boys – including Stephen Gately, Shane Lynch, Mikey Graham and Keith Duffy – decided to reform after rehearsals for 2007’s BBC Children In Need show.
Ronan said at the time: "We've been talking about getting back together for some time now. I can't wait to be back on the road and all the guys feel the same."
The Boyzone gig is the second act to be revealed by the venue's concert organisers - a Pop Party featuring 11 acts from the '80s will take place on Saturday, 19 July 2008.
Tickets costing £37.50 went on sale on Friday, 8 February, 2008 on Ticketline on 0871 424 4444 (plus booking fee), Blickling Hall on 0844 800 4308 (plus booking fee – personal callers paying by cash or cheque won't get charged a fee).
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31st - London, O2 Arena
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3rd - Nottingham, Arena
4th - Nottingham, Arena
6th - Cardiff, International Arena
7th - Cardiff, International Arena
8th - Cardiff, International Arena
10th - Birmingham, NEC
11th - Birmingham, NEC
13th - Manchester, Arena
14th - Manchester, Arena
15th - Liverpool, Arena
17th - Newcastle, Arena
18th - Newcastle, Arena
19th - Sheffield, Arena
20th - Sheffield, Arena
22nd - Glasgow, SECC
23rd - Glasgow, SECC
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By Turlough Delaney
The BBC has found itself under sustained criticism over the last few days for its decision not to censor an old Boyzone hit from 1998.
BBC bosses decided to put the ‘classic’ track No Matter What back on their radio playlist in recognition of the Irish boyband’s unwanted reunion earlier this month.
Most other mainstream radio stations had taken the decision to censor all Boyzone ‘music’ in protest of the untalented fivesome getting back together and organising a tour for next year.
However, so as not to offend the public, the BBC have been playing an edited version of the track with altered lyrics in order to offset the deep hypocrisy underlying the song and the its singers. The original chorus will now be replaced with the lyrics:
No matter what we tell them/No matter what we say/ No matter that we hate each other/Its about money at the end of the day/No, no matter/Money’s all that matters to me…
Radio 1 controller Andy Parfitt has since come out and responded to furore. “Our decision not to censor Boyzone music and play their version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s No Matter What was based on requests to Radio 1 by a significant number of twentysomething single women to do so in the wake of the reunion.
“We believe the women’s desire to hear Boyzone again was a way of helping them to escape the misery of their present lives and wallow in the nostalgia of their long gone blissful teenage years. And being a public service broadcaster we felt a duty to accede to these requests.
“At the same time, we at the BBC are mindful of our responsibility not to damage the mental health of our young audience by overexposing them to the brain-rotting effects of the Boyzone back catalogue. That is why we are careful only to play No Matter What with the altered lyrics that acknowledges the purely monetary motivation on the part of the group’s members.”
In an official letter of protest to his employers BBC Radio 1’s resident slop-jock Chris Moyles, said their decision to play the song, no matter what version, was totally wrong:
“I thought Radio 1 had ended their policy of giving a forum for ‘boybland’ non-entities inflicting their offensively soulless ‘music’ on the public. I and many of my fellow BBC DJs believe the national broadcaster should not be encouraging such a deeply cynical exercise by Boyzone to cash in on the current trend for waste-of-space pop groups reforming by putting one of their old hits on the A list.”
Radio phone-in shows on the BBC’s other stations, as well as their website forums have also been jammed with irate members of the public venting their spleen that old Boyzone crap is back polluting the airwaves.
Said one poster: “When Take That reformed we tolerated it because they split up years ago and weren’t all that bad really. Soon afterwards the Spice Girls announced their reunion and by then many of us were starting to get a bit uncomfortable, but we let it pass…
“But now these rejects have followed suit when nobody – absolutely NOBODY - wanted it! This band shouldn’t have existed in the first place - they had nothing to offer back then and they have zero relevance now. If I were a religious person I would say that this was the work of the Devil. And the BBC is encouraging it! The BBC is in league with Satan!”
So far, none of the five members of Boyzone have been arsed commenting on the scandal.