Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Farewell Was Far from Sorrowful; Farewells Don't Always Have to Be Sad. RICHARD NEALE Saw Westlife Prove They Can Be Entertaining, Energetic and - Most of All - Fun GALLERY

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Farewell Was Far from Sorrowful; Farewells Don't Always Have to Be Sad. RICHARD NEALE Saw Westlife Prove They Can Be Entertaining, Energetic and - Most of All - Fun GALLERY

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Byline: RICHARD NEALE

THE fact the band known by some as "them boys who sit on chairs and sing covers" have lasted for 14 years probably says enough about their popularity and talent as any other statistic.

But for those who love a stat, the band have had 26 top ten-hits including 14 number one singles, 11 top five albums, seven of which hit the top spot and have collectively sold over 44 million copies around the world, not to mention 10 sell-out tours.

And while other boy bands from 14 years ago are consigned to grubby fading posters in former fans' garages, the boys from Ireland have managed to keep their huge fanbase more than happy - while picking up a few others along the way.

And that is why, having already having performed at the Metro Radio Arena more than 30 times, the group have had to add an extra date to the city for their farewell tour.

And if it's anything as good as the first date last night, fans will be in for a treat - as all those years of experience performing concerts were put to great use.

It's a sad time for the boys and their fans but, after such a long time they wanted - and deserved - to go out on a high.

And that they did. Shane has previously told "we know we can sing". And for any who doubted that (nobody in last night's audience obviously), Nicky, Mark and Kian proved his point, with favourites such as Uptown Girl and Flying Without Wings.

Not that they needed to of course. Their adoring fans were happy to take the lead and fill in the word, verse or chorus of any and all songs when requested.

Not that they always did what the lads wanted. "Welcome to the farewell tour" was greeted with a chorus of boos from a public who want more years.

But the night wasn't about saying goodbye in a sad way.

"we want this to be fun" the full to bursting arena was told. …

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