Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Boyzone Are Not Said and Done ; Celebrating Two Decades as a Band, Irish Pop Sensation Boyzone Have Reunited for a TV Special but Still Mourn Stephen Gately. KEELEY BOLGER Reports on Why It's More Tea and Hugs Than Sex and Drugs and Rock 'And 'N' Roll

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Boyzone Are Not Said and Done ; Celebrating Two Decades as a Band, Irish Pop Sensation Boyzone Have Reunited for a TV Special but Still Mourn Stephen Gately. KEELEY BOLGER Reports on Why It's More Tea and Hugs Than Sex and Drugs and Rock 'And 'N' Roll

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IT'S A bittersweet time for Irish pop band Boyzone. They're back in the limelight with a new TV special to mark their 20th anniversary but they're missing founding member Stephen Gately, who died in 2009 of an undiagnosed heart condition.

Stephen was only 33, and his absence hangs over his former bandmates, who each now have tattoos with 76-09 to mark their late friend's life.

"Bittersweet is what this is," says 39-year-old singer Keith Duffy of the reunion. "He would be so delighted to be part of this now."

Four years after Stephen's death, the group is using the one-off ITV special, Boyzone At 20: No Matter What, screened tonight, to discuss their career highs, bitter break up, and to reminisce about Gately.

"We kind of feel he's in the room when the four of us are together," says Keith who, from 2002 until 2005, played ladies' man Ciaran McCarthy in Coronation Street."

"When you're standing out there, you do get moments of reflection," says Keith. "He's not there on stage beside you, and there are moments when it's sad and bitter. But the sweet part is, he'd be delighted looking down on us, doing what we're doing."

The band performed together shortly after Stephen died, but the experience left them emotionally drained.

"We did a tour about two and a half years ago, our first tour after Stephen passed away, and we were all very emotionally unstable," says Mikey Graham, who at 41, is the oldest of the band. "We hadn't grieved correctly at all. It was quite awful to be honest with you."

Blond frontman Ronan Keating, who scored a chart-topper with When You Say Nothing At All agrees. "I think it was a bad idea," says the father-of-three, 36.

"Looking back on it now, I didn't enjoy the tour. I think we all felt that. Now we're ready," he adds.

Hosted by Dannii Minogue, Ronan, Keith, Mikey and fellow bandmate Shane Lynch, 37, will perform their best-loved hits, including Love Me For A Reason, Picture Of You and Father And Son, and share insights into their career. …

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