SIRF Ad In Upcoming Westlife Tour Magazine! (17 March)
As many of you know, Westlife have played a huge part in SIRF’s success to date. Since our formation last year, they have stood by us supporting our every move. They first presented us with a platinum award disc which was auctioned on eBay for over €1000. SIRF then hit the headlines when Kian Egan and his gorgeous girlfriend Jodi Albert jumped from 13,000 feet in a charity skydive to raise awareness for the cause. Mark, Shane and Nicky all sponsored the day bringing vital funds to SIRF which helped to build the first Kindergarten.
Some unsuspecting women got the fright of their lives when Kian was auctioned off at SIRF’s “Man Auction” last August and a lot more women were kicking themselves for missing the occasion.
Kian has also spoke on SIRF’s behalf on many occasions never hesitating to take a radio or newspaper interview. They have also been there on many occasions to offer their advice and help to SIRF when ever needed. It is safe to say that SIRF would not be where it is today without their help and support.
This time around the lads have offered SIRF a full-colour advert in the upcoming Westlife tour guide that kicks off in the UK very soon. This will surely bring much-needed publicity to the cause and help to spread the word of SIRF’s work in Indonesia.
SIRF Would Like To Thank The Westlife Fans! (17 March)
Much of SIRF’s fundraising and efforts have been located in the village of Strandhill, Ireland. A tribute must go out to the Westlife fans, who were behind us right from the very beginning. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their support, kind words and interest in our work. Westlife fansites being run by people like Vicky in the Netherlands and Pamela in the UK have spread the word to so many people around the world and they are the one of the reasons why SIRF is now becoming known in farther places than we could have ever imagined.
I hope that you will continue to support us and maybe even download a “SIRF Pack”. In time who knows - we may have a Kindergarten in Indonesia called the “Westlife
A Mother's Day Message From Westlife! (17 March)
It's Mother's Day this weekend, and Westlife have recorded a special video message.
Click here to watch it - and don't forget to forward it on to your mum!
New Kian Access All Areas Interview & Pictures! (15 March)
Access All Areas.net.au: It’s great to see you again in Australia, how has the Australian leg of the Love Album tour been going for you?
Westlife - Kian: It’s been going great. It’s only the fifth night of the tour and our last night in Australia and it’s been really good to be honest. I think the first time to ever tour Australia the response has been pretty strong every city feels like there’s a big audience there. We’re very happy with it to be honest with you, we couldn’t be happier
Access All Areas.net.au: Brisbane is your final show, how have Australian audiences taken to the shows?
Westlife - Kian: It’s very different for us. Generally back home we do concerts on a very different scale not necessarily audience wise but well I mean we have four or five thousand people a night here so far and that’s amazing for us and we’re very appreciative of that because it’s our first tour but the audience back at home we’re looking at eight or nine thousand a minimum a night and our production would be very very large, we’d have a completely over produced stage to a certain extent and we’re very used to that and to be breaking a tour down to the extent that we’ve broken it down tonight you kind of feel a wee bit naked on the stage but I think that kind of brings a better performance out in us and it makes us kind of give more to the audience because we don’t have the fancy tricks behind us its just down to the four of us and the songs.
Access All Areas.net.au: This is your sixth arena tour; does touring still excite you as much as it did the first and second time?
Westlife - Kian: It’s actually our eighth tour… and very much so I think you can never take a buzz away from standing in front of an audience and hearing the reaction of whatever amount of people it is cheering for you because they enjoy doing what you do and I think in that sense generally I think its just a nice feeling to be on tour and be shown appreciation from the fans for what you’ve done over the last year you know promoting a new album, making a new album, seeing that they’re still loving what you do so. I suppose the novelty of it to a certain extent has worn away from the like say of the first or second tour you know the whole idea of being on tour you know and our first tour we got smashed every night after the gig whereas we don’t do that anymore it has become part of our lifestyle now and its something that we’re used to now.
Access All Areas.net.au: In Ireland its single digit temperatures and here in Australia it’s been pretty hot weather. Were you prepared and have you adjusted ok to the hot weather?
Westlife - Kian: Yeah well I kind of did my research. You always know when it’s cold in Ireland its warm in Australia so we packed our shorts and t-shirts yeah.
Access All Areas.net.au: Apart from the interior of hotel rooms, have you been able to see much of Australia this time around or go out surfing?
Westlife - Kian: Yeah personally I’ll chase everything when it comes to things like surfing especially when you’re in a country that has so many surf breaks and stuff like that. When we were in Perth I travelled up and down the coastline a good bit for three or four days and last time we were in Melbourne I went down to great ocean road down to the 12 apostles and all that sort of stuff. When we were in Sydney we went to all of the sites, we went to Manly beach and Taronga zoo you know personally I buy a Lonely Planet book wherever I go and Ill read up on what I think is worthy of going to see and what I don’t and I generally hire a car and drive my Girlfriend with me and off we go.
Access All Areas.net.au: Sounds wicked…
Westlife - Kian: Yeah the boys don’t but…
Access All Areas.net.au: You do your own thing!
Access All Areas.net.au: How long does it take you guys to put together a tour of this kind?
Westlife - Kian: Generally about three weeks… three weeks as in the rehearsal stages but from the early early early stages you’re looking at like if we were to start touring for example this year in February we’d start the plans in November like the stage plans things like that because a lot of things have to be built….
Access All Areas.net.au: So you have a good say in the tour and the stage plans, etc?
Westlife - Kian: Well we design everything ourselves… I suppose when you make an album with the record company because it’s their product even though its got the Westlife name on it it’s SonyBMG’s product and they’re the ones selling it and they’re the ones making the money and then they pay us. They have absolutely no involvement in a concert tour, it’s a Westlife product from start to finish, so its up to the four of us to make the decisions. We may hire people in and take their ideas and put our ideas with their ideas and stuff like that because when you do it so many times it’s very difficult to continue to come up with fresh ideas so in that sense we do hire people in and we do kind of like get different ideas but it’s our baby you know.
Access All Areas.net.au: Your manager has hinted that he’s currently sourcing writers for your next album… where do you see the next album heading?
Westlife - Kian: There will be another album at the end of the year without a doubt and what kind of album it’s going to be exactly yet we’re not 100% sure. There’s a lot of talk about different things, there’s talk about doing a greatest hits part two the best of Westlife or something like that because it’s nine years this year or ten years this year so there’s talk about doing a ten year anniversary like ten years of Westlife or something along them lines and there’s talk about another love album and then there’s talk about another studio album as in original songs. A lot of it comes down to the songs a lot of it will come down to what songs are being suggested if theyre cover versions or what songs are being sent in to us from original song writers and its all going to be based on what’s going to be the best move you know whether we feel like we have a full album of hits or do we thing another teened album shall we call it is going to work so it’s going to be interesting to see.
Access All Areas.net.au: Any chance of coming back to Australia for another tour?
Westlife - Kian: As far as we’re concerned we’d have no issue with putting it on our yearly tour it only takes a week and a half to do it five nights you know so I mean without boring the readers with the politics of it its down to a promoter. It’s down to a promoter coming to Westlife and saying yeah we want you guys you know and if the offer is there and if it makes sense for us to do it then we’ll do it you know it’s the best way to explain it. We’re not going to come down here if we’re losing money and we’re not necessarily interested in coming down here and walking away with a hell of a lot of money or anything like that because we know it’s a new territory for us and it’s a territory we want to build on so that is kind of the way we look at it.
Westlife - Kian: We were coming down here to build on the fact that we’ve got our foot in the door or we’ve probably got more than a foot in the door now but we’re the type of the band that once we get a taste for a place we always like to try to keep it growing so we’re extremely interested in doing it on a yearly basis.
From: Access All Areas
The Nicest Thing Mark's Done For His Mum! (15 March)
Last week, we asked Nicky what he thought the nicest thing Mark had ever done for his mum was. Mark’s now given his own answer – find out if Nicky was right or wrong by
clicking here - and discuss it by
Check back soon to see which member of Westlife we put to the test next…
Watch full C4 interview New Zealand! (8 March)
Joel interviews the lads!
A Message From The Boys! (8 March)
We wanted to drop you a quick note to say that the tour is going fantastically well so far and we've had a great time in Australia and South Africa. If anybody who went to the concerts is reading this then we all hope you enjoyed our show and we look forward to seeing you all again in the near future!
We can't wait to kick-off the UK tour on Monday in Nottingham, it's going to be a great show and we look forward to seeing you all there!
As you know we duetted with Ray Quinn on The X Factor Final and we've stayed in touch with him as much as possible after the show in the run-up to his album release to see how he is getting on. He's a great guy and we wish him all the best of luck with the album. In case you wanted to see Ray in person he is hosting a big album launch on Monday so we have asked for the details to be listed below so you can go and meet him in person!
It all kicks off at 7.30am in his home town of Liverpool before he jets off to Glasgow and Newcastle in a specially branded 'Ray Quinn' helicopter to perform tracks from the album and to meet his fans. If you want to get down there to say hi, you'll be able to catch him at the following places:
7.30am - Ray is co-hosting the Breakfast Show at Radio City in Liverpool
St John's Beacon
1 Houghton Street
Ray then departs and meets his helicopter at 8.20am at the Marriott Hotel Airfield for a flight to Glasgow. Public are welcome!
Liverpool South Hotel Speke Aerodrome
10.00am - Ray performs and meets fans at Tesco
Tesco Glasgow Silverburn Extra
Silverburn Shopping Centre
Ray then meets the helicopter and flies to Newcastle
12.00pm - Ray performs and meets fans at ASDA
Great North Road
Ray then meets the helicopter and flies back to the Marriott Hotel in Liverpool arriving at 1.50pm. This would be a great time to see Ray as he will sign autographs and have his photo taken!
4.00pm - Ray performs and meets fans at Woolworths
74-75 St Johns Way
St Johns Centre
6.00pm - Ray interviewed live on Radio City Drive Time
7.15pm - Ray heads off to Cardiff for The X Factor Tour in his helicopter
It sounds like it's going to be a great day, so make sure you get down there to show your support and to say hello to Ray!
Look forward to seeing you all on tour!
Shane, Nicky, Mark, Kian x
Nicky Access All Areas Interview! (3 March)
Access All Areas.net.au: Congratulations on yet another successful album with the ‘Love Album’!
Westlife - Nicky:
Yeah it’s going really well which is great! 2006 was a special year for Westlife in Australia and to now have the Love Album following it’s great!
Access All Areas.net.au: Your new album ‘The Love Album’ was released in Australia late last year, when you went in to record that album, what did you want to do differently from ‘Face To Face’
Westlife - Nicky:
Face to Face was the studio album where we obviously worked with lot of different producers, there’s lots of Swedish guys on there and Steve Mac and a lot of original songs and when we were working on this album to be honest with ourselves with the Love Album we wanted to get more original material for the album and because we don’t get the luxury of writing songs, we’re at the helm of song writers and when you’re in that position you’re hoping and banking on producers and songwriters to come up with the goods and that didn’t happen this year so we sat down and asked ourselves “do we wait?” so we sat down with our manager Louis Walsh and Simon Cowell, our AnR Manager and both suggested doing a love album and we pick twelve of the greatest love songs or twelve of our favourite love songs and that was how the idea was born.
Access All Areas.net.au: On the album you’ve recorded a track with Delta Goodrem who Australian’s hold close to their hearts, what was it like working with her and how did that collaboration come
Westlife - Nicky:
The way it came about was our Manager, Louis, suggest it. He managed us for nine years and he suggested about doing a duet with Delta and to be honest, we were talking about approaching Delta three years ago when she had broken the Australian scene and a mega superstar in Australia and we thought it would be good and that was the plan and it never materialised for what ever reason I’m not sure and then Brian left Westlife soon after and started dating Delta and at this point we’d met Delta and then we just wanted to make sure Brian didn’t feel uncomfortable with the idea so we called him ourselves and we called Delta’s manager and they were all up for it and then we got in to the studio for it and the four of us can’t speak highly enough of Delta. Professionally, she is an amazing singer and on a personal level she is a really lovely
Access All Areas.net.au: Are there any plans to release ‘All Out Of Love’?
Westlife - Nicky:
I mean it’s been spoken about lots of times and personally I would love to release it because it would be a huge hit, it’s been a huge hit for different people who’ve released it over the years but there’s lots of politics involved. It’s the music industry and it’s not the easiest thing in the world, and for us to even get it recorded was very positive. I’ll never say never but I would say it’s not
Access All Areas.net.au: Your latest single ‘The Rose’ rocketed up to the top of the UK charts again… your 14th single to hit the top spot earning you yet another Guinness World Record for most singles to debut at number 1. What’s it like to break another record and what were your thoughts when you heard about
Westlife - Nicky:
It was eight or nine years ago that we started and to this day we still get flabbergasted and excited by that. We’ve had fourteen number ones in the UK, twelve or thirteen Irish number ones and in Europe twelve or something amazing. When we were starting to take off we were successful from the start and then Brian left the band to take a break which meant we lost a member and at the time of our career then we were at an unsteady time. Four or five years in to a boy band they usually call it a day and that was always bouncing around the media and we were not sure where we were going and You Raise Me Up was like a lifeline for us. Our manager had said try this song and we did as a pop song. We turned a song that wasn’t meant to be pop in to a mainstream pop song and it went well around the world and it opned doors for us in Australia and New Zealand and then The Rose that became our fourteenth number one to be honest it’s getting bigger and bigger and bigger and at this stage after eight or nine years you still have to pinch yourself!
Access All Areas.net.au: You came to Australia twice last year for promotional commitments and were to tour in September but unfortunately had to postpone to later this month, are you excited about coming back to Australia to finally tour your
Westlife - Nicky:
Absolutely! We are well known on this side of the world for our live shows and with our tours we put a lot of time and effort into them, and it’s different to just sitting down and singing songs, we like to make sections in our shows like there’s an energetic part and we have a big back catalogue I mean we’ve got Flying Without Wings, World Of Our Own, Swear It Again, If I Let You Go… songs that have all been hits, maybe not so much in Australia but different parts of the world and touring is a big part of us. We kick off on the 21st of February Perth and it’s nice and it’s amazing that this long in to it that Australia has opened up to
Access All Areas.net.au: Is there anything that you’re really excited about doing or seeing in Australia in any down time you have?
Westlife - Nicky:
Obviously it’s summer down there so the small time of we do have we’ll try and get a sun tan and visit the beach. Kian is a big sufer so he might catch some waves if he can but we’ll chill. We don’t have a lot of time, it’s mainly gig then fly, gig then fly, gig then fly but again it’s nice to be down there and really promoting Westlife and showing off what we do.
Access All Areas.net.au: You’ve sold millions of albums around the world; raked up countless number one singles, won dozens of music awards, what do you think has been an attribute to the success of Westlife?
Westlife - Nicky:
You can’t put your finger on one thing it’s lots of different things. We’re four of the luckiest guys in the world, I mean anyone would give anything to sample or experience what we do and we’re lucky in that respect, we don’t take things for granted and we’re high working and we don’t lay off. When touring we’ve got the foot on the gas and we don’t let up. We’ve also had a lot of great guys around us, our Manager has been a great inspiration to the band, SonyBMG have been exceptional especially in the international departments, we’re lucky enough to work with Simon Cowell from day one and when it boils down to it generally we get on as people. We have our arguments just like anyone else and we’ll sit down and talk it through.
Access All Areas.net.au: What lies for the year ahead for Westlife?
Westlife - Nicky:
We’ve got the tour that kicks off in Perth and goes to all the cities: Adelaide, Melbourne, then Sydney and finishes in Brisbane and then on to South Africa and do a heap of cities there and then back to the UK until the middle of April and then back to our home country Ireland and finsh there on May 4. Personally for me, my wife is expecting a baby, we’re expecting twins actually and they’re due in the second week of June.
From: Access All Areas
New Mark Interview! (3 March)
Westlife Star Mark Feehily Came Out To The World Two Years Ago.
SUNNY BURNS How are you finding Australia?
Australia has been great so far. We went to Perth and had a few days off in the sun, but we have been skipping from place to place for the last few gigs.
SB You came out two years ago. Was it a big step?
It was enormous at the time. I’m lucky that I had the support of all my family, band members and fans. Since then it has all died down, which to be honest is what I want. I wanted to say it and then for it to go away. The less deal made about it the better. I want the message to be that it’s no big deal being gay.
SB So what made you come out?
It was an issue that I needed to sort out and I didn’t want to hide it any more. My entire life wasn’t a depression or anything like that. There were some elements that were really hard and at times I didn’t have time to think about it because I was so busy in the band. When the band slowed down, I realised that some part of my life was missing.
SB Did your family and band know beforehand?
My family and friends already knew. I also told the band a long time before I came out to the public. They are fine with it.
SB Do you have a boyfriend?
met my boyfriend Kevin McDaid two years ago. He was also in a boy band called V.
SB Was he also a reason for you to come out?
Yes, I didn’t want to be going to the cinema or restaurants with hats on and worrying about people seeing me. That’s not me at all. So, I nipped it in the bud and started a relationship and came out. It has worked really well.
SB How did you meet Kevin?
We met at a charity gig in Dublin. Neither of us was publicly gay at the time and we didn’t know that each other was gay. It was really funny. We just connected and have excellent chemistry.
SB How is the relationship going?
It’s going fantastic. We just had a two-year anniversary at the end of January. We went to the charity concert where we first met and partied all that night. The next day I hired out a penthouse and got a dog as well. We just spent the entire day lounging around watching TV and getting room service. It was really nice. We also have a place in London together. He is just a missing piece of me that I haven’t had for so long and something I always longed to have and now I have it. It’s better than I thought it would be.
SB Are you doing anything for Mardi Gras?
No, because we have gigs in Melbourne and Brisbane. I was here last year, practically for the whole event. I saw the parade. It was one of the best nights of my entire life. This time we are just missing it by the skin of our teeth. I was really disappointed. I’m jealous that you all get to go to Mardi Gras.
Westlife’s latest CD The Love Album is out now.
Total Eclipse Of The Heart release cancelled! (3 March)
Westlife will no longer be releasing ‘Total Eclipse Of The Heart’ as a single. Although the band love the song, their touring commitments mean that they wouldn’t be able to give the single release the full attention it deserves. Thanks to everyone who has given the song such positive feedback – the boys are very much looking forward to performing it at their live shows.
From: WL.com Messageboard
Valentine's Competition - The Results! (3 March)
We had an overwhelming response to our Valentine’s competition - thanks to everyone who took the time to enter. It was very difficult to decide which poems were the best, but here are ten of our very favourites. The winner is Clare Lidgett, who will be meeting Westlife before one of their UK shows – congratulations Clare!
The winning entry:
The concerts are just weeks away, can’t wait for the opening show,
Got hair to do, got nails to paint, my god we’re on the front row!!
Sorting out our glad rags, wearing a permanent smile,
Meeting you in person would make it all worth while!!!!!
A selection of our favourites:
Friends laugh that I'm a Westlife fan
When I'm old enough to be their gran
But how can it be so wrong
To appreciate a great love song?
You've brought me laughter, fun and sometimes tears
As a Westlife fan throughout the years
The other pop groups you outshine
So Westlife - be my Valentine!!
I want to send this little poem
Packed full of special wishes
To you four lovely Irish boys -
I think you are delicious!
'Flying Without Wings' the Irish lads croon
Making us ladies feel over the moon
Amazing us all with their musical range
Better stand up for that important key change!
If I could have any thing on Valentines
It would be a lamp with two wishes from its genie
Wish one would be a private show from Westlife
And wish two a brand new Lamborghini
Shane you make me smile
Kian I would not run a mile
Mark I am not picky
But MY LOVE belongs to nicky
Love and devotion I’ve shown to you,
Over the years, I’ve been a fan so true.
Very excited whenever your here,
Easy, choose me and I’ll buy you a beer!
I know it sounds Amazing
But if I went from Coast to Coast
It would always be WESTLIFE
That I love the most.
It's the Westlife boys, they deserve to be wined and dined
Oh how I wish they could all be My Valentine
Instead I shall go out with the hubby for dinner
And fingers crossed they'll pick me as their winner