Wednesday, 19 October 2011
Well, it looks like the rumours were true: Westlife are calling it quits.
During their 14 amazing years at the top, the chart-busting boy band produced a stunning 26 'top ten' hits, a full fourteen of them 'number ones'.
The split is by all accounts amicable and the individual members of the group are said to be looking forward to new ventures.
They have confirmed that there will be a farewell tour next year, to give fans a last chance to enjoy their many smash hit favourites, including 'Swear It Again' and 'Flying Without Wings'.
In a statement the group said, "Over the years Westlife has become so much more to us than just a band. Westlife are a family."
Originally managed by Louis Walsh, now a celebrity himself for his appearances as a judge on smash hit tv show The X-Factor, the group weathered with ease the departure of founder member Brian McFadden, and the 'coming out' of singer Mark Feehily.
The latter is still considered a commercially risky prospect for groups with a strong female following. But the fans proved loyal, and the band carried on notching up hit after hit after hit.
A 'greatest hits' album has been promised; I'll let you know the track-listing as soon as it is made available.