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No encore Ronan Keating says Stephen Gately’s death was the 'end of Boyzone'

I'm glad that we went out on a high and we showed our respects to our bro and called it a day. I don't think 30 years… we don't need to do it, so I don't think we should.”

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 Boyzone members (L-R) Shane Lynch, Stephen Gately, Mikey Graham, Ronan Keating and Keith Duffy in 2007.

Boyzone members (L-R) Shane Lynch, Stephen Gately, Mikey Graham, Ronan Keating and Keith Duffy in 2007.

Boyzone members (L-R) Shane Lynch, Stephen Gately, Mikey Graham, Ronan Keating and Keith Duffy in 2007.

Ronan Keating has said that the death of Stephen Gately was the end of Boyzone.

The 33-year-old singer died at his holiday home in Mallorca in October 2009.

The remaining members of the band continued on as a four piece and marked the band’s 25th anniversary with a brand new album and a tour ‘Thank You & Goodnight’ in 2018 and 2019.

Appearing on 2FM breakfast, Ronan was asked if he would consider getting the band back together for their 30th anniversary in 2023.

"2019 was a very special tour, to mark 25 years since the album came out, and to go out on a high and write our own final chapter ourselves and have the control.” he said.

"That final tour was amazing, we went around the world, did shows in Japan and China and all across Asia and Australia and Europe, we went out on a high and that might never happen again. If we came back and did it again, we might tarnish that."

Keating said that although he believes the band should have finished when Stephen died, the tour was in his memory.

"For me, when Stephen died, the band should have finished. That was the end of Boyzone really. What we did after that was something different, it wasn't Boyzone.”

"But we thought we were doing the right thing in Stephen's memory, it's what he would have wanted. For me, it never felt the same. I was looking to my right every night on stage and he wasn't there. I felt his spirit but I didn't feel it… I missed him too much,” he explained.

Ronan said that he doesn't think the band need to mark their 30th anniversary.

“I'm glad that we went out on a high and we showed our respects to our bro and called it a day. I don't think 30 years… we don't need to do it, so I don't think we should.”

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"I miss him terribly, I really do. I think we were each other's sounding boards quite a lot. He would make things very real, he'd always tell me the truth, even when I didn't want to hear it,” he added.

Ronan recently released Songs From Home, an album that includes covers of popular Irish songs such as U2’s Where The Streets Have No Name, Raglan Road by Luke Kelly and The Parting Glass.

His wife Storm also features on the album singing Damien Rice’s hit song The Blower’s Daughter.

"We had a little set-up in the house where I did a lot of the vocals for the album and she knows what she's doing, I let her be. I let her spend time,” he said of their recording set-up.

"There she is in her dressing gown in the kids' playroom where I'd set up a microphone singing the vocals to The Blower's Daughter. I came back twenty minutes later and she had it done. She smashed it, it was cool."

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Ronan Keating and his wife Storm (David Parry/PA)

Ronan Keating and his wife Storm (David Parry/PA)

Ronan Keating and his wife Storm (David Parry/PA)

The pair appeared on The Late Late Show last week where they performed the song.

Ronan and Storm met in 2011 while working on X-Factor Australia. Ronan was a judge on the show, with Storm working as a producer.

After tying the knot in 2015 the pair welcomed two children; Cooper in 2019 and Coco in 2020.

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