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Boys are back Westlife have their biggest ever tour lined up, says Louis Walsh

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Westlife (from left) Shane Filan, Nicky Byrne, Mark Freehilly and Kian Egan.

Westlife (from left) Shane Filan, Nicky Byrne, Mark Freehilly and Kian Egan.

Westlife (from left) Shane Filan, Nicky Byrne, Mark Freehilly and Kian Egan.

Westlive are set to fly again after landing a major new record deal - and with a world tour tipped to be the biggest in their over 20-year history.

This week it was revealed that the band had parted company with EMI, but they've already been snapped up by another major label.

And music mogul manager Louis Walsh says the Fab Four's new tour will be the most lucrative money-spinner of their career.

"Westlife have a massive tour lined up, playing everywhere from Cork to China, plus America for the first time.

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Louis Walsh

Louis Walsh

Louis Walsh

"But, like everyone else, we're waiting for governments to press the green light so we can get back out there," Louis told the Sunday World yesterday.

"It's so frustrating not knowing when we can start up again. I would love it to be this year as they can't wait to play the likes of London's Wembley Stadium for the first time.

"It's not easy to sell out Wembley Stadium, but Westlife have done it. I totally accept that the safety of people in this pandemic is number one. Safety comes first.

"So we just have to sit back and wait.

"But the four lads are working away on new ideas for the shows and I've never seen them more fired up.

"We have Zoom meetings every two weeks and they have turned into businessmen now, as well as having the passion and excitement for performing."

Louis added, "I've never seen them get on so well. They're genuinely all in a great place, they're working on new songs and there's talk of Ed Sheeran giving them songs, so what comes next is going to be amazing."

However there is a question mark over events such as Longitude and the Electric Picnic going ahead.

"I've been talking to the main Irish promoters and they're in the dark like the rest of us.

"They are hoping the festivals and shows can go ahead, but they don't know either way at present.

"There is so much suffering out there in the entertainment business because bands and artists depend on live gigs for an income.

"All those country bands who play four or five nights a week, it's devastating for them.

"The vaccines are great news, though. When everyone gets the vaccine people are going to chill out."

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