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MY SIDE OF LIFE - AUTOBIOGRAPHY [ADDED CHAPTER]: AMAZON
"We're very excited about it. Fans buy bottles or cans of Pepsi Max and text a number. If they win, they get to work behind the scenes with us for a day at a one-off gig, which will be held in their hometown".
We've been together seven years and we're pretty much like family.
Everyone argues from time to time, but we're all pulling together. We're still getting to know each other and know what we do and don't like and how far we can push each other.
‘‘Westlife have made amazing achievements and through the band I’ve ended up with a great life. We just wouldn’t be able to do that if we weren’t making music people liked.’’
Everything was going great, we couldn't have had more success...and then Brian he literally just leaves one day.... he came in to the room, and he sat down, and he just goes 'lads I'm hanging up my boots'. We literally all looked at each other, we didn't know what to say to him. We were like 'are you serious?' and he was like 'yeah I know I wanna leave'.
[Shane on Brian leaving]: The experience though taught us to stick together, to respect each other more even and to really understand each other. We knew if one more member decided to leave it would be over for Westlife. So we decided to forget the past and focus on the future.
I think we have to have some sort of a democracy. We disagree all the time, it is only natural when dealing with four different opinions but our management and record company and people in the background guide and advise us. At the end of the day it boils down to the four of us. It sometimes takes time but we always work things out in the end.
I think as a band our initial goal was to be a success, all over the world. We all love singing and I think the fact that we never lost sight of who we are and where we came from helps. Deep down we’re all good friends and we enjoy each others company. We had massive success quite early on and we didn’t really have time to think about it much, I think that helped us a great deal.
When you weigh up all the pros and cons of being in Westlife there are a lot more pros. Infact there is fuck-all bad about being in Westlife.
On Croke Park 2008: Although the medley was an amazing adrenalin rush, opines Shane, 'You Raise Me Up' was probably the best single moment in the show, for me personally. It's such an iconic song and the setting was so perfect. It's probably more of a Westlife song than any other. I was singing it with my parents in mind, looking to my family and pointing at them thinking, look at what we've done, look at what we have achieved. It was the proudest moment of my whole career. We started off in Sligo in front of 50 people and here we are at Croke Park! That was a very emotional moment for me, singing that song.
[on boxset released November 2011] “It’s emotional because it’s literally been half our lives in those photos and it did take us back to reflect on everything we’ve done.”
“Those times at the beginning of the band with Brian feel like another era and it’s funny because our kids don’t even know who Brian is now,” admits Shane.
“They look at the pictures or the discs on the wall, point at Brian and say ‘Who’s that, Daddy?’
“But we have no regrets – it’s all memories. So it must be included.
“As a band, we’ve had a long 14 years. Obviously we can’t do it at the same pace any more.”
“I’d like to keep singing but we have no record deals.”
On split: “One of the things that did it was the fact that we’re doing a Greatest Hits album. Over the past couple of years we were doing new albums, so we all thought, ‘Maybe another year, maybe another year. Doing our Greatest Hits, it kinda felt like now was the time. It was a conversation we didn’t like admitting. But we all did admit it.”
A massive thank you to my Mum and Dad. I'm so proud to be your son, thank you so much... for everything. I love you so much, you know that.
"I remember when I was 8 years old. I said to my Mum, I was watching a video of Michael Jackson. And all I saw was this on the telly (points to starlight crowd). And I said to Mum (breaks down), I said that's going to be me someday. Well Mum... my dreams came true. Thank you so much. [Croke 23 June 2012]
When I was in the band IOU, I bleached my hair blonde. It was a total disaster. It looked like a bad version of Kian's.
Worst is getting up early at like, half four for a 6 o'clock flight from Heathrow or something. That's not enjoyable at all. Actually I'd follow Mark for the day because the question in Westlife is always, "Where's Mark?", so I'd like to know where he goes.