Westlife, the popular boy band that has dominated the pop charts and global concert arenas for more than twelve years, is in Manila for a special concert tonight, September 29, at the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City.
This is the fourth time they will be performing in Manila, and tonight’s performance is in line with the promotion of their latest album, Gravity.
Westlife was formed July 3, 1998, originally with five members: Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan, Mark Feehily, Shane Filan and Brian McFadden.
In 2004, Brian McFadden left the group to have more time with his family, and to manage his solo singing career.
The Irish group popularized such hits as "Say It Again" (1999), "When You’re Looking Like That" (2000), "Bop, Bop Baby" (2001), "Fool Again" (2002), "Mandy" (cover 2003), "You Raise Me Up" (cover 2005), and "Home" (cover 2007).
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other entertainment media were invited to the band’s press conference held this afternoon, September 29, at the Edsa Shangri-La Hotel in Mandaluyong City.
The presscon, which was originally scheduled at one o’clock, was moved to three o’clock. Shane explained, "We thought we could sleep until four [P.M.].
"Then, someone came knocking on my door saying, ’The press is waiting for you downstairs!’
"We didn’t know there will be a presscon!"
MATURE BAND. Westlife has been together for more than a decade, yet they’re still together and enjoy making music together.
Mark Feehily explained: "When you’re given an opportunity, you just have to realize what the opportunity is and just keep going, and do what you love doing.
"You know, when we come to the Philippines and we get a response like this after thirteen years, it means we’re doing the right thing."
Shane added: "I think we just love what we do, we have a great career, we love singing, [and] we’ve always wanted to be in a band.
"I think what makes you stop enjoying it is when you stop doing it."
THE CONCERT. Meanwhile, Nicky said he was hoping the Pambansang Kamao, Manny Pacquiao could make it to their concert.
Unfortunately, Pacquiao couldn’t come due to prior commitments.
Despite his initial disappointment, Nicky said it was okay. He did wish his idol would make a surprise appearance at their press conference.
Kian, on the other hand, said he wishes to have a concert performance someday with globally-renowned Filipina singer, Charice Pempengco.
Asked what their fans could expect at their concert tonight, Shane exclaimed, "An amazing show!
"The Philippines is one of our favorite countries in the world. When we arrived at the airport, there were a lot of fans.
"So, we’re sure it’s gonna be loud. We’re very excited, we love performing, that’s what we love to do," he said.
"It’s our job to go up onstage and sing a song for our fans, especially fans whom we haven’t seen in a long time.
"So, it’s gonna be a party for sure," Shane promised.