No Matter What - Stephen Gately Respected by Boyzone in Final Musical Chapter

Posted: 4th November 2009

Details have come through regarding new Boyzone material being finalised and due for release on a Stephen Gately tribute album. His former colleagues have two songs with vocals featuring the recently-deceased singer and now have plans to pay homage to their friend who sadly passed away last month while on holiday in Majorca.

In their 90s heyday, Boyzone were the fresh-faced alternative to Take That and chalked up an incredible sixteen Top five hit singles in a five year period - that included 6 number 1s including 'Words', 'A Different Beat' and 'You Needed Me'. I remember a queue outside Virgin Wimbledon for the release of 'Words', such was the draw of their music. They bowed out in 1999 with the single 'Every Day I Love You' which reached number 3 although a new compilation released in 2008 "Back Again" set the scene for another Top five hit, "I Love You Anyway". Gately himself racked up 3 Top 20 solo hits after the Boyzone capitulation.

The track-listing has yet to be finalized, with initial reports suggesting a December release.

Paul Pledger