Some of you may have already read this article of mine about Boyzone's Stephen Gately who died last year while on holiday in Majorca. In that article I explain what Boyzone mean to me, and how Stephen was always my favourite. More than ten years on,they hold a special place in my heart for being the band I adored as a teenager.
Today they release their first album since Stephen died. Thankfully, Stephen's vocals do appear on the album, titled 'Brother', a tribute to him. I admit that I was a little nervous about buying 'Brother'. The idea of not hearing Stephen's voice on every single song still hurts a little. I never expected his death to have such an impact on me. While I didn't go into a period of mourning and sob for weeks, I do feel twinges of emotion on hearing certain songs. I am also very deeply moved by seeing and hearing how the other members of Boyzone have continued to keep on working through their grief to make this album possible for Stephen.
This got me thinking. When you were growing up, which bands were you really into? Whose posters did you have on your bedroom walls?
While you think on that, please take a look at my review of Boyzone's album 'Brother'.