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Yorkshire's Asher Knight Shines Supporting Boyzone
Graham Clark, Features Writer
Asher Knight
It is probably a dream come true for Bradford born Asher Knight landing the support slot of the Boyzone Farewell tour. Equally it is hard to believe that he was bullied at school and lacked confidence as he strides out and takes command of the stage, running from side to side like he could not believe his luck.

After supporting All Saints on tour last December he has now been thrust into playing arenas on this tour. It's a big stage to fill so the decision to add a guitarist and backing singers including shining newcomer Luena is a wise move.

Save Me From Myself, the new single sounds a hit and if the likes of Capital would play the track, it certainly would ease its chances. The choice of All Saints' Take Me To The Bridge to close his set might not have been the best song to close on as the downbeat song didn't really match his upbeat style appreciated earlier.

Boyzone have decided to call it a day after over 25 years together, they say that this tour Thank You and Goodnight, will be their last. Perhaps it is but in the world of pop reunions are very much commonplace.

Boyzone
The 4 members arrive on stage via a platform that drops down from the arena roof before footage of them appears on the huge screen. With Celtic music playing, the mist rising and the landscape looking rural it looked like an advert for the Irish Tourist Board or perhaps Riverdance was about to commence!

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The set was well paced -with Boyzone having recorded so many ballads it could have drifted into a sleepy set but they have a new album to plug which shows the band in a new light - even Ed Sheeran has written a track for them - so thankfully the upbeat numbers were not just saved to the end.

Each member gets a spot to say individually their thanks for the fans' support over the years - some seem more genuine than others but it was hard not to be moved by their memories of Stephen Gately who died of a congenital heart defect in 2009. His vocals feature on the track Dreams, released last year, which was performed during the show,

Each member is dressed in a style that suits them in what was a very polished show.

No Matter What sounded emotional whilst their cover of the Bee Gee's Words had the fans lighting up the arena with their mobile phones.

Ronan Keating
Life Is A Rollercoaster is included as an encore even though it is not a Boyzone song per se as the track was a solo hit for Ronan Keating.

Picture of You closes the gig - for fans and Boyzone themselves this was as good as any farewell as any, if it really is the end we shall have to wait and see.

Yorkshire's Asher Knight Shines Supporting Boyzone, 4th February 2019, 11:05 AM