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Tears as Westlife say goodbye after 14 years

22 JUNE 2012

On Saturday evening, the curtain will fall on the 14-year career of one of Britain's biggest boy bands.

Westlife will take to the stage for the very last time in a concert held in Dublin’s Croke Park for some 83,000 fans.

It will be an emotional farewell for the Irish quartet, who, along with former member Brian McFadden, formed way back in 1998.

 

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Their manager Louis Walsh has said he will feel especially emotional as the boys bow out.

"Will there be tears from me at the weekend? Yeah," he told the Daily Mirror.

"I have never known a band like this and we have had an amazing time."

It's an event that fans across the UK will be able to take part in.

The concert is being projected live via satellite to a number of selected cinemas so Westlife lovers can share in the magic.

And for their global admirers, there will also be screenings later of the final show.

In their 14-year career, Westlife have sold 44 million albums, had 14 Number Ones and 25 Top Ten singles.

 

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They announced they were splitting after a Greatest Hits album and farewell tour in October 2011.

It was recently revealed that singer Shane Filan has filed for bankruptcy after suffering enormous losses in Ireland's property crash.

According to Louis, the 32-year-old kept the £18 million collapse of his property firm a secret for as long as possible so it wouldn't interfere with the final tour preparations.

"He didn’t want to drag the boys down," the X Factor judge said.

"Last night Shane told me, 'All I want to do is just go on with it. Pick up the pieces, go out on a high with Westlife, and start again'," he added.

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