By Melanie Finn
IT’S a case of ‘all aboard’ the Westlife bus this week as the chart-toppers are joined by all their partners on their last ever tour.
THE four crooners have kicked off their Farewell tour and will play a string of arenas all over Britain before bringing it to Ireland this summer.
But as proof that the boys have definitely grown up, this time around they’ll be bringing all their partners with them on the tour bus.
Nicky Byrne’s other half Georgina said being able to travel around with the band made it much easier for them as a family.
“I wasn’t able to get over to Cardiff because I had to mind the boys,” she explained.
“But we are all going to the London gig and going out on the road with them for the week. I don’t know how rock and roll the lads will think it is but all the wives are going on tour.
“We will be piling into the tour bus each night with them after the shows and heading on the road. It is the last time they will be doing this together, so it will be special,” she said.
However, she won’t be stuck for company either, given that Shane’s other half Gillian will also be there, as will Kian’s wife Jodi Albert.
Nicky, Kian Egan, Shane Filan and Mark Feehily kicked off their tour last week at Cardiff Motorpoint arena, performing to almost 10,000 fans. They’ll now spend the next few weeks taking to the stage in major venues all over the UK before building up to the grand finale of their Croke Park concerts.
Such was the demand to see them performing to their home crowd that promoters had to add an extra date to their Dublin gigs on June 22 and June 23.
Last November saw the chart-toppers confirming they were going their separate ways after more than 14 years together.
In that time, they have sold over 45 million records and clocked up some 12 number one singles in Ireland.
The group was recently voted the best ever boyband during a two-week poll of an MTV audience of some 12 million viewers.
They beat off a total of 32 groups to the coveted title including rivals like The Wanted and Disney stars The Jonas Brothers.