Interview: Shane Filan

Ex Westlife lead singer Shane Filan is returning to Yorkshire on Monday 17 October to play the Alhambra in Bradford, I asked him about the tour and what we can expect:

shaneYou are returning to Yorkshire in October to play a gig in Bradford, do your Yorkshire fans always give you a warm welcome?

Absolutely. We played a gig at the Barbican in York earlier this year and it was a great night, one of the best gigs on the tour. I’m looking forward to coming back to Yorkshire.

I reviewed the gig in York, you said that you had your family with you, do you always take them on tour?

I did for the York gig and those other dates around that time as it was Easter and the kids were not at school. When we tour in October they will be at school but they will be coming along to the weekend shows. They like to come and see daddy and go and explore the tour bus!

What was it like starting out as a solo artist?

It was all new territory. You become a more positive person and have to make all the decisions yourself. I threw myself into it, at the deep end so to speak. I had to grow up quickly. At the end of the day it’s all down to you.

What can we expect from the Bradford gig?

It is the same show as the one in York but we have tweaked it a bit so expect something different too. It will be a mixture of old and new, obviously there will be a few Westlife songs which I love singing. My job is to entertain the crowd, it will be a great night.

On a previous tour the stage set was an old Irish pub, was that your idea?

We did that after the first album was recorded in Nashville, I wanted to come up with something that I thought was cool. It was a relaxing atmosphere as I was able to get members of the audience onto the stage and sit down on the bar stools with me and I would sing them a song. This time though it will be a bit classier with a staircase where I start the show standing at the top.

Do you still keep in touch with the other members of Westlife?

I see them from time to time. I saw Mark the other day on the beach walking the dog. We have so much history together. I know the lads better than my brothers. We spent half of our lives together. It’s nice to keep in touch with them.

Is there a song which you wish you had recorded?

All of Me by John Legend, it’s a huge love song and I like singing those types of songs.

When you get back off tour is it hard to settle down?

I miss home and my family on tour but it usually takes around a week to settle back in. On tour I’m going to bed at 2 or 3am and wake up around noon whilst at home I’m up early with the children on the school run so it’s all their schedule.

Your audiences are usually female but I’m sure that some men would like the show.

I hear that comment quite a lot. I do get men coming to the shows but they have usually been brought along with their wives, girlfriends or partners. I do see one or two singing along to the songs. My job is to get the audience leaving with a smile on their face. I’m looking forward to this tour and seeing many faces light up, it’s good to play close to the crowd which this tour will allow me to do.

The Bradford Alhambra sounds a great theatre with so much history and atmosphere, it sounds great.

Shane Filan plays Bradford Alhambra on Monday 17 October

Tickets from:
www.bradford-theatres.co.uk

 

Source/Credit: http://yorkshiretimes.co.uk/

 

Photo: Forget James Bond. More Like ‘Shane, Shane Filan’

Now lets take a minute and appreciate this tweet. how stunning does he look. forget James Bond. His name is Shane, Shane Filan..

 

 

 

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Photos: Shane And Gillian Attending Pink Ribbon Ball.

How Stunning does Shane look, attending Pink Ribbon Ball.  He will be performing.

 

 

Another amazing Photo of Shane and his Beautiful Wife Gillian.

 

 

 

 

Source/Credit: https://twitter.com/breastcancernow

WIN A chance to meet and greet Shane Filan in Peterborough

Westlife frontman Shane Filan brings the second leg of his major indoor UK tour to the Cresset later this month – and there is a chance for a Peterborough Telegraph reader and a friend to enjoy a meet and greet with the Irish superstar.

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The ‘Right Here Tour’ gives fans the opportunity to see him perform Westlife favourites as well as his own tracks in the city on October 18. Shane said: “The Right Here Tour earlier in the year was fantastic and I was really proud of how this transcended over so many different venues and places that I hadn’t performed in before. It was incredible to see the reaction from fans, to have them there with me enjoying the songs and joining in. The tour was such a great experience and we have had so many requests for more dates that we thought we might as well give the fans what they want, and go back out on the road in October. “I am really excited about this new phase in the tour and looking forward to seeing everyone at The Cresset in Peterborough -it’s going to be a great night!” The release of the ‘Right Here’ album has cemented Shane’s position as one of the UK’s most popular male solo artists, following his amazing success as frontman with Westlife – one of the world’s most successful bands of the last few decades. The winner of the meet and greet and their guest will meet Shane at the Cresset before he performs. They both will be invited to watch the soundcheck and see Shane and his band perform a couple of tracks and then go on to meet Shane. They both will have their photo taken with him, which they can download and keep, and the winner ( not guest) will also be given a Shane Filan goody package – a tote bag, laminate and lanyard, Bluetooth Speaker and Teddy Bear. To be in with a chance of winning answer this question: Complete the title of the Westlife hit single Flying Without? Send your answer by email to brad.barnes@jpress.co.uk

Source: www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk

Tour Is Just Around The Corner..

Not long now for the Second leg of #RightHereTour some exciting times ahead for the fans and of course our main man Shane. Preparations have begun.