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Review: Westlife Final Farewell Tour 2012, Metro Radio Arena

THE kings of the charts proved they’re still Flying Without Wings as they gave thousands of fans the chance to say goodbye.

Westlife at the Metro Radio Arena

THE kings of the charts proved they’re still Flying Without Wings as they gave thousands of fans the chance to say goodbye.

Following a hugely successful career with 26 top 10 hits, the Irish superstars have decided to quit and focus on “new ventures”.

It was fitting that the multi-million-record sellers packed the Arena with thousands of tearful women and men.

The show started with a silhouette of the stars behind the curtain which turned out to be four burning effigies instead of the chaps.

However, once they emerged there were screams everywhere as Kian, Shane, Mark and Nicky opened with What About Now.

Westlife gave us hit after hit from their prolific 14 years. Then we heard What Makes a Man, See You Once Again, My Love and I Will Keep You Safe.

The next anthem, the classic Uptown Girl, was a great choice to get the loyal crowd on their feet.

A surprising twist came when the audience were treated to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, Robbie Williams’ Let Me Entertain You and The Black Eyed Peas’ I Gotta a Feeling, among others. At one point the boys were carried across the stage on a huge white contraption which glided over the audience as they sang Barry Manilow’s Mandy.

More hits followed, including When You’re Looking Like That which raised the rafters.

A nod to the superb stage design which featured everything from waltzers to pyrotechnics.

It’s difficult to imagine Westlife getting booed, especially by their own loyal fans.

But that’s what happened whenever they mentioned this was the end.

As emotions ran high the night slowed down and it ended with Flying Without Wings.

The boys have the art of showmanship sewn up. We’ll miss you, Westlife!

 
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