Westlife star Shane Filan heading to Stevenage

PUBLISHED: 15:44 16 November 2014 | UPDATED: 15:44 16 November 2014

Shane Filan

Shane Filan

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Westlife star Shane Filan wowed fans in St Albans last night (Saturday) and will be returning to Hertfordshire next weekend for a concert in Stevenage.

If you have sold more than 50 million albums, had 14 number one singles and been a multi-platinum pop star for well over a decade, what do you do?

If you are Shane Filan, you forget about the gold discs and start all over again.

When Shane’s old band Westlife amicably ended in 2012, he knew he wanted to go solo – but he wasn’t sure if he knew how to do it.

“All my life, I’ve said I’d love to keep singing for as long as I can,” he said. “But when Westlife split, I thought ‘Oh, OK!, I’m going to have to do it on my own’.

“To be honest, it was something I was never looking forward to. I wasn’t comfortable with the idea of being solo, but I was 32 when we ended and I didn’t want to retire.

“I want to sing for a living and I’m lucky I’ve got another chance to do that.”

For six months, Shane didn’t do anything. He had well-documented financial problems after investment deals went wrong.

But he had the support of his wife Gillian and wanted to provide for their three children, hence his first solo album, You and Me.

“Once I started writing, I felt that if it can be sung in a pub and also sung in a big venue, then it’s a really good song,” said Shane.

He added: “The album is definitely not like Westlife, but I think Westlife fans will like it. It’ll shock a few people in a good way.”

Shane’s You and Me Tour hit St Albans last night (Saturday) with a date at the Alban Arena.

He will be appearing at the Gordon Craig, in Stevenage, on Sunday, November 23.


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