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Ronan Keating
Ronan Keating

KUALA LUMPUR: Ronan Keating and romantic ballads go hand-in-hand, and those who grew up with his music are in for a Feb 14 treat.

The popular Irish singer who is known as the lead vocalist of 1990s boyband Boyzone is set to celebrate Valentine's Day with Malaysians.

Keating, 42, will be bringing back fond memories of his heydays serenading fans with some of his best known ballads in Love At 6118 — A Valentine’s Special With Ronan Keating.

This will be held at Genting Highlands' Arena Of Stars at 8.30pm.

“I can’t wait for the Valentine’s Day show. I will be performing an exclusive acoustic style set of all my hits plus some of my favourite Boyzone songs,” said Keating in a recent interview.

“The thing that stands out from my last visit to Genting was the clouds that came into the hotel reception on the morning we left, as it’s so high up there. It was the coolest thing to see!”

Starting his career with Boyzone at 16, Keating has grown from the lead vocalist of the boyband to an adult contemporary singer with a soaring solo career, serenading millions all over the world.

The father of four earned his solo breakthrough with the hit song When You Say Nothing At All – featured in the Julia Roberts romantic comedy Notting Hill – which topped charts worldwide in 1999, the year of its release.

Keating, who believes that lyrical and musical elements are equally important for a good song has released 10 albums as a solo artiste and is currently finishing his 11th studio album.

“There are some very exciting duets and collaborations,” said Keating.

“I’m lucky that my wife Storm (Uechtritz) appreciates that sometimes I have to work on Valentine's Day but it’s always a special day to do a live show, so I’m looking forward to it.”

He added: “I’ll be getting together with my musicians soon to rehearse my new single so that will probably be the first time I’ll perform it live.”

Having performed in the country while on tour with Boyzone, including its 25th-anniversary tour in 2018 and the final Thank You And Goodnight Farewell Tour last year, Keating said: “I love the level of respect and kindness that I’ve always been shown on my previous visits to Malaysia. I’m lucky to have some wonderful dedicated fans who’ve been with me all through the Boyzone years and my solo career.”

The Dublin-born singer first scored an audition to create a band inspired by British pop group Take That and was signed by Louis Walsh in 1993.

Keating eventually went on to co-manage his fellow Irish band Westlife in 1999 with music manager Walsh, while working on his solo debut.

In 2000, Keating released his self-titled album, Ronan which sold 4.4 million copies worldwide.

A commercial success, his debut solo album produced four UK and Irish top 10 singles — When You Say Nothing At All, Life Is A Rollercoaster, The Way You Make Me Feel, and Lovin’ Each Day.

In 2008, he reunited with the members of Boyzone following the untimely death of band member Stephen Gately.

As a band, Boyzone introduced some of the 1990s' greatest hits like Picture Of You, No Matter What, and Love You Anyway.

The boyband concluded its final concert tour, Thank You And Goodnight in London last October.

Keating said: “It was a very emotional but a great way to end what was an incredible 25 years.

“I’ll miss the camaraderie we had together on stage but I’m glad we’re all still friends who will always be there for each other.”

Tickets to the show are priced from RM196 to RM586. An additional RM4 processing fee applies. Call 03-2718 1118.

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