Westlife to split after 14 years with farewell tour and greatest hits album

Last Updated: Oct 20, 2011, 16:02 PM IST

London: Boyband giants Westlife are going to split after being together for 14 years in the music industry.

Louis Walsh, the manager for the Irish boyband, announced that they will go their separate ways following a farewell tour next year.

The band will bid farewell to their fans with the Greatest Hits Tour next May, which will be followed with the release an album of their biggest songs, the Sun reported.

In a statement announcing their split, the band wrote, “After 14 years, 26 top ten hits including 14 number one singles, 11 top five albums, seven of which hit the top spot and have collectively sold over 44million copies around the world, ten sell out tours and countless memories that we will forever cherish, we today announce our plan to go our separate ways after a greatest hits collection this Christmas and a farewell tour next year.

“The decision is entirely amicable and after spending all of our adult life together so far, we want to have a well-earned break and look at new ventures.

“We see the greatest hits collection and the farewell tour as the perfect way to celebrate our incredible career along with our fans. We are really looking forward to getting out on the tour and seeing our fans one last time.

“Over the years Westlife has become so much more to us than just a band. Westlife are a family. We would like to thank our fans who have been with us on this amazing journey and are part of our family too.

“We never imagined when we started out in 1998 that 14 years later we would still be recording, touring and having hits together. It has been a dream come true for all of us,” the statement read.

The band was originally formed in July 1998 with five members, until Brian McFadden decided to go solo later, and were signed to Simon Cowell’s label.

ANI