Nicky Byrne jokes that Westlife were secretly ‘bad boys’

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Nicky Byrne has revealed that Westlife were secretly ‘bad boys’ during the band’s heyday and that their ballads were’ brushing them off with the ‘good’ brush.

The Irish singer, 42, also spoke of the group’s former ‘rivalry’ with fellow pop group Five.

It’s because Westlife is currently gearing up for a two-day show at Wembley Stadium in August.

Bad Guys! Nicky Byrne has revealed that Westlife were secretly ‘bad boys’ during the band’s heyday and they were’ hit with the ‘good’ brush for their ballads (pictured in 2019)

Talk to the MirrorNicky said, ‘Westlife were the good guys, five were the bad guys.

“There was rivalry between the bands, who was the strongest and the craziest, and because we sang ballads and were seen as good Irish guys. We got tarred with the ‘good’ brush. ‘

He added, ‘We never got into a brawl, but we would have wanted our chances!’

Fight Talk: The singer said he and band members Shane Filan (left), Mark Feehily (second from right) and Kian Egan (right) were seen as 'good Irish guys' (pictured in 2019)

Fight Talk: The singer said he and band members Shane Filan (left), Mark Feehily (second from right) and Kian Egan (right) were seen as 'good Irish guys' (pictured in 2019)

Fight Talk: The singer said he and band members Shane Filan (left), Mark Feehily (second from right) and Kian Egan (right) were seen as ‘good Irish guys’ (pictured in 2019)

Earlier on Friday, Nicky’s bandmate Kian Egan, 40, revealed the secret disasters simmering backstage during the celebrated group’s 2019 reunion tour.

The band hit the road for their Twenty Tour after the release of their hit album Spectrum, but Kian lamented the fact that the tour – their most expensive ever – was haphazard.

Despite the gaffes along the way, the 50-date tour was a resounding success, though fans were left heartbroken as the coronavirus pandemic led to the postponement of their Stadiums In The Summer Tour, which has been rescheduled to August.

In a conversation with MailOnline prior to the release of tickets for their two-day show at Wembley Stadium in August, he promised fans the show would be great after revealing that he was forced on stage during their last stint ‘against the crew to shout ‘.

Feud: The Irish singer, 42, also spoke about the group's former 'rivalry' with fellow pop group Five (pictured in throwback shot)

Feud: The Irish singer, 42, also spoke about the group's former 'rivalry' with fellow pop group Five (pictured in throwback shot)

Feud: The Irish singer, 42, also spoke about the group’s former ‘rivalry’ with fellow pop group Five (pictured in throwback shot)

Last week, Westlife announced that they will be taking the stage at Wembley Stadium this summer – making them the first major act to perform at the venue in two years.

The concerts will take place on August 21 and 22, with support from All Saints and James Morrison on the first night and All Saints & Anne-Marie on the second. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 26, 2021 at 10:00 AM on LiveNation.co.uk.

Westlife has been blazing the comeback route for the past two years with their album Spectrum, which left fans excited, but heartbreak struck last year when their one-off performance at Wembley Stadium was canceled due to the coronavirus.

Speaking to MailOnline, Kian revealed that while The Twenty Tour looked smooth, there were issues behind the scenes.

Westlife rose to fame in 1998 when they were formed in Dublin, with Brian McFadden (back left photo) in the original line-up, who later left in 2004 (photo in 2000)

Westlife rose to fame in 1998 when they were formed in Dublin, with Brian McFadden (back left photo) in the original line-up, who later left in 2004 (photo in 2000)

Westlife rose to fame in 1998 when they were formed in Dublin, with Brian McFadden (back left photo) in the original line-up, who later left in 2004 (photo in 2000)

He said, “There were huge problems that we managed to cover up. There were moments before we walked onto the stage and the crew was still building the stage. There were times when we had to pull the show before moving on. ‘

Describing the tremendous misery the group faced, he said: ‘Last year three trucks got stuck in Dublin on their way to Glasgow because they missed the ferry, the lighting installation was not built, then it’s like we’ll be doing half a show . for our first time back in Scotland? …

‘No, on a reunion tour with the biggest production in our career, the most money we’ve ever spent on a production and half the machine was stuck in Dublin …

‘We wanted to give our fans in Scotland the best production they’ve seen Westlife do and the fans probably didn’t recognize it, but that comes into your own head when you walk onstage and there were a lot of moments like that. ..

Oh oh!  Westlife star Kian Egan has revealed the secret disasters simmering backstage during the group's celebrated 2019 reunion tour (pictured in 2019)

Oh oh!  Westlife star Kian Egan has revealed the secret disasters simmering backstage during the group's celebrated 2019 reunion tour (pictured in 2019)

Oh oh! Westlife star Kian Egan has revealed the secret disasters simmering backstage during the group’s celebrated 2019 reunion tour (pictured in 2019)

‘That happened in a few different places, in Manchester the built-in screen wall behind us was not properly installed. Of many things, I remember standing at the back of the stage when the arena filled up. ‘

Kian admitted that he had to step in and said, “I spoke to the crew who said,” What are you guys about? What’s going on? ” I was literally yelling at the crew to get their a ** e in gear and build the stage. ‘

Westlife rose to fame in 1998 when they were founded in Dublin, with Brian McFadden in the original line-up who later left in 2004.

The group broke the hearts of fans around the world when they announced plans to part ways in 2012, before embarking on their respective solo careers over the years, before reuniting in 2019 with their hit Hello My Love. .

Amazing: Westlife have announced they will be taking the stage at Wembley Stadium this summer - making them the first major act to perform at the iconic venue in two years

Amazing: Westlife have announced they will be taking the stage at Wembley Stadium this summer - making them the first major act to perform at the iconic venue in two years

Amazing: Westlife have announced they will be taking the stage at Wembley Stadium this summer – making them the first major act to perform at the iconic venue in two years