The impact that boy pop stars have on the world tends to be fleeting and ephemeral. Not so Stephen Gately. When he came out in 1999 and subsequently celebrated his union with his longterm partner, it was one of those few big coming out moments that help to nudge social attitudes in the direction of tolerance and acceptance. Who can say how many young gay guys took encouragement from his openness and courage? No doubt many will have viewed the televised musical tribute broadcast in the UK recently.
The four remaining Boyzone members - Ronan Keating, Keith Duffy, Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch performed a medley of their greatest hits to remember and honour their band member who passed away last October. Among the show highlights was big boy band moment when Westlife joined Boyzone on stage for a joint performance of ‘No Matter What’. Girls Aloud singer Nadine Coyle, who grew up listening to Boyzone, performed with them on ‘Love Me For A Reason.’
Mika, composer of the band's latest single 'Gave It All Away', also performed the song with them on stage. The show also shared the story of Stephen’s rise to stardom from his humble roots in Dublin.
Stephen Gately died in October of last year aged just 33.
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