Cape Town – Irish singer Ronan Keating needs no introduction. Making his debut in 1994 as the lead singer of Irish group Boyzone, he released his tenth solo studio album in February this year.
From boy band singer to successful solo artist and TV persona, Ronan is bringing his Time Of My Life tour to South African next week.
We recently had a chat with Ronan ahead of his tour and this is what he revealed:
1) Ronan and his wife Storm visited South Africa last year for their honeymoon and they’ll be celebrating their one year anniversary on 17 August in SA as well!
"We were in South Africa not long ago for our honeymoon, which was September last year, and August, so we’re very excited to be coming back. Funny enough, we’re actually coming back on the one year anniversary of our wedding. So we’re really looking forward to be back in South Africa, we really love the country the people the place. And we’re really just looking forward to being there, back there one year later, and hopefully we can get a couple of days break there before or after the shows."
2) Ronan and his wife are both very much into their golfing and they’ll be playing a round of golf while in SA.
"South Africa has some wonderful, wonderful golf courses, so we’ll be playing Zimbali when we’re in Cape Town and some of the great courses that are around Johannesburg would be great and maybe even get a safari in before or after the shows."
3) Ronan never does a show without including the songs that got him where he is today.
"There will be some new songs definitely … but I never do shows without including the songs that got me where I am you know, like When You Say Nothing At All, like Life Is A Rollercoaster, those are important songs to me, they’re a celebration of my 20 odd years of doing what I’m doing. So yeah, there’ll be something there for everybody."
4) A crazy fan once dressed up as a hotel staff member and tried to get into Ronan’s room!
"Back in the 90s, we had like crazy crazy fans, and one fan one time dressed up as a hotel staff member and tried to get into my room the whole time while we were on tour, which is really frightening and scary that people would go to those lengths. But yeah when you think about it now it’s quite funny, but I mean that’s dangerous."
5) The best advice Ronan has ever received is: Your health is your wealth.
"At a lot of different times during my career people have given me great advice, but I think the best one is someone once told me your health if your wealth, and it is so true. You know, I’m 39 years of age now and I’m fairly happy you know, but still I don’t take it for granted. And the way that I work and travel, you’ve got to be fit and healthy. So my priority number one is being fit and healthy."
Ronan also gave a special message to all his SA fans:
"Firstly I’m sorry it took so long to come back, I’m really looking forward to being back in South Africa playing Joburg and Cape Town. Secondly I just really hope everyone comes along to enjoy themselves. You know, I’ll take you down memory lane with some old songs, but also play some songs that are the future and about where I am today."
Cape TownWednesday 17 August 2016Grand Arena, GrandWestTicket Price: R405 – R750
JohannesburgThursday 18 August 2016Friday 19 August 2016Saturday 20 August 2016Sunday 21 August 2016Teatro at MontecasinoTicket Price: R430 – R775
Tickets are available from Big Concerts and Computicket.
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