Boyz On Block opened up about their boyband stories (Picture: YouTube/Boyz On Block)
Supergroup Boyz On Block have revealed their craziest boyband stories – and some of them are slightly terrifying.
The band, made up of Boyzone’s Shane Lynch, Five’s Abz Love, Another Level’s Dane Bowers, and Phats and Small’s Ben Ofoedu formed after performing together at Bolton Pride.
Chatting to Metro.co.uk after the release of their Stay Another Day cover, the lads recalled some of their most memorable boyband experiences.
Abz, 41, explained: ‘I remember when we were in Israel, and there was a brother running round saying he was Jesus and he wanted to talk to me. He said he was Jesus and [said] “I wanna talk to Abz.”
‘Obviously I was a bit scared at the time but, thinking back, maybe he had a message for me?! Mad ones like that! People getting on the tour bus, fans were giving you frogs in a crisp packet, writing on toilet rolls, both sides. We ain’t getting any of that this time around though, I don’t think.’
Dane, 40, added: ‘I think my craziest thing was actually a fanmail letter that I had. This girl wrote to me and it was a strange one because it was like, “I really love you, but if you don’t marry me, I’m going to cut your eyelids off with razor blades while you sleep.”
‘And she sent me a photo of herself, I s**t you not, Sellotaped naked to a pool table.’
Shane went on: ‘Us humble Irish boys – I don’t know what you guys were getting. Damn! The craziest thing that ever happened to us was travelling through Europe […] We had a spare wheel on the back of our car.’
‘We were a good mile or so up the road and we could still hear screaming,’ he recalled, before adding: ‘Basically, there was a girl tied on the back of the spare wheel.’
Stunned at his bandmates’ stories, Ben simply joked that he didn’t have much in the way of screaming fans, but the slightly more subdued reaction of: ‘That’s a great record, mate, I really like it.’
Shane and Dane admitted the experience was very different this time around (Picture: Getty)
The lads are well-versed in the music industry, but have admitted this time around is completely different.
‘In general, just the way that music is released, we’d go out and do, you know, Smash Hits roadshows and big radio tours and TV tours for a couple of weeks before release, and then bang, now it’s release, and then it’s a slow burn,’ Dane explained.
Abz added: ‘Even though we’ve sold millions of records between us now, this is still a new band. I expect to put in the work, I don’t expect the instant success. I don’t expect people to love us straight away. I’m looking to put in that work still.’
They went on to say that they’ve found working together incredibly easy due to the strong friendships they’ve got first and foremost.
Shane explained: ‘We’re still learning each other very much, although we’ve been friends for a long time. But I think there’s no bad habits. In the old bands you had habits, or characteristic habits that kind of got in the way.’
Ben agreed: ‘We’re really accepting each of other as friends before there was a band. Obviously, we work 24/7 with each other. But we chose to hang out with each other, even though there was no band.
‘So the band is just the icing on the cake.’
Boyz On Block’s Stay Another Day is out now.
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