Thoughts: Westlife – Farewell Concert
It’s been so long since I last posted. I’ve been busy, I guess. Anyway, I’ll be talking about Westlife’s Farewell Concert in Croke Park last June 23, 2012. It was actually a coincidence that I found a Youtube video of the whole concert. I don’t know how the uploader got a superb copy, but I’m really grateful about it. Here’s the video.
What can I say about the concert? Well, it was definitely AMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAZING! It can be described as a high quality Westlife concert. Westlife gave a lot more meaning to “going out with a bang.” With Westlife, it’s more like “going out with baaaaaaaaaaaang! Baaaaaaaaaaaang! And more Baaaaaaaaaaaang!” That’s how great they are.
By the way, here’s the setlist of their last concert.
- “What About Now“
- “What Makes a Man“
- “My Love“
- “Uptown Girl“
- “If I Let You Go“
- “Queen of My Heart“
- “Ain’t That A Kick In The Head”
- “When You’re Looking Like That“
- “Seasons in the Sun“
- “Swear It Again“
- “You Raise Me Up“
And, I can say that they really performed their best. When they sang What Makes A Man, Shane changed the lyrics. Instead of “This isn’t goodbye,” he sang “This is goodbye.” That kinda hurt. The medley is also great. Westlife singing Bohemian Rhapsody was unexpected, but nevertheless, they were great, especially Mark. That guy has some lungs made of steel. And the fireworks were really spectacular.
Also, every after a few songs, they would show clips of the boys being interviewed and talking about life in Westlife and about their split. Nicky also read some banners, which, according to him, “Over the 14 years, got increasingly filthy” and “They have been pleasantly disgusted.” Can’t help but laugh about that. Haha! And I saw lots of flags from different nations, from Germany, Holland, Czech Republic, Ireland, Israel, England, Sweden and I saw some from Taiwan and Venezuela. After that, they let the audience take pictures of them. It was really wonderful seeing the audience’s cameras flashing.
When they were almost at the end, each of them gave messages of thanks for their family, Louis Walsh, Simon Cowell, and their fans. Kian was the first one to speak. At the middle of his message, he started tearing up. That was a massive blow for me. I also started tearing up. Next was Nicky. I was already a train wreck when he was talking. I kept sobbing and I wasn’t able to concentrate on his words. It was the moment that it dawned on me that there won’t be a Westlife anymore. It was really heartbreaking! Nicky was followed by Mark, then Shane. Then, they sang You Raise Me Up, which I think is appropriate for the mood of the crowd. They also showed some fans who are crying, and now, I can understand how they’re feeling.
At encore, they sang World Of Our Own and Flying Without Wings. At the background, they also showed some snippets and clips of Westlife during their 14 years of being together. I would also like to commend Mark for the out-of-this-world note near the end of the song. It gave me goosies. Amazing! (I’ve been using lots of superlatives with describing Westlife, lately. Haha!) After Flying Without Wings, they made their final bow. They surely went down in history as one of the most successful pop groups of all time. Now, all I can say is: Farewell Westlife!