At the height of their stardom, Westlife had their hair torn out on stage and were robbed by angry fans.
EXCLUSIVE Shane Filan of Westlife tells of terrifying fan encounters that resulted in them being robbed and abused as the band prepares for a massive comeback with a new album. Shane Filan of Westlife has remembered some very terrifying fan encounters from the band’s heyday, including a robbery and an on-stage assault.
The Irish boyband member spoke exclusively to the Brinkwire as they prepare to release Wild Dreams, their first new album in two years.
The 42-year-old revealed that they had been together on and off for 22 years, with a lot altering during that time, including them all becoming proud fathers.
But it didn’t stop him from reminiscing about his youth, even after the band achieved international renown in 1998.
However, not all of the recollections were pleasant, as he claimed the band’s “monstrous” following became increasingly violent at times, robbing and assaulting members.
“When we were younger, fans would come in droves, thousands of people would meet you at the airport,” Shane remarked.
“It was hazardous; people were robbing us, removing chains from Kian’s neck and ripping a ring from his finger.”
“They used to tear our hair out, literally taking and pulling off locks of our hair,” she said.
He then went on to tell a story about how a fan attacked Mark Feehily on stage during one of their early shows in Indonesia.
“We were playing one of our first-ever shows, and fans were passing out, so staff pulled her out and placed her down,” he said.
“We wondered, ‘What is going on here?’ It’s getting a little crazy’, and then one of the girls who was laying down, ostensibly fainting, rushed up on stage, leapt on Mark’s back, and covered her eyes with her hands.
“We were thinking, ‘What the…?'” said the group. Then security arrived on stage, but she refused to let go. Things like that aren’t something you’ve ever experienced before, and you never get used to them.” When asked if they ever got into mischief, like the boybands of the 1990s and 2000s were infamous for, he confessed that hotel security would often give them stern talking to.
“We definitely broke a number of things in hotels and got in problems with security throughout the years,” Shane recalled. But, now that we’re all dads, we’re just normal lads, we’ve obviously improved over the years. The news is summarized by Brinkwire.