My chat with Westlife’s Shane Filan

WHEN ex-Westlife star Shane Filan was last in Southend for his first solo tour it was in the wake of something of a tough time.

After 14 years in Westlife and their forty-four million sales, just when he should have been set up for life, he found himself bankrupt and staring at a bleak future in 2014.Westlife's Shane Filan chats to Katy Pearson

A bad Irish property investment left him hugely exposed financially and he was making his first scary steps as a solo artist, on the road, alone.

But two years on, he’s back with a new album, a new tour and Shane – who along with Feehily and McFadden, was the lead singer in Westlife – is in fine form.

When we chat his Irish burr is unmistakeable and he’s clearly happy to be going back on tour.

“Southend had a great atmosphere last time around – and it’s a great venue,” he tells me, chuckling his way through the conversation.

“I actually brought my daughter with me to Southend – we had a bit of a daddy/daughter time. She was on stage for part on the show – on a couch in the middle of the acoustic section.

“Touring is best part – getting out there, seeing fans, performing. It’s just fun.”

Does he feel in a different place emotionally this time around? Continue reading