Fans flock to Keating's first solo concert in Malaysia


By RENEE CHOONG AND ZACK YUSOF

GENTING HIGHLANDS: Having broken away from the group Boyzone, former frontman Ronan Keating gave his first solo concert in Malaysia on Saturday night in conjunction with the release of the Asian tour edition of his latest album Destination. 

AT HIS BEST: Keating thrilling his fans with a song from his latest album at the Arena of Stars in Genting Highlands on Saturday.

Looking better than his early days, Keating, 25, was brimming with confidence about the prospect of performing with his full band to his Malaysian fans.  

“I’ve come here once or twice a year for the last eight years and I must say it’s a great country and the way the people treat you is just unbelievable. It just makes you want to come back, even though it’s a 13-hour flight away,” he told reporters before the concert. 

Before his gig at the Arena of Stars here, Keating had only given one showcase in Kuala Lumpur without his full band.  

With his latest release, the promotional tours will take him to Singapore, Jakarta, Bangkok, Manila, Brunei and Hong Kong.  

Keating had once said that going solo had enabled him to have full control of what he wanted to do, where he wanted to go and make the decisions he wanted to make. 

“I think I am doing better as a solo than I had with Boyzone, but I won’t deny anything about the group that has made me who I am. 

“I’d finally arrived musically as a person after a long 10 years, and that’s what Destination, is all about,” said the Irish lad.  

Keating’s spirit was apparently not doused by the three-quarters full arena.  

He performed his best, and in no time, fans were swaying in excitement when he delivered hits from his debut album Ronan with songs such as Life Is A Rollercoaster and When You Say Nothing At All.  

From his latest album Destination, Keating delivered I Love It When We Do and If Tomorrow Never Comes

And to cap the evening, Keating, the one name that has sold more than 16 million albums worldwide, kept the fans asking for more with Long Goodbye.  

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