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Blue are reuniting for a 20th anniversary arena tour – with a crèche backstage for their kids


BLUE are reuniting for a 20th anniversary tour but have vowed not to go back to their hard partying ways – and will have a crèche backstage instead of a wild rider.

The Noughties hell raisers will perform across the UK in September 2022 but said this time it will be completely different to when they first launched, as they will be doing it for their nine children.

Blue have announced a 20th anniversary tour for 2022

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Blue have announced a 20th anniversary tour for 2022Credit: PH press handout / PR

In an exclusive chat, Simon Webbe said: “This time it will be off stage, rest your voice, get in bed, look after your babies. It’s about them now, it’s not about us.

“20 years ago we did what we needed to do and got all of that out of our system and now it’s a new era – and that’s our kids. Some of our kids haven’t seen what we do.”

“It’s only my little girl who has seen what we do – and she’s 25 now.”

Simon has daughters Alanah, 25, and Cyan, seven months, while Duncan James has 16-year-old daughter Tianie Finn.

Lee Ryan became a dad for a third time in June when he welcomed a daughter, adding to his brood of kids Bluebell, 14, and Rayn, 13.

Meanwhile Antony Costa has daughters Emilie, 17, Savannah Rosa, seven, and Paloma Valentina, four.

Duncan added: “There will probably be a baby crèche on the road this time.
“We’ve got the new generation of Blue coming through – you can set up a girl band.”

The group, who this week are marking 20 years since their debut album All Rise, said the tour is all the more poignant for them following the death of their friend Sarah Harding, who would have been celebrating 20 years with Girls Aloud next year.

Duncan said: “I just finished The Real Full Monty which was a huge thing because not only did I have to strip, but actually the biggest thing was about cancer.

“The statistic is one in two people will get cancer. The Wanted came onto the show as well and Tom Parker is suffering with a brain tumour, bless him, and it just made me have a moment of like, ‘Oh my God, we’re in a four-piece, does that mean two of us are going to get cancer?

“It’s a really scary thing to think about.

It’s only my little girl who has seen what we do – and she’s 25 now

Simon Webbe

“You think of Sarah who sadly lost her battle with cancer and it’s really scary.

“This moment of us getting back together now is even more poignant for us and thank God we’re all healthy and have the ability to be able to get back on stage and do what we love to do.

“We can’t take anything for granted anymore, especially in the current situation in the world.”

Their Heart & Soul Tour will kick off in Belfast on September 11, accompanied by special guests Atomic Kitten. Tickets will go on sale this Friday.

The lads have also teased there could be new music for the shows.
Simon said: “I’d like to say we are always recording, we’ve always got ideas, whether we’re going to marry it up with the 20th anniversary, we’re not sure.”

All four members have been declared bankrupt in the past and admitted they are getting back on the road again for the money.

When asked what they would say to someone who suggested they are only touring for the cash, Simon replied: Well, who doesn’t? This is our job.”

Antony said: “We’re entitled to earn money – we’ve got bills to pay.”

Insisting it isn’t just for them, Lee added: “It’s not just about us making money, there’s a whole team behind us. It’s generating jobs for other people.”

Blue insist their reunion is about more than just the money

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Blue insist their reunion is about more than just the moneyCredit: Getty
Blue says Sarah Harding's death is particularly poignant now they are healthy and reuniting

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Blue says Sarah Harding’s death is particularly poignant now they are healthy and reunitingCredit: PA
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