Boyzone have lifted the lid on their most outrageous nights out together at the height of their fame.
The band are calling it a day after a 26-year run which saw them become one of the most successful UK boy bands of all time, selling more than 25 million records worldwide.
Members Keith Duffy, Mikey Graham, Ronan Keating, Shane Lynch, and the late Stephen Gately were hedonistic party animals and revealed they even used to put rock stars to bed and then go back to the bar.
They also talked about the crazy things women would do to get close to them, as they were such lusted after sex symbols.
Speaking to The Sun about their early years, they recalled wild nights playing in clubs across Ireland where they were “frightened for their lives”.
Ronan said: “We were having s**t thrown at us, lads wanting to beat the s**t out of us and girls wanting to jump up to kiss and hug us on stage.
“One night Duster (Keith) had to grab Stephen and me and drag us through the dancefloor because the lads were trying to punch the heads off us.
One woman even grabbed on to the spare wheel on the band’s car as they drove off in a desperate attempt to get close to her idols.
“It was only after a while we realised, ‘Hang on, that scream’s not going anywhere’ . . . until the van driver took a sharp right turn and the scream disappeared”, laughed Keith.
“We never found out what happened to her. That was pretty f*****g crazy.”
The band also revealed they could out-party the hardiest rock stars.
Keith said: “The perception of rock stars is that they’re all about sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll, and a boyband is all pretty boys, who are squeaky clean. That was completely f***ing wrong. We were more honest.
“If you look at a rock band, they’ve got long hair that’s permed — how are they cooler than us?
“We had shaved heads and were in the bar until six o’clock in the morning.”
Ronan told Keith: “I’m sure you put a few rock stars to bed over the years and stayed up afterwards.”
The band also paid a touching tribute to Stephen, who died in 2009 from an undiagnosed heart condition.
Stephen came out in 1999 after learning that his friend was going to out him to the press, and he was one the first ever openly gay young pop stars.
Boyzone called him a “pioneer” who paved the way for the pop stars of today who are able to be open about their sexuality.
Mikey said: “Stephen was a pioneer of breaking that barrier down.
“Look how much everything has changed in the ten years that we lost him, and even in the years prior to him passing away, when he did come out.
“Look how much society has changed for the better, with equality across the board.”
They also said that had he not tragically died, the band could have been even bigger.
Keith said: “With Stephen, we were a force to be reckoned with. Had he not lost his life, I believe we would have been a much bigger band.”
Shane added: “Steo paid the ultimate price. He lost his life, we lost our buddy. But had he not, I think we could’ve gone on to things we never achieved before.”
Boyzone have been performing their final five shows at the London Palladium before they split for good on Friday night.
They came to the decision to finalise their split after they created their seventh album, Thank You & Goodnight.
Keith said: “We kind of felt it was the best work we’d ever done without Stephen and that it felt like a natural end.
“Not only that, we could actually decide ourselves that we want to go out on a high, we want to write our own final chapter. Most bands never get the chance to do that. It fizzles out or it goes away.”
Ronan said: “We’ve never worked a day in our lives in Boyzone. It’s been the absolute dream. We’ve travelled the world, we’ve met amazing people, we’ve entertained. It’s been phenomenal.
“Apart from anything else, these last shows are a massive thank you to everybody that supported Boyzone for 26 years.
“It’s been beautiful and brilliant. I hope we leave everybody with great memories.”