At the peak of their success within the 1990s, English boyband 911 offered thousands and thousands of albums, scored a number of British prime 10 singles and loved nice reputation in South-east Asia.
Then a punishing schedule triggered the band – comprising Lee Brennan, Jimmy Constable and Spike Dawbarn – to crumble and finally break up in 2000.
The trio reunited in 2012 for actuality documentary collection The Big Reunion, which options former bands reuniting and rehearsing for a comeback efficiency.
Next month, 911 will carry out right here in a concert that will even function two of the 1990s’ hottest acts – fellow English boyband 5ive and English pop group S Club (previously often called S Club 7).
All three acts are identified for his or her head bop-inducing numbers and energetic dance strikes.
911 final performed right here in an ensemble concert 20 years in the past.
BOOK IT / I LOVE 90S
WHERE: The Star Theatre, 04-01 The Star Performing Arts Centre, 1 Vista Exchange Green
WHEN: March 10, 8pm
ADMISSION: $98, $118, $138 and $178 (VIP) from Sistic (name 6348-5555 or go to www.sistic.com.sg). Each VIP ticket-holder will likely be entitled to an unique meet-and-greet session and a bunch picture alternative with 911 and S Club after the concert.
One model of their 1999 music, Private Number, was a duet with home-grown actress Fann Wong, which appeared on her 1999 album, Missing You.
The band began in 1995.
Constable and Dawbarn, now 46 and 43, had been dancers who labored collectively on a late-night music present and determined to type their very own group.
Brennan, a fan of the 2, was recruited into the group.
The trio’s debut album in 1997, The Journey – that includes hits reminiscent of Don’t Make Me Wait, The Day We Find Love and their signature music Bodyshakin’ – rocketed them to success.
They had one other two studio albums – Moving On (1998) and There It Is (1999) – which hit the highest 20 on the UK Albums Chart.
Then hassle brewed.
Reports say Constable grew to become an alcoholic, Dawbarn hated being recognised and Brennan grew to become more and more insecure about his seems.
After they break up, Dawbarn arrange a dance academy whereas Brennan, now 44, acted in pantomimes and labored as a portrait photographer.
Constable married Claire Constable, who previously labored within the workplace of Irish boyband Boyzone, who had been additionally profitable within the 1990s.
After their 2012 reunion, 911 carried out in a sold-out comeback concert in London within the following 12 months that additionally featured different acts.
They additionally took half in a British area tour with different former pop teams which had been featured on The Big Reunion, reminiscent of Atomic Kitten and Liberty X.
Ahead of their gig right here, Constable spoke to The Straits Times in an e-mail interview.
1 Do you continue to take into account your self a boyband?
As we’re quite a bit older now, I’d say we’re a person band. A bit like Take That, I suppose.
2 The final time you guys had been in Singapore was in 1998, for the Hello! concert on the National Stadium. Have any of you visited Singapore since?
The Hello! concert on our final go to was wonderful. I have been again to Singapore just a few instances and I actually love the place.
It is all the time very clear with wonderful tradition. Hopefully, I’ll go to many extra instances as it’s a stunning place.
three In 1999, the band launched the music Private Number, a duet with Singaporean actress Fann Wong. Will you be performing this music for the upcoming concert and can Fann carry out as a particular visitor?
Fann was nice on our monitor and, hopefully, she loved the expertise too.
We have not deliberate to sing together with her, but when she want to, we might be very glad to.
four How is the band’s music completely different in contrast with the 1990s?
Music strikes on in some ways and, hopefully, we have moved with the instances and created a extra mature sound whereas holding our pop sound.
5 At the peak of your fame, you guys had been swamped all over the place you went, residing in lodges and consistently flying round. How do you are feeling about fame now and is it one thing you need once more?
It was a loopy time again within the 1990s, we couldn’t go wherever with out the police and military escorting us.
We have all the time been very grateful for our followers and the way they made issues so huge for us. Fame is a part of our job, however as you become older, you realise that priorities change, particularly whenever you have a household.
We have change into older and wiser, and extra appreciative of each other.
6 Now that the band are again collectively, how will you do issues in a different way to keep away from the troubles and stresses that led to the break-up in 2000?
We now realise that we’re collectively as a band and with out each other, we can not do it. So that makes us perceive each other extra.
We plan to go on and tour and carry out for so long as we will and for so long as followers would love us to.
7 Are you followers of the opposite two bands – 5ive and S Club – that you can be performing with?
We have an incredible relationship with the opposite bands, we have identified each other for a few years and change into buddies. We additionally spent a variety of time collectively throughout The Big Reunion tour.
eight How would you prefer to be remembered?
I want to be remembered as hardworking, trustworthy and pleasant to be round.