Louis Walsh Plotting Westlife REUNION

Published on August 11, 2016

Irish pop manager LOUIS WALSH is reportedly plotting to reunite boyband WESTLIFE.

Louis Walsh

The Irish group disbanded in 2012, with remaining members Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan, Mark Feehily, and Shane Filan deciding to go their separate ways. Brian McFadden left the band in 2004 to pursue a solo career.

However, legendary pop producer Albert Hammond says that Louis, the band’s old manager, has approached him to write new songs for the group.

“I was with Louis just now in Ireland,” the 72-year-old songwriter tells Britain’s Daily Star newspaper. “And he asked me for some songs because he says, ‘I’m going to bring back Westlife so you can write some songs for me.'”

Albert, who wrote Diana Ross’ 1991 hit When You Tell Me That You Love Me, later re-recorded as a duet with Westlife, met up with Louis at a Lionel Richie gig in Punchestown, Ireland last month (Jul16).

Westlife’s new material could apparently come from a new musical Albert is working on about Switzerland’s legendary Matterhorn mountain, a pilgrimage spot for climbers and skiers.

“I’m writing a musical based on the Matterhorn coming in 2018,” Albert says. “Maybe if a song comes up or one of the songs for the musical I play to him (Louis) and he says (it could be recorded by Westlife) then great.”

Louis Walsh

The X Factor U.K. judge Louis’ other pop creation, Boyzone famously hit the top of the U.K. charts in 1998 with No Matter What, a song from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Whistle Down The Wind.

Earlier this year (16), Westlife’s Nicky told the paper that Westlife were game for a reunion to mark the 20th anniversary of the band’s 1998 formation.

“I don’t think it would take much to get us back together,” he said. “In a couple of years time it will be the 20th anniversary and you could probably use that and maybe people will be interested.”