The Cheeky Charmer of Ronan Keating

Ronan Keating Australia and New Zealand Tour 2012

With special guest Sharon Corr

Regent Theatre, Melbourne

Monday, February 6, 2012


Written By Jacqui James


ANYONE WHO KNOWS ME, knew how excited I was about this gig, so it’s the perfect first “gig” review to appear on Gigs ‘n Interviews for 2012.

Two Irish singers/songwriters on the same night was a treat. Sharon Corr (who was of course part of the 90’s/really early 00’s majorly successful band The Corrs) looked stunning in a red, one shoulder dress. Not only doing songs (including instrumentals) from The Corrs days such as Ears Painted On, Radio, So Young and Dreams (Fleetwood Mac Cover, she treated us with a taste of tracks from her upcoming new album; one called Edge Of Nowhere.

Sharon recalled touring Australia and how much “They {The Corrs} loved it!” She said “{She’d} be back soon!”

Now onto the cheeky and charming Ronan Keating! There’s no point in arguing he’s definitely become an honouree Aussie over the past four years so he’s obviously feeling right at home. He said he love Sydney and Melbourne especially riding down Chapel Street and the Yarra.

Ronan came out dressed in a black suit and white shirt, with a nine piece band including a string section from the Sydney Symphony. The collaboration sounded and looked amazing.

Believe Again was his first song of the night from his Australian/New Zealand only release. He was full of energy and enjoyed himself all night.

Doing ballads, his smooth voice and believability goes up a notch. How You Make Me Feel, If Tomorrow Never Comes and Boyzone’s Separate Cars, a touching tribute to Stephen Gateley clearly moved the crow.

The honouree even done lead role in an Australian movie called Goddess which will be released this year. Last night the audience got a sneak peak of the movie and the song from it. One of the popular scenes received a huge reaction from his female fans. This was of course when he (his character) was bare chested laying in bed. A cheeky grin came over Ronan’s face.

As well as the movie, Ronan has a new single and album coming out. Also he’s excited about finding the next X Factor Australia winner this year! He joked about Reece Mastin and “that other bloke who won,” but went on saying he still believes in him.

After a rocking encore with everyone standing up which included Elvis Costello’s Pump It Up and Rollercoaster he thanked the crowd. When the nine piece band formed a line, they did a little Irish jig while laughing before leaving the stage.

The Setlist from last night was:

Believe Again
If You Love Me
The Way You Make Me Feel
If Tomorrow Never Comes
Last Thing On My Mind
When The World Was Mine
It’s Alright
Summer Outside
Walk On By
Arthur’s Theme
When You Say Nothing At All
Will You Ever Be Mine
Love It When We Do

Separate Cars
Turn It On Again
Friends in Time
Loving Each Day


Pump It Up
One More Song


Jacqui James

I'm an Australian author and music journalist from Melbourne. I've had articles and poetry published in several magazines and newspapers since finishing my Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing in 2001. In 2010 Gigs 'n Interviews was born. I launched it with my first big named interview and that was Vanessa Amorosi and then in 2012 I felt unbelievably privileged to interview Ronan Keating. I'm extremely proud of what Gigs 'n Interviews has become as it's seen as a platform for emerging artists and entertainers to be heard.

Looking forward to writing more children's books, I hope to change the wrong perception of children and adults with disabilities as I was born with Severe Cerebral Palsy (like Christy Brown who wrote My Left Foot). People can view my books at

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