By Suzanne Mackie
IRISH boy band Boyzone arrived in Scotland with a bang yesterday – quite literally.
The 90’s pop group, who are in the country as part of their comeback tour Back Again – No Matter What, joined Jamie ‘The Cannon’ Shannon as he fired the world-famous One O’clock Gun at Edinburgh Castle.
The boys were in town promoting their upcoming gig at the castle on July 18, a performance which will form part of a summer of high-profile gigs gracing the capital’s iconic venue, including Girls Aloud, The Proclaimers and Runrig.
Ronan Keating said: “We are so delighted to be back in Scotland. We have just performed some of the best shows of the tour in Glasgow, and are really looking forward to playing in Aberdeen and Edinburgh.
“Scottish fans have to be the loudest there is, and it’s always fantastic to play here.”
The ‘Picture of You’ hit-makers wore scarves, leather jackets and hoodies to shield themselves against the dreary Scottish weather.
Tourists gathering to watch the famous Gun go off were stunned to see famous five appear from underneath the battlements just moments before the Gun went off.
As the Gun was raised to the sky, the group stood huddled together and put their fingers in their ears.
And afterwards, Mikey Graham put his face in his jumper to try and escape the infamous smell of the gun smoke.
The group, who reformed late last year after splitting in 2000, looked happy to be back together as they laughed and joked with one another throughout their short Edinburgh appearance.
Stephen Gately added: “Edinburgh Castle is a beautiful venue to perform at and we’re really looking forward to the show.
“We’re keeping our fingers crossed the weather will be good us.”
The band were formed in 1993 by pop svengali Louis Walsh, and have sold over 15 million records worldwide.
Last year, the group announced they were reforming after a seven year long split to the delight of fans all over the country.