NEWS & GOSSIP 2013
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21st May 2013 - Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
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5ive's Abz Love: "I still speak to J, he's growing a beard"
17th May 2013 - Reveal
Big Reunion's 5ive have admitted they still speak to estranged fifth member Jason 'J' Brown, despite him refusing to reunite.
Abz Love, Ritchie Neville, Scott Robinson and Sean Conlon last night performed at the O2 Arena in London with their fellow Big Reunion stars, but it appears J isn't giving them the complete silent treatment.
Speaking on ITV1's Lorraine, Abz said: "I speak to Jay. He's around and about and growing a beard.
"Yesterday, I said as an analogy we were a star shape but but now we're a square shape because there was five but now there's four of us."
Comparing their experiences to the past, Ritchie added: "I would definitely say it's better second time around. I'm having the best..the time of my life actually.
"The past two weeks on this tour have been the best two weeks of my life." Ouch!
Richie then said the band members "bicker like brothers" before Scott explained that it is only because they are "very close".
"Sean said something on [The Big Reunion] - you have to be very close to have an argument and we are and we appreciate this," Scott said.
"Not everyone gets a second chance, a crack at the whip of being in a band. We've got a chance so we're taking it." (No doubt this will change nothing and the haters will still be hating on J and ANY fan who mentions J)
Five for Summer Sets
15th May 2013 -
Five have been confirmed for Summer Sets on the Beach on 31st August (Will also be shown live on ITV). Dates and ticket info can be found on the "Schedule" page.
5ive For Best Comeback Band
9th May 2013 - Lipsy London
5ive have been nominated for the 'Best Comeback Band' Award by Lipsy London V.I.P Awards 2013. You can vote for the band by clicking on the link: Lipsy London
How dim must Ali Campbell be?
3rd May 2013 - Popbitch
SPOILER! Please do NOT read if you don't want to know about "Pointless Celebrities" before it airs! Feat. Scott and Ritchie.
Flobbit: "I found myself at a recording of a 'pop music celebrity' special of Pointless this week. There was Mike Rutherford & Ali Campbell (out in first round), Sandie Shaw and Sheila Ferguson, Keren and Sara Bananarama and Ritchie & Scott from 5ive.
"In the second round only Bananarama could name a female member of Team GB that won a medal at London 2012. It got so bad they had to change the question to 'Name a capital city in the southern hemisphere' to which Sandie and Sheila replied 'Rio de Janeiro'.
"In the next round (David Bowie singles) 5ive couldn't identify Diamond Dogs from a photo of a diamond and some dogs.
"Bananarama won, but didn't find a pointless answer in the final round. Sorry for the spoiler."
5ive Announce Their Own UK Tour
30th April 2013 - Daily Star
DESPERATE to see 5ive’s comeback but can’t face Atomic Kitten or B*Witched on the Big Reunion Tour?
Well fear not because Scott, Ritchie, Abz and Sean have announced details of their own 14-date UK tour kicking off at the Brighton Centre on November 14.
Scott Robinson, 33, said: “We are so happy to be on our own headline tour after all these years. We can’t wait to get on the road and perform our hits again. Let’s ’ave it.”
Tickets go on sale from gigsandtours.com, Friday May 3 at 10am.
5ive Greatest Hits Tour
30th April 2013 - 5ive
5ive have just announceed they will be doing a "5ive Greatest Hits Tour" starting November 2013 and tickets go on sale 3rd May 2013. For full venue dates, times and booking deatails check our the Schedule page.
5ive star replace by 911 member ahead of Cleethorpes appearance
29th April 2013 - This Is Grisby
911's Jimmy Constable will now appear alongside 5ive star Abz Love at a Cleethorpes nightclub.
Abz was due to appear at Reflex on Saturday, May 25, with band mate Scott Robinson, but Scott has now had to pull out.
Tickets to see the two band members at Reflex are £4 in advance or £5 on the door.
To book, call 01472 602381 and leave a message with your name and how many tickets you require or search for "Reflex Cleethorpes" on Facebook.
Look! Jay Brown is back with 5ive! Oh, wait…
25th April 2013 - Heat World
Ok, ok, don’t get all excited on us.
After Jay Brown refused to reunite with 5ive for the Big Reunion, we were all a bit gutted. So imagine how excited we were when we heard there were pictures of 5ive/4our on stage with Jay.
Then imagine how annoyed we were when we saw them and it was a crummy blow-up doll with a picture of Jay’s face stuck on it. We have to admit it’s pretty funny though.
As the boys took to the stage at G-A-Y, Ritchie Neville announce that after making a few calls and swapping texts he’s managed to get Jay to perform with them for one night.
As everyone went nuts screaming, the boys then brought out the blow-up doll. After it had sat at the back of the stage for a while, during When The Lights Go Out, Richie claimed it was time for Jay to leave the band and threw him into the crowd. Nice.
The boys had held some auditions to replace Jay, but after a successful reunion gig it looks like they will remain 4our, at least for now.
Last month we exclusively revealed that back in the day 911 had even asked Jay to be in their band and that now they thought he might regret not taking part in the Big Reunion.
“I tell you what, he might regret it,” said Lee Brennan. “He’s obviously got his personal reasons for doing it, but maybe after he’s seen this show…”
But Spike Dawbarn wasn’t so sure. “Jay never wanted to do it the first time. My cousin used to go out with him, so we know each other and I was asking her about it and she said, ‘I’ve spoke to him. As you know he didn’t want to do it the first time’.
“I asked him to be 911 and he really didn’t wanna do it the first time round. His first words were, ‘I’ve sold myself out,’ when he first got into 5ive. He really didn’t want to see himself doing it again. It weren’t his style of music and he didn’t want to do it again. It’s mad isn’t it?”
“I spoke to Ritchie and had breakfast this morning,” added Lee at the time. “He hasn’t spoke to J for like five years but somebody that knew him and had spoken to him and Jay said, ‘I’m glad the boys are doing it again’ but he’s got no interest whatsoever in being party of it.”
Luckily there are plenty of blow-up dolls ready to step in whenever needed then.
Five’s Abz: I could have been the male Lady Gaga
24th April 2013 - The Sun
ABZ from 5IVE reckons he could have been the male LADY GAGA.
The singer was managed by SIMON COWELL after the band split but got dropped when they fell out.
He said: “I was gutted... I would’ve been the male Lady Gaga with him.”
He also admitted: “I thought I was going to die at 25. I was all over the place, living in squats with junkies injecting drugs. I never took heroin, though.”
Well, that’s OK then
Five's Neville: J's no risk taker
22nd April 2013 - Belfast Telegraph
Five's former member J Brown probably regrets not reuniting with the group, the band has said.
The 36-year-old - whose real name is Jason Paul - had initially planned to join his ex-bandmates Sean Conlon, Abz Love, Ritchie Neville and Scott Robinson to reform for ITV2's The Big Reunion, but later changed his mind, claiming he no longer wanted to be in the music industry.
"I would be gutted. He wasn't willing to take the risk. We were - we've got bigger nuts," said Ritchie.
The four-piece held auditions to find a new member to replace J, and were also considering changing their name, as seen on the show, but decided against it.
Sean said: "I don't regret it one bit. We had a lot of outside pressure about a new member and we just didn't want it. It was just a strong feeling that Five means the world to me. That's how it came across on the show and I'm proud of it."
The band also deny that there is any rivalry between them and Blue, who decided to join The Big Reunion.
"There's no rivalry there. They're going to add an element to the show. We're not threatened by Blue - even though a lot of people think we are," said Scott, as Ritchie added: "But we don't think we'll go on stage after them either."
Five have become a surprise hit since they reformed, and following a sold-out show at London's Hammersmith Apollo, are now set to embark on an arena tour around the UK.
With regards to their future, Sean admitted: "We didn't know if the show was going to be a hit or a flop and it's worked out well. Let's see what happens after that. We don't know."
J's back... sort of!
22nd April 2013 - Daily Mail
5ive take to the stage at G-A-Y with blow up doll in the place of missing band mate Brown.
They tried and failed to recruit a fifth member to the band on The Big Reunion but it seems that the boys of 5ive have found a clever solution to their problem. Scott Robinson, Ritchie Neville, Abz Love and Sean Conlon performed at G-A-Y on Saturday night and brought along a blow up doll that had former band member J's face on it. The quartet posed for pictures with the doll, which had been given chest hair and tattoos, backstage ahead of the show.
J refused to rejoin the nineties boyband when they reunited late last year for a reality TV show alongside other bands including Atomic Kitten and The Honeyz. It seems the remaining four members of the band are back to living the hectic party lifestyles of their past and it seems that Richie slurred his words on stage at the gig. Scott tweeted: 'Rock N roll definitely isn't dead coz @RagztoRichez slurred on stage at G-A-Y you Crack me up rich n i love ya and yes I am still up #pissed' (sic).
But Richie denied that he was intoxicated and put his slip up down to fatigue. He wrote: '@Scottlarock5 for the record I wasn't a total mess on stage last night, just slightly stumbled on a word when speaking...due to fatigue.' But it seems that the singer, who relocated to Australia after the band split originally, was feeling a little worse for wear on Sunday and complained of being hungover.
"J" Joins Five At G-A-Y
20th April 2013 - G-A-Y
Five performed at Gay Heaven Night Club and were joined by a familiar face. J joined the guys on stage for a live performance of the bands greatest hits. Although J never sang his parts he was looking 'fabulous' in his LBD (little black dress). Oh J you funny fella!
J's fallen on hard times and has had to resort to "other talents" to make money we see.. (Pic right taken by: NLSkinner)
Five Not Earth Changing
19th April 2013 - Popbitch
"I'm not under the false impression that 5ive is going to change the world but we've had a lot of positive feedback" - Abz Love
Big Reunion stars wanted for Celebrity Big Brother
5th April 2013 - Latest Pop
EXCLUSIVE: Channel 5 are in talks with a number of 90’s popstars to take part in this Summer’s Celebrity Big Brother series.
Producers are said to be keen to capitalise on the success of itv2’s The Big Reunion and are hoping to lure one or more Big Reunion singers with big money offers. LatestPop.com understands 5ive singers Abz and Sean are both on the wish list, as is Atomic Kitten singer Natasha Hamilton, Blue's Simon Webbe and Liberty X singer Jessica Taylor. They are also considering offering a place to B*witched twins Edele and Keavey Lynch.
It’s also understood that other 90’s stars who didn’t take part in The Big Reunion are wanted for the series, which will air straight after the regular Big Brother finishes in August. S Club 7 star Rachel Stevens and Boyzone’s Keith Duffy are thought to have been approached.
Big Brother is scheduled to launch on Channel 5 on Monday 27th May with several changes including a revamped house, more live-feed episodes and Emma Willis as the new presenter.
Jimbo Tiling the Block
5th April 2013 - Popbitch
It is a great business name
Vandalising a minor celebrity's Wikipedia entry is a tricky art. So many people do it badly, it's refreshing to see a good bogus claim get posted up that isn't then edited out instantly.
So hearty congratulations to the person who managed to get this on J from 5ive's entry:
"J, known by his family as Jimbo, now runs a bathroom and kitchen tile business called Bonnie Tilers around the Runcorn/Widnes area."
Catch it while you can: J Brown Wikipedia
Jessie J Crush on J
28th March 2013 - Metro
Jessie J admits secret crush on dormant 5ive star ‘J’ Brown. Jessie J is the person probably most gutted that former 5ive singer ‘J’ Brown refused to join the nineties group on hit TV show The Big Reunion.
The bisexual singer says the 36-year-old former pin-up would be her ultimate snog in a game of ‘snog, marry and avoid’.
Revealing her random crush, The Voice coach said: ‘I would have snogged J from 5ive. I wonder if he’s still around.’
5ive confirm future plans
20th March 2013 - Latestpop
EXCLUSIVE: 5ive have told PopBurp they intend to continue beyond The Big Reunion.
Speaking exclusively to us, Ritchie said “We’re all very excited about the Arena tour – it’s a big platform we feel what we do sits very well with big gigs”.
Confirming the band’s plans, he added “after that, I would love for 5ive to do their own arena tour. We have so many hits that people know, so I think it could work. I would also be very open to recording and performing some new 5ive tunes”.
Ritchie’s bandmate Sean Conlon confirmed the band’s intentions, telling PopBurp.com “I think we’re all up for making new music and we are entertaining the idea. It’s scary to think how it could end now. The Big Reunion is so popular”.
Both Ritchie and Sean also ruled out a comeback for former colleague Jay Brown saying it would be too late if he wanted to rejoin 5ive. “If he wanted to come back....we’ve been through a whole process. We’ve all had to air our views on tv and for someone to come back without going through that, without having worn their heart on their sleeve so publically.....it wouldn’t be fair” said Sean.
We don't want to shut the door on J
20th March 2013 - Reveal
Nineties boy band 5ive have revealed their reservations about getting a fifth member, as it would definitely rule out a return for founding member Jason 'J' Brown.
Ritchie Neville, Scott Robinson, Sean Conlon and Abz Love have reunited, minus J, for the ITV2 reality show, Big Reunion. In the series, the four-piece have been actively searching for a new member but have so far been unsuccessful.
They previously admitted on the show that they were "angry" with J for not wanting to reunite, and feared that he may regret his decision.
But speaking today to Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield on ITV's This Morning, Ritchie said: "He [Jay] came to the first couple of meetings for the Big Reunion. He decided he didn't want to be famous. There were some issues back in the day but whether they're done and dusted we don't know."
And while the band admit that they are open to a new fifth member, they are worried that if they find a replacement, J would not be allowed to come back should he change his mind.
"We'd be shutting the door on him really and that's a bit weird," said Scott.
"It is hard to bring someone else in because they've not got the experiences that 5ive had and they've not sold millions," he continued.
The boys got back on stage at Hammersmith Apollo last month for the first Big Reunion gig, which marked 11 years since they had performed together.
5ive, which was the brainchild of Simon Cowell, enjoyed considerable success after racking up 20 million records and 11 top 10 singles. Although now reunited, they have not been in contact with Simon and are unaware of what the future holds.
Sean said: "He had expectations for all of us, but I can only speak for myself. I think I let him down because I didn't fulfill my potential, I went inward instead of going out. I was too young."
The boy band called it a day in 2001 but Ritchie admits that it's better the second time around: "This time around it's so much sweeter, it's gone full circle.
"We imploded in such a way, and then we've all gone off and done our separate things and been on journeys ourselves. Now it just feels so good to be back," he continued.
'The Big Reunion's 911: 'J will regret not rejoining 5ive'
20th March 2013 - Digital Spy
911 have predicted that Jason 'J' Brown will regret snubbing The Big Reunion.
The 'Bodyshakin' boyband have made a comeback on the ITV2 show, along with Brown's former band 5ive, B*Witched, Atomic Kitten, Honeyz, Liberty X and Blue.
Brown decided not to join up with his former bandmates Sean Conlon, Ritchie Neville, Abz Love and Scott Robinson on the show.
"I tell you what, he might regret it," 911's Lee Brennan told Heat. "He's obviously got his personal reasons for doing it, but maybe after he's seen this show."
Spike Dawbarn revealed that Brown was never a fan of being part of 5ive, and even turned down the chance to join 911 in the mid-1990s.
He said: "Jay never wanted to do it the first time. My cousin used to go out with him, so we know each other and I was asking her about it and she said, 'I've spoke to him. As you know he didn't want to do it the first time'.
"I asked him to be in 911 and he really didn't wanna do it the first time round. His first words were, 'I've sold myself out', when he first got into 5ive.
"He really didn't want to see himself doing it again. It weren't his style of music and he didn't want to do it again. It's mad, isn't it?"
Brennan added: "I spoke to Ritchie and had breakfast this morning. He hasn't spoke to J for like five years, but somebody that knew him and had spoken to him and Jay said, 'I'm glad the boys are doing it again', but he's got no interest whatsoever in being party of it.
"We couldn't not do this show. It always brings you back to that buzz."
And The Award For "Mostly Likely To Be A Cunt" Is....
15th March 2013 - The Thinking Gal
Although he declined taking part in the reformation of the band, J Brown was known as the frontman of the band back in their heyday. J, voted ‘Most Likely To Be A Cunt’ by his high school class, has been painted in a negative light by the rest of the band since they decide to reform, citing him as the source of tension within 5ive. Conveniently.
Popslutz at The Big Reunion
3rd March 2013 - Popslutz
Sean from Five:
“When I was in Five, we used to have a mic set up in the studio. On ‘If You’re Getting Down’, for example, I remember I just grabbed the mic, sang the chorus out in one, I didn’t think about it, it just came out. You shouldn’t have to think about it too much. ‘If You’re Getting Down’ is primitive, simple lyrics, and that’s my style, that’s what I do.
I’ve worked with writers that have real got craft and they’d say ‘you need to make it more poetic, you need to make pictures.’ My argument is, if that comes, then let’s do that but never put craft before emotions. I’ve gone full circle where I’ve really analysed every line, I’ve really gone there, but now I’m back into getting down, no messing around, if you feel it, crack on”.
Favourite song of the night?
Ritchie from Five: ‘We Will Rock You’ “cos, you know, I get the lead on that and it’s fun to sing”
Before we even mentioned the fact that Five are now four…
Scott from Five:
“It’s feeling good as a four piece. There’s no problem. People have been asking us, do we feel like there’s someone missing? Absolutely not. There’s no aggro.”
Glad we cleared that up. What’s it like being back on the stage after so long?
Abz from Five: ‘Kind of like what it must’ve felt like, when man landed on the moon, you know? Similar to that’
We Fancy Nigella Lawson
1st March 2013 - 4Music
We caught up with the boys from 5ive this week to have a good old gossip.
In part one and two of our interview, they spilled the beans on what happened when Sean left the band and why J might not be welcome back with open arms.
Now, speaking about celeb crushes, the band reveal that television cook Nigella Lawson is the girl who gets them hot under the collar.
Talking about the subject of hot celebrities, Sean says: "But we should talk about the secret ones. The ones that a lot of guys I think don't mention. Like Nigella Lawson."
Then, Sean revealed his penchant for a curvier figure, adding: "I preferred her when she was bigger, but she's losing weight now trying to fit in with how women have got to look these days."
He added: "It's not my thing."
Abz on the other hand is more concerned with her skills in the kitchen, as he adds that the star would "make a mean cupcake" and would always "have whipped-cream in the fridge".
Does Nigella do it for you?
Welcome back, boys!
No Lady For Ritchie!
1st March 2013 - The Sun
5ive singer Ritchie Neville has split up with his Australian girlfriend - leaving the way clear for the Eighties pop band to reforum full-time.
Ritchie, who has been running a bar in Sydney, was seen on ITV2 show The Big Reunion telling blonde Charlotte that he would be back after then show's tour.
But now their year-long romance is over, so he could be back in London more often.
He told TV Biz: "We're not together any more. It was nothing to do with the show or getting back with the band. It was one of those things...
‘We’ll have a conversation as a band over the next week or two, then we’ll get the tour done and see how things are." he added to The Sun.
Set list and after-party gossip!
28th February 2013 - Heat World (Review)
As soon as Andi Peters stepped on stage at the Hammersmith Apollo wearing double denim and doing an Irish jig to C’est La Vie, we knew the Big Reunion Live was going to be a good night.
And what followed didn’t disappoint. With each act doing one or two songs before giving way to yet another 90s pop idol, we were basically Body Shaking the whole way through.
Highlights included: Scott Robinson from 5ive pulling his son up on stage and having a bit of a cry at the end.
5ive opened the show and probably got the loudest screams of the night – an excitable Scott told us: “It was fucking amazing. Everyone had their place and their moment tonight, everyone at ITV, including the bands deserves a massive pat on the back for what they’ve done.
“We’ve got the feeling this could be a really big year for us and we just hope the feeling we’ve got is right. I’m going nowhere. I’ve wanted this for so many years and tonight we proved that we’re meant to do it.”
Bandmate Sean Conlon also seemed keen to keep things going after the tour, saying: “It felt scarily normal. Normal life has felt more difficult and going against the tide, whereas that I was just flowing, I really enjoyed it.”
SO DID WE SEAN, so did we.
THE SET LIST: 5ive: We Will Rock You, Everybody Get Up, Keep On Movin’ & If Ya Gettin’ Down
Abz Reveals His Dark Period After 5ive Split [TBR Episode 4]
22nd February 2013 - Popledge (Review)
We are half way through this series of the Big Reunion, a second season has already been rumoured so the format is going really well for ITV2!
We have now been introduced to all the groups taking part in the program so now we are going back to 5ive in more depth.
There are still a lot of demons in the 5ive camp, ‘J’ isn’t taking part in the series and the band are trying to find a fifth member which I am totally against! Just do it as a four-piece lads!
We see the four boys re-uniting at their managers house where the lads rely their reasons for wanting another bite of the pop cherry, Scott wasn’t happy with the way it ended and Ritchie wants to experience the on-stage buzz again. Abz admits that he can’t remember anything about the end of the band as he was totally out of it. To be honest I think the drugs he took have had a long-term affect on him, he still seems a bit out of it at times. He credits his now girlfriend for saving his life.
Abz had a solo career after 5ive and was enjoying the party lifestyle for five years, over those years he went bankrupt and his solo career stalled. He then sold his house for £250k and gave ALL of that money to a man who promised him the world but then disappeared. Eventually Abz tracked down this man and ended up in jail.
Abz’s story gets progressively worse, you start to feel sorry for the man. He talked about waking up with rats looking at him. An un-named wealthy woman then took him ‘under her wing’ and gave him a room in her mansion, this is when things started to get really bad, he got into hard, class A drugs and mixed them with a cocktail of alcohol everyday. He took them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. He also still chased the ‘celebrity’ culture of bling and designer goods and even considered sleeping with a man for a Bentley.
Abz was really low, at his lowest he met his now girlfriend and thank god he did. At one point he slashed his wrists to literally try and ‘get himself out of his skin’ he wanted to die, again thank god his girlfriend stuck with him and they now live simply in the countryside. He gardens ‘curly carrrots’ (!!) and has two horses and some livestock which keep him grounded.
Scott also suffered after leaving 5ive, he attended anger management lessons to control his temper, he credits his wife and two sons with saving him.
Scott and Abz both agree they left the band too soon and should have just taken a break. Scott has unbelievably been trying to do this reunion for the past five years.
Now we get into Sean’s story, this may make me cry! He really likes music but feels he fell under J’s influence at 15 and believed that 5ive were making ‘sh*t’ music, meanwhile ‘J’ ended up changing his mind and embraced his pop-stardom whilst Sean got more and more negative about 5ive and his experiences in the band. Sean was the one who ended the band and obviously feels guilty for this decision.
Wow Ritchie has just come out with a belter blaming Sean and ‘J’ for the bands failure to break the US calling them ‘obnoxious’ and basically saying they pissed off the record label and ended up getting them dropped in the States. Sean really doesn’t take this statement well and you can see the demons creeping up behind the eyes. Ritchie chills out the situation but wow you could see it rising again!
Flick over to the four 5ive lads and they are auditioning 5 potential 5iver’s! The first one is Dan Corsi from Northern Line, he refuses to sing for them – err great audition! The second guy Luke at least sings for them, he sounded ok but Sean feels there ‘isn’t a spark’ with him! The next guy is an X Factor judges houses finalist called Nathan, he signed with a management company but nothing happened for him, Abz is the one who has a negative reaction to him and Sean has a positive one – they can’t win!
The whole ‘find another member’ thing still seems odd to me I think they should just give it up!
Next week sees 5ive under the spotlight again – the lads go out drinking together.
Second chance for pop acts
14th February 2013 - The Sun
POP fans rejoice – the Big Reunion Arena tour is definitely happening.
After selling out a special one-off gig, producers of the ITV2 series – which features a host of bands from the 1990s reforming – have decided to take the show on the road.
The groups – Atomic Kitten, Liberty X, 5ive, 911, The Honeyz and B*witched – will tour arenas across the UK for 12 dates in May. Tickets go on sale this Friday.
The series has been a surprise hit for the channel, with viewers gripped as the pop acts are brought back together – often after years of not speaking or meeting up.
The plan was for all the bands to take part in a special one-off gig in London, but when demand for tickets was so high, it was decided that there should be a bigger tour.
“The Big Reunion follows their every step, as their worlds are turned upside down after years away from the spotlight,” promoters Live Nation said of the show.
“For some it's the chance to relive their dream, for others it may open old wounds as they prepare to face demons they thought they had buried forever.
“Each band will have just two weeks of intense rehearsals before they step back on to the stage to perform once again in front of thousands of fans at London's Hammersmith Apollo, tickets for which sold out almost as soon as they went on sale.”
Five Threw Beer Bottles At Us!
13th February 2013 - Heatworld
They were the five bad boys with the power to rock you, so it might not come as a surprise that 5ive were a bit mean to all the other pop bands back in the day.
In this week’s mag we spoke to lead singer of B*Witched, Edele Lynch, about the fighting, bitching and breakdowns that ended the band, but the outspoken popster also had something to say about the other bands on ITV show The Big Reunion.
“I was never under any illusion there could be trouble in the 5ive camp because they were always a bit like that back in the day – a bit boisterous and a bit mean,” Edele told us. “They were always quite rude to us so I was like, ‘You’ve got issues’
“I didn’t harbour any hard feelings, but I’m quite an honest person and the first thing I said [when I saw them for The Big Reunion] was, ‘Dude, yous were bloody horrible’ and I think they were a bit shocked.
“I said: “You guys were horrible and never spoke to anyone’. I remember being in Germany and them throwing beer bottles over a partition wall into our dressing room. It just got a bit much at time.
“Bless, Scott and Ritchie use to try and fend it all off with a smile. The guys are really cool and calm now and I like them all individually.”
Well, all’s well that ends well.
What The Slam Dunk Da Funk Was That About?
9th February 2013 - Sabotage Times
The story of 5ive is a story of excess, tension and Simon Cowell‘s love of the audition process. Five young lads were recruited through the trade press, stuck in a house that could have been on the Brookside estate, and encouraged to make as much trouble as possible. With a selection of Swedish power pop under their belts, the lads went from strength to strength, despite the fact that the group’s token hard-case apparently wanted to knock their lights out. As it happens, J has decided he wants no part of the group anymore, leaving the rest of the lads to either recruit a new member or commission a designer to see if he can knock up a new logo for a group called 4our.
The years haven’t been kind to the group – cheeky chappy Abz has turned into the Childcatcher, and Richie moved down-under to perfect his wide-eyed Boy George impression. Cheeky Essex chappie Scott marvels at their early success: “Number one and number two – you do the math.” Erm, three? Although they managed to knock up millions of sales and even opened the Brits alongside Queen, tensions within the band reached breaking point. Sean felt too sick to continue, so he was replaced with a cardboard cut-out for the next video. Maybe it says something about the boys’ inherent star quality, but I swear it’s the first time I actually noticed he only existed in two dimensions.
J a Bully?
3rd February 2013 - Sean Conlon
On The Big Reunion it was revealed how J had bullied Sean so bad that eventually Sean felt so beaten down he had to leave the band. The other members of Five also described J as "aggressive".
Sean has felt it necissary to comment on the program by saying on his twitter:
Sean Conlon @SeanConlonMusic
Let's remember that anything that was said in the show was to do with the past, not the present. Let's forgive and try to move forward.
Five in Arena Talks
3rd February 2013 - Sean Conlon
The lovely Sean has let us know of some great news. Five have been in talks about doing some arena tours. *and the crowd cheers*
Sean Conlon @SeanConlonMusic
Obviously most of you already know, but I just had it confirmed to myself that there are talks been had about poss arena tour! #Ihope
Five Hit the Charts
3rd February 2013 - iTunes
The Big Reunion has already started to pay off for the guys from Five. Five's Greatest Hits has hit the iTunes download chart and is currently sitting at number 5! Well done boys!
Five’s five best songs with bits of other people’s songs in them!
2nd February 2013 - Pop Justice
One of the 67 things that struck us while watching last night’s first installment of The Big Reunion (which John Lucas has recapped very well here) was that the hits of Five stand up far better in 2013 than the big songs of their late-90s peers.
But that is not what we are here today to discuss. It is merely a clunky way of introducing a list of the band’s FIVE BEST SONGS WITH BITS OF OTHER PEOPLE’S SONGS IN THEM.
And those songs are:
The other person’s song: The theme off Battlestar Galactica
This ‘Invincible’ album track includes Abs/Abz/Absz discussing Jedi stuff which is a bit confusing vis-a-vis the whole sci-fi thing but there you go.
‘Rock The Party’!
The other person’s song: ‘Grease’ by Frankie Valli
This ‘Kingsize’ album track – and part of the band’s last-ever AA-side single release thing – includes Absz uttering the immortal line “just as long as they’re female and they’ve got a fit ass” which is a bit awful but there you go.
‘If Ya Gettin’ Down’
The other person’s song: ‘Last Night A DJ Saved My Life’ by Indeep
This ‘Invincible’ album track – and a big old Number One smash (in New Zealand) – features Absz merrily ‘spitting’ the epoch-non-defining line “wiggy wiggy, I’m getting jiggy”, which scores a paltry 34% on the jiggyometer but there you go.
‘Everybody Get Up’
The other person’s song: ‘I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll’ – ‘made famous by’ Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
This ’5ive’ album track – which in 2013 is still a certified floorfiller – features Absz warning a nation’s teens that he will be “creeping up your back end”, which is as alarming in 2013 as it was in 1998, but there you go.
‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’
The other person’s song: ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’ by Def Leppard
In the spring of 2001 we went to Five’s record label to see their A&R man. We were sort of hoping he would offer us a job but instead he just wanted a chat about Five and, while we were there, he played us some of their upcoming songs. We smoked fags in his office which felt very exciting. Some of the songs he played us made it onto Five’s final album ‘Kingsize’ but one did not, and it was a big stupid amazing cover/samplefest involving Def Leppard’s monumentally fantastic ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’. The song was basically ‘Everybody Get Up Part II’. We don’t know why it was never made public but its unreleased status bothers us to this day. The next time we saw Simon Cowell (FOR IT WAS HE) was at the media launch for Pop Idol. Before the screening he sat down in a corner with us for a chat and, in keeping with the ‘let’s find a solo star’ theme of the Pop Idol launch, we asked him whether he thought there would ever be a solo star in Five. He said something mysterious along the lines of ‘I think we’ll find out rather soon’, and when we asked whether he was talking about an imminent split, he suggested we watch this space. Within a week Five had split. We always think back to that Pop Idol launch – which was Cowell’s launch as a superstar in his own right – when thinking about the end of that old pop era and the beginning of the current one. In our minds, it was the day everything changed. But there you go.
Anyway, those are the five best Five songs featuring songs by other people. And here’s the worst:
Big Reunion Tickets!
1st February 2013 - TBR
If you're interested in tickets for the Big Reunion you'd better be quick! They are expected to sell out fast!
Tickets are on sale now for the 'one-off' performance which will be held at the London, Hammersmith Apollo on Tuesday 26th Feb . You can get your tickets now from eventim.
The not-so Big Reunion
1st February 2013 - Daily Mail
Boy band 5ive will audition for a new member after lead singer J Brown refuses to join the group
It is the big reunion that their fans have been dreaming of, but not as they expected it to be.
Former 90s boy band 5ive have decided to regroup for ITV2's The Big Reunion, but only four of the original members will take to the stage.
While Scott Robinson, Ritchie Neville, Abz Love and Sean Conlon have all agreed to join forces once more, lead singer J Brown has opted out.
The past tensions that ultimately destroyed the group clearly had not been forgotten by J who declined to even be filmed and interviewed for the show.
After first agreeing to take part in The Big Reunion he pulled out just a few weeks before filming began.
Speaking about their breakdown at the peak of their fame, the other band members recall that J was a very intimidating and controlling person.
Scott said: 'He was a Gemini. He was two people. One was the salt of the earth and the other was a c**k.
The biggest problem in the group was between Sean and J, with the former having to quit the band following a nervous breakdown.
Sean recalled: ' [J's] words to me were that he hated me from the very first moment he heard me sing.
'I was very very confident in the beginning of the band. But I became the insecure one, I let the environment destroy me.'
Sean added: 'I was such a young kid that I was completely overwhelmed. I remember looking in the mirror and thinking who is that? Because I didn't know myself.
'I just had the strongest feeling that no matter how much money they throw at me I have to find Sean.'
The loyal 5ive fans were told that Sean was missing from public appearances because he had glandular fever, however, the Yorkshire lad had quit the band.
He said: 'I needed a father figure to put their arm around me and say ''it's gonna be alright'', but it wasn't like that.'
While the boys are upset that J won't be joining them, the general consensus is an air of relief.
Ritchie said: 'It is really sad. Maybe it will be a little bit smoother.'
Sean, who felt that J had bullied him during their time in the group, said: 'I was willing to forgive. I wanted to move forward. He's not here and that's it.'
The Big Reunion: have 5ive still Got The Feelin'?
31st January 2013 - Radio Times
Back in their nineties heyday, boy band 5ive were known as the bad boys of the pop world. Now they're back as a four-piece for ITV2's The Big Reunion alongside Atomic Kitten, B*Witched, Liberty X, 911 and The Honeyz to Slam Dunk (Da Funk) once more minus former member J Brown.
So why was J unwilling to Rock The Party with the rest of the boys? "He said he didn't want to be famous," band member Sean Conlon revealed to RadioTimes.com. "It bummed us out - he might come back, he might not come back. We might get a new member, we might not get a new member... We're open to everything."
So are remaining band mates Rich, Scott, Abz and Sean ready to be Gettin' Down with their fans once again? We certainly hope so, although Abz admitted to worrying about how the band will be received this time around.
"People might be like, 'nah, we've got One Direction now'." Impossible! We reckon When The Lights Go Out, their nineties fans will come out of the woodwork to Keep on Movin' once more...
Watch the video below to see the boys reveal all about their fiery break-up, what plans they have for new material and why Simon Cowell has them to thank for his career...
5ive star Abz: 'Chris Evans mistook me for a thug'
31st January 2013 - Digital Spy
5ive boyband star Abz Love has revealed to Digital Spy that he once scared Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans, who mistook him for a thug.
Abz, who is taking part in ITV2's TV series The Big Reunion with his former bandmates, was asked by DS if during his time away from pop music he had ever been mistaken for anybody else famous.
911's Lee Brennan claimed that he often got muddled up with Dec from Ant & Dec, Michael J Fox and Ben from A1, while Jessica Taylor from Liberty X said that members of the public always asked whether she was "Michelle from Liberty X".
However, Abz's case of mistaken identity was far less glamorous, commenting: "Chris, the ginger dude, Evans. Once I was in a car, Chris Evans was in a Bentley and I pulled open the door. I said, 'Yo Chris, what's up?'
"He looked terrified like I was going to rob him. I think he mistook me for a thug. That's about it."
The ITV2 series features 5ive, 911, Liberty X, B*Witched, The Honeyz and Atomic Kitten reuniting for a musical extravaganza. The series will feature behind-the-scenes interviews as the ex-popstars attempt to heal old wounds and deal with their demons.
The Big Reunion starts on Thursday (January 31) on ITV2.
Bunch of 5ives
29th January 2013 - The Sun
Brawls ended our fame, say reunited band - REUNITED pop stars 5ive have lifted the lid on the backstage fighting that drove their mentor Simon Cowell mad and shattered the band’s chart dreams.
The teen heart-throbs — who shot to fame in 1997 — scored a string of Top Ten hits and won thousands of fans under the mogul’s guidance.
But behind the scenes, Ritchie Neville, Abz Love, Scott Robinson, J Brown and Sean Conlon were at each other’s throats and at loggerheads with Simon.
Scott, looking back now, said: “We had some dark times when we really hated each other.
“We fought a lot and Sean even threw me down the stairs once. An argument got out of control and he shoved me. I ended up with a busted lip.
“We went on some pretty wild benders but the fights weren’t all booze-fuelled. We were exhausted and had had enough of each other.
“Another time me, Abz and Ritchie left Sean and J in Taiwan.
“We had a fight — which involved baseball bats — and we stole our passports from our manager’s room and left.
“By the time they woke up, we were back in the UK.”
Sean said: “I would like to apologise to Simon for some of our behaviour. We were rebellious and if we didn’t like what we were being told, we made a fuss.
“He and I had a big fall-out after I ignored him at an interview and I crossed the line.” Abz added: “We were disrespectful to quite a few people. Once, Christina Aguilera didn’t get in a lift with us and we were like, ‘F**k off!’, and spitting at the door.”
And Scott revealed: “Simon Cowell once asked me to park his Aston Martin in London and I took it for a joyride — I nearly took off in it over Putney Bridge.
“We thought back then we could do whatever we wanted.”
After their split the band drifted apart and had not been in the same room together for 11 years.
They’ve reformed for ITV2’s The Big Reunion, airing on Thursday at 9pm. But the lads will be without Jason “J” Brown, who’s now happier away from the spotlight.
The band were created to be a male version of the Spice Girls.
Sean said: “Recording When The Lights Go Out was the peak — after that things started to go sour.
“In the band, things got twisted and our personal relationships got mashed and turned toxic.”
As 5ive slowly disintegrated, Sean, Scott and Ritchie threatened to quit.
Ritchie said: “Simon begged us not to quit — but we had no choice.
“We haven’t heard from him yet, but I’m sure we will.”
Sean added: “It hasn’t been all sweetness and light and we have had rows — things have got heated.
“But we’re adults now and we are being much more open.”
Let The Bickering Begin!
19th January 2013 - Mirror
Let the bickering begin! Atomic Kitten, 5ive and 911 all reunite for ITV2 show
Some clever TV bigwigs have rounded up a gaggle of former chart stars for its new show The Big Reunion
Bitching, backstabbing and bawling... why would anyone want to re-form their defunct pop band?
For our entertainment, of course (and a wad of money).
Some clever ITV2 bigwigs have rounded up a gaggle of former chart stars for its new show The Big Reunion.
5ive are now, um, four since the fit one, J, didn’t fancy it but they’re not changing their name.
Scott Robinson argued: “Westlife didn’t change their name when Brian McFadden left.”
Yes, but their name didn’t relate to the number of people in the band.
Undaunted, he added: “Our catchphrase can be ‘5ive go four-ward’.”
Scott and Ritchie in OK!
19th January 2013 - OK!
Keep an eye out for the current issue of OK! Magazine in the UK as Scott and Ritchie chat about their concerns for Justin Beiber and give a little insight into their days in Five.
19th January 2013 - STV
5ive went on an ''emotional rollercoaster'' when they reformed for 'The Big Reunion'.
The 90s boy band - who are made up of Scott Robinson, Ritchie Neville, Abs Love and Sean Conlon, while fifth member Jason 'J' Brown pulled out of the reunion - admit they ''steamed in'' to a heart-to-heart to sort out all their past differences, but their relationship is now ''fantastic''.
Speaking at the launch of the ITV2 show, Sean told BANG Showbiz: ''The banter has been the same but before there was always this dark undercurrent underneath the banter where we upset everybody, and we don't want to do that but we're still normal lads full of testosterone.
''There was a big part in the show where we all reconvened and that was a bit of an emotional rollercoaster. We had a bit of a hug and a bit of a, 'How you doing?', and then we steamed in and got into the nitty gritty of things in the past. It got quite interesting.''
Scott added: ''That was important for us to do it that way round, we couldn't just come straight into rehearsals. It was a no-go. We had little things we had to sort out and now we've sorted them out it's fantastic.''
The 'Everybody Get Up' hitmakers - who posted an advert on Facebook earlier this week in a bid to find a fifth member - have enjoyed re-learning all their dance moves, while Abs joked he isn't enjoying their banter.
Ritchie said: ''It's been weird, strange and wonderful it really has.
'When you watch the programme you'll see our story and how it all ended and stuff, it's been nice to get together and start singing and doing all the moves and stuff, and just reconnecting with the guys as well.''
Abs joked: ''I've hated every moment of it with these boys to be honest, it's getting too much now!''
Sean quipped: ''We might need a fourth member let alone a fifth member!''
While the group are yet to put any plans in place following 'The Big Reunion', they haven't ruled out a future album.
Sean added: ''We want to get on this show and see what the fans say, and then who knows?''
'The Big Reunion' airs on ITV2 on January 31 at 9pm.
5ive Official Twitter
17th January 2013 -
Please be aware that #5ive_Official on Twitter is NOT the official 5ive account. Please do NOT follow them. The OFFICIAL twitter for the guys is #official5ive. The Official 5ive twitter account is updated and maintained by Scott, Abz, Ritchie and Sean.
Search for 5th Member
17th January 2013 - The Sun
5ive post Facebook advert for a 5th member after J drops out
WE’VE had to put up with some pish reunions in the past 12 months – STEPS, ATOMIC KITTEN and now 5IVE.
The boys are back for one last payday. But trouble is plaguing them already because JASON “J” BROWN – the one who had the beard – has dropped out.
Band founder CHRIS HERBERT has gone on Facebook, begging: “Looking for a member to join an established and extremely successful band. If you are male... late 20s early 30s, singer and/or rapper, great looks and swagga, inbox me... THIS COULD BE YOUR CALLING!”
They’re also at each others’ throats about the group’s name.
A source said: “SCOTT wants to ditch it, saying it’s stupid, but RITCHIE NEVILLE wants to keep it. And Ritchie sounds like an extra in Neighbours after years of pulling pints over there.”
Surely they should’ve had all this stuff sorted?
[The Sun sure does come up with some crap!]
17th January 2013 - ITV
Ten years after they ruled pop, for one night only, six chart-topping groups will be reunited in an unmissable TV event.
The Big Reunion will follow their every step, as their worlds are turned upside down after years away from the spotlight. During the series, viewers will see the groups reunited for the first time since they split. For some it’s the chance to relive their dream, for others it may open old wounds as they prepare to face demons they thought they had buried forever.
At their peak, these acts dominated UK pop over a 10-year period from the mid nineties, selling millions of singles, albums and achieving multiple number 1’s. Now they will come together for the first time in a decade, to put on the show of their lives.
The cameras will capture the highs and lows, tears and tantrums as each of the bands hope they can once again discover the magic that helped them adorn magazine covers, sell out multiple arena tours and top the charts back in their heyday.
The Big Reunion, made by ITV Studios, will delve into the lives of these former pop heroes, exploring what happened after they slipped out of the charts. Some have remained in the celebrity spotlight, whilst others left their showbiz lives behind to pursue new careers as diverse as a stilt walker, a midwife, a teacher, a farmer and a wedding photographer.
Each band will have just two weeks of intense rehearsals before they step back onto the stage to perform once again in front of thousands of fans.
Featuring candid interviews, in the first episode of the brand new series, award winning 90’s favourites 5ive and Liberty X exclusively reveal the highs and lows of life at the peak of the pop world.
5ive, the brainchild of Simon Cowell, burst onto the pop scene and rapidly hit the top of the charts but as they reaped the reward of success, on the cusp of breaking America, cracks were appearing behind the scenes.
“On stage we were the best ever, off stage we were a train wreck. Life in 5ive was mental. It was five years of very hard work. You see the inside of a hotel room, an airport, a radio studio, it’s hard,” admits father-of-two Scott.
With reports of in-fighting and boozing, the feisty boys earned a reputation as the bad boys of pop.
Abs confesses: “I know there were times when one of them would be p*ssed off with another one (in the band). There’d be fights going off.”
Richie agrees: “We were difficult, bordering on being ar*eholes. We were delinquents.”
Sean adds: “But like Simon Cowell said, he wanted a band with edge and that’s what he got!”
As they continued to notch up hit after hit, life as a popstar was becoming unbearable for one member and culminated in Sean leaving the group after admitting to suffering a breakdown.
Sean says: “I remember looking in the mirror and thinking to myself, 'Who is that?' I didn’t know myself and I just had the strongest feeling that no matter what happens no matter how much money they throw at me I’ve got to find Sean. Otherwise I make thousands of pounds but I’d be spending it all on therapy."
With the band still performing as a four piece and insisting publicly that Sean’s break down was ‘glandular fever’, Richie reveals it was seeing fellow band mate Scott ‘inconsolable’ that made him realise the band was over.
He says: “We were in this hotel and Scott just broke down, he was crying his eyes out. Jay and I walked out to him and put our arms around him and he said, ‘I just can’t do it anymore.' I remember looking at Jay and he just looked at me and just went, ‘It’s done isn’t it?’ And I went, ‘I think it is.'
Scott continues: “I just wanted a week off from being Scott from 5ive. I was on the edge. We quit at our peak, we were number one at the time and we jumped ship.”
However Abs admits he took the news of the band’s demise badly. He says: “I don’t know what the details were, why Scott had to do what he did exactly because to be honest with you I just felt a little bit like you're taking something away from me.”
For The Big Reunion, the band will be returning as a four piece, without founding member Jay but the band insist the door has been left open for him.
Scott says: “I was annoyed with Jay when he said he didn’t want to be a part of this. I was really angry because I’ve been personally myself been trying to get this band back together for years and years and someone’s let it down. He will be missed. “
Whilst Abs adds: “I don’t want him to regret because it could be something amazing.“
Boyband 5ive back as 4our
16th January 2013 - The Sun
THERE is a reason these pop gimps of the past are on Bizarre today.
And it’s not just because RITCHIE NEVILLE looks a bit like Sun TV critic ALLY ROSS in his youth.
It’s because 5IVE – RITCHIE, ABZ LOVE, SCOTT ROBINSON and SEAN CONLON — are getting back together for ITV2 show The Big Reunion, albeit without their fifth member J BROWN.
It’s definitely a reunion, but big? They did sell 20million records in their pomp, but it’s no STONE ROSES.
I heard one is working as an estate agent so their label chief in the Nineties, SIMON COWELL, clearly kept most of the profits.
Sean said: “I was struggling with a lot of demons and insecurities back then. My confidence was gone and I was breaking down.”
After Sean said he wanted to quit the chart-topping band, Scott also said he couldn’t go on.
He said: “I remember being completely inconsolable, sobbing in a hotel room. At that point we all knew we couldn’t go on like that.”
I told Ally, aka Ritchie, he would have to review the show at some point. He broke down in tears too.
13th January 2013 -
Fans have been asking if there will be tickets available for the "one off performance" the bands will be doing for the Big Reunion. The answer is YES.
We've been told there will be a chance to buy ticket soon. We'll keep you updated on that.
Meanwhile, a little birdie told us that the boys have written a song while filming the Big Reunion. The next question is...Will it be good enough for a single? We'll have to keep our fingers crossed for that one.
Also while we're at it. To answer another question, there are no plans at the moment for a tour however, if things go alright and there's enough interest that could change. Remember it's up to you to make that change! And the way to do that is to get the word out! The more interest the more chance of a full comeback!
10th January 2013 - ITV2
Well we finally have a date for the Big Reunion. 31st January! The program with air over several weeks. We'll do our best to get our hands on it for fans outside of the UK.
31st January - 9pm
7th February - 9pm
14th February - 9pm
21st February - 9pm
28th February - 9pm
7th March - 9pm
14th March - 9pm
21st March - 9pm
UK views you can find ITV2 on the following channel numbers:
SKY - 118 & 179 (+1)
FREEVIEW - 6 & 27 (+1)
FREESAT - 113 & 114 (+1)
VIRGIN - 115 & 116 (+1)
J NOT on Twitter
9th January 2013 - Twitter
In the words of J, some "muppet" has started a fake J Twitter account claiming to be J. The Twitter account #JBrownOfficial_ is FAKE. The account claims that they are J and are in the studio with no intentions of rejoining Five.
Anyone who has followed J would know J has no intentions of being a public figure again so would not fall for a stupid attention seeking stunt like this.
Scott verified that it was NOT J saying "I have just Spoken to J And can confirm that it's not him on twitter So that @JBrownOfficial_ Is a fake account #SomePeopleNeedToGetOutMore"
This is the 3rd fake account made posing as J. Back in May when the hype about Five getting back together started and J WAS going to be a part of it Scott confirmed 2 accounts as JBrown were not him.
Five 4 the Big Reunion
9th January 2013 - ITV2
Promos for ITV2's The Big Reunion start this week so if you're in the UK keep an eye out for those.
The boys have been busy filming for the show and this week have been forced to endure watching video clips of the old days. Such a hard life! lol
As soon as we find air dates for the show we'll let you know.
First Look at New Lineup
7th January 2013 - 5ive
The boys have given us a first look at the new line up. Here we see Sean, Abz, Ritchie and Scott together for the first time since the failed 2006 reunion.
The band are back together for the ITV2 show "The Big Reunion" where bands from the 00's reunite and do a one off performance which is due to air this month.
Get involved with the 5ive reunion!
1. Follow the boys on twitter! #official5ive (run by the guys themselves), #seanconlonmusic, #abzlove, #ragztorichez & #scottlarock5
2. Join the Five Facebook group for latest info and join in the fan conversations!
3. Share the links and help get the word out!
Remember, the more interest in Five the more chance of that long awaited album. That can't do it without your help!