Boyzlife want new song to be anthem for the elderly amid coronavirus

Boyzlife have released a new song and wants it to become an ‘anthem’ for the elderly during the coronavirus pandemic.

The supergroup, formed of Boyzone’s Keith Duffy and Westlife’s Brian McFadden, will be donating the profits from their track You Needed Me to the Age UK charity.

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You Needed Me was originally recorded by Boyzone in 1999 and will feature the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

The 45-year-old told the PA news agency: ‘We want to let people know that the elderly are there, and that people care, and that Age UK can fight your corner for you if you are elderly, and help you out if you are unwell.

‘If this song becomes an anthem for Age UK, and people listen to it, the awareness is created.

‘The lyrics lend themselves very well to reaching out and helping other people – picking somebody up when they are down, letting people know there is somebody out there who cares. That’s the message we are putting out there, that’s what this song does.’

The single will be appearing on their forthcoming debut album, Strings Attached.

Keith revealed recording the album was a ‘long but very worthwhile’ process.

Meanwhile, Brian has been working as an NHS volunteer responder during the crisis, and said many Westlife fans were elderly.

‘Right now the people who are being affected the most are the elderly,’ he explained.

‘Age UK is a fantastic charity that helps them, getting food and medicine to people, just even simple things like talking to people on the phone that are lonely.

‘Boyzone goes back 26 years, so lot of our fans who were maybe in their 40s when we started, they are now seen as elderly.’

You Needed Me is out today.

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