ADULT ZONE!

Mikey Graham spills the beans on the boyband's future...

Mikey Graham is off on tour next year – and he’s phoned nme.com for a chat about it. Tickets for the tour, which the Boyzone star says he’s “really excited” about, go on sale from today (October 14), exclusively via his website [url=]www.mikeygraham.co.uk .

Says Mikey: “I can’t wait. I really can’t wait. I’m a bit nervous about it, but really excited too. It’s going to be very weird getting used to being on stage with the audience on my own rather than the quickfire jokes from Keith Duffy all the time.”

He added: “I’m looking forward to playing smaller venues than we’ve been playing with Boyzone in recent years – it’s a lot more up close and personal. But you have to remember that I’m the least known member of Boyzone and it’s the beginning for me, I’m building up a fanbase and reaching out to a new audience.”

On the subject of selling tickets exclusively through his website, Mikey tells nme.com: “I personally have a great interest in the Internet and it’s the way of the future . We’ll be selling them in the high street too, but the web thing is exclusive.”

Mikey‘s been spending time working on his debut album following the release of `You’re My Angel’ in June. “The album’s an adult kind of album,” he says. “Obviously without discrimination against the younger audience, but of course the Boyzone audience were 14 when we started and are in their early-20s now, so can relate to the songs I’ve written. It’s weird seeing them growing up, you think `I’ve got to get a real job’, haha!”

Moving on to the subject of Boyzone colleagues Keith Duffy and Shane Lynch covering Milli Vanilli‘s ‘Girl You Know It’s True’ as a satire on the music industry, Mikey chuckles: “I’ve not heard it myself but Keith was telling me it’s hilarious. They’re just having a laugh, it’s a bit of a pisstake, slagging off a couple of people so god knows what they’ve said about me! They said they wouldn’t be saying anything about me but you know what they’re like, haha!”

The full dates for the tour are: Motherwell Civic Hall (January 25) Glenrothes Rothes Hall (26) Irvine Magnum Centre (27) Bridlington Spa (29) Liverpool Philharmonic (30) Warrington Parr Hall (31) Sheffield City Hall (February 2) York Barbican (3) Newcastle City Hall (4) Cheltenham Town Hall (6) Aylesbury Civic (7) Croydon Fairfield Hall (8) Eastbourne Congress Theatre (10) Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall (11) Southend Cliffs Pavillion (12) Leicester De Montford Hall (14) Cardiff St Davids Hall (15) London Shepherd’s Bush Empire (17)