East 17 icon on reunion rumours as group celebrate emotional milestone

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    East 17 frontman Terry Coldwell has shut down reunion rumours with the original band members as the newly formed group celebrate the 30th anniversary of their hit single Stay Another Day.

    Loyal fans of the beloved boy band will remember how Terry, Tony Mortimer, John Handy and Brian Harvey took the music industry by storm in back in 1991. They quickly became firm favourites with radio stations and rivals for the clean-cut band Take That at the time.

    Their hit 1994 Christmas single made music video history and the group continued to be tour the world performing for their millions of screaming fans. But things took a turn for the worse when their lead singer Brian became engulfed in a drug-related controversy.

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    At the time, he allegedly said “it’s cool to take drugs” and claimed that ecstasy “can make you a better person” before he was given a boot from the band. The band officially split up a few years later in 1997.

    It’s fair to say the group tried several times to get the band back together over the years but they’ve yet to make a long-term go of it. In 2013, Terry recruited Robbie Craig who was previously part of the group the Artful Dodger.

    He later added Joe Livermore to the group, who previously worked as a stunt man before finding fame in the boyband. Speaking exclusively to Daily Star, the singer revealed how he and the band have moved on over the years.

    The dad-of-six told us: “To be fair it’s more about the new wave now. No one talks from the old band.

    “The band had a little bit of a bad name for cancelling gigs, we cancelled shows and stuff like that. Over the years, I've tried to get the band back together for certain TV shows, like a big reunion on a TV show.

    “But it’s never happened due to certain members not wanting to do it. So I'm just keeping the name alive, keeping the music alive and having a good time.”

    He went on: “We’ve built it up and we put on a fantastic show, it’s very entertaining. I've been doing this now with Robbie Craig for 10 years now. Literally, in December we started 10 years ago and we built it up from there and we’re best mates.

    “We haven’t even argued once in 10 years. We all know what we need to do, and I love working with the guys so I wouldn’t want to let them down. I speak to Rob at least four or five times a day.”

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    Since then, the group have gone from strength to strength. Most recently, the band have launched a new Christmas charity single titled Merry Quitmas which has already received more than 100,000 views since it dropped on December 4, 2023.

    The group joined forces with Riot Labs to release their first charity single Merry Quitmas to encourage smokers to kick the habit over the festive period. Speaking about their new single, the group said: “Smoking sucks, we’ve wanted to quit for years and now we’re going to give it a good go ourselves at the same time as campaigning to get Merry Quitmas to No. 1.

    “Almost 30 years on from East 17’s first Christmas Number 1, it was time to give it another go, and we reckon this single is some of our best work. We really hope fans old and new get behind it.” Their new track can be downloaded oniTunesand Amazon Music.

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