27 March 2018
Sky Blues fans will be hoping that 90s boy band star Ritchie Neville takes in a Coventry City game when he returns for a major gig at the Ricoh Arena.
Neville and fellow 5ive band members Scott Robinson and Sean Conlan are one of the major acts in a the StepBack 90s concert on October 13 which will see Peter Andre, Venga Boys, 5IVE, S Club, East 17, Big Brovaz and Booty Luv take to the Ericsson Arena Stage.
But 5ive were in town to play a solo gig at Rialto Reborn this weekend– and he popped in to watch the Sky Blues in action against Grimsby.
“I came early to watch Coventry against Grimsby. It was a good win and it was really enjoyable. I might just come and watch when we are back to play at the Ricoh next season.
“I lived in Bromsgrove so am actually a Villa fan, but I feel an affiliation because of Dion Dublin who was a top striker for Cov and Villa. I don’t know him but I really appreciated his football.”
Neville, who was born down the road in Solihull, has been back on the circuit with 5ive since they reformed in 2012.
The band sold more than a million albums and 2.5 million singles in the UK alone in the 1990s, before splitting.
But their reunion has seen them performing across the world, often alongside other iconic acts of the 1990s.
“We are exceptionally busy and gigging all over. We have had gigs in very exotic places and we are off to Brazil soon, have just got back from Singapore and are then playing in Australia next year,” he added.
“The demand just keeps growing the longer we are doing it. It’s crazy really. We see all the bands from the 90s on our travels. The 90s gigs area really nice for people, they can rock up and for the normal price of a ticket they get a smorgasbord of lots of bands, and hit after hit.
“When we got back together I didn’t imagine doing it for as long as I have but I still get a real buzz out of performing.
“I used to say when we were releasing records there was a lot of “other stuff” you had to do which wasn’t what you pictured it to be. The reason we got into this was to get on stage and entertain people, and that is fundamentally what I do now.
“There is another generation of fans coming through who possibly were a bit young back then and they are loving it.
“I feel genuinely blessed to be in the band that I was in. We have songs that translate well in a live environment – they are anthemic and up-beat.”
General sale tickets for the Stepback 90s gig in October cost £45 plus a booking fee. VIP tickets are available at £150 per person plus a booking fee.