My body shape is naturally larger and I hated it because we had to wear clothes that hid nothing. Rick Allen Drums & Percussion 1978 - Present. For the past ten years he has been in a relationship with theatre actor Craig Ryder, with whom he has twin boys Macsen and Cybi, who were born via a surrogate last year. Their music has a 1990s dance … For me, performing is like breathing. After Steps ended I couldn’t listen to music for two years. Since leaving Steps he has appeared in West End productions including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and TV shows such as E4’s Skins and Celebrity Big Brother. SHOES (above), Gina, I look in the mirror and no longer see a pop star – I see a tired mum who is very grateful to have another chance to strut her stuff. Motley Crue band members take legal steps to plan tidy end to group's long run ... one original member. I hated Steps being treated as a joke. They have two children, Daisy, seven, and Charlie, nine. Everyone said what they felt and it was very painful, but it needed to be said. In May 1997, Watkins became a member of the British pop group Steps. After leaving Steps he appeared in a West End production of Grease, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and in TV shows from The Match to Never Mind the Buzzcocks, and qualified as a personal trainer. She looked terrified but I hugged her and we both cried. The comments below have not been moderated. Accusations ran from Lisa telling H that problems arose when he started travelling in a private jet while everyone else travelled by coach, to Claire discovering H had secretly been dating their then manager Tim Byrne, and Faye and Lisa expressing their resentment over Claire being given the best singing parts. Roxette went on to record several new albums and began touring the world again. I’d be very happy for my children to be in a band. When our surrogate went into labour, I was there the whole time. After we split I cried for weeks. One of the worst moments was when I was told I was going to be outed by a Sunday newspaper. We’re in our 40s and suddenly we are viewed as a bit cool. In 2016, however, doctors told Fredriksson she needed to step away from touring and focus on her health. It happened incredibly fast. BIOG Three years after they staged one of the most successful comebacks of the decade, enduring British pop legends Steps – aka H, Claire, Faye, Lee and Lisa – return once again with their sixth album, What the Future Holds.If you thought 2017's hi-energy Tears on the Dancefloor album, which … The ‘H’ in his name stands for hyperactive. My worst one was a bright yellow suit. I cut the cords and held the babies as they came out. I’ve always been a fit guy and I’d think nothing of doing backflips in the dance routines. I do have a lot of regrets about the way we split up. I’m an exhausted dad, I’m older, I’ve been through the mill – but when I step out on stage everything comes flooding back. When it ends you think life is over, but it isn’t. Roxette's first album "Pearls of Passion" made them "stars in Sweden," their management said, but it would not be until the release of "Look Sharp!" A pillar of the modern bluegrass and jam band scene, singer/mandolinist Jeff Austin died unexpectedly on Monday, June 24th. They had six top two hits on the Billboard Hot 100 and sold 80 million records worldwide. Published: 20:02 EST, 29 April 2017 | Updated: 08:32 EST, 11 May 2017, Few groups epitomise the crop tops and cheese of 90s pop quite like Steps. There are tensions, there are fights, there is bad feeling. "The world just lost a real one." Then, one day, I woke up and I couldn’t move, I had a shooting pain in my leg and I couldn’t straighten it. Since 2001 she has had a successful theatre career touring with Me and My Girl, Over the Rainbow and Rhinestone Mondays (alongside H). I shouldn’t have done it. At first Cybi wasn’t breathing so I was caught between elation and terror. LISA WEARS DRESS, Pretty Dress Company. Part of me is terrified about this reunion, but another part of me thinks, ‘You only live once. I look at pop bands differently now. No one has had Botox or anything mad. Steps was a melodrama – it started off amazingly and then we imploded. Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Ed King dies aged 68 This article is more than 2 years old. After Steps she appeared in the shows Totally Scott-Lee and Dancing On Ice, before moving to Dubai with her actor/musician husband of 13 years Johnny Shentall, where they set up a stage school. I was on tour with the band and I shared the scan photographs after three months. Lisa and Faye were trained dancers with amazing bodies; it was effortless for them. After we split I felt I needed to exorcise the cheesiness. Claire and I went on to record together but it never really took off. After Steps she appeared in the shows Totally Scott-Lee and Dancing On Ice, before moving. Photo: Robison Godlove 2017. But in reality, most of the steps that need to be done after a loved one dies can wait until after a normal grieving period of time has passed. And what a dream we eventually got to share!" I tried to be a rock star after I left Steps but it didn’t work. Formed in 1997, the band … "All my love goes out to you and your family. We’re happy with our partners and children, and we don’t get so stressed because, to be frank, we can’t be bothered. What am I going to do?’ For the first time in four years there was no one telling me when to get up, where to go; there was no car waiting outside my door. None of us was into drink or drugs. I always felt like the fat one in the band. Steps were one of the most iconic British pop groups of the 90s and early 00s - but where are Claire Richards, Faye Tozer, Lisa Scott-Lee and Lee Latchford-Evans now? Every day is a struggle to keep my weight under control. We’ve decided to own that. We are looking good for 40-somethings. Abba icons Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus have given Steps their blessing to cover Benny Andersson Band’s ‘Story of a Heart’ for their new album Tears On The Dancefloor; indie-rock bible NME devoted a page to their triumphant return; BBC Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw described the comeback as ‘a genius moment’, and, according to band-member H, even Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood has been a vocal supporter. Our twins are a month apart and she, Hannah Andrews [wife of rock star Paul Weller] and I have a twins support group. A lot of it was down to bad management. I have lost and gained weight, but for the past two years I’ve managed to keep it off. They were the cheesiest band ever to don sparkling hot pants (and that was just the guys! It was an awful moment because I thought I might never walk again. There was an innocence about us. They were the cheesiest band ever to don sparkling hot pants (and that was just the guys! Good friendship is like muscle memory: it always come back. A few months later I saw Claire in a nightclub. Depending on where you live, you may be able to obtain a death certificate online. We are no longer accepting comments on this article. We got everything out so we could move on. He was 45. She is survived by her husband, Mikael Bolyos, and their two children, Josefin and Oscar. All of our kids are fans. People think Steps songs were always happy but they were bittersweet. All the band knew – they used to stick up for me. But it wasn’t. An announcement was put out that the band wanted to end while they were on a high. I didn’t see it coming. Steps’ new album Tears on the Dancefloor is out now. She was 64. SHOES, Lipsy. The only positive is that when I got married the second time I knew what I was doing and went into it for the right reasons. Marty Sampson, a worship music writer, singer, and active member of Hillsong has publicly denounced his faith on social media. The Grateful Dead ballad “Brokedown Palace” begins with the intermingling of a strumming guitar and a slow, saloon-style piano intro that carries through the song with intricate tinkling to begin each verse. Ronnie and Sally Wood have been great supporters. We were always hungry and broke. I never loved the clothes but it was my job to wear them. One of the people who helped me in that time was Lee [now a qualified personal trainer]. DRESS, Lipsy. We listened to hundreds of tracks to pick songs that are a bridge between our old material and a new generation. 1 year ago. I haven’t tried to dance again yet. She received "aggressive treatment" which took a toll on her body but was successful. H WEARS BLAZER, Joshua Kane. Singer Marie Fredriksson of the Swedish pop duo Roxette died Monday after a 17-year battle with cancer. I have some regrets but Steps isn’t one of them, despite the bad times. I’m a very different man to the person I was back then. I don’t do anything extreme, I just eat smaller portions and exercise. H WEARS JUMPER, John Smedley. The air has been cleared and we’ve moved on, but I’ll never forget the end. FAYE WEARS DRESS, Solace. Fredriksson was born in May 1958 in the south of Sweden and had a solo career before teaming up with Gessle. To mark their 20th-anniversary reunion, they talk candidly about the tiffs and tensions that led to their break-up – and emotional reconciliation, From left: Ian ‘H’ Watkins, Faye Tozer, Lisa Scott-Lee, Claire Richards and Lee Latchford-Evans. They have an underlying edge and that’s why they have stood the test of time. "Marie leaves us a grand musical legacy. Divorced in 2005 from dancer Mark Webb, she married former Steps publicist Reece Hill in 2008. He studied at the West Cheshire College of Performing Arts and later at Laine Theatre Arts in Epsom, Surrey. She maintained a high profile due to her fluctuating weight. Steps is about joy and survival. Doug Dillard dies at 75; banjo player, member of the Dillards band ... 4 million women who have followed in her steps. He was the bassist with the beautiful voice, the band member with the wicked sense of humour, and our brilliant musical comrade. I regret my first marriage. It was ridiculous. It was two years before the rest of us spoke to Claire and H. My response was to fly to Dubai and change my life. her on-stage partner, Per Gessle, said in a statement released by their management team. They have a son, Jaden, nine, and daughter, Star, seven. The documentary put Steps back on the map. I have forgiven but I have not forgotten. Gareth Malone was there at the same time and became a friend. It was my way of saying, ‘I’m an individual. Steps are a British dance-pop group consisting of Claire Richards, Lee Latchford-Evans, Lisa Scott-Lee, Faye Tozer and Ian "H" Watkins.Steps were formed in May 1997 by Tim Byrne, Barry Upton and Steve Crosby and have released six studio albums, three compilation albums and 23 singles. I’m just hoping everything works OK. I’ve got my back problems and Lisa is recovering from breaking her arm. Band Phil Collen Guitar & Backing Vocals 1982 - Present. Man, now I'm sad again. Even though I was angry, I never wished it out of my life. In 2002, Fredriksson fell ill and was diagnosed with a brain tumor. I can still do the moves in my sleep. We never got a record deal but I loved it. The bubble burst. My rebellion was my hair – I had all sorts of crazy styles. I had to face up to what was said about me. She was 61. Steps will tour the UK and Ireland from November to December. The Official website for Steps. Yes, we wore crop tops, but we were never crude. It could also be your job to make sure that each member is aware of his or her responsibilities, such as caring for or setting up equipment in time for a performance. Ronnie is supportive of what we are doing: he believes you just get out there and give it what you’ve got. We went from one TV show to the next, one stage to another – the whole thing was a blur. We’re older, life happens – but we are still going to go out there and go for it. They have a son, Jaden, nine, and daughter, Star, seven. After splitting from her husband of five years, Jesper Irn, in 2007, Faye married businessman Michael Smith in 2009. H, 40, grew up in Llwynypia, South Wales. I love the fact that today there is no stigma about being gay in the music industry; we have all moved on. We tried again but I worried throughout the pregnancy. He was fine after a few hours, but the experience changed my life. If you make a mistake. It was also a way of mending bridges and getting back into contact. to Dubai with her actor/musician husband of 13 years Johnny Shentall, where they set up a stage school. Louise Redknapp (born Louise Elizabeth Nurding in Lewisham on 4 November 1974) is an English singer and television presenter. You get up, get on and find out who you are. And rather than … Before Steps she was part of girl group TSD. Obtain a death certificate. I was in shock when we split. Steps star Ian 'H' Watkins has spoken about his grief with partner Craig Ryder that a surrogate has miscarried their unborn child.. For staff in band 7 currently at the top of the pay band. I still have most of my outfits. Lee, 42, grew up in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. I can still squeeze into my old costumes, but now we’ll be wearing more age-appropriate clothes. I was 24 and on holiday in Ibiza. This would mean: 3% in 2018/19; 1.7% in 2019/20 plus a lump sum worth 1.1% paid in April 2019; 1.7% in 2020/21; This would amount to a total increase on basic pay of 6.5% over three years plus the extra 1.1% lump sum in year two – a payment of £473. I never felt I fitted into Steps. Maisa Tsuno, a member of popular Japanese rock band Akaiko-en, has died, the group's agency said Monday, with police suspecting suicide. We’re older now, we’re wiser and we will never let it happen again. At Benjamin’s school a teacher put on a video of Steps. For more than 50 years, their distinctive harmonies and stellar musicianship helped define the sound of country-rock. Johnny wants the kids to have sensible jobs but I don’t think there’s much chance of that happening – they already sing and dance. I’d grown up. She's since released solo material and became BFFs with Rylan Clark-Neal during their … Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group, Lisa, 40, was born in Rhyl, North Wales. There were difficulties around me being given the best singing parts. After Steps she had a brief stint in the duo H & Claire before launching a TV career on shows from Popstar to Operastar to Loose Women. It was the best thing I could have done. But it has more to do with the wrecking ball they took to their happy-clappy image when they got together for a Sky television documentary called Steps Reunion a decade after they split. In 2011 we moved there for good. He was also known for his association with tenor saxophonist Stan Getz, and for a slate of commercial work that spanned movie … What happened when Steps ended was awful. But I went for it and once I had committed, I worked my backside off. Doing Reunion hurt and healed us. Roxette's hits included "Listen to Your Heart," "Spending My Time" and "It Must Have Been Love" from the 1990 soundtrack for the Julia Roberts' film "Pretty Woman." So how on earth did five lithe 1990s popstars – Faye Tozer, Lisa Scott-Lee, Claire Richards, Lee Latchford-Evans and Ian ‘H’ Watkins – turn unexpectedly into music legends? JEWELLERY, Wild Hearts. A person who went to… Rest in Peace, #MarieFredriksson, a true Rock Legend and great woman who carried Music and culture around the world! The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. But for two years H and Claire were shunned by the other three members and, while they gradually made up in subsequent years, the resentment wasn’t ever discussed until their first reunion in 2011, which was the subject of the documentary. We take care of ourselves. BOOTS, Office. After leaving Steps, Claire and "H" joined forces and became the duo H & Claire however that ended in 2003. We went to the US, where the surrogacy laws are different, and in 2012 we found a wonderful woman to carry our baby. I went into it for the wrong reasons. I messed up my body big time. Faye, 41, from Dunstable, Bedfordshire, is a trained dancer. Being in a successful pop band is difficult. Johnny and I set up the Dubai Performing Arts School, which now has 400 students. That's not how we envisioned us going out at all." CLAIRE WEARS PLAYSUIT, Reiss. LEE WEAR SUIT and SHIRT, Zara. We felt we owed it to our fans to make a new album. The band consisted of three girls and a gay man, plus our manager and his PA were gay – and then there was me, a bloke who loved football and kickboxing. I’m not the same shape as I was in Steps but I’m happy. Two years after the split I texted H saying, ‘I miss you’, he texted back and that was it. Mairo Cinquetti / NurPhoto via Getty Images. I got to know Sally through the theatre and we clicked. A few days after the operation, a physio told me to get up. Vivian Campbell Guitar & Backing Vocals 1992 - Present. People made jibes at us and we had to smile and take it. News Saxophonist Steve Grossman, Ex-Miles Davis Band Member, Dies At 69. I wanted a wedding, not a marriage. JEANS, Paige. I knew nothing would come of it, partly because I was still the guy from Steps and that sort of killed it. A graduate of the Italia Conti stage school, she was named one of the sexiest women, in pop during her time with Steps. I saw a specialist who told me I needed surgery to shave down a disc at the base of my spine that was hitting the nerves in my leg. Howard Wales performed at the Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley on April 13, 2017. I always think, ‘Who’s going to leave first?’ Every band goes through problems – it’s natural with a group of kids in that pressure-cooker environment. 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