Tina Barrett has a ‘lovely’ reminiscence of Paul Cattermole she is treasuring (Picture: REX)S Club 7 are powering by the lack of their belove d bandmate Paul Cattermole as rehearsals for his or her Good Times tour are in full swing – however he can be with them in spirit each step of the best way.
Original bandmates Rachel Stevens, 45, Tina Barrett, 46, Jon Lee, 41, Bradley McIntosh, 42, and Jo O’Meara, 44, are hitting up a few of Britain’s greatest venues subsequent month, kicking off the S Club celebration on October 12 in Manchester.
Sadly, their authentic noughties seven-strong lineup is not any extra, after Cattermole died aged 46 in April this yr, simply after the large reunion announcement.
Shortly after, 42-year-old Hannah Spearritt – Cattermole’s ex-girlfriend – determined to bow out.
The 5 remaining popstars – now branded merely as S Club – caught up with Metro.co.uk about their upcoming tour, grief, reminiscences, their marketing campaign with British Heart Foundation, and why – maybe regardless of appearances – S Club are cool, truly.
‘We took a while out simply to course of what had occurred,’ mentioned Bradley on dealing with Cattermole’s sudden demise.
Cattermole died aged 46 in April, simply weeks after S Club introduced their tour (Picture: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images For XIX Management)
Now Jo O’Meara, Tina Barrett, Jon Lee, Rachel Stevens and Bradley McIntosh are teaming up with British Heart Foundation for a marketing campaign in Cattermole’s reminiscence (Picture: Supplied)‘As quickly because it occurred we bought in contact with one another and we spent some high quality time, simply reminiscing as nicely in regards to the good occasions. Just giving us a little bit of a break.
‘We’d simply introduced the tour so we simply wanted some area actually simply to sort of course of it like I mentioned.’
Ever likable Cattermole was, Jo mentioned she might converse for all of them in saying S Club will most miss his ‘cheeky chappy’ persona, and naturally, his infectious sense of humour.
‘[We will miss] Paul’s loudness and craziness,’ she started. ‘He was such a cheeky chappy, so we will certainly miss his humour.
‘He had such a implausible sense of humour, Paul did. He’d at all times be making one in all us snicker, so he’s such an enormous loss to us and we miss him very, very a lot.
‘But I believe shifting ahead and us occurring tour, he’s nonetheless very a lot a part of each choice we make and every part we do, so he’s at all times with us in spirit.’
Tina has one reminiscence of Cattermole on tour that stands out, and confirmed not simply his extroverted, lovable character – however his sometimes-overlooked musical expertise too.
‘He was an actual character, a whole extrovert,’ she mentioned. ‘He completely love d performing and one reminiscence I do have was at our final reunion tour [in 2015] , he performed Reach on an acoustic guitar and everybody noticed a unique facet to him.
‘We noticed how multi-talented he’s, that he was truly an excellent guitarist. It was completely lovely.’
Now, the gang are teaming up with the British Heart Foundation for a marketing campaign in Cattermole’s reminiscence.
Cattermole was mentioned to be tremendous enthusiastic about getting again up on stage with the complete gang (Picture: Dave J. Hogan/Getty Images For XIX Management)
Hannah Spearritt (third from the suitable) pulled out of the 2023 tour following Cattermole’s demise (Picture: Dave J. Hogan/Getty Images For XIX Management)They can even be dedicating the primary evening of their Good Times Tour to the charity – and getting the group concerned, too.
‘You could make a coronary heart image together with your arms and hashtag #showyourhearts,’ defined Bradley, on how followers could make their very own mark on the night.
‘When the followers ship in photos there can be a possibility for them to be part of the present as nicely, so we’ll have them up on the large screens,’ he added.
Throughout September the band are urging followers to do the identical on social media, ensuring to incorporate the hashtag.
According to the charity, one research discovered that Brits consider one in 27 folks will develop coronary heart and circulatory illness of their lifetime. Only three per cent of respondents knew the proper reply – 1 in 2.
‘I believe if we may help save one life, we’ve accomplished our job right here,’ Bradley mentioned.
Elsewhere on the tour, crowds – which can embody a brand new era of S Club lovers of their OG followers’ children, they hope – can anticipate one massive ‘celebration,’ in line with Rachel.
‘We simply kicked off rehearsals, and it’s going very well. We’re simply tremendous excited to get again on the market,’ she mentioned.
The noughties icons are going to be bringing all of the untethered celebration vibes, that’s for certain.
S Club 7 rocketed to fame in 1999, and later cut up in 2003 (Picture: Ilpo Musto/REX/Shutterstock)‘I believe we’re so cool. We’re bloody cool,’ mentioned Rachel, when requested whether or not S Club ever tried to be such a horrible factor.
Back within the day, Rachel defined the way it was an ‘fascinating time’ to be S Club 7 – a band famed for his or her infectiously tacky, up-beat pop songs, alongside all of the indie dudes – Oasis, The Strokes – skulking across the charts.
‘We had been marketed as a really younger poppy group, after which on the time there was a lot of cool indie bands round, so we by no means had the cool label,’ she mentioned, answering with a chuckle.
‘But you realize what? I believe it’s cool to be particular person, distinctive and constructive. So truly I believe the message we’re spreading now couldn’t be extra cool,’ she added.
‘Everything is nice in its personal means. I believe celebrating all completely different music, folks, individuality, and to be assured and joyful in your individual Ski Goggles (On Sale Here)n – that’s cool. That’s what I inform my children. Just be themselves.’
On the subject of cool, did Jo keep in mind advocating for that mad-as coin belt within the 2000s? Well, it’s again with a bang, similar to S Club.
‘Do you realize what, I used to love rocking these. I believe the 90s is again, so carry again the belt!’ she roared.
So in case you’re fortunate sufficient to be seeing S Club on tour this yr, anticipate coin belt-energy and a load of S Club Party magic – simply maybe (as they talked about a couple of occasions) with out the backflips…
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