“[The song] came to us,” said band member Ronan Keating.
“It actually dropped on our laps when a producer got in touch with us.
“He was moving his studio and he goes, ‘I’ve got Stephen’s vocals on this record from ’03 or ’02… do you guys want it?’ As it happens we were making an album and said, ‘We’d love to have it’. It’s amazing to be able to wrap it up with Stephen on there too.”
Ronan, 41, pictured (left) with Stephen, said he and remaining band members – Keith Duffy, Michael Graham and Shane Lynch, who will embark on their farewell tour in 2019 – have re-worked the song to pay tribute to their late pal.
“We stripped it down, built a whole new song about it, changing the sentiment from a love song to a nostalgia song,” he adds.
“This is more about our journey through the last 25 years and it’s great to have Stephen, his vocal, as the pinnacle, the core of that song.”
Stephen, who was co-frontman of the band with Ronan, died of a congenital heart defect, in a flat he shared with husband Andrew Cowles in Mallorca, Spain, on October 10, 2009.
He was just 33.
Victoria Wood’s treasured personal mementos have gone on display. The free exhibition has been put together with the help of the family of the late comedy legend, who died in 2016, and includes original scripts, photos and costumes.
Fans can also see a handwritten note featuring the lyrics to Fashion, the song that won her the ITV talent show New Faces in 1974, at the Art Museum & Sculpture Centre in her home town of Bury.
There will also be memorabilia from Bury Grammar School where she was a pupil in the early 60s, which includes a never-before-seen school magazine featuring a comedy sketch by Victoria titled Pardon?
The year-long exhibition will also screen a video montage of her finest work.
Following claims of sexual misconduct Morgan Freeman will not have to give up his prestigious 2018 Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award.
Screen Actors Guild bosses launched an investigation in May after eight women came forward with allegations of harassment and inappropriate behaviour against the Oscar-winner.
Guild officials said this week: “Based on the results of an independent investigation and information we have at this time we are taking no action regarding the SAG Life Achievement Award presented to Morgan Freeman.”
The actor, 81, who denied the allegations, has also held on to his National Geographic show The Story Of God after bosses cleared him of inappropriate behaviour.
However, amid the controversy, he lost his lucrative sponsorship with Visa.
Cate Blanchett is to receive the BAFTA for Excellence in Film.
The Blue Jasmine star will be honoured for her “ingenuity” at LA’s Beverly Hilton Hotel next month.
“We are thrilled to celebrate her brilliant work by honouring her with this year’s Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film,” said BAFTA Los Angeles chairman Kieran Breen.
Previous recipients of the gong include Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Meryl Streep and George Clooney.