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S Club pay emotional tribute to Paul Cattermole as they begin reunion tour

S Club pay emotional tribute to Paul Cattermole as they begin reunion tour

The pop icons kicked off their reunion tour last night

One of the most iconic bands of the 2000s suffered a monumental loss when their band member passed away earlier this year.

S Club's Paul Cattermole tragically died a few months back (6 April) leaving fellow members of the iconic pop superband - Jo O’Meara, Tina Barrett, Jon Lee, Bradley McIntosh, Hannah Spearritt and Rachel Stevens - in a state of grief.

Paul died just a matter of weeks after the band announced a comeback tour which kicked off in Manchester yesterday (12 October) where S Club members on stage made sure to pay an emotional tribute to the late vocalist.

S Club's Paul Cattermole tragically passed away in April aged just 46.
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"It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of our beloved son and brother Paul Cattermole," a statement from his family confirmed at the time.

It continued: "Paul was found yesterday, 6th April 2023 at his home in Dorset and was pronounced dead later that afternoon."

They went on to say that there had been 'no suspicious circumstances' around Paul's death.

Since then, S Club - formerly known as S Club 7 - took to the AO Arena to commence their 25th anniversary reunion tour.

Hannah was also not present after previously withdrawing from the 'The Good Times' tour earlier in the year.

For their first show, the five-piece appeared on stage silhouetted in front of bright beaming, coloured lights with Rachel donning a red flared and glittering bodysuit while Jo opted for a turquoise skin-tight suit with matching shoes.

Bradley rocked an all-purple fit and Jon was dressed in yellow, while Tina wore a bright pink bodysuit with thigh-high boots.

Rachel Stevens of S Club performs on stage at the AO Arena in Manchester during the first night of their reunion tour.

The group performed bangers including 'Don’t Stop Moving' before departing from the stage as the lights dimmed.

Footage of Paul then appeared on the screens behind the stage performing his all-time favourite track, 'The Good Times'.

Understandably, the crowd were beyond overwhelmed with emotion before the S Club ran back onto stage with 41-year-old Jon saying: "Manchester, let me hear you raise the roof one last time for Paul!"

Bradley, 42, added: "'Wow that’s our brother right there man. Gone but you will never be forgotten. We miss you every single day."

"Thank you all so much," said Jo, 44. "All the messages and love and support that you’ve all showed of us and Paul’s family - we are so grateful to every single one of you. I would just love to see every single one of you in here right now to show us your hearts for our Paul!"

The band then performed 'These Are The Days' - a song they wrote in memory of Paul.

While introducing the tribute song, Tina, 47, said: "For 20 years now people have been asking me - when are you guys going to release new music? So we thought this year, let's do it."

"And we did," Bradley added. "We dedicated this song to Paul and all of the memories we shared."

If you have experienced a bereavement and would like to speak with someone in confidence, contact Cruse Bereavement Care via their national helpline on 0808 808 1677

Featured Image Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Dave Benett/Getty Images

Topics: Celebrity, Music, S Club 7