There were tears all-round at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on Wednesday as Girls Aloud called time on their hugely successful career.
Girls Aloud have officially called time on their stunning career in pop music after playing a final show in Liverpool on Wednesday evening (March 20, 2013). The show at the Echo Arena capped a 12-date sold-out farewell tour in the UK, following ten hugely successful years together for the girl group. "We have now come to the end of our incredible time together," read a tweet on the band's official account.
Girls Aloud formed after appearing on reality TV show Popstars: The Rivals in 2002, going straight to No.1 with their debut single 'Sound of the Underground,' and easily seeing off the competition from hapless rival band One True Voice. The group, made up of Cheryl Cole, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts, Kimberley Walsh, Sarah Harding and Nicola Roberts, achieved a string of 22 consecutive hit singles, including four No.1's. Cole - the most successful of the group - tweeted after the Liverpool gig, "I love you @GirlsAloud fans so so so so so much! You have given me everything!" adding, "To the people that haven't been able to make it, for whatever reason, we feel your support regardless and have done for 10 yrs."
Cheryl Cole Performing At Girls Aloud's Final Show In Liverpool
The five members took a break in 2009 to concentrate on various other projects, with Cole judging on the X-Factor, fronting numerous beauty campaigns and enjoying success with her own solo albums. Kimberley Walsh found plaudits on the stage, while Sarah Harding appeared in a handful of movies though suffered from depression and alcohol addiction. Liverpool-born Roberts flirted with a solo career and a couple of beauty projects, though Nadine Coyle - arguably the most naturally talented singer of the bunch - struggled to forge her own career in the music business.
Cheryl Cole And Girls Aloud Performing Their Final Ever Concert
A statement on behalf of the band said, "Dear Alouders, we just want to say from the bottom of our hearts Thank you!! This tour has been an amazing experience and the perfect chance to say thank you for being on this journey with us through a decade. It has far exceeded any of our dreams and we hope we are forever your inspiration and reminder that dreams really do glitter!! Your love and support will stay with us forever but we have now come to the end of our incredible time together. Love you lots."
Girls Aloud played a greatest hits set in Liverpool, wowing the sold-out crowd with intricate sets, choreography and pyrotechnics. Harding openly wept on-stage as the group called time on their career.
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