Goodbye 2017 ..

Bin bags – the height of 2008 fashion!

Hello everyone! I write this as a more of a blog style post, its 26th December, or what might be known as Boxing Day in various parts of the world, and on this day in 2001 one of my most favourite pop groups decided to split up, days after yet another huge successful arena tour and there was plently of rumours about a new album being recorded (remember this was the day of online forums, SocialMedia and twitter where mearly just twinkles in people’s future eyes!)

Where am I going with this … Well this year this pop group … Steps … came back on the comeback trail again, backed by the team behind The Saturdays, and took part in a very successful tour, a celebrated album which has now sold over 100,000 copies in the UK and with a live album/bluray release of the tour due in 2018. It was a very enjoyable tour for all the fans of old, the group has grown up, as have we as fans, but everyone had a fun time remembering the times of old and leaving everything at the door to just have a few hours of fun, laugher and dance!

I also – for the first time in 20 years – met the group I spent hours over Christmas 2001 getting their Gold Tour on my Steps website, now remembering this is 2001 so computers barely had the power of a 2017 mobile phone, endless hours over the Christmas period uploading (in realvideo format, anyone actually remember that?) and getting it online before going to family! The best moment for me during my meet & greet at Wembley Arena was Lisa referring me to”Mr GenSTEPS” 20 odd years later, it’s a surreal experience but evidence enough that fans can really support the group that they love, adore, or simply just love the music or certain members – it doesn’t get forgotten!

Not sure if the team at Fascination read this site that much these days, but I do thank thanks for bringing back one of my old pop favourites and doing it so well!

Ultimately I think its fair to say that never give up on your dreams, or hopes, if the chances of a Saturdays reunion look as slim as ever, don’t let people knock you back or down living that hope, or dream, as one day it might well happen. I’ve been in a successful position to have met the Saturdays on a few occasions (although to this day, very rarely as a whole five piece!), I think what is important is that you don’t give up on your dreams, as it shows with Steps, even 20 years later the group, or individual members, will still remember who you are and what you have done, so if you have never met the girls but contributed to birthday books, sent in items, gifts, really never say never!

2018 is our 10th year annivarsary – we launched in 2008 – and although updates are few and far between, I know some of you have  been here since day one, and I can only thank you for your continued support. One day I hope I can post something that (some) of us are waiting to hear, but until then lets hope 2018 gives us some more solo music, or television, or whatever happens to be reported on!

Whatever happens, or doesn’t, I’m sure we will be around to report on it (eventually!) – keep in touch! – @TheSatsCoUk 🙂

Happy Holidays to everyone, have a safe one, and enjoy it with friends and family. Here’s to Mollie creating the ‘New Rules‘ of 2018! Cheers!

– Matt x

About Matt

I’ve been running fan websites since around 1997, when I launched a Spice Girls website, a few years later I launched a website for the pop-group Steps, which in 1999 became Generation Steps later in the mid 00′s I launched PCDWorld and later The Saturdays Fansite. I’m presently a Network Administrator and a trustee for the UK charity the Dyspraxia Foundation.

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