Say what you will about boy bands and pop icons (I can't quite stomach either), the death of Stephen Gately over the weekend is indeed a loss to the music world.
My first encounter with his amazing voice and stage presence was as part of the Andrew Lloyd Weber Albert Hall celebration. I was mesmerized by his and Ronan's amazing voices. But what really struck me was his sparkling eyes and his presence when he sang - I felt transported.
So, rest well and thank you for the music, Stephen.