Rachel recently sat down with Virgin Radio to discuss the ‘therapeutic’ tour rehearsals for the upcoming “Good Times Tour”

S Club singer Rachel Stevens has revealed how late bandmate Paul Cattermole is still very much a part of the upcoming The Good Times tour.

Five of the original members – Rachel, Jon Lee, Tina Barrett, Jo O’Meara and Bradley McIntosh – will hit the road in October for a new 15-date tour. Good Times will mark their first run of gigs all together since 2015.

The shows will also
celebrate 25 years
since the band first formed, and will no doubt include all the big bangers, from S Club Party and Never Had A Dream Come True.

S Club suffered a devastating loss earlier this year after bandmate
Paul passed away
in April aged 46, but according to Rachel, Paul’s death has ended up bringing the band closer together.

Tour prep begins on Monday (4th September) and the Funky Dory hit-maker revealed how Paul is still at the forefront of their minds when it comes to putting the gigs together.

Speaking to exclusively to virginradio.co.uk, Rachel admitted how the show preparations are “therapeutic”, adding: “After he passed away, we all came together. We were just sharing your memories, we just really took the time to be together when we needed to, to chat when we needed to and to share our memories.”

S Club released their first new single in over 20 years, These Are The Days, in memory of Cattermole, which Rachel described as “the perfect tribute to him.”

Despite the grief over losing Paul, Rachel confirmed there were never plans to cancel the tour, but that his loss “fueled us in a different way.”

She continued: “It’s always going to be a celebration without doubt, but a tribute now to Paul. We’ve renamed it The Good Times tour, which was his song which he was going to do an acoustic version of, and everything just feels really right.

“He’s been with us the whole way through it and every decision we make, we talk about Paul and Paul’s involvement. It’s really special to be able to keep his memory alive through our music. Through the footage we’ve got like, I mean we’ve got so much footage which is just incredible. The TV shows I mean, it’s really special for the fans and all the memories and yeah, big celebration.”

Meanwhile, Rachel is the new face of Activia, who recently found that nearly a quarter (24 percent) of Brits feel their health and well-being worsens as summer ends, with 10 percent stating their gut health worsens.

Speaking about the new campaign, the Some Girls singer said gut health is something she’s “felt really passionate about for a long time.”

Rachel admitted she’s keen to get back into a good routine ahead of the S Club tour, telling us: “I’m about to kick off with tour rehearsals on Monday, I can’t believe it’s come around so quickly. My head is really in that place of coming out of summer holidays, where I’ve been over indulging, drinking more and travelling. Now I’m like, right, work’s about to kick off, getting the kids back to school. I just want to get into a really nice routine and get consistent again, get organized.”