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A great show, but Take That don't need Robbie!
Take That Progress Tour 2011
Member Name: shoe_gal_84
Take That Progress Tour 2011
Advantages: Great effects, great singing, Gary, Mark, Jason, Howard
Disadvantages: Robbie Williams
I have been a massive Take That fan since they were famous the first time around! I was thrilled when they made their comeback and have really enjoyed them as a 4 piece band. I used to think a lot of Robbie Williams (even travelling to Dublin to see him on a solo tour). However, after seeing how he treated Gary on a TV programme, I really went off him. So I was more than a little disappointed when I found out that he would be 'rejoining' Take That for this album and tour.
However, this didn't stop me buying tickets for both the Villa Park and Wembley shows. I went to Villa Park with my husband and (bless him), I got him to queue up with me so we were on the front row. At Wembley I went with my Mum and friends and we had seats. The Pet Shop Boys were the support act - I wasn't overly looking forward to them, but they were fab!
Then Take That came on - as a 4 piece - to Rule The World. This is one of my favourite Take That songs and it brought a tear to my eye. They did a few more songs as a 4 piece, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I just wanted it to carry on all night...
...But no, it was time for Robbie Williams :-( He introduced himself as 'Robbie f*king Williams', which I found really inappropriate as there were plenty of children around. He then did 4 of his solo songs, ending on Angels - where he asked everyone to think of a loved one who had died - talk about bringing the mood down.
Then the boys came back and they continued the show as a 5 pieces. They did some old classics mixed in with most of the new album. Even Rudebox made it in there - somehow?! However, I did enjoy that Howard and Jason did a dance-off to the track.
The special effects, as always, were just amazing. With the focal point being a HUGE robot that walked to the B-stage during 'Love Love'. The night finished with 'Never Forget', the perfect finale song and a great way to end a great evening.
All in all, I had a great time and ended up buying the DVD and the live CD, but I could have done without Robbie Williams. The boys are so talented without him, and whenever he was onstage it felt like I was watching the 'Robbie Williams Show'. I didn't agree that he should have got to do any of his solo songs as I purchased tickets for 'Take That', not 'Robbie'.
Everyone should go and see Take That live once in their life as they just put on an incredible show. My husband is not really a fan, and even he enjoyed himself once they started churning out the classics :-)
Summary: A great show, but would prefer it minus Mr Williams
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