The week commencing the 27th of April 2015 saw the triumphant return of “Take That” to Scotland playing 5 nights at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow. The loss of Jason Orange and Robbie Williams has not appeared to have had an adverse effect on their career with the “These Days” single and the new album “III” both reaching no.1 in the British charts and tickets to their latest arena tour snapped up like hotcakes by their adoring female fans.
The night was about pure showbiz entertainment from start to finish. The concert must have been one of the most elaborate stage shows I have ever seen. From massive video screens to flying bikes, from flame throwers to acrobats, Take That aimed to thrill and entertain the audience and they certainly did. In fact there was so much going on during the concert, I’m going to have to watch the DVD to full appreciate the staging of the event.
The remaining three members of the band appeared to be having a great time on stage and were obviously delighted at the ecstatic response from the mainly female audience. To their credit, each member of the band worked very hard to make sure everyone in the arena felt included in the show.
Drawing heavily off the new album III, I felt this was a band keen to prove that the tour was not just about nostalgia but a band keen to assert a new identity and more mature adult sound. Not that the past wasn’t celebrated from the boy band era, there was their first top ten hit “Could It Be Magic” and the classic No.1 single “Pray” plus a gloriously OTT version of “Relight My Fire” to thrill the crowd. Most of the material featured in the set came from 2006 onwards with the comeback hits “Patience”, “Shine”, “Rule The World” and “Greatest Day” receiving an equally ecstatic welcome as the early hits. The new material was surprisingly strong live too especially “Let In The Sun” and “These Days”
Take That offered their fans an evening of pure escapism and entertainment and I would challenge anybody not to leave the arena smiling and many of the men in the arena can take comfort from the fact, Gary still can’t dance (bless him).
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