Take That Progress Tour, City of Manchester stadium
IT’S the biggest ever pop music tour in the history of UK and Ireland, with 36 dates in 13 cities and two million roaring fans.
I had the pleasure of attending Progress – the tour which will go down in history, the tour everyone has been waiting for since Robbie Williams quit the band 16 years ago.
The first thing I noticed was a giant model of a man on stage with his arms out, as if to embrace the audience.
There was a main stage with a runway leading to another stage in the middle of the crowd.
After the Pet Shop Boys provided support, the crowds went wild when Rule the World came on as their opening number.
It was fabulous, but there was no Robbie! Nevertheless, Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, Howard Donald and Jason Orange did an excellent set of five songs from their foursome career. Then out jumped Robbie Williams from above, supported by bungee ropes, to Let Me Entertain You. And entertain us he did, with five songs from his solo career ending with Angels.
The five were officially reunited on stage to The Flood. They sounded magnificent, echoing around the arena. A fleet of dancers were suspended on a platform within a curtain of cascading water. It looked tremendous and came as a complete surprise.
The boys ran through all their hits and the show closed with the perfect number Never Forget – because this is a show which will always be remembered by myself, and I’m sure, by the two million other ticket holders.