What was missing from Take That’s crowning gig at The SSE Hydro this weekend? Geishas? No. Flying bicycles? Nope. Nostalgic 90s dance moves? No. Bromance-tinged ballet? Absolutely not! Let’s face it; the newly three-piece boyband pulled out all the stops for their current tour, which kicked off in Glasgow last Monday (27th April 2015), for the first of five sold-out shows.
“I Like It” kicked things off in a flurry of dancers, bicycles and fireworks; it was clear from the get-go that fans were going to get their money’s worth from the production alone. “Love Love” followed before Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald jokingly introduced themselves as “what’s left of Take That” and thanked Glasgow for being “the best way to kick off their tour”. The first big singalong of the night followed in the form of 2008 single, “Greatest Day”.
Take That reminded us why they have become and better than ever since reforming in 2006 with,“Patience”, “Up All Night”, “Said It All” and “The Flood”, the first Take That single since 1995 to feature Robbie Williams. As good as they are in the present, it was the hits of the past which provoked the highest level of hysteria from fans; “Relight My Fire” (minus Lulu) and their version of Barry Manilow’s “Could It Be Magic?” which kicked off with Barlow on piano, before announcing, “I don’t want to do the slow version of this” which saw the trio burst into their 1992 take of the track, to the delight of fans both old and new alike. However, it was their first number one single from 1993, “Pray”, which threatened to blow the roof off of Glasgow’s newest venue; if you’re an inner 90s fangirl, your uterus probably skipped a beat when the band ripped into their original choreography at the chorus!
The band’s last single as a five-piece, “Back For Good”, their first single as a trio, “These Days” and their stamp on the “Stardust” soundtrack, “Rule The World” saw the group bow out on a high, but had fans shouting for more. The crowd got their wish; Owen’s defining moment, “Shine” kick-started the encore before the trio took a nostalgic trip back to where it all fell apart with signature song, “Never Forget”, one of the band’s last singles before their split in 1996.
Take That may have too much in the way of grey hair and children to qualify as a boyband any more, but they still have the energy to put on a show that boyband fans want, and the experience to keep them coming back for more (and more, and more!)