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Take That Present: The Cir­cus Live Poly­dor

Those who were at Take That’s Croke Park show on June 13th this year would have wit­nessed some­thing very in­ter­est­ing tak­ing place: the to­tal re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of a once-de­rided boy­band. Of course, any band that con­ceived the pop-per­fect Back

for Good was never go­ing to be in the dol­drums for­ever, but it took this tour (as well as the tit­u­lar al­bum it pro­moted) for us to fi­nally for­give the North­ern English lads for be­ing the in­spi­ra­tion for the likes of Boy­zone and Westlife. When you align strong orig­i­nal ma­te­rial, how­ever, such as

Shine, Pa­tience and Rule the World, with a cir­cus-style vis­ual ex­trav­a­ganza filmed at Lon­don’s Wem­b­ley Sta­dium, you have a ma­jor suc­cess. So, yes, it’s a bril­liant cir­cus with very good pop mu­sic; it shouldn’t work but it does. www.takethat.com

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