Fab Five hit the road to thrill fans again
TAKE That’s forthcoming tour is something of a big deal. Actually, that doesn’t quite do justice to Progress Live. The quintet’s 27-show trip around the UK is a phenomenally enormous deal. Their schedule includes eight nights at the City Of Manchester Stadium, and there is no other band in the country, if not the world, that could fill a 60,000-capacity venue for more than a week as part of a tour. Then take into account that all 1.34 million tickets for the tour sold out within a day – the boys had to add 11 shows as soon as phone lines opened to keep up with demand – and the achievement seems even more impressive. Gary, Mark, Howard, Jason and Robbie could probably have added 11 more nights and still not satisfied all the people who want to see them perform this summer. The sheer scale of what’s ahead of the Fab Five in the next few weeks isn’t lost on the band. Today, they’re taking a break from rehearsals and tour preparations for a few interviews, but even between appointments there are items to approve, posters to sign and other assorted tourrelated duties to carry out. Gary Barlow and Mark Owen have been nominated as the main talkers, with Howard, Jason and Robbie busying themselves with other tasks in the background. “It’s all coming together now,” says Mark, looking very much like a man who’s glad to be grabbing a quick cup of tea and a sit-down. “If you’d have asked three weeks ago, I wouldn’t have been so sure, but it’s really coming together now. I feel like we’re in a really good place.” Gary adds: “The idea of actually going on tour is really exciting. But there’s always so much to do, so there is a worry. I’m not really excited until we’re done and ready. I might not get that
MESMERISING: Take That performing live. READY: Take That are set for their latest tour.