Fab Five hit the road to thrill fans again

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - FRONT PAGE - By Andy Welch

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.

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