Band’s world tour is ruled out

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS -

GARY BAR­LOW has can­celled Take That’s 30th an­niver­sary world tour plans due to a fam­ily ill­ness.

Bar­low, 47, and band mates Mark Owen, 46, and Howard Don­ald, 50, wanted to go on a global arena tour be­gin­ning in April, with dates planned in Aus­tralia and South Amer­ica.

But the group will in­stead re­main in Europe so Bar­low can stay close to home.

He told the Daily Mir­ror: “We had a big am­bi­tion next year to do a world tour, but I have ac­tu­ally got an ill­ness in my fam­ily and it means I am not go­ing to travel for the next two years ex­ten­sively.

“I thank my two band mates who have been so very un­der­stand­ing, but I just have to be at home – I can­not leave.

“I didn’t want peo­ple get­ting frus­trated. I’m a lit­tle stuck at the mo­ment, so please be un­der­stand­ing.”

Bar­low will spend time next year writ­ing a film with Sir Tim Rice, the revered lyri­cist who wrote mu­si­cals in­clud­ing Je­sus Christ Su­per­star, and Evita.

The news comes af­ter for­mer Take That mem­ber and X Fac­tor judge Rob­bie Wil­liams re­vealed plans to join the band on tour. Wil­liams also said he could try to bring for­mer band mate Ja­son Or­ange on board.

He told Magic Ra­dio: “As long as we stay healthy, I’m sure there’ll be an­other mo­ment where we all get to­gether. Maybe we can coax Ja­son back, who knows?

“We shall have to see. But def­i­nitely, def­i­nitely in the fu­ture. We will all ride again. Next year when the boys are on tour, I’m on tour too.”

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