Thursday 23 March 2017

I'm going on tour with Take That, says Robbie

Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams. Photo: PA
Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams. Photo: PA

Newly-reunited Take That stars Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams revealed today that the band would definitely tour - but the collaboration may not be permanent.

The duo, who have recorded a single - Shame - together which was premiered today, said the group's only firm plans are for an album and live shows.

After 18 months working, the future is uncertain and they may go their separate ways, they admitted as they appeared on BBC Radio 1 this morning to unveil the single.

The group and Williams had bickered for more than a decade after he left for a solo career. They cleared the air after more than a decade of feuding when they met up in Los Angeles around 18 months ago.

Last month they announced they had recorded an album.

Today the pair confirmed they were plotting their live show - but anything beyond that was uncertain.

Asked about the future, Barlow said: "I don't know the answer to that. We agreed when we started - it's 20 years since we began, it's our 20th year for all of us - to do a one-off album and maybe a one-off tour would be a great thing this year.

"But I think once we've done that, Rob will go back to being Rob, we'll go back to being a four. I think it will resume to how it was."

Williams added: "The thing is, the door is open to do whatever we want. We've got 18 months planned. Whatever happens after, whatever happens after that. We haven't decided."

Barlow said of live plans: "We are talking about a tour right now, so hopefully next summer we will tour."

The pair also spoke of the night they put their differences aside to reform the hugely popular group.

The five Take That members met up 18 months ago in Williams's home city of Los Angeles, California, after keeping their distance since 1995.

In their first joint interview in 15 years, Barlow admitted that he felt guilty about not looking out for Williams, who was the younger member of Take That.

"I think we had a lot of guilt, the four of us, because Rob was the youngest, the most impressionable of all of us. We always felt like we didn't look after him enough."

The pair got together for a "big chat" when Mark Owen, Jason Orange, Howard Donald and Barlow were in LA mixing The Circus album.

Williams said in an interview on Radio 1: "It is one of those situations in life that could be very explosive and could go completely wrong.

"We had that big chat and the most amazing thing happened at the end of it. We both said sorry to each other and we both meant it and that was all we needed.

"It just lifted so much off my shoulders that I didn't know was still there."

Barlow added: "I spent the last 15 years thinking about what I was going to say."

The pair were debuting their joint single Shame on Radio 1's Chris Moyles show. The track includes an acoustic guitar part reminiscent of Sir Paul McCartney's song Blackbird, which he recorded with the Beatles.

The video for the song - to be included on his greatest hits album later this year - was also premiered on Williams's website.

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