Review: Take That at 3Arena, Dublin
“GOOD evening, we’re what's left of Take That,” Gary Barlow quips to a chorus of laughter and cheers.
In their 2015 incarnation, Take That's leader in chief is flanked by Mark and Howard Donald, plus a small army of dancers and an orchestra to compensate for the absence of Robbie Williams and Jason Orange.
On paper, this could be a slightly embarrassing attempt at rehashing former glories, but it turns out to be an unlikely triumph. Take That learnt many years ago that to be an enduring pop phenomenon you must offer your audience something more than a few daft dance moves.
They've further refined the art of their showmanship to present an eye popping theatrical carnival. The last men standing are resplendent in brightly coloured suits for the opening salvo of ‘I Like It’ and ‘Love Love’, before they raise the roof with ‘Greatest Day’.
If you take away all the smoke and mirrors and bells and whistles, you're left with a selection of great pop songs that have stood the test of time. Barlow and Donald introduce ‘Patience’ as the song that first got them back together in 2006. Virtually every other hit is present and correct.
The calibre of their songbook and pleasant personalities still make for a winning combination. While some songs could benefit from the presence of Robbie Williams and Jason Orange, they still work.
After all these years, Take That still cut it. It is worth remembering that when it comes to nineties boy bands, they're the original of the species. Louis Walsh paid them the ultimate compliment when he admitted Boyzone was essentially an exercise in replicating Take That.
Despite all their dramas and a depleted line up, Take That prove nobody else has come close to stealing their crown. If you're going along tonight, you're in for a treat.
1. I Like It
2. Love Love
3. Greatest Day
4. Get Ready for It
5. Hold Up a Light
7. The Garden
8. Up All Night
9. Said It All
10. Could It Be Magic
11. Let in the Sun
13. The Flood
15. Relight My Fire
16. Back for Good
19. These Days
20. Rule the World
22. Never Forget