Take That and All Saints at the 3Arena: 'Take That have a reputation for going the extra mile - and they don't disappoint'
Take That and All Saints at the 3Arena, Dublin
Nostalgia is a comfort blanket of youthful memories sound tracked by acts who are probably twenty years past their prime.
Take That are the comeback kings of modern pop. They've never let a line up change get in the way of scoring a hit. Even though they're now a slimmed down version of their former selves fronted by Gary Barlow and flanked by Howard Donald and Mark Owen, they still do great office, packing them in for two nights in the country's largest indoor venue.
While Take That make all the headlines, the support act are also a 90s pop institution who have sold 12 million records. All Saints are a slick and smooth girl band who do sophisticated slo mo pop better than most. 'Never Ever' is a towering highlight as the girls perform it in the round. They cap off a short but very sweet set with 'Pure Shores' from Danny Boyle's Beach film starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
All Saints are much, much more than a tantalizing amuse bouché before the main event, but the punters have booked their tickets to see Barlow and company. Take That have a long deserved reputation for going the extra mile to deliver a jaw-dropping pop show, and they certainly don't disappoint for their 25th anniversary tour.
Opening with 'Wonderland', the stage set is so lavish that an announcer floats on a magic carpet. 'Greatest Day' prompts a mass singalong with Barlow milking the crowd's delirious enthusiasm like a ringmaster who can't stop grinning.
While this is supposed to be an emotional gallop down memory lane, Take That have a few aces up their sleeves when it comes to the new stuff. 'Giants' is a glossy power pop anthem that works a treat and perfectly segues into the more familiar and safe material.
It is almost inevitable that Jason Orange and Robbie Williams will return to the fray for a full tour, but until that happens, these three amigos are more than capable of keeping the show on the road.
Take That will take to the stage at the 3Arena tonight for a second show.