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Robbie hoping to make amends with Croker gig

THE last time Robbie Williams played Croke Park he had a "shocker".

Now, newly reunited with his pals in Take That, he will have a chance to make amends when the quintet return next June as part of their first tour with Robbie back in harness.

The group confirmed the 20-date tour, Progress Live 2011, at a press conference in London yesterday.

The last time the five-piece performed together was in 1995.

Robbie revealed his own memory of an "under par" show he played for 78,000 fans at GAA HQ in 2006.


"There was something wrong with me. I could remember walking up to the stage and saying to my mate Johnny I never felt like that before. It was really f***ing scary. Croke Park was waiting for me. I couldn't understand what was happening to me or my body.

"Then I was on stage and I felt absolutely shocking. I thought I felt so shocking, surely this was coming out to the audience and I was sure I was doing a bad job," Robbie admitted.

"It sorted itself out but it was terrifying at the time."

The 37-year-old singer claimed that the monster show was a catalyst for him giving up live performances until he rejoined Take That last July.

"The fact is I haven't done any concerts since then," said Williams.

The 2006 show also saw Williams promising the 78,000 fans that he would return to Ireland and play a free concert. "I will get around to doing that at some stage," he added.

A happier memory for Williams was a 2003 show he performed in the Phoenix Park.

"That was absolutely mental. I could see it still in my head now. The audience was so big it seemed to turn around in a bend. It was raining but I thought the whole of Ireland was behind me," Robbie said.

"There are no rumours this morning, just the fact that Take That are going back on tour," said Gary Barlow. Progress Live is billed as a "feast for the imagination, charting the evolution and progress of Take That and Robbie Williams".

The summer stadium tour includes four nights at Wembley Stadium in London after it kicks off next May. It will also see Williams perform songs from his solo career.

The newly restored group makes its comeback with a single 'The Flood' and album 'Progress', both due next month.

Tickets for the June 18 show go on sale this Friday at 8am.

Irish Independent