TAKE THAT are warning fans they will soon be pulling a disappearing act… but they Pray that one day they will come back as a five-piece.
They kicked off an emotional 30th anniversary tour in Sheffield at the weekend, but were pining for absconders Robbie Williams and Jason Orange.
Sharing what comes next for the man band, Gary Barlow admitted Take That need to figure out their relevance again, just as they did with their world-beating reunion in 2005.
‘We’re definitely coming back, whenever that will be… it’s definitely not the end,’ the 48-year-old vowed before kicking off their greatest hits roadshow. ‘But we need that time and space to look for and find the new space we belong in.’
Bandmate Mark Owen said he planned to use their time away to badger former X Factor judge Robbie, 45, and 48-year-old Jason — who seems to have dropped off the planet — for yet another reunion.
‘I would love to get all five of us in the studio again, to make another record,’ said Mark, 47. ‘Maybe one day, someday — a follow-up to Progress!’
Ensuring Robbie and Jason aren’t erased from Take That’s history in the 52-date shows, Gary, Mark and third bandmate Howard Donald include tributes to the pair as they perform tracks from their nostalgia album Odyssey.
‘There are Rob and Jason moments during the show, just really lovely moments because they have to be included, it’s their story too,’ said Gary.
Howard, 50, said the day Robbie walked out, in 1995, was the hardest memory for him and he wishes he could rewrite that bit of history.
‘I would take him outside and ask him not to leave, to come back inside and talk it through,’ he explained. ‘I would say, “Don’t go solo, let’s do a duet!”’ However, Take That do have one old collaborator along for the ride — Lulu, who performs on their ’90s No.1 Relight My Fire.
Praising the 70-year-old Scottish powerhouse, Gary said Lulu is quite willing to Shout about her legendary career.
He added: ‘From time to time I steer the conversation towards her past, and her incredible showbiz stories begin.’
The Cardiff date for the Take That Greatest Hits Live Tour will be broadcast live from the Principality Stadium to 600 cinemas in the UK and Ireland at 8pm on June 8.
For tickets see takethat.com/livecinema