With Take That’s album release in March of this year, several stops on their UK tour are already sold out. However, there are a few remaining tickets for a week or so’s time, so you’re still thinking about picking up some of the last remaining tickets you’ll have to do it quick!
Kick It to Take That
Unlike most bands, this troops formation came about from the keen eye of manager Nigel Martin Smith. Having seen the unrivalled talent in the pop music industry that Gary Barlow had, he then set about recruiting new members, aiming to create the next new young boy band. In this, he was successful, bringing Howard Donald, Jason Orange, Mark Owen and Robbie Williams all together to join Gary, with the young men ranging from the ages of 16-22. The band originally went by the named of Kick It, but Take That had been set in motion.
The Beginnings of Fame
The Hit Man became the group’s first TV appearance, where the band performed one of Barlow’s self written pieces, My Kind Of Girl. Due to a good reception, they were invited back again, this time performing Waiting Around.
This alongside Do What You Like, Promises and Once You’ve Tasted Love were all minor hits in the UK, but not yet making the break through that they were after. That came with the release of a Tavares cover, It Only Takes a Minute which peaked at number seven. Check it out!
How cute were they?
From here on out the sky was the limit. The next single, A Million Love Songs, also peaked at number seven in the charts, and then came, Could It Be Magic, which made it as high as number three. With success coming in a number of these singles, they were compiled into Take That’s first album released 1992, Take That & Party.
From Fame to Split
From here on out, the band went from hit to hit, releasing their second album Everything Changes which included a whopping four number one singles. As a result, the band were nominated for the 1994 Mercury Prize, and off the back of such successes, their first world tour was planned for 1995.
Alongside this, the group made a number of appearances on well-known shows including the BRIT Awards and Top Of The Pops, something which helped them to secure Best Live Act at the 1995 MTV Europe Music Awards. Their high energy performances were a magnet to a committed female following and merch sales rocketed, particularly with the release of their third album Nobody Else, featuring hit single Back For Good; a song that reached number one in 31 countries.
However, for all their success, there were a few knockbacks, namely with Robbie William’s exit from the band in 1995. Robbie had been acting out of sorts for what the band were trying to promote, and having been given an ultimatum, Robbie left the band. However, the Quartet continued with their tour, but this was to be their last act, as upon returning to the UK, the group decided to disband instead of working on a new album in February 1996.
Back in 2005, nearly a decade after their split, Take That announced their reunion. On 25th November they rejoined for an ITV documentary and it was announced that the band, without Robbie, would tour in 2006.
The Ultimate Tour featured all their old hits and inspired the four to make a real comeback with new material. The fourth album, titled, Beautiful World was released in November 2006 and entered the charts at Number one. To date it is the 35th best selling album of all time, featuring the likes of Shine and Patience.
Onwards to Wonderland
Since then, Take That have released whole host of albums. The follow up to Beautiful World was named The Circus, an album that had become the most pre-ordered of all time upon its release in 2008, going platinum within just four days.
However, the biggest news for fans came on 2010, where Robbie Williams announced his return to the band, having worked with Gary on the single Shame and then with further material in Los Angeles.
The five piece once again went on to record, creating Progress, an album which became the fastest selling of the century, something which they followed up with a UK wide stadium tour, finishing with 8 consecutive nights at Wembley Stadium.
Since then, Robbie departed the band for a second time due to his fatherhood, alongside Jason Orange who left in 2014, not wanting to commit to another album. However, the trio left did not stop with their progression since returning in 2006, releasing the album III. The album featured the number one single These Days, becoming their twelfth number one.
And now here we are, with Take That’s latest album having been released just a few months back, and the tour taking the world by storm. Check out the remaining dates below. This really isn’t one to be missed.
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