Take That The Circus tour
What a night we had on Friday, joining 79, 998 others in a sun-drenched Wembley Stadium for Take That’s 'The Circus' tour. I knew it was going to be something special, as it was officially the biggest tour of 2009 with the boys having played to over a million excited fans in the last month, taking in Sunderland, Coventry, Dublin, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester and the big finale at Wembley. But I don’t think I fully appreciated what a massive show it would be until I walked into the stadium and saw it with my own eyes.
There were two stages. The main stage which at the start features a mini circus tent – and a round stage in the middle of the stadium with a pathway between the two. The tension-building launch features numerous circus acts performing and gathering on the round stage – and you suddenly realise Take That are there with them as they launch into 'Greatest Day', purposely written to kick off their live shows.
Visually from start to finish, it was breathtaking. Not only did the circus theme mean we got to watch super-talented jugglers, tightrope walkers, acrobats, fire-eaters and trapeze artists, but so much work had been put into the set and other props. You’ve probably heard about the life-size elephant (not a real one!) which is operated by 20 or so puppeteers, rising up from the round stage and carrying the boys to the main stage as they perform 'The Garden'. It even sprayed the audience with water out of its trunk!
Then of course there’s the vast array of Take That’s new material and back catalogue. Songs included Pray, Shine, Relight My Fire (which featured A LOT of fire!), Patience, Back for Good, Up All Night and the latest single Said It All. For those who remember the band’s early years, they did a couple of classic-hits medleys featuring 'Take That and Party', 'Do What You Like' and 'A Million Love Songs'. Particularly considering they’ve probably had the busiest month of their lives, their vocal performances were incredibly strong too.
Other highlights included Howard, Jason and Mark riding unicycles between both stages during 'It Only Takes A Minute'. Gary, who hasn’t yet perfected the art of the unicycle then appeared riding a child’s tricycle instead!
The perfect ending was a performance of Rule The World, with fireworks rocketing into the sky from the roof of Wembley Stadium. A memorable night, which was recorded for a DVD, due out before Christmas. I never thought I’d enjoy a Take That gig if I’m honest – but how wrong I was. Brilliant. Brilliant. Brilliant!
Don’t forget to check out our Take That mini-site here, featuring photos, videos, messageboards and Toby’s interview with Mark Owen.
See you tonight at 10.
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