The venue : Croke Park
The band: Take That
The crowd : Electric
Fair enough, it wasn’t Belfast, but no local venue could support an event of this size and scale. Everything about it was huge.
From the moment we arrived at the Croke Park area we got it, we just got it! The choice of support, the choice of location, the dedication of the fans and the reason to celebrate, surrounded by an excited crowd.
As support, the Pet Shop Boys, were perfect, they got the crowd dancing and partying to some PSB classic tunes, including It’s a sin and West End Girls.
Next came the boys, and at the end of a countdown on the main screen, they just sauntered out on stage. How disappointing! What happened the BIG entrance? Maybe TT don’t need the big entrance, because as they walked out, the audience just appeared to lap up the simplicity of it all and very loudly declared their unquestionable love for the boys, minus Robbie. His turn came later. The 4some in the meantime entertained us spectacle after spectacle as they ‘progressed’ though hit after hit, with circus acts, fireworks, dancers and a bizarre caterpillar, and then came Robbie.
Now there was a surprise. He’s just got ‘it’, whatever ‘it’ is. From the moment Robbie flew down onto the stage to entertain us, he owned the stage, and even when we broke him down to reveal the passionate sensitive man underneath, he continued to show us all why he was ‘the’ success story of TT. Robbie fought through emotion to finish his set with ‘Angels’ before the reformed band came back standing at the top of a waterfall.
The remainder of the show was a celebration of 5 guys having the time of their lives, and we were all in on the party. The surprises continued with a great Howard and Jason dance off, a fantastic chess game, and the giant person which transported the band around the stage and eventually stood up in the centre of Croke Park for the finale.
Take That the boy band are definitely no more, but with the return of Robbie they have trumped with their best album and tour to date. Long may their evolution progress.