June 30, 2011
Frontline Events are joining in with all the hype surrounding the return of Take That. It’s being recorded as the biggest comeback tour of all time with an estimated 1.76 million fans turning out to see the return of ‘Take That’ as a five piece band again!!
The ‘Progress’ Live Tour Kicked off on 28/05/2011 and runs through until 29/07/2011 and between these dates the boys will be performing 27 phenomenal shows over the United Kingdom and Ireland. Within the first 24 hours of tickets going on sale, 1.34 million tickets were sold to ecstatic fans waiting to see the return of the full band. The tour itself involves 238 trucks, six weeks of rehearsing and a rumoured £15million budget! Not to mention the one and only Pet Shop Boys as their support band!
The band, made up of Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Mark Owen, Jason Orange and Robbie Williams, performed together for the last time back in 1995 before Robbie Williams left the band and set out to start his solo career, leaving millions of fan’s devastated. Frontline Events Managing Director, Gillian O’Brien said “I’ve always been a huge fan, my friends and I used to record their TV appearances on VIDEO to watch over again (I can’t believe I just admitted that)”.
The band formed back in 1989 and in total have stormed the charts with 27 top 40 singles, 6 number 1 albums and 16 top 5 singles, of which 11 have reached number 1! And that’s just in the United Kingdom alone! In July 1995 Robbie Williams failed to turn up for the MTV Europe Music Awards but the band decided to move forward as a four piece and continue to promote their ‘Nobody Else Tour’. They even released an extra single ‘Never Forget’ which was a further hit for the boys.
The following year in February 1996 Take That announced they were formally disbanding, following the band’s announcement millions of fans were left distraught around the world. In the UK alone millions of teenage girls threatened suicide and were seen lining the streets in floods of tears, to the point telephone hotlines were set up by the government to deal with counselling them! The band released their ‘Greatest Hits’ album and gave their final performance in Amsterdam in April 1996.
At the beginning of 2006 the band announced they were reuniting, and shortly after they released their comeback album ‘Beautiful World’. The band’s comeback was becoming more and more successful and in 2008 there was speculation that Williams would be re-joining the band. Much to fans disappointment this didn’t happen. On 7th June 2010 the news that fans had been waiting for finally came to light in a joint statement between Robbie and the band “The rumours are true…. Take That: the original line up, have written and recorded a new album for release later this year”. Frontline Events Managing Director, Gillian O’Brien said “The band have been even better since they got back together. They didn’t need Robbie to come back. But it’s great that he has”.
Some of the team from Frontline Events went to see the “Progress” Tour at The City of Manchester Stadium. Gillian said ‘It was amazing, the part where Robbie came out a door that appeared to be in the middle of the air and glided down to the stage was phenomenal! It was definitely worth waiting for. And I was even pleasantly surprised at The Pet Shop Boys!’ .
The team at Frontline Events said they were inspired by the size of the comeback that Take That had made, Gillian O’Brien said ‘ Though Take That already had a massive fan base they came back bigger than they were before. It just goes to show that if you come up with not only new ideas, but re-inventing old ones you can be more successful than you ever could have imagined!!!’