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A POLITICAL manifesto, hoodie tops, voodoo magic and lapdancing – not things you would normally associate with TAKE THAT.
But that’s exactly what I got on the opening night of the lads’ spectacular Beautiful World tour last night.
It was a case of Could It Be Black Magic as the four-piece reworked classic hits with voodoo dolls, skulls and crossbones.
PoliTTicians ... Take That deliver their manifesto
The band opened the Belfast show dressed as politicians delivering the “Take That manifesto” with GARY BARLOW, JASON ORANGE, MARK OWEN and HOWARD DONALD wearing smart suits and rosettes.
Perhaps they were caught up in all the election fever — they must have expected Prime Minister GORDON BROWN to have called a snap poll when they planned the opening routine to Reach Out.
The lads chose the early part of the gig to perform material from latest album Beautiful World — their first collection of new songs since reforming after their split 11 years ago.
Awesome foursome ... boys with their dancers
But it was a GNARLS BARKLEY-inspired version of Relight My Fire that was one of the highlights of the night when the lads dressed in voodoo costumes — and worked in Gnarls’ hit Crazy to the famous song.
Take That fans are used to seeing and hearing LULU sing her heart out in the middle of the track.
But last night they got a 25-stone Gnarls-alike called LLOYD WADE belting out the words to Crazy at the part where Lulu usually comes in.
The result was breathtaking and helped to bring the classic track bang up to date.
All tie-d up ... Mark with dancer
Another highlight of the night was Jason singing his first ever live solo with the band.
Relegated to backing vocals in the old days, he took centre stage for Wooden Boat, a beautiful ballad he sings on the album.
But the tempo was upped immediately afterwards when the boys did a version of Give Good Feeling with a heavy, throbbing bassline — dressed in fluorescent nu-rave gear and with Howard behind the decks in a DJ booth.
New song Rule The World — the track featured in smash film Stardust which I’ve tipped for an Oscar nomination — was performed with a stunning backdrop of “shooting stars”, green lasers which lit up the Odyssey Arena.
The lads walked across the crowd on a giant walkway toward the centre of the arena.
It was followed by a white piano emerging from the stage for Gary to start playing the intro to could it be magic.
And as my main pic shows, the lads certainly enjoyed themselves when they were treated to an on-stage lapdance.
Plenty of the big hits were there — apart from A Million Love Songs and Babe — and they finished off with a medley of classics ensuring the crowd went home happy.
During Never Forget, old footage of icons such as MARILYN MONROE were projected on to giant screens as the band were joined by their dancers for the hands-in-the-air finale.
Last night Gary, Jason, Mark and Howard proved they didn’t need ROBBIE WILLIAMS to Entertain anyone.
What they did do was deliver a world-beating masterclass in how to put on a show of pure popentertainment.
It’s good to have the boys Back For Good.
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Отредактировано Veldt (14.10.2007 19:54)