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Let Me Entertain You
Land of 1000 Dances (Wilson Pickett cover)
Come Undone
Do What U Like (Take That song)
Could It Be Magic (Take That song)
Don't Look Back in Anger (Oasis cover)
Karma Killer
Love My Life
Hot Fudge
No Regrets
Rock DJ

Glad All Over (The Dave Clark Five cover)
Better Man
She's the One
Feel (a cappella)





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Robbie Williams gets ticking off from mum for swearing at gig
Robbie called out to the crowd at Vale Park: "My name is Robert f***ing Williams, from Greenbank f***ing Road"

Robbie Williams' mum has given her son a ticking off - for swearing on stage at his homecoming Vale Park gig. The megastar returned to Stoke-on-Trent for his first-ever show on home turf on Saturday night.

The home of his beloved Port Vale was packed with 20,000 adoring fans having the time of their lives. And among the audience was of course Robbie's mum Jan who has revealed she wasn't too pleased with the 48-year-old's choice of language.

After kicking off the concert with Let Me Entertain You, Robbie called out to the crowd: "My name is Robert f***ing Williams, from Greenbank f***ing Road. This is my band, this is my a**e and tonight, this is my f***ing house."

The x-rated language continued throughout the gig and Jan has revealed to BBC Radio Stoke's Stuart George that she gave Robbie a bit of a telling off the next day. She said: "He knows what I feel about the swearing.

"I had a word with him and I said 'that swearing you know' and he says 'oh don't go on mum'. I said 'but it's not nice', he said 'well I get excited and when I am excited I swear'. I said 'well try and stop it', he says 'I'll do my best', but he won't. He gets so excited, he enjoys it.

"It isn't like he has to go out there to do something and thinks 'oh no, not again' sort of thing, he enjoys it and Saturday was so special that he was exactly where he wanted to be, with the people he wanted to be with. So for him that was a really lovely gift."

Jan says Robbie was 'quite emotional' on the night and she could see the difference from his other performances around the world. She said: "It was definitely different from his normal ones and I knew that he was quite emotional as well with it and I could see the difference.

"I'm not saying it was not as good as the others, it was, it was brilliant. And there was a big part of all of it, that it was like such a gift for him to do it.

"He was so thrilled to be able to be there, to be in Port Vale, to be in the locker room where the boys change, that was like a little boy really in a way. But having said that he's just loved where he comes from.

"It was wonderful for me to see it because that's what he wanted, that's what he enjoys and to do it in his own home that was an extra thing.

"And just to see everybody just enjoying themselves and nobody had to go far if you're local and most of the people that went there are Stokies. So, yeah it was great, I thought it was lovely."

Jan said Robbie could hear the cheers from Vale Park at his home on Greenbank Road, in Tunstall, when he was a child. She added: "As a child we could hear it from the house, we could hear the roars and he'd say 'do you think we've had a goal mum?'. If he could have stood on my shoulders thinking he could see then he would have done.

"He had a nice childhood actually from where he lived because he did his cycling up and down the little hills that we'd got there which was very local, so he didn't have to go very far to enjoy it and we'd got the park as well just down the road. So, yeah, he often says he had a great time as a youngster and that's something nice isn't it?"

After the gig, Jan says Robbie could hardly speak, but asked her if he 'did good?'. She said: "He rang me yesterday afternoon, which he normally does, and he could hardly speak and he said 'mum, mum, was I ok?'. I said 'yeah, course you were ok', he says 'did I do good?'. He couldn't speak, his voice had gone.

"I said 'yeah, well everybody keeps calling you Saint Robbie at the moment, so I think you must have done something ok'. So, yeah we had a chat about it and he was really pleased with the feedback the following day.

"He always does want the feedback and if he's done anything he shouldn't have done he makes sure he doesn't do it again, but more often than not he doesn't really do anything silly."

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Robbie Williams jokes he could play Knebworth again if he sold tickets as cheaply as Liam Gallagher
The star spoke to NME at a launch event for new album XXV, which sees him reimagine his best-known songs with the Metropole Orkest
Jordan Bassett
7th June 2022

Robbie Williams has responded to Liam Gallaghers epic return to Knebworth Park.

Oasis famously played the iconic venue in 1996, performing to 250,000 people across two nights. Robbie, meanwhile, played to 375,000 fans across three nights in 2003. Given that Noel Gallagher once branded him the fat dancer from Take That, Williams sent the guitarist a pair of tap dancing shoes with a note that read: Dear Mr. N Gallagher. You said [onstage] that two nights at Knebworth is history. Well, I guess three is just greedy. Yours, Rob.

Last weekend, Liam Gallagher returned to Knebworth as a solo artist, playing to 160,000 people across two nights. Asked yesterday (June 6) if he wished to return to the site himself, Williams told NME: To go and do three again? I dunno. I listened to [Liams] last album [Cmon You Know] and theres some amazing songs on there. Like proper, proper you know, how music should be. Or how this middle-aged fella thinks music should be.

I dont know if you revisit [Knebworth], though. Do you revisit it? Im sure wed do OK if we sold tickets as cheaply [as Liam]. Tickets for Liam Gallaghers Knebworth shows were priced at £65. Williams swiftly clarified, Can I just apologise for saying the cheaply thing if you write that, can you say I apologise; I was being bitchy, before adding: [Knebworth] is not something thats on my radar. Glastonbury, on the other hand Id like to do that.

Williams was speaking at the Dover Street Arts Club in central London ahead of the launch of his new album XXV, which marks 25 years of his career as a solo artist and is due for release on September 9 via Columba Records. He left the boyband Take That to go solo in 1995. The new album features orchestral versions of his most famous songs from Feel to Strong recorded with the Netherlands Metropole Orkest, while the deluxe version includes four new original songs. The orchestral version of Angels was released today. Both versions of the album feature new song Lost, a Gallagher-style ballad that sees Robbie sing, I lost my place in life / I lost my point of view.

Williams explained of Lost: Its the same sort of song that Feel was when that came out back in the day. Ive got big hopes for it Looking back [at the song], Im like, What is that [about]? Its probably about me getting drunk off my head when I was 20, 21, 22, 23, 24. I think thats what it was what that does to your mental health. I notice that Ive not been that successful since Ive been happy, so Ive returned to depression for this song.

This comes after Williams played a massive homecoming show at Stoke-on-Trents Vale Park stadium to 20,000 people. I didnt know how I was gonna feel, he reflected, because Ive been away [from Stoke] for 30 years. Who am I? What person am I now? To me, and these people what does this city mean to me? Although he felt anxious about the show, which was delayed for two or three years by the pandemic, he revealed: I just felt blessed It was the most relaxed Ive ever been onstage.

The show was notable for Robbies cover of the Oasis anthem Dont Look Back In Anger. When NME asked about the cover, he responded: I just thought Id better do something different for the gig. And then the idea to do [Take Thats] Do What You Like came up I was like, Oh, OK so there could be a running theme for a little bit of the gig: This is what happened when I left Stoke-on-Trent. So I sang [the Take That song] Could it be Magic, which didnt go down brilliantly which is why I just stopped it halfway through, like, Thats enough of that weve covered that base.

As the Vale Park gig featured a 90s-themed section, Williams said he sang an Oasis song, a reference to his well-known attendance at Glastonbury in 1995, when he was photographed hanging out with Oasis after being fired from Take That. He added: Look, Im a big Oasis fan. Massive. You know, thats a bit of me and that was me. Those heady days its why nostalgia still sort of pays. Im that guy, still, but sober a 22-year-old inside my head, and a massive fan of Oasis. No matter whats been said or whats been done, Ive always dug the band.

Back in April, Noel Gallagher, appearing on The Matt Morgan Podcast, said he felt that one of Williams best-loved songs, 1997s Angels, is Oasis by numbers, though did admit he thought, I wish Id written that. Pressed on the quote, Williams laughed and told NME: Well, thats as complimentary as its ever gonna get. That is high praise indeed, so Ill take that.

Meanwhile, it was revealed last year that a Robbie Williams biopic, Better Man, is in the works with The Greatest Showman director Michael Gracey at the helm. Williams will play himself in some scenes. I can tell you this, Williams said at the XXV launch event. I went to Melbourne to film my bits and it was absolutely incredible. And weird [like] a glitch in the Matrix. Im in a make-up room and the guy thats playing my dads there, the woman thats playing my mums there and the lady thats playing my grandmas there.

Referring to his former Take That band members, he added: Howard Donalds wig is there; Jason Oranges chin is there. And youve just got your whole life surrounding you and all of a sudden you walk out of the make-up room and youre playing a scene from your life and its as mad as you think it is. Its your birthday party. [You think], I dont know if I deserve this but its happening, so Im going along for the ride.

It has every chance of being a success but, you know, theres a million miles between here and it being a success. But Im very confident that it wont be wank.


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