Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Williams and Barlow back on track

Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow performed a Take That song together

Robbie Williams has put the seal on his Take That reunion by performing one of the band's songs with Gary Barlow for the first time in 15 years.

Robbie, who quit the band in 1995, sang the band's hit Shine with Gary as they performed a live radio session.

He and the group recently put their differences behind them to record a new album, Progress, which is out next month. But Robbie had not played any of their hits with his bandmates since his walk-out, until today.

The track he performed, on Fearne Cotton's Radio 1 show, was not one on which he originally appeared. It featured on Take That's comeback album, Beautiful World, released in 2006, prior to Robbie burying the hatchet with Gary, and normally features Mark Owen as lead singer.

Rob said today that when he first heard the track he thought it was aimed at him. The lyrics refer to a "big star" who is "stuck in a hole" and who has "demons".

The singer said, on hearing it, he wondered: "Is this a bit of a point at me?"

He and Gary were appearing on the show to plug their joint single Shame, which is looking likely to chart at No 2 at the weekend.

Robbie has shied away from his Take That back catalogue over the years and occasionally performed the band's songs as a solo artist - although not with Gary, with whom he feuded for many years.

He would often include a thrashy version of the boy band's Back For Good during his live show, usually after a rant about how much he disliked his years in the band and the group's manager, Nigel Martin-Smith.

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