When it comes to boybands, few have reached the level of Take That.
Eons from their humble beginnings as a teenage quintet in Manchester, UK, this pop-rock group today have eight brit awards to their name, have toured globally multiple times, and their sixth album Progress was the fastest selling album of the 21st century.
With 56 international number one singles, and a fan base spanning decades, their Adelaide performance on Monday night proved that they’ve still got it. Despite being two members short from their original 1990 days, Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen’s charismatic show, was the reward for many fans’ Patience. Stating that it had been 22 years since their previous Adelaide show was met with roars from the crowd, many from those who were present at the last.
Opening with an electric rendition of Shine, showcased the group’s strong vocals and synchronicity, creating a sound that wasn’t quite 90’s nor 2000’s, but an interesting fusion of both. With grins from ear to ear, their infectious energy and charisma was fitting for a pop group with the attitude of a rock band. Not even a string breaking on Mark’s guitar during the second song could shake this polished trio. Moving into Giants was a shift in energy for the audience, most around us out of their seat and dancing away to this nostalgic, catchy number, which saw Mark coming off stage, and moving through the first few rows of the audience.
Their prowess with various instruments became obvious as they switched between piano, guitar, vocals and percussion, while still retaining unity when breaking out the classic boyband dance moves. Their sincerity while performing Babe, and A Million Love Songs was tangible, with the audience sweetly choiring the songs, a clearly devoted fan base enjoying every moment. However, it was the transition between these heart-felt ballads to electro-synth that saw It Only Takes A Minute light up the stage.
The Flood, How Deep Is Your Love and Sigma were further highlights of the night, retaining every ounce of Take That’s spirit which made them such a formidable group in the first place.
They departed from the stage momentarily, to be welcomed back with a deafening encore, in sharp, black and gold military jackets. Knowing full well that there were a couple of songs on everyone’s’ minds, the trio gathered together to acoustically perform the penultimate track Back For Good, before bringing it home with the powerhouse Rule The World.
This is a band that truly has a sound for everyone, effortlessly weaving between acoustic, electric and nostalgic sounds, to put on an high energy show that is sure to be talked about until their next tour.
Review by Robyn Jade