Gary Barlow – Music News

There could be far worse places for a rainy, soggy Sunday afternoon in mid-February than in the company of one of the UK’s most famous songwriters and performers – Gary Barlow.

His solo show ran for six nights at the 420-seat Brindley Theater in Runcorn – just down the road from his home town of Frodsham.

Naturally, tickets to the shows sold out within minutes – it’s a shame, however, that the majority of Take That fans couldn’t see this gripping, entertaining and moving life story of their hero.

When he arrived on stage with a cup of coffee in hand, it was as if you had arrived in his own living room.

After all the elaborate sets of recent Take That tours, the austere staging of stacks of tour stage cases might have shocked many, but this was a spectacle that was not just about his professional career, but also his life off. scene.

Barlow came across as a witty and entertaining storyteller capable of holding his audience’s attention as we learn his first love was music – and the pick n’ mix of the sweet counter.

He spoke fondly of his parents and recounted how his father, Colin, worked twice, which enabled him to afford Barlow’s first professional keyboard. Advice his father gave him – “Never go on stage without rehearsal” stuck throughout his career – especially when Barlow took the stage at a prestigious US awards show to launch his career solo in front of some of the most powerful executives in American recording. and the producers on a remixed track he had only heard a few hours before the start of the performance.

Fame and success, it seems, aren’t all it is, as Barlow shared his struggle and secret of being bulimic and how his love of Chinese buffets and Quality Street nightclubs saw his weight soared to 17 ½ stone, not to mention the 40 to 60 cigarettes with his glasses of cola and Jack Daniels that he consumed daily.

Naturally, there were snippets of Take That songs performed by Barlow played on the piano, although the real surprise came at the end when he wore one of the original Take That outfits from the band’s early days to perform a mix of the band’s hits. – much to the delight of the army of Take That fans present.

The rivalry between him and Robbie Williams was detailed although he made light of it was when he opened up about the darker side of his life such as the death of his father and the tragedy of his stillborn daughter Poppy that he felt the show had become even more personal and moving. The two ladies behind me were in tears when he spoke fondly of the loss of Poppy.

The show seemed to go smoothly, picking up on his dad’s advice, the show was not under-rehearsed, instead, the two-hour show seemed to go by in minutes with the local boy who did it well. Could the spectacle be tragic? Never, because Barlow easily rekindled the fire on an emotionally revealing and entertaining account of his life so far.

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