Robbie Williams confirms 15-date stadium tour
The Take That star wants to put on a tour of 'great magnitude while I still can'
Monday 26 November 2012
Robbie Williams has announced a European stadium tour - to seal his place "in pop history".
Williams, 38, said it was "legacy time" and he was going to put on a tour of "great magnitude while I still can".
He said he had been "lethargic" with his last couple of albums but the birth of his daughter and his reunion with Take That had re-invigorated him.
"The rumours are true. I'm getting Robbie Williams back together again", the Angels star joked.
The tour - his first full tour for more than six years - kicks off in Manchester next June before travelling to Glasgow and London's Wembley Stadium.
X Factor star Olly Murs will be supporting Williams on the 15-date tour.
Speaking at a press conference in a London hotel, Williams said: "I'm buzzing. I'm ready to go. I haven't done a tour of this size since 2006.
"I believe that I'm at the place in my career where it's time to put my foot down and go 'This is what I do'. It's legacy time for me.
"I'm getting my handicap down in golf and all that business. I'm nearly 40, that's what I'm trying to say.
"I don't know how many times I will get given this opportunity... I want to go and seal my place in pop history."
He said he wanted to do a tour "of great magnitude while I still can" and "while people are still interested in seeing it".
"I've got a couple more (tours) left. I just want to put my stamp down... Say remember me... This is where I'm most at home on a good night," Williams said.
He admitted: "The fact that 40 is looming plays more on my mind than it does anyone else's mind because pop stars cease to be pop stars at 40 and start to be old people singing, don't they?"
Williams said the tour did not mark the end of his reunion with Take That.
He said the warm reviews for this month's three-night residency at the O2 brought a "tear to my eye".
The Candy star said he would take new baby girl Theodora Rose on tour with him, which would result in him getting more sleep than he has on previous tours.
He said of his first tour as a father: "Perhaps I will be a bit more calm. She's a very, very calming presence. Already I feel that something cosmically has changed within me and I don't know what it is but I feel happier as a person and a bit more grounded as a person. That's happened naturally.
"She's coming with us, of course. It probably means I'll get more sleep because she's there, not less because she's there.
"She's rounding off my rough edges as the weeks progress in her life so far."
elephant appealThe first 23 lots in our charity auction have now gone. But there are 22 more still up for grabs
The magicians using online collaboration to push the boundaries
Jennifer Lawrence attacks mass media again over body image
Paris charity auction staged to save the ancient city of Tyre
scienceScientists find the answer to a question that even puzzled Darwin
A very timely Great Train Robbery and a frantic 24 Hours in A&E among the highlights
Arts & Ents blogs
Brian Griffin returns: Cartoon dog back from the dead in Family Guy Christmas episode
Christmas comes early: Justin Bieber announces he's 'retiring from music'
Coriolanus, theatre review: 'Tom Hiddleston has blazing stellar power'
Nymphomaniac, film review: 'Despite the surreal sex scenes this is a serious drama'
Justin Bieber's mishaps and controversies
Exclusive: Young people ‘want UK to stay in Europe’: Four in 10 adults aged 18 to 24 are ‘firmly in favour’ of membership, poll shows
Fox News presenter tells viewers it is a 'fact' that both Jesus and Santa Claus are white
You can STILL be jailed for being a republican, government confirms, and it remains illegal to even 'imagine' overthrowing the Queen
Kiss and yell: Italian protester charged with sexual assault after kissing riot police officer
Fighting back: the woman giving a voice (and 49,999 others) to the victims of sexism - by giving an airing to their horror stories
PM denies two child limit for benefits is part of Tory welfare policy
- 1 America's 'virgin births'? One in 200 mothers 'became pregnant without having sex'
- 2 Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
- 3 Ian Watkins: Paedophile Lostprophets singer sentenced to 35 years for child sex offences, as judge labels him a 'dangerous sexual predator'
- 4 Christmas comes early: Justin Bieber announces he's 'retiring from music'
- 5 Children evacuated from swimming pool after prosthetic leg mistaken for paedophile
- < Previous
- Next >