The Ultimate Tour (Take That)
|Tour by Take That|
|Associated album||Never Forget – The Ultimate Collection|
|Start date||April 23, 2006|
|End date||June 28, 2006|
|No. of shows||32|
|Box office||US $29.4 million ($36.54 in 2018 dollars)|
|Take That concert chronology|
The Ultimate Tour (also known as the Greatest Hits Tour) was a reunion tour in 2006 by British pop group, Take That. The tour, featuring four of the original members of the group Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Jason Orange and Mark Owen; ran for a total of 32 shows in Britain and Ireland. Sugababes were the supporting act for that year. Each member of the band received £1,500,000 from the tour after tax.
The Ultimate Tour was the first time that Take That had performed together since they split in 1996. The show featured all the original members of the group, except Robbie Williams who quit the group in 1995. At a press conference in London on November 25, 2005 the group front man Gary Barlow announced: "Thanks for giving us the last 10 years off but unfortunately the rumours are true. Take That are going back on tour." The news came after renewed interest in the group after a televised documentary proved to be a ratings success and their album Never Forget – The Ultimate Collection peaked at #2 in the UK Albums Chart. The tour was originally scheduled to be an 11 date arena tour but after they sold out within 30 minutes of going on sale, more dates were immediately added as promoters doubled the number of shows. The group sold 275,000 tickets in the space of under 3 hours, ironically making it the second fastest tour of 2005 behind former member Robbie Williams' solo tour. Such was the level of interest in the tour, promoters were forced to add further dates to the tour, this time in Stadium venues. Dates at the new Wembley Stadium, Etihad Stadium in Manchester and the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff were all announced. When Wembley Stadium sold out in just 30 minutes, further more dates at Wembley and Manchester were announced. In March 2006, the dates at Wembley Stadium were rescheduled to the National Bowl in Milton Keynes due to the delay in the construction of Wembley Stadium.
The main support act for The Ultimate Tour was British soul singer, Beverley Knight. Knight was originally scheduled to perform only on the arena dates of the tour, but proved so popular with audiences that she was invited to play the stadium shows as well. As well as playing her own set, Knight provided backing vocals for Take That during "Once You've Tasted Love" and gave a spoken introduction to "Relight My Fire", as well as singing Lulu's vocals from the same song at the arena shows. At the stadium dates, Lulu performed her own vocals for "Relight My Fire" and Knight only performed the introduction. Knight also appeared during the finale song, "Never Forget". The other support act for the five British stadium dates at the end of the tour was British girl group Sugababes, and the singer Lulu made a guest appearance during Take That's show to sing her part on "Relight My Fire". The Pussycat Dolls supported the band upon their return to Ireland and the very last date of the tour.
- "Band Manufactured Opening - O Verona"
- "Once You've Tasted Love" (Featuring Beverley Knight)
- "Today I've Lost You"
- "Why Can't I Wake Up With You?"
- "It Only Takes a Minute"
- "Everything Changes"
- "A Million Love Songs"
- "The Beatles" Medley: "I Want to Hold Your Hand" / "A Hard Day's Night" / "She Loves You" / "I Feel Fine" / "Get Back" / "Hey Jude"
- "How Deep is Your Love?"
- "Love Ain't Here Anymore"
- "Apache 2006"
- "Relight My Fire" (Featuring Beverley Knight & Lulu)
- "Let It Rain"
- "Back For Good"
- "Could It Be Magic"
- "Never Forget"
Take That members played instruments on stage: Gary - piano ("It Only Takes A Minute", "Babe", "A Million Love Songs") and tambourine ("Everything Changes"); Howard - piano ("Everything Changes"); Jason - guitar ("Babe", "Everything Changes"); Mark - guitar ("Everything Changes").
"It Only Takes A Minute" was performed as tango (combined with "Roxanne′s Tango" from Moulin Rouge) with all four band members dancing one by one with a female dancer, Gary partly on the top of the piano. They said in an interview it was Howard's idea to make the song as tango.
"Apache 2006" was a mostly comical number showing manufacturing of a boy band, including 10 rules that each boy band member must comply with. In the second part Take That members performed a robotic dance, in the course of it Gary's reputed reluctance to dancing was highlighted. In the third part Jason rapped part of "These Are The Days Of Our Lives" lyrics from Queen with remaining members singing back. The final part represented the ten "dark years" after the band split up in 1996, individual members weren't very successful as solo musicians and they weren't on speaking terms with Robbie Williams.
"Could It Be Magic" was opened by a video of Robbie Williams singing the song. Then Gary sung his solo part in that song, as well as in "Everything Changes".
|23 April 2006||Newcastle||England||Metro Radio Arena|
|24 April 2006|
|26 April 2006||Birmingham||National Exhibition Centre|
|27 April 2006|
|28 April 2006|
|30 April 2006||Glasgow||Scotland||Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre|
|1 May 2006|
|2 May 2006||Sheffield||England||Hallam FM Arena|
|4 May 2006||Manchester||Manchester Evening News Arena|
|5 May 2006|
|6 May 2006|
|8 May 2006||London||Wembley Arena|
|9 May 2006|
|10 May 2006|
|12 May 2006||Dublin||Ireland||Point Theatre|
|13 May 2006|
|14 May 2006||Belfast||Northern Ireland||Odyssey Arena|
|16 May 2006||Birmingham||England||National Exhibition Centre|
|17 May 2006|
|18 May 2006||Sheffield||Hallam FM Arena|
|20 May 2006||Manchester||Manchester Evening News Arena|
|21 May 2006|
|22 May 2006|
|24 May 2006||London||Wembley Arena|
|25 May 2006|
|26 May 2006|
|17 June 2006||Manchester||Etihad Stadium|
|18 June 2006|
|21 June 2006||Cardiff||Wales||Millennium Stadium|
|24 June 2006||Milton Keynes||England||National Bowl|
|25 June 2006|
|28 June 2006||Dublin||Ireland||RDS Arena|
Box office score data
|Venue||City||Tickets Sold / Available||Gross Revenue|
|Metro Radio Arena||Newcastle||19,087 / 19,087 (100%)||$1,215,514|
|National Exhibition Centre||Birmingham||57,007 / 57,007 (100%)||$3,640,386|
|Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre||Glasgow||17,385 / 17,385 (100%)||$1,125,259|
|Hallam FM Arena||Sheffield||22,933 / 22,933 (100%)||$735,654|
|Evening News Arena||Manchester||85,823 / 85,823 (100%)||$5,421,153|
|Wembley Arena||London||66,276 / 66,276 (100%)||$4,186,671|
|Etihad Stadium||Manchester||112,292 / 112,292 (100%)||$7,493,888|
|Millennium Stadium||Cardiff||55,675 / 55,675 (100%)||$3,710,832|
|RDS Arena||Dublin||27,526 / 30,000 (92%)||$1,919,916|
|TOTAL||464,004 / 466,478 (99%)||$29,449,273|
- Musical Director, Keys, Guitar, Sax: Mike Stevens (saxophonist)
- Guitar: Milton McDonald
- Bass Guitar: Lee Pomeroy
- Drums: Donavan Hepburn
- Percussion: Karlos Edwards
- Keyboards: Jamie Norton, Bernie Smith
The concerts on 17 and 18 June at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester were recorded for a subsequent DVD HD DVD and Blu-ray releases, special limited-edition package also contains a live CD with five songs from the show. An edited version of the show was broadcast on British channel ITV2 during Christmas time that year.
The tour garnered generally favourable reviews. In his review of the Manchester leg, Chris Long of the BBC wrote that the tour was the "biggest thing to hit Manchester in recent years" and called it "a flawless performance".
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