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IT was a really warm evening as 10,000
people filled the Echo Arena for the opening night, on Monday, 22 May 2017, of
the Liverpool's leg of the
That's 'Wonderland Tour.' The
last time the had performed in Liverpool is was way back in the beginning in
1992, at Aintree Racecourse. Although it has been 25 years since their last
performance here, it was well worth the wait.
Take That are well known for their performances. This time
performing in the round with a noticeably smaller cast than previous shows, this
show was no less visually stunning. These boys are masters of putting on
spectacular shows and this was no different. A giant circular stage adorned with
their now familiar Take That logo was the centre piece for this production.
The night opened with a man on a flying carpet surrounded by
screens and then the lads appeared from 3 corners of the arena on podiums to
start the night with the title track from the new album:- 'Wonderland,'
before all getting together on the Centre Stage.
The night continues with the usual Take That flamboyance, there
was confetti, lots of it. A giant carousel with a floating bed, a Giant fish
hook and a huge rose, amongst other things. The central part of the stage rises
and lowers with various projections on it, a beautiful light and water display
for the Flood, as well as fire and fireworks.
It was great to hear some of the older tracks that they haven't
played in a while:- 'How Deep Is Your Love' (Bee Gee's cover) and
'Satisfied' as well as some of the more catchy tunes from lll like
'Lovelife.' As well of some of the classic favourites that everyone
loves. The night continues with various elaborate costumes, Howard hanging from
the rigging before ending with:- 'Never Forget' and 'Rule
The world,' where Gary gets everyone to turn their touches on for a
beautiful starry night effect.
Love them or loathe them, they certainly know how to put on a
spectacular visual feast full of colour, you are always left wanting more and
wonder how they can top the last production, but they do. Their's is the one
show that is always worth seeing once even if you are not their biggest fan. A
very mixed audience with the men appearing to enjoy it every bit as much as the
ladies, Take That did it again.
Sadly the nights enjoyment was short lived, when news of what had
happened in Manchester came out. Following horrific terror attack, in the bands
home Town of Manchester, the lads decided to rescheduled the
following nights concert, until Friday, 26 May 2017. The band said:- "Out
of respect to all of the people and their families that were affected by the
horrific incident last night at The Manchester Arena, we have decided to
postpone our show in Liverpool. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all."
On Friday, 26 May 2017, the band anonced all proffits from the gig would go to the 'The We Love Manchester Emergency Fund' and also dedicated a song, as part of their tribute to those who died.
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