EXCITEMENT is growing about tomorrow’s Gary Barlow concert – well that’s if the females in The Gazette office are anything to go by.
The Take That crooner, who seems to make women of all ages swoon (and if you detect a hint of jealousy in my writing, you’d be spot on), arrives at the Opera House as part of a 16-date tour of Britain – his first tour as a solo artist for 13 years.
The 41-year-old’s appearance in town certainly went down well with his fans – tickets for the Opera House gig were snapped up so fast it became one of the fastest selling shows in the venue’s history.
That might not have been the case before Take That reformed, when Barlow experienced what might be termed The Lost Years. After Take That split in 1996, Barlow had a so-so solo career and, shortly after switching on Blackpool Illuminations in 1999, disappeared from public view.
It wasn’t until 2006, when Take That reformed and released number one hit single Patience, that Barlow bounced back into the limelight. To date he has had three number one singles and two number one albums as a solo artist; 16 top five hits, eleven number one singles and seven number one albums with Take That.
As if that wasn’t enough, he is a six-time recipient of the Ivor Novello Award and has sold more than 50 million records worldwide.
Oh, and he was appointed OBE in 2012 for services to the music industry and charity after organising the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. It’s no wonder the girls like him – expect a lot of screaming tomorrow.