TAKE That superstar Gary Barlow is bringing his solo tour to Sheffield City Hall because it’s got the X Factor - as one of his favourite intimate venues, says best pal Eliot Kennedy.
Eliot, his Sheffield based song-writing partner, revealed the X Factor judge has fond memories of the award-winning venue where he will return on November 28.
VIDEO: Press the play button to watch digital editor Graham Walker’s full chat with Eliot and find out about the 40th birthday bash which convinced pal Gary to tour.
“Gaz has played Sheffield City Hall as a solo artist and he remembers how lovely that room is,” said Eliot, who co-wrote Take That smash Everything Changes and co-produced with Gary Sing, the Diamond Jubilee song.
“I can tell you, it feels like a living room when you’ve got it full. It’s so intimate. I think that’s what he’s missed from the Take That gigs.
“He’s a musician. He wants to go out and play, sing and have a laugh.
“There’s talk of me getting on stage with him. We’ll see. I’ll be there of course.”
Gary’s UK and Ireland tour, starting in November and including two home town Manchester shows, follows two critically acclaimed solo shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall last year.
It celebrates 20 years in the business, over 50 million record sales, eight number one albums and 14 chart-topping singles,
Performing songs spanning his music career, he will kick off at Bournemouth’s International Centre on November 13, before taking in Plymouth, Edinburgh, Nottingham, London, Sheffield, Manchester, Newcastle, Wolverhampton, Oxford, Liverpool, Blackpool, Cardiff and Dublin, finishing up at The Waterfront in Belfast, on Tuesday, January 8, 2013.
He said: “Playing live is my favourite thing. Last year playing two London shows was brilliant, so I thought right, let’s get out and see the rest of the country!”
* Tickets for his Sheffield City Hall show, priced £35, £45 and £55, subject to a booking fee, are expected to sell out fast when they go on sale with the rest of the tour on Friday, October 19, 2012, at 10am.
There will be no in person sales - tickets must be bought by phone, for Sheffield on 0114 278 9789, 0844 811 0051 and 0844 826 2826, or via the internet at www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk, ww.gigsandtours.com and www.ticketmaster.co.uk.
FULL TOUR DATES:
NOVEMBER 2012. TUE 13: Bournemouth International Centre; WED 14: Plymouth Pavilions; WED 21: Edinburgh Playhouse; THU 22: Nottingham Royal Concert Hall; TUE 27: London Royal Albert Hall; WED 28: Sheffield City Hall; DECEMBER 2012; THU 06: Manchester O2 Apollo; FRI 07:Manchester Bridgewater Hall; FRI 28: Newcastle City Hall; SUN 30: Wolverhampton Civic Hall; MON 31: Oxford New Theatre; JANUARY 2013; WED 02: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall; FRI 04: Blackpool Opera House; SAT 05: Cardiff St David’s Hall; MON 07:Dublin The Olympia; TUE 08: Belfast The Waterfront.