Robbie Back Down Under

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Photo by Lisa Maria Merta

Kicking off the Australian leg of his Let Me Entertain You tour in Perth on Friday night, Robbie Williams captured the audience of the Perth Arena right from the start. “My name is Mr. Robbie ****ing Williams, this is my band, and for the next two hours your ass is mine”, he shouted. It was the start of two hours of an energetic Robbie performing one hit song after the other for his fans to sing, dance and scream along.

The last time Robbie toured Australia was in September 2014. Williams also paid Perth a visit for two nights as part of his “Swings Both Ways” tour. Obviously his Australian fanbase convinced him to make his way down under so soon again, only this time it was all about his biggest hits.

Traditionally, he started off with “Let Me Entertain You”. The 41-year-old pop star appeared out of a cloud of smoke from beneath the stage being dressed all in black and wearing sunglasses. Robbie was truly having a ‘jolly good time’ while playing the guitar during “Lazy Days”. His megahit “Rock DJ” followed and had the standing audience dancing around. Together with the whole of Perth Arena he performed his hit “Come Undone” and invited his dad Pete Conway on stage for an emotional duet of “Better Man”. Very personal, very moving, very impressive.

While making his way along the walkway he was shaking hands with fans along the stage, kissing some female hands and being the funny “charmeur” he has always been. He performed Lorde’s “Royals” which was followed by his 17-year-old hit “Millenium”. After testing the audience on their lyric skills of his hit “Angels”, he also sang Oasis’ “Wonderwall” and “Supreme” in an accelerated version which made it funny and entertaining and gave his performance of the song a great introduction.

Continuing with the very personal song ”Motherfucker”- a song dedicated to his son Charlton Valentine – Robbie showed his intimate site while accompanying himself on the guitar. A great stage lighting gave the concert the perfect finishing touch. A lasershow during “Feel” added to the atmosphere.

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Photo by Lisa Maria Merta

With humour and in speed voice he talked about his history in boyband Take That, and how he became a superstar – as if nobody knew who he is and where he started. In between he asked: “Perth, am I still your son?” The screaming crowd replied with a definite “Yes”. He performed Take That’s hit “Back for Good” and the historical “The Road to Mandalay” together with the four boys from Lawson who are Robbie’s support band during his Australian part of the tour.

Robbie and his dancers rocked the stage while performing “Kids” as the last song of the main set before returning back on stage for a fantastic cover of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”, his megahit “She’s the One”, followed by “Angels”. The most emotional part of the show was when everybody sang along. “Should I stay or should I go?”, Robbie shouted after the song had finished. Of course nobody wanted him to leave. Frank Sinatra’s “My Way”, the song Robbie performed fourteen years ago in a breathtaking and absolutely moving concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London, gave the show the perfect finish. He had most of the audience left with a big “Wow”. Robbie Williams is just a born entertainer and he keeps getting better and better.

His Let Me Entertain You tour is Robbie’s eleventh’s concert tour and already brought the entertainer to most of Europe earlier this year. Robbie is still to play Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney before flying over to New Zealand for another two shows in Auckland and Wellington.

Until next time Robbie!

Kira Carlin

Editor

Kira is a journalist, a nosy-parker, Editor of Lost Magazine and a devout taker of pictures. When not engaged in hyper-intellectual conversations at the pub (or soapbox rants on feminism), you can find her foraging for weeds in South Fremantle, adopting cats, or researching how to survive off-grid. Her interests include editing, avoiding editing, nesting and ice-cream.

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