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October 21, 2009

BBC Electric Proms: View From The Queue


As the excitement grew, along with the queues, ahead of Robbie's performance at BBC Electric Proms last night, RobbieWilliams.com came over to talk to just a few of you who'd been waiting for what was one of the hottest shows in town to begin.

Read on to find out who was determined to be in the first row, what tracks were on the wishlist and why you think Robbie is electric.

We also caught up with a few of you after the exhilarating set to get your thoughts... the press have already given it top marks and rave reviews, but what did you think?

Don't forget, we want to hear from all of you! If you heard or watched Robbie's show last night, via cinema broadcast, BBC, radio broadcast, or in the audience at the Roundhouse, we want to hear your thoughts. Log in and be sure to leave your comments below.



Who: Joanna from Liverpool
How far did you travel to get here tonight?
I travelled from Liverpool, so it's about... how many miles, not too sure.
How long have you been here?
Since 1 o'clock this morning!
When was the last time you saw Robbie live?
Oh my god, it would have been Leeds in 2006, that tour was just fabulous. I went to see him in Dublin as well.
Have you heard clips of the new album on RobbieWilliams.com? What do you think?
I have! They're absolutely fantastic, I can't wait to hear them all.
Have you got a favourite?
I do like Morning Sun, can't wait to hear more!
What songs are you hoping to hear tonight?
A lot of old classics, obviously Angels, that's going to go down well isn't it, Supreme maybe... I'd love to hear Lazy Days live but sadly he doesn't do that anymore. He only performed it '97 and '98 and he doesn't perform it anymore.
Why is Robbie electric?
Because he is my all time forever idol!

 


Who: Birgit and Nadine from Germany
How far did you travel to get here tonight?
Very far, from Germany. We got here at 9.20 in the morning and there were already too many people..!
When was the last time you saw Robbie live?
The last concert in UK 2006 in Milton Keynes.
Have you heard clips of the new album on RobbieWilliams.com? What do you think?
Yes, we have. They are great! and now we wait and see what the evening brings. We think the old things are better.
Have you got a favourite from the new album?
I don't know the names... Morning Sun is good... You Know Me... great.
What songs are you hoping to hear tonight?
Come Undone, Better Man, Let Me Entertain You.
Why is Robbie electric?
His charisma... sexy!

 



Who: Lorraine and Shirley from Twickenham
How far did you travel to get here tonight?
Not far to travel tonight, only from South London, so not far at all.
How long have you been here?
Since 6 o'clock this morning... early!
When was the last time you saw Robbie live?
Last Sunday at X Factor! It was awesome, it was good fun. The crowd were just lovin' him!
Have you heard clips of the new album on RobbieWilliams.com? What do you think?
Yes, we can't wait to hear the rest of it, it's such a teaser! You can't get a feel for the songs...
Any favourites?
I need to hear them all before I choose, and then when you hear them live, they turn around and some ones that you didn't appreciate first of all turn into something that you really love. And when we think of Astoria (where Robbie first performed for Intensive Care) and we heard that first time live it was just mind-blowing and then you couldn't wait to get the album. We need a tour! When, when, when...!?
What songs are you hoping to hear tonight?
I want Supreme, 'Get on your knees', that's the only one line I want.
Why is Robbie electric?
He makes my hair stand on end!

 



Who: Clair from Cheshire
How far did you travel to get here tonight?
From Cheshire, not far from Stoke, where Robbie's from.
When was the last time you saw Robbie live?
We've never seen him live before, this is our first time, we've always wanted to. It's like a lifelong ambition for us really, we've always loved Robbie!
What songs are you hoping to hear tonight?
I want to hear She's The One, I like Eternity as well... and Rock DJ... and Road To Mandalay as well. We like all of them! And the new one, love his new one, Bodies.
Why is Robbie electric?
He's just gorgeous, talented, a brilliant performer... love him!

 



Who: Lee and Emma from Horsham
How far did you travel to get here tonight?
About an hour and a half, from Horsham... not too far.
When was the last time you saw Robbie live?
Milton Keynes... it was a good gig, Knebworth was better but Milton Keynes was good.
Have you heard clips of the new album on RobbieWilliams.com? What do you think?
Yes, I think it's fantastic, awesome. Bodies is good, Bodies is really good. very Ian Brown. Definitely the right choice for his first release off the album.
What songs are you hoping to hear tonight?
Oh, just all of them! The ice skating one, She's The One, awesome... and the cartoon one... Let Love Be Your Energy. I like some of his Swing stuff as well, Mack The Knife.
Why is Robbie electric?
He just oozes sexuality, he's lovely, I love him... he's brilliant!

 



Who: Rachel and Matt from Aylesbury
How far did you travel to get here tonight?
About 40mins on the train, from Amersham... not too bad. There are people down there with sleeping bags!
When was the last time you saw Robbie live?
This is the first time, we can't wait. She is excited, she didn't know anything about it until this morning... I booked the day off work for her.
Have you heard clips of the new album on RobbieWilliams.com? What do you think?
We like Bodies!
What songs are you hoping to hear tonight?
We want to hear more of his new stuff, but his old stuff as well... what were you singing today in the shower..? She's The One, that's one of my favourites, and I like his Swing stuff as well, like Mr Bojangles.
Why is Robbie electric?
He's just amazing, just gorgeous, I love him. We saw him, he came down, we got to see him. He's just so nice, genuine, lovely. He said he was feeling really calm, he's not nervous and he can't wait.

 

 


Who: Caroline, Donna and Jo from Berkshire
How far have you travelled to get here tonight?
About an hour by car, from Berkshire.
When was the last time you saw Robbie live?
Knebworth.
Heard any of the new album?
No, just Bodies. The rest is going to be a surprise tonight. Bodies is different in a good way I suppose! We're just getting used to it really!
What songs are you hoping to hear tonight?
Angels! Rock DJ, Mr Bojangles, Let Me Entertain You.
Why is Robbie electric?
Because he's mad and sexy!

 



Who: Joyce, Katie, Andy and Jordan from Aberdeen
How far have you travelled to get here tonight?
Probably about 700 miles from Aberdeen. We travelled down this morning, staying in London overnight and going home tomorrow.
When was the last time you saw Robbie live?
His last gig at Hampden Park a good couple of years ago.
Heard any of the new album?
Well I've heard Bodies and I've downloaded it. I hope he gets to number 1. I'm disappointed he got to number 2, but I think he'll get there though. I think Bodies is brilliant actually; I love all the music and all the instrumental stuff so it is a really, really good track. I'm excited for the new album!
What songs are you hoping to hear tonight?
Probably She's The One is one of them that we really like, some of his old stuff - like Come Undone. There's not really a bad one, everything!
Why is Robbie electric?
I think it's just Robbie, Robbie is just a character isn't he? His music makes you feel fantastic. He's a born entertainer, you just have to look at him and you just feel good. He's got the full package!

 


Who: May and Sarah from Telford
How far have you travelled to get here tonight?
150 miles - about three hours by the time we got into London. And then another few hours trying to find a parking space!
When was the last time you saw Robbie live?
At Knebworth in 2003.
Heard any of the new album?
Only his new song, which is good. We don't mind what he sings, as long as he sings!
What songs are you hoping to hear tonight?
Come Undone we like. She's The One, Angels and the new one, Bodies.
Why is Robbie electric?
He's a good entertainer, he's brilliant on the stage. He's just a showman. I think he's always really glad that you're there, he seems to be with you, down to earth and a bit humble too.

 



Who: Kirsty and John from Ipswich
How far have you travelled to get here tonight?
Nearly two hours by train.
When was the last time you saw Robbie live?
Milton Keynes Bowl in 2006.
Heard any of the new album?
Yes, I've heard it on RobbieWilliams.com - I really like it. I mean, it's different, but I'm a big Robbie fan anyway. My favourite is Bodies at the moment but I have pre-ordered the album so looking forward to hearing it.
What songs are you hoping to hear tonight?
I think now he's doing more stuff, and different stuff to the Robbie we know, there's certain songs I'd like him to play tonight but even if it's tracks we've never heard, especially off the new album, it's still Robbie! John wants to hear Feel, I want to hear Phoenix From The Flames. Also things like Come Undone, Me And My Monkey... anything!
Why is Robbie electric?
It's not electric, it's a buzz. He's got us there in the palm of his hand. He's such a brilliant entertainer. Even if don't get up close and personal tonight it's not going to matter. At Knebworth and Milton Keynes we were in the front row, but it's the whole being there. People who've never seen him tonight will realise how personal this is because from 135ꯠ to this capacity is nothing!

 


Who: Ian and Gary from London
How far have you travelled to get here tonight?
We've travelled from Greenwich, so quite close.
When was the last time you saw Robbie live?
We've both never seen him before, this is the first time! We heard about tickets on Radio 1 and everyone's really jealous at work that we got some!
Heard any of the new album?
Only Bodies; it's good. It's a bit more of classic Robbie I suppose.
What songs are you hoping to hear tonight?
Let Me Entertain You, No Regrets.
Why is Robbie electric?
Because he is plugged in. Wherever he goes he just lights the space up.

 



Who: Carolyn from Ealing
How far have you travelled to get here tonight?
It took me about an hour to get here; drove to Euston then got the train across.
When was the last time you saw Robbie live?
Milton Keynes, 2006. This is my sixth time; I was at Knebworth - I've done the whole thing.
Heard any of the new album?
Yeah, I've heard it on RobbieWilliams.com. It's alright actually, I think it's better than Rudebox; it's a bit more of the old Robbie Williams - which is best. I quite like the third track, You Know Me.
What songs are you hoping to hear tonight?
No Regrets, Let Me Entertain You. Angels, definitely... it's my college song. I think we can guarantee hearing that one tonight!
Why is Robbie electric?
He's beautiful! Loved him since 1998 from Glastonbury and I could listen to his songs all day.

 

 

After the show...

You can watch 45 minutes of extended highlights of Robbie's show below (apologies if you can't see this, this video is only available to viewers in UK as it's controlled by BBC)... then read on to find out what some of those that were luck enough to be in the audience thought


Who:
Julie
What did you think for the show tonight?
Brilliant, absolutely brilliant, Robbie rocks! Bodies, Angels, No Regrets, just absolutely fantastic. New stuff - really really good!

 


Who: Joanne
What did you think for the show tonight?
Absolutely brilliant, as usual, I only expected that. But it was really really good... back to his best! New stuff is really catchy, he got the crowds going and he was fantastic; he always interacts with the crowd brilliantly. We were stood next to a couple of people who don't normally come to Robbie gigs and they loved it, even the chaps were up jumping and calling out "Robbie"! Brilliant... definitely worth the trip.

 


Who: Jenna and her mum from Dundee
What did you think for the show tonight?
Absolutely amazing. Feel was brilliant... Angels always... and all his new stuff is really good as well. What was the like 1950s song.... Morning Sun, that's it, all of his songs are so good, he's totally back on top form again. So please to see him back, he looks so good and so happy... and gorgeous! He's a bit of alright, Robbie... getting better with age.

 


Who: Joanne from Essex
What did you think for the show tonight?
Just absolutely fantastic, he's back, he's definitely back. he was just amazing. It felt like we were in there for one minute, it went so quickly. All of his new stuff is so good! The whole night was excellent.

 


Who: Susan from Brighton
What did you think for the show tonight?
It was fantastic... best gig ever! He was on top form, his voice was amazing the new songs were brilliant. The new stuff is fantastic and I can't wait for the album!

 


Who: Sandra from Holland
What did you think for the show tonight?
It was brilliant, absolutely great. It was great to have him back, we missed him.  We like the new album, especially Morning Sun!