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THE EGO HAS LANDED

DATES

3 June 1998
LONDON, UK: THE FORUM

4 June 1998
LONDON, UK: THE FORUM

5 June 1998
BIRMINGHAM, UK: ASTON VILLA LEISURE CENTRE

8 June 1998
LONDON, UK: ROYAL ALBERT HALL

15 May 1998
TREFOREST, WALES: GAMORGAN UNIVERSITY

16 May 1998
CHALFONT ST GILES, ENGLAND: BUCKS COLLEGE

20 May 1998
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND: APOLLO THEATRE

21 May 1998
SHEFFIELD, UK: THE OCTAGON

24 May 1998
YORK, UK: BARBICAN

25 May 1998
MIDDLESBROUGH, ENGLAND: TOWN HALL

26 May 1998
HULL, ENGLAND: CITY HALL

28 May 1998
BLACKBURN, ENGLAND: KING GEORGES HALL

30 May 1998
CARLISLE, SCOTLAND: SANDS CENTRE

31 May 1998
BRISTOL, ENGLAND: COLSTON HALL

Kicking off his second UK tour, Robbie was still riding high on the phenomenal success of Angels, which had single-handedly propelled him into the stratosphere of national superstardom!

Suddenly, he was packing out venues and touts were selling tickets at double and triple their face value. With his status soaring from ‘ex-Take That star' to credible solo artist, his predominantly female crowds were starting to bring their boyfriends and a new fan-base was promptly formed.

Robbie was loving his life on the road. With a tight-knit band that doubled up as a temporary family, they were all great friends, travelling from venue to venue on one bus with minimal security.

Nothing had really changed with regards to the shows and the size of the venues...the bigger stage show was being saved for the forthcoming arena tour, which was being planned for early '99.

Quoted in his fanzine, Solo, he said: "No matter how gruelling touring is, I find it really rewarding... It's a very special time for me now and nothing's going to spoil it. I'm relaxed and I feel like I'm finally getting it right. This is the highest I've ever been, I'm on top of the world and I'm feeling great."

Reviews

"This is going to be Robbie's summer. With a rash of gigs lined up before he heads for Glastonbury - that mythical site where, three summers ago, he did first spatter dung on his squeaky-clean Take That brethren - he is striding like some latterday Prince Hal to claim a crown of fame that actually fits him."
The Independent, May 1998

"A version of Take That's signature song, Back For Good, rearranged as a ludicrous punk thrash seemed a little graceless, and a reprise of Let Me Entertain You was perhaps one final onslaught too many, but there was no doubting the galvanising effect on the fans. This was a show which marked the blossoming of a major star."
The Times, May 1998

"This is probably the first gig Robbie has played where he's performed entirely on his own terms. The audience are old enough to be waving lighters in the air during the ballads for a start. And as the Robster points out, "People are throwing beer cans instead of teddies." Everything has turned around to the point where even "Life Thru A Lens" no longer sounds like the Manics' "Australia" - rather "Australia" sounds like "Life Thru A Lens"."
Melody Maker, May 1998

Setlist

Let Me Entertain You
I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind Of Thing
Clean
South Of The Border
Baby Girl Window
One Of God's Better People
There She Goes
Killing Me
Life Thru a Lens
Teenage Millionaire
Lazy Days
Ego a Go Go
Old Before I Die
Angels
Back For Good