IT is three decades since Take That's debut album – and they’re not done yet.
I am chuffed to reveal the man band have been in the studio to work on a new album.
In an exclusive chat with Bizarre, Gary said about the prospect of another album: “We’ve kind of started already. We’ve learnt to work remotely because we live in different parts of the world.
"So I’ll send off a chorus and say, ‘Let me know what you think, lads’, then it will be back a few days later and it’s had a little more written on it.
“You’ll hear a single just before the summer next year and the album will be released around October. And the following year we’ve put the whole of it aside for a world tour. We haven’t done a world tour for years. So we will take this new record everywhere and there will be a few surprise places that we haven’t toured before.”
Mark has recently relaunched his solo career while Howard has been performing DJ gigs.
Gary has been working on his wine brand and has launched Gary Barlow Organic Rose, available in Morrisons or from garybarlowwines.com.
The pals have also been back together working on their upcoming film Greatest Days.
But the money rolling in doesn’t mean their ambition has been dampened.
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Gary continued: “We’re feeling ambitious and ready for hard work. Music isn’t about repetition, so we always want to feel like we are moving forward and chasing new dreams.
“We’ve done a lot as Take That but we haven’t achieved everything we want to achieve. I believe we have years to go yet.”
And while the trio have been working on their movie, former bandmate Robbie Williams has been making a biopic — which he has been quick to tease the other guys about.
Asked who would play him in Robbie’s film, Gary joked: “He will have to be very tall, and very thin. Rob has really teased us about this. He’s said, ‘You wait until you see who we’ve picked for you’ the bugger.
“We can’t wait to see it. Rob’s had a colourful life and that story needs to be told. And what’s lovely is, we also have our own movie with our songs in, and you think, ‘Wow, after all these years, we’ve both got movies out’. It’s a good place to be.”
DOES ED’S PLAN ADD UP ON MATHEMATICS TOUR?
ED Sheeran is no stranger to selling out stadiums to screaming fans.
But the Bad Habits singer says he really craves peace and quiet in his dressing room before going out to entertain thousands on stage with his chart-topping hits.
And he has a cheeky idea for how to get it while on his current Mathematics tour, which will be coming to Wembley for five nights from tomorrow.
Speaking on Aussie radio, he said: “I really wanted to build a dressing room under the stage because I used to really buzz off 50 people in my dressing room before a show.
“But the older I get, it is just knackering when you are catching up with someone you haven’t seen for, like, three years.
“Then you have to catch up with someone else and then someone else and then go and do the show.
“So I was just going to say to people my dressing room is under the stage, so I’m going to roll with that.”
It’s a hard life being so popular.
LORDE ALBUM PAINS
LORDE says it was “painful” seeing the lukewarm reaction to her third studio album Solar Power.
The Royals singer released the record in August and said she has gone through a host of emotions since.
In an email to fans, the singer, who will perform on Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage on Sunday, said: “It’s been a year since I announced the release of Solar Power. I can honestly say it has been the year with the highest highs and lowest lows I think I’ve ever experienced.
“It took people a while to get the album and that response was really confounding and painful to sit with at first.”
On the plus side she has got over her fear of touring.
Lorde added: “I used to sit alone in my hotel room on show days, binge watching Bake Off, (sleeping pill) Ambien and Vitamin D on the bedside, my skin pale, my stomach knotted in fear.
“These days I’m out the door in every city, walking for miles, eating gelato, finding tiny wine bars, trying on vintage clothes down secret streets, laughing with friends, and playing better and better shows for you as a result.”
LOUIS ALBUM KEEPS IT REAL
IT was a singing competition which helped make Louis Tomlinson a household name – and now he is turning to another reality star to help get him back in the charts.
I can reveal the former One Direction star has been writing songs with Scottish musician David Sneddon, who won the first series of the BBC One’s Fame Academy in 2002.
The pair have also teamed up with singer Theo Hutchcraft, best known for being in the band Hurts, to write four songs which have been earmarked for Louis’s second record.
The fruits of their labour are the tracks Silver Tongues, Pre-tender, Saturdays and one with the long-winded title She Is Beauty, We Are World Class, which is believed to have been written about his long-term influencer girlfriend Eleanor Calder.
Louis’s second album has been a long-time coming and there is a lot riding on it, given his former bandmate Harry Styles has now released three records and is selling out stadiums worldwide.
Louis’s 2020 debut, Walls, peaked at No4 and soon after that he split from Simon Cowell's record label Syco, which has since closed down.
Since releasing Stop Living The Lie – his only No1 hit – almost two decades ago, David has moved away from singing and has focused his talents on writing tunes for other artists.
Big names who have released songs he has co-written include Lana Del Rey and Lewis Capaldi.
Perhaps getting him on board is just the boost that Louis needs.
OFF HIS MICK BED
SIR Mick Jagger was in fine form as he returned to the stage for his first performance since catching Covid.
The Rolling Stones were forced to postpone one show and cancel another but he has had a speedy recovery and made a triumphant comeback at the Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, just eight days after testing positive.
He was joined by bandmates Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards, who managed to avoid the virus.
This week they will be heading to London to perform in Hyde Park on Saturday and again on Sunday, July 3.
That should provide fans with plenty of Satisfaction.
GREEN LIGHT FOR DUA
DUA Lipa was channelling the Spotify logo with her bright green dress as she performed at a party for the streaming giant in Cannes.
She jetted to the South of France to sing a string of her biggest hits, including New Rules and Levitating, at the VIP bash held as part of Cannes Lions festival for the creative industries.
Also performing was rapper Post Malone.
The past four months have seen Dua play across North America and Europe on her Future Nostalgia tour, which will continue in Norway on Sunday.
Given she is usually a regular in the VIP area at Glastonbury, I will be surprised if she doesn’t drop by the festival before flying to play her gig in Norwegian capital Oslo.
After all, as one of the biggest pop stars on the planet, it’s only a matter of time before she’s headlining it.
LEW TO GO WILD
THIS year’s Glastonbury emerging talent winner Lewis McLaughlin has landed an impressive slot in the festival line-up.
The Scottish singer, tipped for greatness by Radio 2’s Zoe Ball, will play kooky venue The Rabbit Hole tomorrow at 3pm.
Inspired by Alice In Wonderland, this area of Worthy Farm has hosted some of the wildest nights in Glasto history.
This year promises to be no different, with a truly stellar line-up of weird and wonderful acts.
Take it from me, he’s definitely one to watch.