The video depicts the band setting up in a rehearsal space at Robbie’s Wiltshire home and playing a lean mean cover of AC/DC’s Back In Black as Robbie raps his 2000 hit Kids over the top.
A song he originally recorded with Kylie Minogue in 2000, Robbie alters the lyrics in order to work in Olly Murs’ name, a reference to his support act that will be accompanying him on the tour.
Keyboardist and musical director Paul Beard says: “everybody in the band’s really good fun to be around. It’s a band full of characters and I think that comes out in the sound that they make.”
The video also shows the band hanging out, chatting and playing football and table tennis, as well as the surreal image of Om (the giant mechanical man from Take That’s 2011 Progress Live tour) crouching in a wooded clearing.
Speaking at the press conference announcing the tour in December 2012, Robbie said “I want to deliver a huge tour while I still can and while I’m still capable. I want to put my stamp down and go ‘remember me, this is what I’m good at.’”
Moving onto his support act Olly Murs, Robbie enthused: “He’s smashing it! He’s having hit after hit and I see a lot of myself in him!” The pair have previously sung together during the finals of the 2009 X Factor in which Olly was the runner up, and Robbie dropped some sly hints that he pair may once again duet on a song or two during the tour.
Due to massive demand the tour has expanded from an initial 17 dates to 27 dates, getting several extra dates in London, Manchester, and Glasgow, as well as new dates in Dublin, Norway, Croatia and Switzerland.
You can see the first rehearsal video and a full list of tour dates below. A second rehearsal video will be released soon…
Robbie Williams Take The Crown tour dates
09/06/2013 – Wembly Stadium, London, UK
14/06/2013 – Aviva Stadium, Dublin, ROI
18/06/2013 – Etihad Stadium, Manchester, UK
19/06/2013 – Etihad Stadium, Manchester, UK
21/06/2013 – Etihad Stadium, Manchester, UK
22/06/2013 – Etihad Stadium, Manchester, UK
25/06/2013 – Hampden Park, Glasgow, UK
26/06/2013 – Hampden Park, Glasgow, UK
29/06/2013 – Wembly Stadium, London, UK
30/06/2013 – Wembly Stadium, London, UK
02/07/2013 – Wembly Stadium, London, UK
05/07/2013 – Wembly Stadium, London, UK
10/07/2013 – Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany
13/07/2013 – Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands
17/07/2013 – Krieau, Vienna, Austria
20/07/2013 – Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden
22/07/2013 – Parken, Copenhagen, Denmark
23/07/2013 – Parken, Copenhagen, Denmark
27/07/2013 – AWD-Arena, Hannover, Germany
31/07/2013 – Stadio San Siro, Milan, Italy
03/08/2013 – Koning Baudouinstadion, Brussels, Belgium
07/08/2013 – Olympiastadion, Munich, Germany
11/08/2013 – Mercedes Benz Arena, Stuttgart, Germany
13/08/2013 – Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb, Croatia
16/08/2013 – Stadion Letzigrund, Zurich, Switzerland
20/08/2013 – Tallinn Song Festival Grounds, Tallinn, Estonia
25/08/2013 – Viking Stadion, Stavanger, Norway