Robbie Williams is simply the good time to be had by all.
In September 2014 Australia was treated to ‘The Swing’ tour. It was Robbie Bublé that time. This time it was back to Robbie Williams, pop star.
No-one pops quite like Robbie. He is irreverent, naughty, smutty, fun and damn entertaining. Right at the very start before he even walks in stage the classical ‘Carmina Burana’ is playing to the chant ‘Robbie, Robbie O Robbie’ instead of ‘O Fortuna’. Subtle!
As the first notes to ‘Let Me Entertain You’ begin the two hour ride begins and never slows down.
There is cheeky British comedy (even the Benny Hill theme gets a blast). Robbie’s dad Pete Williams joins him for ‘Better Man’ and is back at the end for ‘Angels’.
Another funny moment is ‘Hot Fudge’ with an audience member joining Robbie for some hilarious bedside graphics.
Then there are the covers, some obvious like ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘I Love Rock N Roll’, some more understated like ‘Royals’ and ‘Whole Lotta Love’. Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was full on, with Robbie singing along to the original Queen video.
Melbourne duo Tim and Flinn were there for ‘Motherfucker’ and opening act Lawson rejoined Robbie for his old Take That number ‘Back For Good’.
So few artists today are real entertainers. Robbie Williams is a rare and gigantic star.
Robbie Williams setlist Melbourne
Intro and Carmina Burana
Let Me Entertain You (from Life Thru A Lens, 1997)
Rock DJ (from Sing When You’re Winning, 2000)
Monsoon (from Escapology, 2002)
Come Undone (from Escapology, 2002)
Me & My Monkey (from Escapology, 2002)
Road To Mandalay (Sing When You’re Winning, 2000)
Back For Good (with Lawson)
Motherfucker (with Tim and Flinn)
Better Man (with Pete Williams) (from Sing When You’re Winning, 2000)
Supreme (from Sing When You’re Winning, 2000)
We Will Rock You/I Love Rock N Roll (Queen/Joan Jett covers)
Hot Fudge (from Escapology, 2002)
Feel (from Escapology, 2002)
Royals/Millennium/Hey Jude (I’ve Been Expecting You, 1998 plus Lorde and The Beatles covers)
Whole Lotta Love/Kids (Led Zeppelin cover/Sing When You’re Winning, 2000)
Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen cover)
She’s The One (I’ve Been Expecting You, 1998)
Angels (from Life Thru A Lens, 1997)
My Way (Paul Anka cover)
Robbie Williams remaining dates
October 24, Melbourne, Rod Laver Arena
October 27 and 28, Sydney, Allphones Arena
October 31, Wellington, Basin Reserve
November 3, Auckland, Vector Arena
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