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    Take That takes the stage on Monday's edition of "The Late Late Show With James Corden."

    Last week, CBS generated excitement when it announced that veteran English pop group Take That would be performing on the March 23 “The Late Late Show With James Corden.”

    It generated even more excitement Monday morning, when it revealed that the performance would actually be airing as part of the March 20 episode.

    The performance marks Take That’s first appearance on the Corden-hosted late show.

    It concludes an episode that also features appearances by Abigail Spencer, Ben Platt and Tim Minchin.

    The episode began airing at 12:35AM on the east coast (and will air at that time on the west coast). The performance will likely start at around 1:26AM.

    CBS’ photos from the taping follow:


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  • Can Take That handle a grilling from London’s mums?

    We celebrate Mother’s Day by asking Take That questions from London’s mums. Cue a chat about ‘proper’ jobs, the birds and the bees and spandex-wrapped testicles...



    ‘This feels like weird yoga,’ laughs Gary Barlow, as he lies on a photo studio floor, his legs crisscrossed in the air. ‘Or Take That Tetris!’ says bandmate Mark Owen, sprawled to the left in a tangle of skinny boho scarves. ‘I feel like a box is going to drop between my legs at any moment,’ adds final member, Howard Donald, who’s also flat on his back.

    The three fortysomethings, who are currently arranged like videogame blocks for our cameras, first met in 1990, brought together by a manager who wanted to create a Brit version of US pop group New Kids On The Block. Take That went on to become one of the most blockbusting boy bands ever: 56 Number One singles and 37 Number One albums worldwide and the quickest-selling tour in UK history.

    ‘No one was sure we were going to last two seconds,’ reflects Gary during our lunch break, as Howard distributes magma-hot chilli sauce across his plate (apparently he smothers it over ‘everything his lips touch except his wife’).

    ‘Acid house was huge and lads like us weren’t being signed because male vocal groups were seen as being from an earlier time,’ Barlow continues. ‘But with so many faceless dance acts, there was no one to go on the covers of magazines like Jackie and Smash Hits. The industry was crying out for some new blokes.’

    ‘We’re one of the few boybands who became more successful when we put our clothes on’

    As a high-schooler, my bedroom walls were plastered with Take That posters, smeared with Rimmel lipstick kisses. I tell Gary how, aged 13, I bought a copy of More! for the TT pics, found a page of oral sex tips, and naively thought: You have to blow on willies? Do they need cooling down? ‘At that age, yes,’ he laughs. ‘Yes they do.’

    Nowadays the band consists of three-fifths of the original line-up, with ex-members Robbie Williams and Jason Orange hokey-cokeying in and out for cameos. It doesn’t appear to have lessened TT’s TNTesque capacity to make fans’ hearts explode. The boys just launched album ‘Wonderland’ and start a huge accompanying tour on May 5.

    Despite their continued success, there’s not a whiff of ‘jaded diva’ about the band. I’d imagine that when you’ve done more cover shoots than you’ve had hot (chilli-drizzled) dinners, it’d be easy to get grouchy, but the trio chirpily pull every pose requested of them while bantering nonsense (‘Whatever happened to Jammie Wagon Wheels?’).

    When our photographer comments that it’d be fun to have a drone shoot the guys from above, Mark replies that he just bought one for his ten-year-old son Elwood: ‘The controller broke and we just had to wave it goodbye as it drifted away,’ he giggles. ‘Gutted! Poor Elwood was so crestfallen.’


    ‘Robbie can come and go whenever he pleases, the same as Jason can’

    Take That all seem to place high importance on their roles as dads. And just as the threesome have grown up into fathers, many of their hardcore fans from the ’90s are now parents too. With Mother’s Day coming up, we invited London’s TT-lovin’ mamas to get in touch via Twitter with their very own questions for their favourite band:

    Katie asks: ‘What are your earliest memories of your mums?’
    Mark Owen: ‘I walked out of school one December day to see my mum pedalling down the street on a BMX Ultra Burner. She’d bought it for me on a savings scheme and decided to ride it home from the store. A week later the bike turned up under the tree for me. She was so strong. She’d regularly walk three miles back from Oldham town centre with 30 Tesco shopping bags under her arms.’ 
    Howard Donald: ‘And a bucket of water balanced on her head.’
    Mark: ‘On a Thursday she’d have extra bags from Park Cake Bakery, where for 10p they’d give you cut-offs bits of spare cake.’ 
    Gary Barlow: ‘My earliest memory of my mum is her razzing about on a moped. None of the other kids’ mums whizzed around on a Vespa.’

    Rashmi asks: ‘Did your mums give you “the birds and the bees” talk?’
    Howard: ‘I learned the ins and outs from my older brothers, but I was more interested in breakdancing and bikes than girls until I was about 18. I kept my hands to myself! It didn’t help that I looked young even in my late teens. Bouncers were always turning me away from pubs.’

    Louise asks: ‘Can you give us any cheeky clues about what to expect from the “Wonderland” tour?’ 
    Mark: ‘We’re performing in the round, which presents wonderful opportunities, but also problems! We wanted to do something different, and we got all excited about this new format and announced it before we’d figured out exactly how it was going to work…’
    Gary: ‘The issue with it being in the round is that for 50 percent of the gig you might have your back to a part of the audience. We’ve had to choreograph everything to keep the whole room engaged and make sure that everyone in the crowd gets equal time seeing each band member.’

    ‘People were much more judgmental about jelly in the early ’90s’

    Lucy says: ‘The video for 1992 track “Do What U Like”, where you’re rolling in jelly semi-nude, was a big influence on my sexual awakening (and that of my gay best friend). How did the concept come about? I appreciate you weren’t afraid of welcoming an LGBTQ audience.’
    Gary: ‘I remember being given about £300 and told “Go and get yourselves some outfits,” so me and Jay [Jason Orange] picked up a load of fringed leather jackets from Kensington Arcade and G-strings from [gay sex shop] Clonezone.’ 
    Mark: ‘I think we’re one of the few boybands who became more successful when we put our clothes on.’ 
    Howard: ‘You see a lot of my spandex-wrapped testicles in that video.’ 
    Gary: ‘I know it’s ridiculous, but there’s still something in there that you can relate to now…’ 
    Mark: ‘Yeah, Howard’s balls!’ 
    Gary: ‘Ha! But seriously: even way back then it wasn’t enough for us to just wander round looking moody in suits. It’s the same with touring now.’ 
    Mark: ‘Yeah, and it was a long time ago, attitudes [about LGBTQ culture] were different. In some ways we were trying to take down some of the barriers that were around.’
    Howard: [Winking] ‘People were much more judgmental about jelly in the early ’90s.’

    Anita asks: ‘OM-actual-G! Robbie Williams recently rejoined you to sing “The Flood” live on “Let It Shine”. What was it like to reunite?’ 
    Howard: ‘Brilliant! Robbie can come and go whenever he pleases, the same as Jason can. We’re more relaxed about it than people think. It didn’t feel any different to when he came on the 2011 “Progress” tour.’

    Rah says: ‘Got any tips to maintain your creative space outside of school runs, nappy changes and 175 hours of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”?’ 
    Mark: ‘We try to get a period of time for every record where we go away on our own. We head to New York, to Electric Lady Studios built by Hendrix. The time difference works in our favour – we say goodnight to everyone in the UK, then still have hours to focus on music.’

    Delia asks: ‘What did your mums used to shout at you for as kids?’ 
    Mark: ‘One time I was playing football in my backyard with my brother in goal. I decided I was going to smack a penalty at him as hard as I could, but the ball went straight through the window behind him. I got it into my head that if I just pulled all the glass out, and drew the curtains, mum wouldn’t notice that there was a gap instead of a pane of glass. That plan didn’t work.’ 
    Gary: ‘When was that? Last week?’


    ‘Mother’s Day is really expensive for me now. I have four kids by three different mothers’

    Lisa asks: ‘What mementoes from your childhood have your mums kept?’ 
    Howard: ‘My mum’s got my first curl in a box. Pube curl. No! My first little head hair golden curl.’ 
    Gary: ‘My mum’s got lots of home movies of me. When I watch them back, my dad’s never in them, because he was filming. I make a point of getting in the shots when I’m making films with my family.’

    Bronwyn asks: ‘What would you do if your kids wanted to go into music?’ 
    Gary: ‘I’d tell them to go for it. My parents were always really supportive of me, even though I come from a background where you’re usually expected to get a “proper job”, and being in Take That is not what I’d class as “a proper job”.’ 
    Howard: ‘My mum was so upset when I told her I was leaving my role as a vehicle painter and panel beater to join a band. She knew that the £25 a week I was paying towards the rent was about to disappear!’

    Jill asks: ‘What’s your favourite book to read as a bedtime story?’ 
    Howard: ‘I bought “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” the other day for my son Bowie. He’s discovered that trick where I get three pages in and he decides he’s picked the wrong story and wants another one...’ 
    Gary: ‘I’ve been treating my kids to a story called “The Daddy Who Went to the Dentist”. It’s a tale about a dad who eats too many sweeties and has to have a root canal.’

    Finally, how will you be celebrating Mother’s Day with your families? 
    Mark: ‘I’ll get my children to draw pictures for their mum. My daughter drew a sketch of me the other day, but she painted a smiling poo emoji on my head. I started to worry about whether she thought I was crap.’ 
    Howard: ‘Mother’s Day is really expensive for me now. I have four kids by three different mothers, and I have to treat them all.’ 
    Gary: ‘Now you know how Rod Stewart feels.’

    ‘Wonderland’ is out now. Take That play six nights at The O2, Jun 6-12.




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  • 'WE TRIED TO CONVINCE HIM TO STAY' Take That’s Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen reveal why Jason Orange really left the band

    The trio also open up about Robbie Williams returning, share the secret to a successful showbiz marriage and address THOSE Las Vegas residency rumours


    GARY Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen are in the eye of a storm.

    A huge team of stylists, a glam squad, assistants and set builders buzz, fuss and preen around them.


    But they barely seem to notice.

    Instead, they catch up and gossip (despite having already spent most of the week together) while tucking into a hearty full English breakfast or – for health-conscious Gary – smoked salmon and poached eggs.

    (It’s no wonder the Let It Shine judge, 46, isn’t shy later about showing off the super-toned results of his hard work, whipping off his shirt and
    trousers in front of a packed studio to change before taking his turn in front of the camera.)



    Behind the scenes at the band’s first Fabulous shoot, Howard, 48, is showing off his “baby eye bags”, having been woken every two hours the night before by one-month-old son Dougie Bear.

    Mark, 45, meanwhile, is looking suitably relaxed as he gets a face massage from the band’s make-up artist.

    Perhaps it’s this laid-back approach that has helped them overcome potential career-ending obstacles to remain the UK’s most successful man band, despite now being two members down.

    When Robbie Williams quit in 1995, a bitter war of words followed (mainly aimed at Gary), but the past has been firmly put behind them and after reforming in 2006, Robbie, 43, made a jubilant temporary return in 2010 for the Progress album and tour, before departing again a year later.

    Then, in late 2014, the band took a blow when Jason Orange, 46, released a statement announcing he was also leaving. He’s since kept out of the spotlight.

    Their future was at crisis point and everything they’d achieved lay in the balance. However, they returned victorious with III, which went straight to No.1 in the album charts.

    To date, Take That have racked up seven UK No.1 albums and 12 UK No.1 singles, and won eight Brit Awards.

    Now they’re back with eighth studio album Wonderland and a tour that starts in Birmingham this May. And although they’re just a trio, their passion is anything but reduced.

    From the gentle ribbing that Howard gets about his age, to Gary dancing around the room and Mark being full of hugs for everyone, this seems the happiest Take That have been in a long time.

    We sit down with the guys to discuss why Robbie and Jason are always welcome back, how to be successful husbands and fathers, and whether those Las Vegas residency rumours are true.

    Why do you think Take That have such staying power?

    Gary I think it’s the audience. It was a really uncertain time when Jay left, but we knew we wanted to carry on. When Jason released his statement we sat for a couple of days watching social media. It was so positive and, even if we didn’t want to come back, you’d read that and go: “We have to come back.” Then it posed a lot of questions, like how do we approach this as a three?

    Howard It’s loving the music and your job. I don’t really do or know anything else

    Mark Who wouldn’t want to do this?

    G It’s ridiculous!

    M We’re very fortunate that we’ve been able to do it for a long time.

    G You’re going to like this one: it’s like planning a big holiday. Along the route we’re going to see all these amazing pictures and meet incredible people. It’s a big adventure

    G You’re absolutely right. We’re all committed and still really enjoying what we do. With our last album III we didn’t know whether Jason was in or out. It wasn’t made as a three – it was made as a hopeful four. We really enjoyed making Wonderland.

    H It reflects how we’re feeling as a group of three and where we are now. There’s a lot of positivity.

    G For our audience, I think this is an important record. The one thing we hate is them feeling like they don’t know what we’re doing, [like] are we going to split? We’re telling them: “We’re here and loving this. As long as you’re there enjoying it, we’ll be here doing it.”

    M Making the record has been a bit of a journey for us. We wanted to show some grounding and real stability.

    There was a backlash from some people when Spice Girls Geri Horner, Emma Bunton and Mel B tried to reform as GEM last year. How have you avoided similar criticism?

    G I missed that! That’s clever.

    M What could we have been? GHM? We need a vowel.

    H Maybe it’s because they dropped two members in one go.

    M Ours is so confusing that we sort of get away with it! [Laughing] Someone could come back tomorrow and we’d be like: “Yeah, whatever!”

    G It’s a tricky one. You’ve always got to remember what you mean to people and we constantly underestimate that. Even when we were bringing Rob back and becoming a five-piece, he was very sensitive to it. He thought we should be called something else and was like: “I don’t want to insult Take That fans.” For a while we called ourselves The English and then we were like: “What are we doing?”

    Do you now feel like you understand the full reason behind Jason’s departure in 2014?

    M [Shakes his head] I don’t think there’s a reason. It’s quite simple: he doesn’t want to do it. It’s not like he has a bad ankle, that would be easier. It’s his choice and we’ve got to respect that. We tried our best to convince him. We’re still in contact. We always try to keep him involved in everything that we do to some extent, so he knows what our plans are. Every now and again we drop into conversation: “Hey, do you fancy
    coming back next year?”

    H We’ve been practising Wooden Boat [which Jason has lead vocals on] and it sounds really good. We just need a vocalist!

    Was it crucial for you to maintain that friendship?

    M The most important thing is that he’s happy. He’s not going: “I wish I could come back,” because he knows he could. He’s happy doing what he’s doing.

    H We had a great relationship and when he decided to leave, it was done amicably.

    G That’s the important bit. We’ve had that before [when things didn’t end well with Robbie] and we’ll do anything not to go there again. It has been left on a good note and it’s an open door for Jay and Rob. This band is for us all to come and go as we please.

    M There’s an open door – we just haven’t told them where it is!

    If one of the three of you also decided to leave, would that mean the end of Take That?

    M Unless someone did a swap: “I’m going out the door and he’s coming in.” We’d be like the Sugababes. I don’t know, it’s hard to tell. If I was the one who left, it would be up to the two who remain if they wanted to carry on.

    G Howard, we could be the new Erasure.

    M They’ve wanted to be a duo ever since day one, let me tell you!

    If you could only have Jason or Robbie back permanently, who would you pick?

    G Argh, that’s unfair! We can’t answer that.

    When did you last speak to Jason?

    M It was my birthday in January so I got a message then. He remembers things like that.

    When did you know you’d made the right decision to stay together as a band?

    M I don’t mean this disrespectfully, but when I see pictures of the three of us, it looks right. It took time and at first I was like: “I don’t recognise that band. It looks odd.” Now it’s stranger to see a picture of four of us.

    Last year it emerged Robbie didn’t know what a cucumber looked like – have there been aspects of the real world that you’ve struggled with?

    H [Confused face] What do you mean he didn’t know what a cucumber looked like? [The whole band crack up]

    M I spent four or five years with my curtains closed because of people outside the house. Then one day there was nobody outside and you could open the curtains. Little things, like daylight coming through the windows. And one of the weirdest things when everything stopped, was not having your day planned.

    G We were so young the first time round that someone put a pause on life when we entered that group and took the finger off when we left. When it does [disappear], it presents a shock.

    H When the group first came towards an end, it always felt like the grass was greener on the other side. Then once you’re out of it, you want to go back.

    G It was utter chaos, wasn’t it?

    M Boredom is a hard thing for anyone to cope with. I still struggle with sitting and doing nothing.

    G It’s important to find an hour where you’re not a doer.

    What do you do with that hour?

    G I read a lot [and recently read] a book on CEOs, people who are changing the world. They all have these mechanisms that make their next eight hours of work far better and more focused.

    H When I’ve meditated afterwards my head space is clear.

    You have 10 kids between you (Gary has Daniel, 16, Emily, 14, and Daisy, eight; Mark has Elwood Jack, 10, Willow Rose, eight, and Fox India, four; Howard has Grace, 17, with his ex Victoria Piddington, Lola, 12, with ex Marie-Christine Musswessels, as well as Bowie Taylan, 14 months, and Dougie Bear, one month, with wife Katie Halil), so how do you juggle band commitments and fatherhood?

    H It’s difficult because we all have different situations. Two of my kids are with different mothers, so it makes life a bit more complicated. Once you’re at home you savour it and try to be the best dad you can. Even when you’re on tour you take them on the road because you want them to be part of everything.

    M I absolutely love being a dad – it changes everything in your life. Sometimes you can get lost in this world, but then you go home, and they do and say the most wonderful things. In many ways it keeps us young and gives us a new lease of life.

    H [Clutching his eye bags] It keeps us young!

    M I love seeing their excitement over the tiniest little things.

    Do they know their dads are part of Take That?

    H I don’t think I’ve ever explained it – it’s one of those things that gradually merges into their lives. It’s difficult because I have got a 17 year old and, since watching me on TV, she has wanted to go on The X Factor or some sort of talent show.

    Have you encouraged that?

    H I sort of didn’t want to. I didn’t want my daughter to be upset because it’s a really tough thing to handle if you don’t get through. Being famous, with all the media [pressure] about how to look… It all gets in their heads. It’s quite a difficult world for teenagers.

    G Especially girls… It’s pressure.

    You’re all happily married (Gary to former Take That dancer Dawn Andrews since 2000, Mark to actress Emma Ferguson since 2009 and Howard to illustrator Katie since 2015). So what’s the secret to a strong showbiz marriage?

    H Letting us work. I probably speak for all of us here – it’s about understanding where we’ve come from and our love of what we do. When you start going out with somebody they have to understand – if they don’t like it, but you’re loving it, they’re not right for you.

    Are you embracing being in your late 40s?

    M Do we look in our 40s? When you take pictures you don’t think that, but the number seems big and you go: “God, we’re all old.” I remember, growing up, 40 seemed really old.

    G I remember my dad turning 40 and it felt really old.

    H I’m 50 next year!

    G Are you going to do something? You have to do something.

    H [Joking] Yeah, stay in and be miserable!

    Do you treat yourself to expensive creams, facials or Botox?

    G I don’t consider any of those things you’ve just said.

    H I’d run a mile from a needle! I’d never have anything on my face.

    M Cut to five years from now…

    H [Pulling back his skin and pouting] I’ll be like: “I’ve not had surgery!” [They all laugh]

    Gary’s known for embracing a healthy lifestyle – has that rubbed off on you two?

    H I’ve kicked it up [a notch] since January because of the tour. I’m doing more yoga and have got a personal trainer. I also go swimming a lot. My eating is 60/40 healthy.

    M You get to a certain stage where you want to feel your best, not your worst.

    G If you’re starting the day feeling crap then something has to change.

    How wild are your nights out now?

    G People think because I’m healthy I never drink. Bloody hell, I’m drinking red wine on the regular. These guys’ kids are still young, but ours have grown up so we get out a lot.

    Do you have any unfulfilled ambitions?

    M I’ve always wanted to do directing and film. I once got the application forms to join a film college, but haven’t filled them in yet. I’d like to direct one of our videos.

    Howard, you recently tweeted that The Band isn’t just a Gary Barlow musical, it’s a group effort, after it was only Gary who appeared as a judge on BBC1’s Let It Shine show to find the stars. Was that sparked by frustration?

    H I wanted to correct it, that’s all – it blew up a bit. I should have thought before tweeting. I get myself in trouble all the time!

    M It’s right though. We all want to feel a part of it and are producers on the stage show. The TV show was more Gary’s thing, as I don’t think we could do it like Gaz does.

    H I don’t envy Gary doing it. If I’d been asked to be a judge at the side of him, I’d have said no.

    Is there any truth in the rumours of a Las Vegas residency?

    G We have been offered. We were thinking of doing it this year or next. I don’t know where we are up to! When we commit we want it to be the right thing. In our heads, this year is all about touring and getting Wonderland out, but who knows about next year.

    Take That’s new album Wonderland is out Friday. New single Giants is available to stream and download now.




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  • Robbie Williams set to release new album Under The Radar Volume 2 on YouTube

    ROBBIE WILLIAMS has finally got round to using YouTube for the benefit of his music.

    After years trawling the video-sharing site to indulge his UFO obsession, the superstar will release his second album in as many years on there.

    In a BEYONCE-style first for Robbie, he intends to drip-feed each track from Under The Radar Volume 2, which is the follow-up to his 2014 collection of B-sides and rarities, on YouTube.

    It will give him a chance to put out tracks that did not make last year’s No1 album, The Heavy Entertainment Show.

    A source said: “Robbie has the songs recorded and ready to go.

    “The tracklisting for The Heavy Entertainment Show was meticulously picked by him as he wanted it to have a certain sound but he has loads of great music still in the vault.

    “There’s also intriguing stuff left over from previous albums that fans will want to hear.

    “After previously keeping his fans waiting so long for new music he wants to keep them interested.”

    The bold move is a sensible one for Robbie, as it means he i’s staying relevant and keeping up with modern pop stars who are increasingly releasing music online first.

    The traditional three-year album and tour cycle enjoyed by artists down the years is becoming less fashionable, with many now dropping tracks whenever they want.

    Robbie will put his songs on YouTube during his upcoming tour, which kicks off at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester in June.

    So fans will get a taste of the album before the complete package at Christmas.

    Once the tour is wrapped and he’s had a rest, Robbie is then likely to once again join forces with TAKE THAT for their special 25th anniversary Greatest Hits album.

    The band will then take the collection on the road in 2018, which GARY BARLOW believes will be their biggest ever tour.

    Robbie will have a lot of fun looking back at the highlights on YouTube.





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  • Take That join James Corden for a Carpool Karaoke Red Nose Day special

    Apparently it takes more than 30 cameras to film Carpool Karaoke – and there's a convoy involved

    Take That will join James Corden for a special edition of Carpool Karaoke as they take a Red Nose Day spin around Los Angeles.

    Ahead of the skit airing on Friday 24th March, Take That's Mark Owen, Howard Donald and Gary Barlow have lifted the bonnet to show Carpool Karaoke's inner workings. 

    "It was an amazing experience filming,” Donald told the new edition of Radio Times. “You don’t realise how much work goes into it.

    "As soon as you get in the car you’ve got 30, 40 cameras pointing at you from different angles. You have to be sitting in a certain position. There’s a crew of about 25 people. You’re in convoy, and you’re driving around LA for almost three hours.” 





    And does Corden actually drive, instead of being towed around on a trailer as some have speculated? It seems so. 

    “He doesn’t drive fast,” Barlow explains. But the route is far from exciting: “The trouble with LA is, there’s too many cars. So there’s a circuit they do where the roads are quite clear, so you keeping moving.” 

    The Take That frontman went on to confirm that the skit is not part of an effort from the band to crack the US market. 

    At the time of their 1996 split they were on the brink of making it on the other side of the Atlantic, but despite their 2006 reunion, Take That remains largely unknown on the other side of the pond. Not that they seem to mind. 

    “Let’s be clear,” Barlow said. “We don’t have any designs on breaking America. We honestly don’t. We’re at the wrong point in our career. We celebrate still having a career in Europe!”






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