When our Take That tribute band met Take That!
Well it’s almost a year ago since it happened! So we thought we’d take a trip back down memory lane to remember the time our Take That tribute band ‘Rule The World’ were lucky enough to meet the real Take That!… and Julie Walters… and Nicole Kidman… And Hugh Bonneville… and Graham Norton… of course!
See below the blog our Matt wrote at the time about the bands experience!
“Hello friends of our Take That tribute band ‘Rule The World’. It’s Matt here who plays Mark Owen in the band and I wanted to write a short blog telling you all about our experience of what really was the ‘Greatest Day’ of our life! We met Take That!! Arghhh!
It’s been one of the most incredible moments in our tribute bands history and it’s one we’ll certainly ‘Never Forget’. (Sorry I’ll stop with all the cheesy lines). We’ve been doing this job for almost 7 years now and have always been careful to have such great attention to detail to the real Take That. We pride ourselves on being the best and take such care in being as accurate as we can with the mannerisms, the voices, the costumes – everything!
We’ve been incredibly lucky to have some AMAZING jobs throughout our time. We’re so so grateful for it all! We’ve performed on the outstanding Royal Caribbean cruise ships as a headline act on the ships beautiful theatre with an eleven piece band backing us. We’ve had a fantastic contract with Butlins holidays parks for the last year performing alongside some amazing acts such as S Club, East 17, Damage, Garath Gates and Bobby Davro. We’ve headlined some amazing festivals around the world including festivals in Spain and Germany! Performed in some brilliant theatre’s around the UK including Manchester Palace, Edinburgh Playhouse, Leeds Grand, York Opera House to name just a few out of the 100’s we did! And of course we were very lucky enough to be asked to perform for Coldplay and their management team and friends that included Melanie C and Edith Bowman at a private party.
But getting the call last Thursday caused the biggest excitement to date – the opportunity to come face to face with the real Take That! WOW!
The producer told me that they had looked on our website and liked the look of us and would be really interested in featuring us on The Graham Norton Show to ask us about being in a tribute to Take That and talk about the effect’s of Jason leaving the real band etc.
We then had various calls backwards and forwards as at the time it was just a proposed idea and may not get the green light. We were all so excited at the prospect and were thrilled to be given such an amazing opportunity.
Finally after various phone calls – we got the go ahead! We were to be travelling to London to film the Graham Norton show and meet Take That!
It was suddenly all happening so fast and me and the other boys decided that we needed to quickly find some time to go out and get some new clobber for this special event.
We ran around the shops in a mad dash among the frantic Christmas shoppers and tried to find outfits that would show our individual parts but also keep a general style throughout so we still looked like ‘a band’ – it’s not as easy as it looks! We’re 4 guys who don’t actually get out that much!
Eventually we settled on the look. Gabriel (our Howard) went for a quick hair trim to sport Howard’s most up to date look and that was it. We were on the train to London!
I don’t think any of us could quite believe what was happening. But at the same time we didn’t want to get too excited in case it didn’t come off – we were aware of how things can quickly change in television. We were also made aware that even though we would be filming the show, our footage might not make the final edit and therefore we may not even be featured on the show!
As we arrived at the London studio’s we were greeted by the production team and taken through to our dressing room, next to our dressing room was the make-up room and I couldn’t help but notice Nicole Kidman and a group of dancers in there getting made up. At the other side of our dressing room we could hear Graham Norton rehearsing with his team. It was all very surreal.
We then got changed and made our way into the canteen where we were briefed on the show and then could chill out before the show started. Take That were in the studio sound checking and soon after we caught a glimpse of Mark Owen as he walked right by us with his team. We didn’t want to make a fuss so just acted natural and pretended we didn’t see him! We thought we had best be professional but of course we just wanted to run over and have a chat!
Soon it was building up to the start of the show. We all started to feel a little nervous. What if it didn’t go well? What if none of us knew what to say? What if we come across as being really stupid?
Dan was particularly nervous as he had a pretty bad cold at the time and was really worried how he would sound! I really felt for him! Before we knew it, the producers came over and told us they were ready to take us to our seats and begin the show! This was it! It was about to happen…
It was such a crazy situation. As we were taken to our seats there was a certain adrenaline that kicks in. It suddenly dawned on us that not only will we be meeting and speaking to Take That… but there’s a chance that everything we say will get aired to millions of people. pretty scary though!
We had 4 seats set aside with our names on and then nervously awaited the beginning of the show. To start with there was a warm up compere that got the audience into the spirit of things – not that they needed warming up too much as the room was full with plenty of excited Take That fans!
The show got under way and Graham was brilliant! Soon he was joined by top celebrities Nicole Kidman, Julie Walters and Hugh Bonneville. It was great getting to watch the show and seeing the interview. The guests were all brilliant and it was crazy to have such A List celebrities sat chatting just footsteps away from us!
At times I almost forgot why we were there and the nerves went away as we just sat watching and enjoying the show. Then waves would hit me reminding me we were there for a very special reason.
Eventually Take That came out and did their thing. The interview was going brilliant and we were so worried that we would end up messing our bit up. Before we knew it we’d reached the moment where Graham Norton was giving us the cue line – “I feel sorry for the Take That tribute bands out there”.
As soon as Dan spoke, the real Gary Barlow said “He talks like me”.
Take That then performed their new single ‘These Days’ which was brilliant to watch up close and personal. At the end of the song Mark Owen shouted over to us “Jay, come down on stage and join us” to which our Jason (Joe Currey) tried to get over but didn’t quite make it out of his seat as we were boxed in! Shame!
It was all over so quick but seemed to go really well. As the show came to a close, a member of the production company came over to our row and instructed us 4 to leave our seats early and come backstage. This was the moment we’d waited so long for. The moment to meet Take That one on one.
We stood waiting and then saw them coming down the corridor towards us. It was amazing. We all shock each members hands and gave them a little hug. I asked Gary Barlow if he was excited about the new album and he said he was. He said we were great and called us all good sports for our part in the show. Mark Owen thanked us all for doing what we do and told us to keep it up! Howard also thanked us and they were all really down to earth and lovely guys. We then got together and had some pictures taken. Nicole Kidman happened to be passing and I asked if she wanted to jump in!
It was a fantastic moment for us all and we were all so excited. The Take That boys seemed so genuine and were so lovely to us.
It’s a day we’ll all cherish and remember forever and will be eternally grateful for and proud of. We’re so happy we managed to achieve the goal of meeting the real Take That and are completely delighted that they appeared to actually appreciate what we do and thanked us for it! How amazing is that?
On the way home we were all still in shock as to what had happened and were smiling the whole way back!
A special thank you to the BBC, ‘The Graham Norton Show’ and the brilliant Rina and Ollie for looking after us so well. Thanks for having us and we hope you liked us! Of course another special thank you to Take That for taking the time out of their busy schedule to stand and chat with us and pose for pictures after they had finished filming. It really was a dream come true!”
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