So, if you follow me on social media you’ll have seen that on Friday evening I MET TAKE THAT.
But this story starts long ago… let’s go back to the 90’s… I remember listening to ‘It Only Takes A Minute’ on repeat in my bedroom. I was just at the start of the longest crush of my life. Soon, posters started appearing in that same room, covering every surface including the ceiling and even around my window ledge.
I had t-shirts, necklaces, books, stickers, scrapbooks, videos… I went to concerts and nearly wept just knowing that I was breathing the same air as Gary, Robbie, Mark, Howard and Jason. I was crazy for them. I knew every lyric. I thought about them all the time.
These days, I have a much more grown up appreciation for Take That (honest… I mean, there’s only one poster and it’s on the inside of a cupboard door). I still love their music, which has evolved and grown just like they have (and their fans have).
However, anyone who has seen them live will know what they are more than just a band. They’re entertainers: their concerts are a theatrical event. They are, quite simply, the best.
Anyhoo, so as you’ll have gathered, it’s been my dream now for 25 years to meet them… and on Friday, I finally did at HMV in Oxford Street, at an album signing for their new album Wonderland (which is great).
I got one single ticket so had to face going alone, but through a fan group on Facebook I found a new friend to meet up with, Sally – until then a total stranger from Manchester – so we could queue together. Sally’s lovely, I’m so glad we met up. Also met some other lovelies in the queue and the four hour wait to meet our favourite band passed reasonably quickly while we bonded over our fantastic taste in music 😉
And then, finally, I got to the front of the queue and I met Gary Barlow. I’d gone from nervous, to excited, to reasonably calm but as Gary looked at me and gave me a big hug, I must admit I got a bit star struck! I told him I’d been fan since the beginning so I was really happy to meet him and he was very friendly, humble and kind to me.
Next, Howard. Again, really friendly. After that, I met Mark Owen, who has to be one of the friendliest celebrities I’ve ever met (and there has been a fair few!) Really chatty, making jokes, down to earth and affectionate.
And then it was all over. Such a cool experience and I’m so, so happy I met my fave band…
Feel familiar? If you like reading, my book The Truth About Ellen is about a girl who dates her celebrity crush (no link to Take That but fangirls of any band should relate to Ellen’s story!). Check it out here >
Have a fabulous week!
Signed: a very happy Thatter 🙂