Robbie Williams aims to seal solo legacy with tour

Mon Nov 26, 2012 12:48pm EST
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By Mike Collett-White

LONDON (Reuters) - Still famous as the in-again/out-again member of chart-topping boyband Take That, British singer Robbie Williams says it is time to get serious as a solo artist and prove his place at the top of the pop pile.

Williams told reporters on Monday he planned a 15-date European stadium tour kicking off in Manchester on June 19, 2013 and concluding in Tallinn, Estonia on August 20.

"I'm buzzing. I'm ready to go. I haven't done a tour of this size since 2006," he said in London.

"I think it's legacy time, because I'm venturing into getting my handicap down at golf and all that business.

"I'm nearly 40, that's what I'm trying to say. I want to go and seal my place in pop history and go off and deliver a tour of great magnitude while I still can."

The 38-year-old in fact enjoyed major success after leaving Take That in 1995, producing a string of hit albums and singles including "Angels" and "Millennium" and signing a contract with EMI in 2002 reportedly worth tens of millions.

But by the time his 2006 album "Rudebox" came out followed by "Reality Killed the Video Star" in 2009, he was seen as a dwindling force in British pop who had failed to break the key U.S. market.

Williams rejoined Take That in 2010 and they recorded the hit album "Progress" before touring together in 2011, and the singer said the experience had helped give him confidence to tour large venues again as a solo artist.   Continued...

British singer Robbie Williams arrives on the red carpet for the German premiere of "Cars 2" in Munich July 28, 2011. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle