Get to know Robbie Williams before he’s in Abu Dhabi
His music can’t be escaped. He is a world-class entertainer. Robbie Williams the English singer-songwriter takes on the roaring crowds at the du Arena, Yas Island on April 25.
Robbie’s Let Me Entertain You Tour is poised to be one of his most memorable to date, a journey of his all-time hits and classical favorites, fans from several generations will be dazzled by Robbie and entertained with his wit and sense of humour.
So as we count down days to April 25 and prepare for another memorable evening in Abu Dhabi – let’s take a look back at the Robbie we know and love today.
Born in February 1974, Robert Peter Williams was born and raised in Stoke-on-Trent. He had an interest in performing from a young age, starring in several school plays including as the Artful Dodger in Oliver!
Robbie got his big break as one of the biggest boybands of the '90s, Take That. He actually applied for the job of lead singer after reading a newspaper ad. He left in 1995 and later rejoined the group in 2010 to record the album Progress, Take That's first new material as a five-piece in 15 years. He left the group again in 2014.
In addition to his music career, Robbie is one of the creators of the charity event Soccer Aid along with Jonathan Wilkes. Every two years, a team of English celebrities and professional footballers takes on a similar team - dubbed 'The Rest Of The World' - in a charity football match to raise money for UNICEF.
Robbie Williams has famously won more Brit Awards than any other artist, both as a part of Take That and for his solo career. This includes the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award, which he won in 2010. Previous winners of the lifetime achievement award include Pet Shop Boys, Sir Paul McCartney and Tom Jones.
He bought his neighbour, Joe Pesci, a $400,000 Bentley to make peace after their angry spat.
Robbie never learnt how to drive and therefore has a limo with a driver wherever he goes.
Robbie Williams kicked off his “Let Me Entertain You” Tour in Madrid on March 25 and will see Robbie return to countries he hasn’t visited for a while as well as head to others he’ll be entertaining for the very first time including 13 shows in 11 different countries.
Fans can experience Robbie Williams up close with Inner Pit tickets. “I like to engage with members of the audience. The people in the front rows are there ones that have been there the longest, so they’re the most mental” says Robbie. This exclusive standing area is closest to the stage and has dedicated food and beverage counters and convenient access to the rest rooms.