Robbie Williams Proves He Can Still Entertain You
There's nothing better than a packed stadium sing-along especially if you know ALL of the words.
Robbie Williams ensured a knockout performance boxing star Jeff Horn would have been proud of at Brisbane Entertainment Centre.
Midway through the opening leg of his Australian tour, which had a strong boxing theme, Williams recalled being given a hard time in Australia in 2015 when he said Gold Coast girl Morgan Ward, who was a week off being 15, had a "secretary look".
On Tuesday night, Williams thought he had spotted Ward in the mosh pit near the stage.
"Is that you? Are you the girl? You're not 15 anymore are you?" Williams asked.
The girl said she wasn't Ms Ward but her honesty didn't pay off as Williams looked around to ask another girl up on stage, but not before checking she was over 18.
It was just one memorable moment out of an almost two-hour show during which the 44-year-old UK superstar KO'd the packed venue.
He told bawdy jokes, flashed his black undies and belted out Neil Diamond's classic Sweet Caroline with his father Pete Conway.
Backed by an eight-piece band, three back-up singers and half a dozen dancers, who were on-point, Williams arrived on stage wearing a glittering boxing gown before he stripped' down to a black kilt and a black singlet.
His opening two-song salvo included his energetic 1997 tune Let Me Entertain You and his debut solo release Freedom, as a tribute to the original performer, George Michael, who died on Christmas Day 2016.
He declared his admiration for the English pop star, who he first met in 1994 while in Berlin for the MTV Awards.
Williams' Heavy Entertainment Show next heads to Rochford Wines, Yarra Valley on Thursday followed by Melbourne (February 24, 25), Sydney (February 28, March 1), Geelong (March 3), and Perth (March 7).