Robbie plans comeback with a one-off Irish gig... but no Take That reunion
Superstar Robbie Williams will perform a one-off gig in Dublin next October, the Herald can reveal.
The Angels star is embarking on a series of comeback shows in a move which could net him more than €10m.
However, a source has said there is "no chance" that he would deign to appear with his former Take That pals when they rock out at Croke Park on June 13, as he wants to continue his solo career.
Instead, he has set his sights on playing a gig in the capital city as he starts rebuilding his pop career since his last album panned three years ago.
"He feels like performing with Take That in Croke Park would be a huge step back for him. This is a group that he left more than 10 years ago because he wasn't happy with the direction they were taking, so to share a stage with them again would make him look like his solo career was a big flop," said an industry source.
"His plan is to perform a concert at an intimate venue in Dublin in a few months time as he gets his career back on track as he still has a big fan base over here.
"Ireland has always had a special place in his heart, especially because an Irish guy that he met over here wrote his biggest ever hit, Angels, which everyone knows is the song that saved his career.
"Robbie's plan is to completely overshadow Take That's tour with a really impressive show of his own.
"He's dying to get back in front of a live audience again after finishing his new album two years ago and feels that now is the perfect time to do it."
His last release, Rudebox in 2006, received a decidedly lukewarm response from both music critics and fans alike and he has spent the past few years working on new material.
The award-winning star has now joined forces with acclaimed writers like Guy Chambers and ace producer Mark Ronson in a bid to send some A-list sizzle to his forthcoming album, which has no release date yet.
Earlier this year, it was claimed Robbie was set to reunite with his Take That bandmates -- Gary Barlow, Jason Orange, Mark Owen and Howard Donald -- following the runaway success of their comeback.
However, Gary, whose blazing rows with Robbie were one of the main reasons why he quit the band in 1995, has since denied a reunion is imminent.