Support: Olly Murs
July 22nd, 2013
Parken, Copenhagen (DK)
This summer I experienced Robbie Williams perform live at the first of two shows he did in Copenhagen. After having been a fan for somewhere between nine and ten years, it was great to finally get the opportunity to see him - and the show absolutely lived up to my expectations.
Sometime around 6 we went from our hotel, which was conveniently placed in Vesterbrogade and only a minutes walk from the main train station (København V), to that very train station. We tried to navigate ourselves through their systems, which turned out to be harder than expected - it made absolutely NO sense to two foreigners, but in the end we managed to find the train that would take us to Østerport station. From there we took a taxi to Parken, but on the ride there the streets were already packed with people heading towards the stadium. Getting in was easy, and it didn't take long before we sat down in our seats and waited for the show to start.
My mother absolutely did not want to have to stand during the whole show, so she was very clear when the tickets were on sale: We were going to have seated tickets. This obviously interfered with my plans of getting to front row, but I realized it was either to have seated tickets or have no tickets at all, so the choice was easy.
It didn't take long before we found ourselves bored, though. With no internet access there wasn't much to do, until Olly Murs stepped on stage at 8:15. By then the venue had started to fill up, but there were still people coming in during and after the show. He's a good showman and knows how to entertain an audience, but I must admit he isn't my cup of tea. He has, by the way, participated on Robbie's newest album Swings Both Ways, on the song I Wan'na Be Like You.
Robbie was scheduled to get on stage at 21:30, and so he did - on the minute. His band first entered the stage, and a video showing footage of Robbie was shown on the big screens. Then suddenly everybody started screaming, and I understood why, but couldn't see Robbie anywhere - until my mother pointed up to the top of Robbie's head that was part of the stage.
He was standing on top of it.
Oh .. my God.
Robbie Williams was standing there, in a beautiful jacket covered with sequins, and I could see him with my own eyes.
The band was playing Hey Wow Yeah Yeah, before the wire he was connected to led him down to the right part of the stage, where he started by singing Let Me Entertain You. It was crazy to think that the man I had admired for all these years was that close to me. He then played Monsoon to my great satisfaction, and continued the show with a few new songs, a couple of covers and a Take That song. When he played Kids (which originally is a duet he did with Kylie Minogue), Olly Murs came on stage and joined him.
After he played Rock DJ he went off stage, but before the encore the wall behind the stage opened, and out came a big set-up with his head in the middle (shaped as the image on the Candy single, where his tongue is out). He sang Feel, She's The One and Angels, and then the night was over.
To me, the most magical part was definitely Feel. It's always been my favourite song, and I listened to it all the time when I was a kid. Other highlights were Monsoon, like mentioned before, Sin Sin Sin, Come Undone, Better Man, Me And My Monkey and Hot Fudge.