Williams also previews new album ‘Heavy Entertainment Show’ at Apple Music Festiva
Robbie Williams made an emotional speech dedicating ‘Angels’ to his late manager David Enthoven at Apple Music Festival last night (September 29).
Enthoven died from cancer aged 72 in August. Speaking as he played at London’s Roundhouse, Williams said Enthoven saved his life “several times”, saying: “No, David really did save my life. I wouldn’t be stood here if it wasn’t for him.”
During ’Angels’, Williams was joined on stage by his father, former amateur musician Pete Conway. The pair embraced at the end of the song, as a tearful Williams also embraced each of his backing singers in turn. Conway had earlier duetted with his son on ‘Better Man’.
Williams announced his new album ‘Heavy Entertainment Show’ during an advert break of The X Factor less than an hour before his Roundhouse show began. He previewed two new songs at the 90-minute gig, ‘Motherfucker’ and ‘Sensational’, both of which he’s played live before.
‘Motherfucker’, as infectious a ballad as his hit ‘Millennium’ except laden with expletives, was dedicated to Williams’ two-year-old son Charlie. Introducing the song, Williams recalled how fans had taken photos of his four-year-old daughter Teddy without the singer’s permission. He said: “I asked them to delete the photos, which they did. As I walked off, I muttered ‘Fucking idiots’ and Teddy shouted out ‘Goodbye, fucking idiots.’”
‘Sensational’, a similarly catchy upbeat track loosely similar in style to ‘Let Me Entertain You’, ended the concert.
Out on November 4, ‘Heavy Entertainment Show’ is Williams’ first album since ‘Swings Both Ways’ in 2013 and his first album of original material since ‘Take The Crown’ the previous year.
It features songs co-written with Brandon Flowers and Ed Sheeran, as well as duets with John Grant and Rufus Wainwright. Other contributors include Williams’ regular writing partner Guy Chambers and Madonna/Pet Shop Boys producer Stuart Price. However, there is no sign Kylie Minogue, despite confirmation the pair have recorded together again, 16 years after their duet ‘Kids’.
Robbie Williams played:
‘Let Me Entertain You’
‘Come Undone’/’I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’
‘Back For Good’
‘Minnie The Moocher’
‘Better Man’ (with Pete Conway)
‘Old Before I Die’