The star also admits to "shitting himself" as he makes a low-key comeback in London...
ROBBIE WILLIAMS returned to the stage for the first time in more than a year last night (October 27), telling fans: “It’s brilliant to be back.”
The £80 million man was taking part in a television special, recorded in front of an invited audience of 450 at Pinewood Studios outside London. Williams was accompanied by his regular band and a 50-piece orchestra. The show will be broadcast later this year.
It was Williams first show since he performed at the Royal Albert Hall on October 10 last year – and the nerves were showing.
“I’m shitting myself,” he said. “I’ve been away for 12 months and I haven’t been on stage. The minute I came on, the welcome I got, it feels brilliant to be back working.”
Williams dipped into his back catalogue, including recent big band album ‘Swing When You’re Winning’, and his new album ‘Escapology’ for the show – with hits Rock DJ’, ‘Strong’ and ‘Angels’ mixing with new single ‘Feel’.
The star also played down rumours that he had bailed out of Britain for the last year to avoid tax bills.
He insisted: “I would never ever do a tax year out – it’s only money and I love Britain. But I don’t suppose anyone will mind if I go off and get some sun now and again.”
The set was:
‘One For My Baby’
‘Ain’t That A Kick In The Head’
(Untitled New Song)