Robbie Williams has revealed he is forming a new band, 25 years after quitting Take That.
Taking to Instagram Live on Thursday, the Rock DJ singer, 45, told fans he is teaming up with Australian songwriters and producers Flynn Francis and Tim Metcalfe, for what he branded a ‘passion project.’
Robbie also unveiled plans to create new music venues and art galleries around the world where the group will perform, and where he can DJ.
Take three? Robbie Williams, 45, has revealed he is forming a new band with Australian songwriters and producers Flynn Francis and Tim Metcalfe, 25 years after quitting Take That
Robbie told his followers: ‘Little project that I’ve got going on with a couple of friends of mine, Flynn Francis and Tim Metcalfe. We’re forming a band everyone.
‘I’ve got songs coming out that will not be under the name of Robbie Williams. I’m gonna do this thing with my friends – form a band!’
But, instead of touring in the traditional way, the group will perform in new music venues and art spaces, which Robbie plans to open around the world.
He explained: ‘What I’m gonna do is rent a space, put my art in there. During the day it’ll be a gallery.
Big news: Taking to Instagram Live on Thursday, the Rock DJ singer also unveiled plans to create new music venues and art galleries around the world where the group will perform
‘Then at night I shall be DJing and it will be a musical venue, something the old folks will call a rave.
‘I’ll be on the espressos. Oh yes I will. Quadruple espresso. Doing it old school.
‘I’m very, very excited about this. I want to do it in Berlin. I also want to do it in Tokyo. I wanna do it in several places. Be fun won’t it?
‘It’s one of them things, it’s a passion project. If something happens then great, if not, I’ve just had fun.’
Couple of friends: Robbie told his followers: ‘Little project that I’ve got going on with a couple of friends of mine, Flynn Francis and Tim Metcalfe. We’re forming a band everyone!’
The unexpected announcement comes just weeks after Robbie launched a surprise festive track, Can’t Stop
The singer has released the cheeky song which pokes fun at the past 12 months, with references to Zooms, hand sanitisers and social distancing.
One of the lines in Robbie’s new Christmas song reads: ‘Santa’s on his sleigh, but now he’s two metres away’, as he jokes about the social distancing rule.
Can’t Stop Christmas’ is a fun take on the traditional Christmas song with playful lyrics reflecting on an unprecedented 2020 complete with an upbeat melody and seasonal jingle bells.
Robbie’s latest track begins: ‘Oh what a miserable year, but what a time to be alive // Sadly some friends disappeared // It’s never been like this before // It feels like we’re at war.’
Continuing: ‘So I wonder who’s gonna decide, if we can do the Auld Lang Syne // I wish that I could do what I like // With this family of mine //We’re going out of our minds.’
Another poignant line of the song reads: ‘The people gonna need something to believe in // After a year of being in.’
Want you back for good! Starting out as a five piece in 1990, Robbie left the band in 1995 (Pictured performing together on X Factor for a one-off special in 2018)
New track: At the end of November, Robbie released the cheeky song which pokes fun at the past 12 months, with references to Zooms, hand sanitisers and social distancing
When asked what Robbie would like for Christmas this year, he jokes that ‘socks and sanitizer will do fine’, as all shopping has gone online because the high street is closed.
Adamant Robbie continues: ‘You can’t take away our season // Like you can’t take away the wine // Santa’s on his sleigh, but now he’s 2 metres away.’
Sensing the mood of the nation, he adds: ‘Why oh why are we all waiting // The whole damn world anticipating // Beyond boredom past frustration //The planet’s locked in what ifs and maybes.’