The Sun reports that the opening night of Robbie Williams’ tour almost ended in disaster on Friday night in Dublin, Ireland before a crowd of 78,000. The singer was supposed to drop almost 100ft to the stage in a gondola during the show’s finale, but things went badly wrong. A technical glitch meant Robbie ended up running on to the set in a panic as fire exploded around him. Read more and check out pictures here.
Concert Forces Robbie To Miss World Cup
June 9, 2006 – Robbie Williams is complaining to the Daily Star about missing out on World Cup action this weekend due to his ‘Close Encounters’ tour stop in Dublin on Saturday. “I just want to make people smile and clap and sing along, but I’d still rather be at the football,” he said. “If I could choose I’d play football for the masses rather than be a musician, no two ways around it. The World Cup is the ultimate stage, after all.”
James Hewitt & Rebecca Loos Cover Robbie’s ‘Rock DJ’
June 1, 2006 – The Simon Cowell mentored duo James Hewitt and Rebecca Loos performed the Robbie Williams hit ‘Rock DJ’ on ‘X Factor: Battle of the Stars’ third night. Beforehand, the paramour pair talked about the booing from the audience and Sharon Osbourne’s rough critiques. Their performance, again prompting a mix of boos and applause, left Sharon speechless, and Simon admitted the show wouldn’t be the same without them. Watch their segment on the show at YouTube.
Robbie’s Soccer Aid Team Wins Celebrity Match
May 28, 2006 – The Sunday Mirror reports Robbie Williams’ celebrity England team scored a 2-1 victory over a Rest of the Worldside in the Soccer Aid charity match. Afterwards, the former Take That star led his team on a victory lap around the field and applauded when his best pal Jonathan Wilkes, who scored the winning goal, was named Man of the Match.
The full story at sundaymirror.co.uk has since been removed.