"It's Given Us A Bit Of A Kick Up The Bum!" Gary Barlow On Jason Orange's Take That Exit
Take That are confident they can deliver a spectacular 2015 tour without Jason Orange...
Jason Orange shocked us all when he announced his decision to leave Take That in September.
But according to Gary Barlow, Jason's exit has motivated the remaining three members of the band to do better as they prepare for their upcoming tour.
Speaking on this morning's Capital Breakfast show, Gary said: "It feels like a new chapter. I think what it's done for us is it's made us more hungry for what we're doing. We're still full of creativity, we want to make records that people enjoy, we want to blow people away with our tours.
"It's given us a bit of a kick up the bum really this whole thing! We're actually really looking forward to it. This night at the O2, it's a great venue, we've played it before, and it's one go my favourites. It's gonna be an awesome night."
Howard Donald, meanwhile, was confident that the trio could still deliver a decent show for their fans.
"With three of us, it's a new dynamic, and since we recorded the album, we're always coming up with new ideas," he explained.
"Straight away you come up with an idea for a tour. So your pretty much one year in preparation before the tour. Once we get into rehearsals and we start seeing dress rehearsals, and we start seeing the stage come together, and we start seeing the lights come together, and the effects, that's when it starts getting exciting."
Mark Owen added: "We like to do big shows, big productions, and this is going to be the same.
"I'm just looking forward to getting up there and performing, and singing the songs again.
"It has been quite a while for me doing a lot of the Take That songs, and I like going 'Oh can we have a 60 foot robot?' and somebody goes 'Yeah, no problem'. And 'Can we have an elephant?', 'Yeah, yeah we'll get you an elephant'."
Fans certainly haven't been put off by the lack of both Jason and Robbie Williams. This week, the band added extra dates to their 2015 tour in order to meet demand for tickets, which went on sale this morning.