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Gary Barlow confirms plans to tour

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Gary Barlow promised fans a "tour with a difference" as he revealed details of his solo gigs.

The Take That hunk confirmed The Sun's exclusive earlier this month, which revealed he would be playing a series of "intimate UK gigs" during a lull in his band commitments.

In a video segment on the ITV show, bleach-blonde Gazza gushed he was hitting the road without bandmates Howard Donald and Mark Owen.

He told entertainment reporter Ross King: "I am going on tour.

"You know me, I love a show, but this is a tour with a difference.

"I'm going to places around the UK I have never been to."

In a message that is bound to ramp up excitement among his fans, he added: "We start in the middle of April so look out - we are coming your way!

"No-one's safe!"

Meanwhile we reported how it’s the second time he’s gone out on his own since the band re-formed in 2005.

But this time there will be no solo album to coincide with the tour.

A band insider said: “Gary loves gigging, it’s his passion.

“With no huge Take That commitments at the start of 2018 he’s going to fill the void by going on a solo tour. He wants to play theatres and intimate venues rather than arenas.”

Gary got the bug for smaller venues after Take That’s intimate show at Camden Roundhouse in 2015.

He was also impressed by the sound quality and atmosphere at the Manchester Opera House last month for the opening night of Take That musical, The Band.

His previous solo tour in 2014 saw Gary play 18 dates, to coincide with his solo album Since I Saw You Last.

Take That’s ninth album is scheduled for next year.

And in 2019, Gary, Mark and Howard will embark on their biggest tour ever to mark the release of their Greatest Hits and their 25th anniversary.

But neither Robbie nor Jason will join them.

Indeed, Gary told The Sun's Dan Wootton during the band’s Bizarre Life podcast that they have given up on Jason ever returning.

He said: “At the end of the day you’ve got to accept someone doesn’t want to do what you’re doing any more.”

Clearly Gary doesn’t need his company anyway.

Tour Dates:

April 16 – Edinburgh – Playhouse
April 17 – Edinburgh – Playhouse
April 19 – Perth – Concert Hall
April 20 – Dundee – Caird Hall
April 21– Aberdeen – BHGE Arena
April 23 – Hull – City Hall
April 24 – Hull – City Hall
April 26 – Leicester – De Montfort Hall
April 27 – Blackpool – Opera House
April 28 – Blackpool – Opera House
April 30  – Sunderland – Empire
May 1 – Sunderland – Empire
May 3 – Manchester – O2 Apollo
May 4 – Manchester – O2 Apollo
May 8 – Belfast – Waterfront
May 10 – Dublin – BGE Theatre
May 12 – Kilarney, INEC
May 14 – Brighton, Centre
May 15 – Cardiff – Motorpoint Arena
May 17 – London – Palladium
May 18 – London – Palladium
May 21 – Llandudno, Venue Cymru
May 22 – Llandudno, Venue Cymru
May 24 – Halifax – Victoria Theatre
May 25 – Nottingham – Royal Concert Hall
May 26 – Nottingham – Royal Concert Hall
May 28 – Isle of Man – Villa Marina
May 29 – Isle of Man – Villa Marina
May 31 – Southend – Cliffs Pavilion
June 1– Bournemouth – International Centre
June 4 – Sheffield – City Hall
June 5 – Sheffield – City Hall
June 8 – Thetford Forest
June 9 – Delamere Forest

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