Robbie Williams On His Legacy And That That
19 Nov 2012
Candy chart-stormer, Robbie Williams doesn’t believe he will be rewarded with a lasting legacy but believes he is a “good lad” and deserves to be seen as national treasure.
Speaking to James Cordon in a forthcoming Robbie Williams documentary that is about to be aired on Sky One on Friday, November 23rd, 2012, Williams says: “Do I think I’m a national treasure? I don’t see why not? I don’t see why I shouldn’t be. I’m a good lad really.”
He went on musing about his legacy as popstar: “I think I stand somewhere just above Steps and slightly below Westlife. Not far away from there,” says the part-time Take That member, “I think that a lot of people don’t like my brand of whatever I do. I am the quintessential boy next door, I feel that way.”
The Rock DJ star has also revealed for the first time his surprise about Take That’s comeback success in 2006 when his former band mates, Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, Jason Orange and Howard Donald reformed the legendary boyband without Williams.
“When the boys first got together, I was pretty much, 'Oh, right, OK' 'Then it was, 'They've sold 275,000 tickets ... they've done what?!” He goes on explaining, “I was gobsmacked; gobsmacked in all manner of everything. Sort of, 'Wow, we meant that much to people, that's great. They mean that much to people? S**t!”
Questioning his own reaction to Take That’s “first” comeback, Robbie Williams admits he was surprised and confused about the public’s excitement: “I think it was confusion more than anything. Pleased for the boys - you know not too pleased that I wanted them to take over the joint. (…) It was like, you know, they can have a certain level. Just don't smash the living daylights out of it, like they did.”
Robbie Williams left the hit making boyband in 1995 before pursuing an extremely successful solo career that saw him release multi-Platinum certified albums and alongside his former songwriting partner, Guy Chambers, Robbie Williams released some pop gems in the form of songs such as Angels, Let me Entertain You and many more.
Take That reformed in 2006 without Robbie Williams and in 2010 announced that Robbie had temporarily rejoined Take That for the album Progress and its Progress Live World Tour. Both album and especially the tour became global successes with the Progress Live Tour making history as the biggest and most successful tour in live music history.
Robbie Williams is back as solo performer with his current comeback chart hit, Candy.He is now ready to take his new album on the road for a Robbie Williams Tour. Robbie Williams tickets were once again selling like hot cakes when they went recently on sale - another indicator to his unwavering success. Maybe Robbie Williams's lasting legacy is that of a phoenix-like comeback artist who gets better and more successful with each comeback.