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We didn’t get to interview Take That the first time around ~ mainly because the magazine was born two years after the band split in 1996. Logically, we thought we’d never get to talk to Gary Barlow, Jason Orange, Mark Owen or Howard Donald. But that was ten years ago, when this famous British foursome took a bow, the highlights of their spectacular run best experienced in the anthemic Never Forget. Come late 2005 and they returned to a reception that proved beyond a doubt that no one forgot…

Now that they are back, yours truly went on a mission to get that interview and the kind folks at Universal Music obliged. So here we are, presenting to you, The Record’s exclusive interview with Jason Orange of Take That.

The Record: Welcome back! It’s been absolutely overwhelming for the fans to have Take That back together; how has it been for you?
Jason: Oh, I’ve been very excited as well and very inspired. It’s such a whirlwind at the moment, it’s a bit scary and quite strange actually how a few years ago I never had the idea I would ever be in Take That again and then these last 18 months, 2 years really, we’ve done a huge documentary, a huge tour, a new album and now we’ve sold out another tour… So it’s so many exciting things in such a short span of time, it’s kind of strange but very exciting as well. [Smiles]

TR: Since the band’s return you’ve collected many honours [see box below], but which moment or event has personally been the most gratifying for you?
Jason: Of course winning a Brit award and selling out concerts is all exciting, but for me, it’s more about the personal connection that I share with the lads in the band. When we sit down and have a discussion about, I don’t know, it could be about the songs, about how we’re going to put a show together, the concert… that’s exciting. The conversations and ideas that are generated… for me, that’s when I realise ‘Wow I’m back in Take That and I’m back doing what I enjoy doing’. It’s very thrilling!

TR: The fans have always been a huge part of the Take That phenomenon; how have they changed in the time that you’ve been gone?
Jason: You know, it depends where you go. Generally in the UK, the most fundamental is of course the fact that they are a lot older now, just as we are. They are not quite as hysterical, [smiles] they are more reserved. They’re just as lovely and supportive but not quite as hysterical as perhaps they were years ago you know. But then if you go somewhere like Italy, or Spain, they’re still crazy like they were years ago! [Laughs] I don’t know whether it has to do with their culture, the girls stay at home longer, so maybe they have a younger mentality. I don’t know… but it’s great.

TR: What is the best way for a fan to get your attention at a concert?
Jason: [Laughs] Doing something that others in the audience are not doing. That always attracts our attention. [Pause] That could be anything couldn’t it? [Laughs] Sometimes when I’ve performed and I’m looking down, I might see someone that is completely expressionless. They have no expression at all, so that might be a way, I don’t know… I want everyone in the audience to sit there with that kind of face. [Laughs]

You can read the rest of our exclusive with Take That in the April 2007 issue of The Record Music Magazine available at your local newsagent.


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