Stoke-on-Trent born singer Robbie Williams kicked off his European tour last night at the Ethiad Stadium in Manchester.
Williams who performed hits including Let Me Entertain You, Monsoon, Party Like A Russian and Come Undone was visibly emotional as he sang Angels in memory of the 22 people who tragically lost their lives in the Manchester Arena bombings.
The entertainer also sang a special rendition of ‘Strong’ changing the words to ‘Manchester we’re Strong..’ to a packed out Etihad Stadium.
There was also a poignant tribute to George Michael who Robbie spoke about fondly on stage, describing him as ‘The ultimate showman’ and said “How are you going to grow up and become a pop star when you’ve got to beat that?”.
Shortly after Williams performed ‘Freedom’ he pointed out a rainbow that was shining over the stadium, which created a spontaneous moments silence that culminated with a rapturous round of applause from the watching audience.
Robbie was joined on stage by his Dad (and entertainer in his own right) Pete Conway who sang ‘Sweet Caroline’, which was the same song Robbie saw him perform in a pub, which lead to Williams’ very own career in show business.
The tour which is titled ‘The Heavy Entertainment Show’ will be visiting 32 venues across Europe with U.K. Dates in Southampton, Edinburgh, Coventry, Dublin, Cardiff and London.