As a fan, it’s a joy to see Robbie Williams sing alongside his original Take That band mates for a Meerkat Music online special. If I’m not mistaken, the last time Williams performed with Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, and Mark Owen was two years ago at the 2018 X-Factor finale where the former serves as a judge.
It wasn’t really a surprise Williams showed up for this online special. On few occasions after leaving Take That for a second time, he’d casually banter about joining the remaining trio in future tours, depending on his schedule. (This Meerkat gig is so easy, no need to be somewhere else, just perform in your own house.)
Some folks are still wondering why Jason Orange wasn’t part of the reunion. It can be remembered that Orange amicably parted ways with the group in 2014 not long after the relatively short-lived return of Williams. Would have really been a treat if he showed up to complete the five.
As for the Meerkat Music performance, it was fun to watch. When they were singing their classic “Pray”, I found it both hilarious and awkward that Howard, Gary, and Mark faithfully executed the dance steps associated with the song while Robbie just, well, calmly swayed to it.
Update: Here’s the encore, in case you missed it: