Despite rumours swirling that the three-piece were going to get back together with their estranged members, Barlow, 47, shattered everyone’s hopes and dreams when he spoke to the Mirror after saying: ‘I wouldn’t put money on that,’ he said. ‘Don’t waste your money. I would say there’s no chance.’
That seems like a pretty stonewall answer from the former X Factor judge, but when it comes to reforming or one-off gigs (or even tours), we’ve learned to never say never.
Fortunately, bandmate Mark Owen, 46, was a little more optimistic on the matter: ‘I wouldn’t say there’s no chance, but I’ve always said that.’
As it stands, Gary, Mark, and Howard Donald, 49, are the remaining members of the five that formed back in 1989.
To truly get the band back together, as it were, both Robbie Williams, 44, and Jason Orange, 47, would need to agree to rejoin the boys.
As it stands, the three current members are due to release a new album, a Greatest Hits compilation, later this year. A world tour is also on the horizon in the wake of the album but it’s unclear whether either Robbie or Jason, or both, were planning to make an appearance. Despite Williams recently partaking in a global tour of his own, the star has been vocal about his mental health issues and the medical scare he hard that forced the Rock DJ singer to cancel his Russian leg.
And just to stoke those flames, Howard said: ‘We’re recreating some of the songs for the Greatest Hits.’
‘We’ve got three new songs that we’re going to put on the Greatest Hits. We want to go to all of the territories that we’ve never been to before, like South America.’
Gary was quick to reassure that while they will be rejigging some of the classics, then won’t feel alien to lifelong fans. ‘We’ve reimagined some of the songs, but not all of them,’ he said. ‘You’ve got to be careful with these things. If you take them too far, you’re destroying people’s memories.
‘We’ve tried to be respectful to the music, but just putting a load of music on an album wasn’t enough for us. We wanted to just go back and have a look through it, and try to make it sound better.’