Robbie Williams reunites with Take That bandmate Gary Barlow for lockdown duet

Robbie Williams (right) and Gary Barlow performing at the Help For Heroes Concert at Twickenham Stadium, south west London.
Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams have delighted fans with a lockdown duet. (PA)

Robbie Williams has joined old friend Gary Barlow for a duet during lockdown.

The former Take That bandmates have driven fans wild with their harmonising over video link, performing their track Shame as part of Barlow’s The Crooner Sessions.

Barlow, 49, tweeted: “Sorry to have made you wait so long for this one. Yes the dynamic duo return. Thank you @robbiewilliams for taking the time to be part of this. Big hugs (virtually of course) #thecroonersessions.”

Williams, 46, and Barlow co-wrote Shame in 2010, the first time they had worked together since Williams quit Take That in 1995. The song is about the breakdown of their relationship following the boyband’s split.

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In the new rendition Williams performs sitting at his dining room table in the Beverly Hills mansion he shares with wife Ayda Field and their four children.

Barlow is playing keyboard as well as singing, performing from his home in Oxfordshire where he has recorded a series of The Crooner Sessions since the government lockdown to limit the spread of the coronavirus began earlier this year.

Fans were delighted by the performance.

Kay tweeted: “OMG it's great seeing you both together!! Thanks Gaz & Robbie.”

Take That band members, from left, Mark Owen, Robbie Williams, Gary Barlow and Howard Donald pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the musical 'The Band', in London, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
Take That's Mark Owen, Robbie Williams, Gary Barlow and Howard Donald (AP)

Take That superfan D said: “This is the winner - no Crooner Session is ever going to top this! Thank you so much for this! I love you both so much.”

TT Ultimate Forum tweeted: “Aaaahhhh I was waiting for this!!! love you guys're amazing xxx”

And Gary Barlow Army wrote: “I been waiting for this and you have made so happy.”

Take That’s Howard Donald has already taken part in The Crooner Sessions, but there are now calls for bandmate Mark Owen, and even Jason Orange - who has been lying low since quitting the band in 2014 - to join Barlow for a full lockdown reunion.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 11: L-R Howard Donald, Mark Owen, Gary Barlow, Robbie Williams and Jason Orange of Take That pose backstage prior to performing at the National Movie Awards 2011 at Wembley arena on May 11, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
Fans are urging Gary Barlow to get Howard Donald, Mark Owen, Robbie Williams and Jason Orange all together on The Crroner Sessions. (Getty Images)

NHS worker Claire Marshall tweeted: “Oohh even better with @takethat @HowardDonald @OfficialMarkO how about doing this in a #playforcarers #playforNHS #ThankYouNHS across the country. We'd love to see you all after the pandemic #croonersessions.”

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And Lisa Jane wrote: “This is beautiful! Thank you both for putting this together... So that’s H & Rob. Please say there will be a MarkO turn??”

Other stars to have taken part in The Crooner Sessions include Sir Cliff Richard, 79, Queen’s Brian May, Beverley Knight, Katherine Jenkins and Jason Donovan.