What Take That songs will Mark Owen not be performing on his UK tour

The 50-year-old pop star is set to embark on a solo tour of the UK – but Mark has warned fans that he won’t perform two particular Take That songs.

As soon as I hear ‘Pray’, my arms go up to the side. They come together, the moves and the songs. So I couldn’t do them.” “I couldn’t play ‘Sure’, because I’d have to do the dance moves.

Despite this, Mark insists he’s perfectly comfortable performing Take That songs on a solo tour.

He explained: “There was a point in my career where I thought, oh, I can’t do Take That songs [live]. But then, when I think about it, I’m like, I can, because I wrote on them. It’s all right.”

Mark says his Take That bandmates, Gary Barlow and Howard Donald, who toured together to celebrate their greatest hits in 2019, are supportive of his solo journey.

Mark moved to Los Angeles last year, and the pop star recently revealed that he’s loved the “challenge” of relocating to the US.

The chart-topping star – who has Elwood, 16, Willow, 13, and Fox, ten, with his wife Emma – doesn’t have any regrets about making the switch.

He said: “I love that challenge of trying to find your way in a new place. That kind of excites me.

“I’ve been surfing for five years now. I go to the beach maybe once every week – but the big waves in Los Angeles leave me ­battered.

“I can get up on to the board, just not very gracefully, and not for very long.”

Mark has also loved “going to a lot of gigs at the Hollywood Bowl”.

He shared: “I’ve seen everyone – Tame Impala, Haim, The Black Eyed Peas … That’s what made me really want to go up on stage again and to put that energy into a new record.”

Mark channels his inner Bee-Gees in the new single, Magic, which is the 50-year-old’s first record in 10 years.

It’s part of his new 12-track album, Land of Dreams, which was released on 23 September and inspired by his new home in the US.

The singer lives in Los Angeles after moving with his family four years ago.

Mark Owen tour dates

OCT 17th Manchester O2 Ritz Manchester
OCT 18th Glasgow The Old Fruitmarket
OCT 20th London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

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