Reunited pop group Take That opened a 29-date tour in Newcastle on Sunday night to overwhelmingly positive press reviews.
THE SUN - VICTORIA NEWTON
A truly mesmerising comeback show. Fans went wild as the boys ran through the audience on a platform, fighting off adoring women who grabbed at them. Everyone was on their feet for the grand finale Never Forget, waving hands in the air and singing back to the teenage crushers.
The group played 18 songs on the first night of their tour
Like a quality bottle of wine, Take That have got even better with age. Never Forget? How could we, boys.
THE MIRROR - KIKI KING, EVA SIMPSON, CAROLINE HEDLEY
Could it be tragic, we wondered? Within seconds of launching into their first track, Once You've Tasted Love, all doubts were erased. They were greeted with screams the likes of which Westlife would die for. Yes, there were a few potentially cringe-worthy moments - such as Howard, Mark and Jason break dancing and the boys singing an acoustic version of Back For Good - but these touches worked brilliantly too.
THE INDEPENDENT - MARTIN JAMES
To the fans of Take That's anodyne pop, the band were anything but disposable. A decade since they last mattered, they are still able to sell out their arena shows in only 30 minutes. As they deliver their impressive catalogue of hits, the fans sing along as if it was 1996 again. The atmosphere is rather like a super-sized hen party.
DAILY MAIL - JANE FRYER
It was as if they had never been away. The songs are just as good and the routines just as fantastically, brilliantly or inspiringly awful. Gary and Mark still can't dance. Gary's just too fat and looks more like someone's drunken dad at a wedding disco than a pop star.
DAILY STAR - JOE MOTT
True to their history of being sensational live, the band's impressive production proved why hysteria followed their decision to reform.