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2006: Back for good

Take That at the MEN Arena

It started as a rumour, based on the nostalgia of a documentary. It ended as one of the most loved comebacks in musical history - 2006 was the year that Take That returned.

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After an ITV programme about the boyband's glory days, which featured all five members, the final four of Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, Jason Orange and Howard Donald decided to roll back the years - though they drew the line at donning the seatless leather trousers again.

Tickets for the comeback shows sold out in half an hour, meaning that more were added and Take That mania took hold once again.

The Ultimate Tour hit the road in April, but there's no doubting that the comeback really hit its peak when the 'man band' came home, to three sold out shows at the MEN Arena.

Performing all their hits and sporting massive grins throughout, the four enjoyed the shows almost as much as the re-born Thatters that packed the Arena.

They came back for three more dates at the end of the month and followed it with two massive gigs at the City of Manchester Stadium, shows that convinced them to write new material and turn their nostalgic return into a comeback for good.

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