Robbie Williams stunned at '1 in 174,240,000' occurrence at his concerts 20 years apart
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Robbie Williams was left stunned by a 'one in 174,240,000' occurrence at his concerts 20 years apart.
The singer is in the midst of a huge European tour celebrating 25 years of hits, and his latest gig in Budapest, Hungary, proved to be unexpectedly special.
The 49-year-old showman chose someone from the audience to come down to the front, and by some kind of massively improbable coincidence, he selected the same bloke from a performance in the city 20 years ago.
Now that is bonkers.
Sharing a photo of the pair two decades back alongside a photo of them reunited, Robbie wrote on Instagram: "So this happened two nights ago in Budapest - I chose someone from the audience to come down to the front and, amazingly, I chose the same guy that I picked out from the audience in Budapest 20 years ago!
"The odds of that happening? 174,240,000 to 1.
"Nice to see you again, sir. Love from Rob x."
It's not clear whether Robbie assembled a team of crack statisticians to figure out that 174,240,000 figure or whether he's just plucked it out of his arse, but safe to say, it was a very unlikely occurrence.
Perhaps the fact this bloke towers above most people in the audience helped his chances; maybe he possesses some kind of magnetic energy; or what if, he's the one?
Commenting on the post, one person said: "Holy s**t, this guy needs to fill in a lottery ticket, his lucky star is shining!!"
Another wrote: "Truly amazing. This picture is a fantastic pay out for investing (at least) 20 yrs of passion - congrats!!!"
A third added: "Such a lucky man...how funny is that!"
Williams' tour is celebrating 25 years as a solo artist, with his compilation album released last September.
The album features re-recorded versions of his greatest hits and fan favourites including 'Let Me Entertain You', 'Rock DJ' and 'Millennium' – newly orchestrated with the Metropole Orkest. It also includes the newest version of his 1997 hit ballad 'Angels'.
Williams is one of the world's most decorated artists, with 14 UK number one albums, having left boyband Take That to pursue a solo career in 1995.
The group notched up eight number one hits and sold 10 million albums in the 1990s, but tensions began to show between Gary Barlow - seen as the serious songwriter of the group - and Williams, the rebellious joker.
Together with Howard Donald, Mark Owen and Jason Orange, Take That were hailed as Britain's biggest boyband in the 1990s, evoking hysteria reminiscent of The Beatles.