Robbie Williams stops midway through new song to reassure audience he’ll sing the hits after
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Robbie Williams reassured the crowd that they would 'get through it together' as he performed a new song, before 'getting back to the hits'. Watch here:
The singer took to the field at Australian Football League (AFL) Grand Final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday, 24 September, with the crowd ready for him to entertain them.
However, the 48-year-old has just released a new album, and as such, he took the opportunity to share a rendition of a new track.
Of course, the vast majority of people just want to hear the hits – particularly during a performance at a sporting event – and Robbie was evidently acutely aware of this.
Midway through performing 'Lost', he told the crowd: "It's the obligatory new song – we'll get through it together."
Then, as the performance came to an end, he said 'Back to the hits', before rolling into 'Feel'.
He seemingly enjoyed himself though, posting on social media: "Australia: I love you. Thank you so much for today."
Williams recently overtook Elvis Presley to become the solo artist with the most UK number one albums.
The former Take That singer secured his 14th chart-topping record last week with XXV.
The compilation, which marks the 25th anniversary of his solo career, contains a selection of his greatest hits – including 'Angels', 'Let Me Entertain You' and 'Millennium' – reworked with an orchestra.
After overtaking Presley – who has scored 13 UK number one albums – Williams is only topped by The Beatles, who have managed 15.
Williams said: "Thank you to everyone who's supported the album: everyone who's bought it, streamed it, downloaded it and reviewed it.
"I'm so pleased that it's gone to number one, and whilst it feels strange to be receiving an award during these sombre times, I wanted to thank you all for your support and dedicate this to the fans, who I never take for granted.
"I really appreciate it, thank you so much."
During his time in Take That, Williams secured a further four number one albums.
The overall record holder for an individual with the most UK number ones remains Sir Paul McCartney, with a total of 23 across his career in The Beatles, Wings and solo.
Reflecting on 25 years as a solo artist, Williams told the BBC: "My big feeling is, my best years professionally could have been from when I was 16 to 21 when I was in Take That.
"I know how brittle my ego is and I know how fragile I am as a human being and to be a has-been… or whatever it was that would have happened to me after Take That, I'm incredibly grateful that the ship still goes forward. That's it.
"In short, I'm incredibly grateful, that's what the anniversary has done for me."