Take That singer-songwriter Gary Barlow believes the craft of taking a live audience on a journey is a lost art.
The 47-year-old aims to resurrect that craft at his headline solo concert at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on Saturday.
Barlow said: I’m the last generation that started off singing in social clubs.
“My parents would drive me there and people would scowl at this young lad with blonde spiky hair about to come on stage.
“But I loved winning them around – I would make the people go from scowls to standing up clapping. That was my apprenticeship.
“When I go on tour I have two hours to take an audience on a journey.
“From having them going crazy at the beginning, you make them cry a bit in the middle and then you have them happy at the end.
“That to me is a lost art.”
Barlow’s headline show this week is the first of a trio of concerts to hit Aberdeen that he is involved in.
He and fellow Take That stars Howard Donald, Mark Owen and Robbie Williams are all producers of The Band, the fastest selling musical tour of all time which features a string of their biggest hits.
It will play at His Majesty’s Theatre from October 3 to 13 this year.
Barlow’s West End smash hit Calendar Girls will run at HMT from February 19 to March 2 next year.
He has collaborated with Olivier Award winner Tim Firth for the production.
He said: “I met Tim when I was 15 and doing a songwriting competition called a Song for Christmas and he was one of the judges on it.
“We realised we both came from the same town and we got to know each other.
“Five or six years ago Tim called me up and asked if I’d like to see his play, Calendar Girls. I thought it was strange that he wanted me to watch it, until half way through when I realised exactly what he wanted.
“He wanted me to make it into a musical. I was blown away with the story, it’s such a beautiful narrative and it’s true.I was moved by it and knew we could do something special.”