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Take That cancel Denmark show after Robbie Williams illness

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Take That have had to cancel tonight's planned gig in Copenhagen after Robbie Williams fell victim to food poisoning.

The show at the city's Parken Stadium, part of the band's sell-out 'Progress Live' European tour, is the only concert that Take That have axed during their 20-year career.

The five members of the group said in a joint statement made shortly before the scheduled start of the gig: "We are truly devastated to have had to cancel tonight's show in Denmark. This is the first show that we have ever had to cancel in our career as a band. It was a horrible decision to make and one we agonised over.

"On Friday night, Rob suffered serious food poisoning from something he had eaten after the show. He was violently ill all night and well into the morning. At 10am this morning, he decided to relocate to his dressing room at the stadium, in the hope that he could recover and prepare for the show. Doctors visited him twice during the day and despite prescribed medication he was still vomiting at 4pm this afternoon. The doctor insisted that he was not fit to perform tonight.

"The five of us then had a decision to make: should we go on with the show without Rob or should we cancel altogether? What would be fairer to our fans? What would people want? It was a very, very difficult decision.

"In the end we felt that as this tour is about the five of us being back together, and about celebrating that reunion, it would be wrong to go ahead with the show. We also knew that no matter how hard we and our team worked, in the short time we had to make the neccessary changes to this hugely complicated and technical production, the show could never be what we wanted it to be, and nor could it be what our fans expect and deserve from us.

"We are now back at our hotel and still cannot believe what has happened. Rob is still very unwell, and we are all just focusing on getting him better so we can put on our show in Amsterdam this coming Monday."

Take That are scheduled to play the Amsterdam Arena on Monday, before concluding the tour with three dates in Germany later in the month.

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