Take That trapped on stage robot during Manchester show


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Take That singers Mark Owen and Howard Donald were both trapped on a stage robot during their concert at the City of Manchester stadium at the weekend.

The pair were meant to be lowered to the stage on the palms of the group's giant robot man, Om, but the mechanics failed.

It meant they were stuck singing Love Love three metres (10ft) above the rest of the band on Saturday night.

Ladders were used to rescue Mark Owen so he could continue his performance.

Howard Donald was forced to sing lead vocals for the next track Never Forget while still stuck on the robot before being helped down himself.

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A statement from the group read: "The mechanical man did stop in motion at the end of Love Love but the matter was resolved and by the end of the show he was standing tall again.

Howard Donald from Take That
Image caption Howard Donald was stuck singing Never Forget on a mechanical robot

"There is no guarantee that with a mechanical structure the size of Om, there will be no recurrence at some point but all seems fine now."

Take That are performing around the UK as part of their Progress Live tour.

The group are playing 27 dates with visits to come in Cardiff, Glasgow, Birmingham and London.

The stage production cost around £15 million to put together with the robot used in the shows standing 30 metres (100ft) high when fully erect.

Progress Live is the biggest ever UK tour and is the first time the original five members of Take That have toured together since 1995.

They'll play to nearly two million fans across Europe this summer.