Take That begged Jason Orange to stay

Take That members Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen have admitted they were desperate to keep Jason Orange with the band

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This article is from 2014.

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Jason Orange

Take That members begged Jason Orange to stay with the band.

Mark Owen, Gary Barlow and Howard Donald were desperate for their former band mate to stay with Take That, that they continued to ask Jason to join them in the recording studio.

Howard said: "We were hanging on, hoping he would come back.

"At every opportunity, regardless of whether we were writing in the States, we were like, 'Are you coming?' "

Gary also revealed that they had left space on their new album, which is titled 'III', for the absent singer.

He said: "We started the new record just before last Christmas, so until two weeks ago we left this big hole for Jay in case he was gonna say: 'Yes I'm in."

However, the guys were adamant that Jason's departure won't change things for the band and they explained that they plan to keep in contact.

Mark said: "Take That is our most comfortable place, being in this band is a family.

"Even when we're not working we see each other. We saw Jay a few weeks ago and had a sort of goodbye. There's something nice about coming together."

They even hinted that former member, Robbie Williams could return to the band for another tour and album, as Howard said: "The door is always open."

Although the band - whose first single 'These Days' is available from November 23 - are staying positive, it appears as though their work was affected by Jason's absence.

Mark shared: "It was quite downbeat, and we needed to change it to bring more energy to it. I think Gary said, 'We're not writing a retirement record.' "

This article is from 2014.

Take That

The prototype boy band have re-lit their own fire and returned to cash in those nostalgia dollars, and have proved far more credible than any of us could have imagined. Now reduced to a three-piece as Jason Orange bows out but Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald soldier on.

Carrow Road Stadium, Norwich

Wed 14 Jun 2017

Prices to be confirmed / 0870 444 1902

With All Saints.

Genting Arena, Birmingham

Fri 5 May 2017

£55–£95 / 0844 338 8000

Sat 6 May 2017

£55–£95 / 0844 338 8000

Thu 1 Jun 2017

£55–£95 / 0844 338 8000

…and 3 more dates until 4 Jun 2017

Liberty Stadium, Swansea

Wed 14 Jun 2017

£55–£95 / 0870 040 0004

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