UK/Europe: The Sermon On The Mount (2000-01)
In a haze of jaded negativity, Robbie began his thirteenth tour unfullfilled and disillusioned by the rigmarole of life in the limelight.
"I'm struggling to find things about my job that I enjoy," he said "The money is fantastic but that's the only thing that's great about it at the moment."
Writer Mark McCrum who joined the tour as fodder for Robbie's first full length, authorised biography, Somebody Someday said: "This tour was made all the more interesting by the fact that Robbie announced at the start his intention to leave drink and drugs behind forever. his attempt to stay clean while performing was the personal challenge that became the story of the book."
Also the subject of Brian Hill's documentary, Nobody Someday, it was obvious that Robbie was finding the added attention intrusive. But its was also the tour during which Robbie did most of his growing up. Gig after gig, somehow, despite his weary state of mind, Robbie managed to stick to his word and stay clean. as a result, he began to enjoy himself.
By Rotterdam he started to get job satisfaction and ended the tour on a positive note.
Having faced his demons, remaining sober and clean, he resisted the temptation to fall back into his old ways to celebrate once the tour was over.
Let Love Be Your Energy
Knutsford City Limits
If It's Hurting You
Singing For The Lonely
Phoenix From The Flames
She's The One
Band Line Up:Yolande Charles
"As showmen go, Williams is a master who stages his own musical comedy with self-effacing aplomb. In the rap to Kylie duet 'Kids' he describes himself as an "honorary Sean Connery", but when he tries on suaveness for size, it feels like a piss-take. He's more like an honorary Benny Hill or Max Wall or even Tucker Jenkins - a cheeky chappy class clown who uses farce to win an audience's affection. He's rude like Benny, a bit of a buffoon like Wall, and, like Tucker, he's the loveable bad boy next door. And for all of these reasons tonight, it's difficult not to like him."
NME, October 2000
"Middle-aged women ("Let me entertain you, Robbie," one shouted lustily after Karma Killer) completed the smorgasbord of the Great British public, all hollering along to Strong, No Regrets and the latest single - Kids, his duet with Kylie - with unfettered enthusiasm. This audience certainly lends weight to the notion that if there's a cultural icon that unifies Britain right now, it isn't the Royal Family or Coronation Street, it's Williams. Once an underdog, he's now the mutt's nuts."
The Guardian, October 2000
"This was a spectacular performance driven by the singer's showmanship and his biggest, most buoyant backing band to date. Williams has three studio albums under his diamond-studded belt and this set was liberally sprinkled with huge hit singles."
The Daily Mail, October 2000