VIDEO: Robbie Williams launches European stadium tour
POTTERIES pop superstar Robbie Williams said it was 'legacy time' as he announced a European stadium tour.
Tunstall-born Robbie, aged 38, said he was going to put on a tour of 'great magnitude while I still can.'
He said he had been 'lethargic' with his last couple of albums but the birth of his daughter and his reunion with Take That had re-invigorated him.
The tour – his first full tour for more than six years – kicks off in Manchester on June 19 and 21 before travelling to Glasgow on June 25 and London's Wembley Stadium on June 29 and 30. X Factor star Olly Murs will be supporting Robbie on the 15-date tour.
Speaking at a press conference in a London hotel yesterday, Robbie said: "I'm buzzing. I'm ready to go. I haven't done a tour of this size since 2006.
"I believe that I'm at the place in my career where it's time to put my foot down and go 'This is what I do'. It's legacy time for me. I'm nearly 40, that's what I'm trying to say.
"I don't know how many times I will get given this opportunity. I want to go and seal my place in pop history.
''I've got a couple more tours left. I just want to put my stamp down... Say remember me... This is where I'm most at home on a good night," Robbie said.
He admitted: "The fact that 40 is looming plays more on my mind than it does anyone else's mind because pop stars cease to be pop stars at 40 and start to be old people singing." Robbie said the tour did not mark the end of his reunion with Take That. He said the warm reviews for this month's three-night residency at the O2 brought a 'tear to my eye.'
The Candy star said he would take baby daughter Theodora Rose on tour with him, which would result in him getting more sleep than he has on previous tours.
He said of his first tour as a father: "Perhaps I will be a bit more calm. She's a very, very calming presence. Already I feel that something cosmically has changed within me and I don't know what it is but I feel happier as a person and a bit more grounded as a person. That's happened naturally.
"She's coming with us, of course. It probably means I'll get more sleep because she's there, not less because she's there. She's rounding off my rough edges as the weeks progress in her life so far."
Robbie fan, Ellie Rowley, aged 21, from Lower Penkridge Road, in Stafford, said: "I've been a Robbie fan for as long as I can remember. I will definitely be getting tickets for the tour, I can't wait."
Tom Williams, aged 27, from Fenpark Road, Fenton, said: "I wouldn't normally admit it, but I am quite looking forward to hearing some real 90s tunes played live and Robbie does have some great songs."
The tour includes dates in Amsterdam, Vienna, Milan, Munich and Brussels.