Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Nineties Boys Stay a Day Too Many; POP

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Nineties Boys Stay a Day Too Many; POP

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Byline: DAVID SMYTH

East 17

Shepherds Bush Empire

THEY were always the scruffy underdogs in the boy-band wars, but the disparity between East 17 and their chiselled Nineties rivals has never been more pronounced than it is today.

More than a decade after they dominated the charts, Take That's is the second biggest tour of 2006, trumped only by stadium-straddling fellow veteran of the synchronised dance routine, Robbie Williams.

Tony Mortimer, Brian Harvey and the two nameless loiterers struggled to sell out a single reunion show at this mid-sized venue, although the 2,000 fans who made the journey did scream with the volume of many more.

That enthusiasm, plus the fact that the group have cheerily given the impression they are only interestedin making some beer money, created an atmosphere of fond nostalgia rather than something mercenary and mechanical.

However, time has not been kind.

Songwriter Mortimer, whose neck is now wider than his head, was barely recognisable. …

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