Take That were determined to shine even without Robbie Williams as the band hit town in the Big Apple last night.
In their smartest outfits, Mark Owen, and Jason Orange led the pack, with bleary-eyed Gary Barlow also in tow as the band dined out and then headed to a club.
Earlier in the day, the group had been seen arriving at a New York studio together with Robbie, but he opted out of the night-time frolics.
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Stepping out: Mark Owen in grey and black, heads out on the town with Take That member Jason Orange, seen in New York last night
Party pals: Gary Barlow, and a friend also joined the group, but Robbie Williams was nowhere to be seen
He had flown from his home in Los Angeles for Owen’s stag party in New York the previous night.
The group partied in Soho House private members’ club and were up the next day to go to a recording studio.
Robbie walked out of Take That 14 years ago, to the dismay of millions of fans.
But rumours of a reunion between Robbie and the boys increased as they were seen heading to the Electric Lady Studio together.
Williams was seen arriving at 2.15pm, after Jason Orange at 1.20pm and Gary Barlow and Howard Donald at noon. It was not clear if Owen also attended the studio session.
A Take That spokesman was quick to dampen speculation that they were recording new material, saying they were only there to approve the final mixes for a live album.
Back for good? Robbie Williams, girlfriend Ayda Field and a male companion arrive at a New York studio on Sunday
The Greatest Day is scheduled for release on November 30 – and is due to contain both recent live recordings as well as recordings from the Nineties which feature Robbie.
Robbie has buried the hatchet with Barlow, Orange, Owen and Donald. Williams, 35, had flown in to New York with girlfriend Ayda Field last Wednesday.
Take That split less than a year after Williams left in 1995 but the other four got back together ten years later and secured huge record and stadium tour sales.
Rumours of a full reunion have been circulating for months, with Robbiemaking it clear he would like to join the band back on stage.
He said recently: ‘Something will definitely happen. Me and Gary have been hanging out a lot lately, talking things over.’
The gang’s all here: Jason Orange looked in a contemplative mood outside the studio
Reunion: Howard Donald and Gary Barlow arrive at the studio on a wet day in New York
Robbie also told Radio 1: ‘I thought I’ll just hold off and get my album out and then go and play with my mates.’
The U-turn follows years of bitter public rows, during which the five saw their fortunes rise and fall.
The band sold around 25million records between 1991 and 1996.
Barlow, who is now 38, had initial success as a solo singer and scored two No1 singles but was eventually dropped by his record label.
Robbie went on to make an incredible eight No 1 albums. But in October 2006 Rudebox, his tenth album overall, had a muted reception. The other four sold more than six million albums after getting back together.
The two album releases, Beautiful World and The Circus, have both reached No 1 and their concert dates have sold out in record-breaking time.
The way they were: Take That with Robbie Williams back in 1992
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