Robbie Williams has announced he's going back on tour and is determined to put his "stamp down" on pop history before he turns 40.

The pop legend will play a 15-date European stadium tour, starting in Manchester on 19 June 2013, to support his number one album 'Take The Crown'.

For his first solo tour in over six years, the Take That star will be joined by fellow 'cheeky' singer Olly Murs.

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Robbie after the announcement

At a press conference on Monday, Robbie said: "I'm buzzing. I'm ready to go... I'm at a place in my career where it's time to put my foot down and go, 'This is what I do.'

"I'm nearly 40 and I don't know how many times around I'll get given this opportunity. I want to go and seal my place in pop history and go off and deliver a tour of great magnitude, while I'm still capable of doing it."

The 'Candy' singer was in a self-reflective mood and told journalists: "I just want to put my stamp down and say this is what I do. This is where I am most at home... pop stars cease to be pop stars at 40 and start to be old people singing."

He also revealed he often models his career on George Michael but that might now have to change...

"George Michael was saying he thinks he's got one more big pop tour in him... maybe I should stop working on George-time and work on Robbie-time. I just know that there is a forum for a male solo star to get up there in stadiums and own the place and I want that to be me," he said.

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Robbie Williams and his touring companion Olly Murs

And, explaining his lack of solo touring on previous albums, he added: "I've kind of been lethargic for the last couple of albums. I didn't promote or tour and that sends a message to people that you're not that bothered.

"You go through different waves in your life and the wave I'm on right now, I am incredibly bothered about my career."

Tickets for 2013 dates go on sale on Friday 30 November at 9am. For all the dates and cities Robbie will play visit tickets.robbiewilliams.com

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