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Spandau Ballet to reform for new recordings and world tour

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#1 of 6 Danny Tse

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Posted March 23 2009 - 05:01 AM

British 1980s band Spandau Ballet are to become the latest ageing stars to hit the comeback circuit, two decades after their bitter split, their singer said in comments published Monday.

The New Romantic icons, whose penchant for eyeliner and smart suits were seen as an antidote to the drab fashions and anarchic music of the 1970s punk revolution, will release new material and embark on a world tour.

"The boys are back in town and we can't wait. It's going to be brilliant, we're very excited, but it will be very different," said lead singer Tony Hadley, who is now 48.

"There will be all the hits, the nostalgia, but there will also be a new take on what Spandau Ballet are about," he added, according to Britain's Independent daily.

The band, whose hits included "Gold" and "True," split in 1989 amid strains which quickly erupted into legal action, in which songwriter Gary Kemp was sued by Hadley, drummer John Keeble and saxophonist Steve Norman over royalties.

The band's five members have carved out their own solo careers, including spells of acting for Gary and brother Martin Kemp, while frontman Hadley launched a solo career in 2003 after winning a US reality television show.

The band will officially announce they are reforming in London on Wednesday, when they will confirm plans for new songs and details of a world tour, said the paper.

Their announcement follows a surge of nostalgia comebacks in recent years, including the Spice Girls, the Police, the Sex Pistols, Take That, Blur and Led Zeppelin.

Bands yet to reform include Abba, The Jam, The Smiths and The Stone Roses, the Independent noted.

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Posted March 23 2009 - 07:03 AM

ahh i love it. thanks! :]

#3 of 6 Yee-Ming



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Posted March 23 2009 - 05:06 PM

I was a HUGE Spandau fan back in the day, so this is great news. And I hope any tour they do brings them out here.

Although the cynic in me says it's all about the bottom-line -- none of them have achieved great success since they split, although they've done reasonably well, so this looks like a cash-in. Perhaps to give them the benefit of the doubt, though, time does heal wounds and perhaps they have put their legal wangles behind them and just want to get together again.

Odd that the article would refer to other acts that haven't reformed. Abba will never reform simply because none of them need the money -- Abba still sells well today and IIRC they declined a very substantial offer to reform, whereas I'd guess Spandau sales have slowed to a trickle. Conversely, I find it funny that the Spice Girls are already considered a 'nostalgia act', when to my mind they were relatively new...

#4 of 6 Lucia Duran

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Posted March 24 2009 - 03:30 AM

I swear I work with Tony Hadley! Not really, but I am always joking with one of my co-workers about how much he resembles him.

I would love to hear new Spandau Ballet!



#5 of 6 Lee Scoggins

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Posted March 24 2009 - 07:53 AM

Great news. Now if we can just get them to rerelease the True SACD so I don't have to pay a fortune for it....
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#6 of 6 Yee-Ming



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Posted March 24 2009 - 04:00 PM

Some news articles from UK papers which add a bit more info. Apparently the formal announcement is today.

It's true! Spandau Ballet are back - News, Music - The Independent
Spandau Ballet to reunite - Times Online

Did anyone get the remixed "True"? I think it was released either early this year or late last year, but a quick search on amazon.co.uk shows only downloads, no actual CD or anything. Guess I'll check iTunes this evening at home.

And Lee, I'm surprised that you didn't buy the SACD upon release; I made it a point to order it from Amazon.co.uk upon announcement, rather than risk waiting for it to show up in shops here -- SACD availability has always been touch and go here, although it did show up eventually. Indeed some shops might still have a copy; I'll keep an eye out. Conversely, I'm rather miffed that I dwaddled over buying Synchronicity, which now I can't find either.