| 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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