Frontman quits Spandau Ballet


THIS much is true: Spandau Ballet are now minus a frontman after singer Tony Hadley announced his departure from the reunited 80s chart-toppers.

Hadley cut a long story short with an odd statement announcing he was no longer a member of the band and ruled out any future performances with the band who enjoyed a string of hits in the 80s including True, Gold, Only When You Leave and Chant No.1.

“Due to circumstances beyond my control, it is with deep regret that I am required to state that I am no longer a member of the band Spandau Ballet and as such I will not be performing with the band in the future,” he posted.

Clearly he found it hard to write the next line.

media_cameraAnd then there were four, as Spandau ballet vows to remain true to their fans. Picture: Jake Nowakowski

Hadley and bandmates Martin and Tony Kemp, Steve Norman and John Keeble split acrimoniously in 1990 over a royalties dispute.

They got back together in 2009 as a plethora of packaged concerts celebrating the stars of the era cashed in on the 80s nostalgia boom.

Spandau Ballet proved more successful than many other reunions and commanded Australian arenas in 2010 for the Reformation World tour and again in 2015 on the Soul Boys of the Western World Live tour.

The remaining band members responded to Hadley’s statement with their own expressing their frustration with Hadley’s refusal to work with them.

media_cameraHadley will continue to sing Spandau Ballet hits without the band. Picture: Supplied.

“Much to our frustration, Tony had made it clear in September 2016 that he didn’t want to work with the band anymore,” the band posted.

“This has not changed and 2015 was the last time we were able to perform or work with him. So we have now made the decision to move on as a band.”

Who will front them remains a mystery as the band members have pursued individual engagements in recent months from pop-up performances at Pizza Express (Steve Norman) to Q & As with fans (Martin Kemp).

Perhaps Hadley didn’t want to split the spoils of live touring with his bandmates anymore.

He has been playing concerts and festivals during the UK summer and heads to America next month on the Lost 80s Live concert package alongside Wang Chung and Cutting Crew.

Spandau Ballet hit No. 1 in 1983 with True

Originally published as Frontman quits Spandau Ballet

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