Spandau Ballet will perform for the first time with a new singer in West London, next week.
Last year, Tony Hadley announced that he was leaving the band and a few months earlier, a frustrated Gary Kemp had told SDE that “there’s still grudges from the past that no one can get over.”
Actor and singer, Ross William Wild has been revealed as Tony’s replacement and he will perform as part of the band at a now sold-out show in London’s Subterania on 6 June. Ross played Elvis Presley in the West End Musical Million Dollar Quartet back in 2016, a show that also starred a certain Martin Kemp (as record producer Sam Phillips).
Spandau Ballet chalked up 15 top 20 hits during the 1980s (including number one True), before they split at the end of the decade. In the 1990s, recriminations over royalties lead to an acrimonious (and unsuccessful court case) but the band successfully reformed for a tour in 2009/2010.
Three new songs (produced by Trevor Horn) featured on 2014 compilation Spandau Ballet: The Story, and two of them (not the one written by Tony Hadley!) have been added to a vinyl reissue of the Gold compilation which is due on 8 June 2018.
SDE will be at the show next week and publish a full review on Thursday 7 June.
Spandau Ballet / Gold 2LP vinyl
3. Only When You Leave
4. This Is the Love*
3. Instinction (Edit)
4. Chant No 1 (I Don’t Need This Pressure On)
5. To Cut a Long Story Short
6. The Freeze
2. Paint Me Down
3. She Loved Like Diamond
4. Round and Round
5. Highly Strung
1. Fight for Ourselves
3. I’ll Fly for You
4. Through the Barricades