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Spandau Ballet to reform – True.

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Well the rumours have been around for years but it has finally been confirmed. Tony, Gary, Martin, Steve and John are finally getting back together for the first time since the late 80s.

Spanau Ballet announce their new tour aboard H.M.S Belfast

Spanau Ballet announce their new tour aboard H.M.S Belfast

The announcement came on 25th March at the unlikely venue of H.M.S. Belfast. They will start their tour in the autumn (the fall to those of you reading in color), in Dublin on 13 October 2009.

So who remembers them? Any hands up? Small boy at the back? Well they started out as a small synthpop / new romantic act around 1978. Initially called ‘The Cut’ and later ‘The Makers’, they played small venues around London just as the New Wave movement was beginning.

When one of their friends, a BBC DJ called Robert Elms returned from Berlin he suggested they change their name to Spandau Ballet. The name worked well and their music took off in a big way in the music clubs of the capital.

How many school discos of the eighties belted out this one?

Soon every label in London wanted to sign them and the contract finally went to Chrysallis records. Their first record, produced by Richard Burgess, reached the top 5 in 1980. They had recorded it in just ten days. Journeys to Glory was an overnight success.

spandau-gold

Hot on the heels came their second and third albums. Diamond was certified Gold by the BPI, and True was noted for it’s sophisticated new sound. Their records sold millions worldwide.

Their success grew and they performed prominently on the Band Aid single, and played the close of the Live Aid concert in Wembley stadium.

Spandau Ballet were the final act to perform at Live Aid

Spandau Ballet were the final act to perform at Live Aid

But after a break in the late eighties the Kemp brothers were offered memorable roles as The Krays in the film of the same name. They both went on to become actors of some distinction.

Gary and Martin gave chilling performances of the famous gangsters.

Gary and Martin gave chilling performances of the famous gangsters.

The other members of the band milled around, trying to find a new sound but the band officially broke up at the end of the eighties. Arguments and court cases over sing rights followed.

But all this seems to be in the past as the boys regroup, rearm and reform to take on the world once again.

Ladies and Gentlemen may I present to you:

All the way from 1982…..

Spandau Ballet!!!

Glad it wasn't just me that had this look

Glad it wasn't just me that had this look

Tickets are now on sale. Check out http://www.ticketmaster.ie or http://www.spandauballet.com/

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Written by Nick Gilmartin

March 28, 2009 at 8:18 pm

Posted in in the news, music

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