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Spandau Ballet reform and announce UK tour

Spandau Ballet

Story by Jack Foley

EIGHTIES pop sensations Spandau Ballet have reformed and announced a comeback tour, including a date at London’s O2 Arena.

All the original members of the band, which included singer Tony Hadley and brothers Gary and Martin Kemp, announced the reunion at a special press conference on the HMS Belfast in London on Wednesday (March 25, 2009), the scene of a landmark early gig in 1980.

It is the first time they have appeared together publicly since their split in 1989, and ends years of bad blood between them, which included a battle over songwriting royalties that ended up in the High Court in 1999.

Speaking to journalists at the comeback announcement, however, Gary Kemp, the group’s songwriter and guitarist, described his fellow band members as “my other family really” and said he’d missed seeing them for the past 20 years.

“I wanted to get together just to have a chat about all those great experiences we had,” he continued. “To be able to make some new experiences is a really great opportunity and that’s what we plan to do.”

Hadley added that the hatchet had been well and truly buried and that time had been a great healer.

Spandau Ballet’s list of hits began with To Cut A Long Story Short in November 1980 and they went on to release six studio albums, during which time they enjoyed 10 UK top 10 singles, and a No.1 smash with True in 1983.

The world tour will focus on their greatest hits, but if it goes well they will consider writing new material.

Tickets for Spandau Ballet’s first eight dates are on sale now through the band’s website, and will go on general sale at 9am on Saturday, March 28, 2009. World-wide dates will be announced in due course.

The UK dates so far are as follows (all October 2009):

13 – Dublin O2
14 – Belfast Odyssey Arena
16 – Sheffield Arena
17 – Glasgow SECC
20 – London O2 Arena
24 – Birmingham NEC
26 – Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
28 – Manchester MEN Arena