Spandau Ballet

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Spandau Ballet

Spandau Ballet are a British band who formed in London in the late 1970s. Initially inspired by the New Romantic fashion, their music has featured a mixture of funk, jazz, soul and synthpop. They were one of the most successful bands of the 1980s, achieving ten Top Ten singles and four Top Ten albums in the UK between 1979 and 1990. The band split acrimoniously in 1990, but announced their reunion in 2009.

The band was formed in 1976 and was originally called 'The Cut', with Gary Kemp as singer/songwriter and Steve Norman on guitar, later saxophone and percussion. Kemp and Norman were both attending Dame Alice Owen's School, Islington, and were close friends, as they shared a similar interest in music and a common desire to form a band. They were joined by fellow student John Keeble, who had met Norman when they both discovered the drum kit in the school’s music room and would regularly meet at lunchtimes to practice. John was followed by bass player Michael Ellison. Tony Hadley, who knew Norman, then joined as lead singer. After a few months, Richard Miller replaced Michael Ellison on bass, before Kemp’s brother, Martin Kemp, finally took over the role, joining the band a couple of years later. By this time, the band had already gained some live experience. Steve Dagger, a friend of the band members, was then asked by Steve Norman and Gary Kemp to manage them. He was to be an integral part of the band's initial and continuing success.

The band was called 'The Makers' in the early years, but profess to having changed their name after a friend of the band, BBC London 94.9 DJ Robert Elms, visited Spandau, a borough of Berlin. However, the most likely inspiration is graffiti he saw in the lavatory of a club called The Venue, in Victoria Street, London, in the late 1970s, where members of the originally named band worked. This band had played under the name Spandau Ballet since 1978 and had played in London once under this name at the Hope & Anchor, Islington, London, on 6 May 1979 supporting The Softies. The new Spandau Ballet, with Martin Kemp and Tony Hadley, began performing with this name and generating a positive buzz around London. Their music prior to then was in the style of the early Rolling Stones or The Kinks, but became more electronic as they began to hang out in clubs such as Sally's and Blitz, where they would listen to bands like Kraftwerk and Telex. The Blitz was regarded as the birthplace of a new 1980s music and fashion phenomenon called New Romanticism.

The band was involved in a major bidding war, but eventually signed to Chrysalis Records and released "To Cut a Long Story Short", produced by the electronic musician Richard James Burgess. Released just ten days after the band emerged from the studio in order to meet the huge demand created by the buzz they had established, "To Cut a Long Story Short" was an instant British top 5 hit in 1980. This was followed by hits with "The Freeze", "Musclebound" and the well-received and Gold-certified album Journeys to Glory in 1981. The sound of Journeys to Glory was typified by chanted vocals, a splashy snare drum sound, strongly rhythmic guitar parts and a lack of guitar solos.

The follow-up album, Diamond, also produced by Burgess, was released in 1982. This album was certified Gold by the BPI and featured the funk-flavoured single "Chant No. 1". The band had Burgess remix every single from both albums for inclusion on each single's B-side and for twelve-inch club releases. These mixes were later released as a boxed set. However, times were changing. The second single from Diamond was "Paint Me Down", which broke their run of top 20 hits by stalling at #30, and the third single, "She Loved Like Diamond", failed to make the UK Top 40 at all. Trevor Horn remixed the track "Instinction", which was released as the fourth single from the album. This returned the band to the UK top ten after the poor chart performance of their previous two singles and of the Diamond album in general, which had peaked at #15.

With a slicker, adult contemporary sound, the band released their third album True in (March 1983), produced by Tony Swain and Steve Jolley, who would go on to enjoy a couple of years as the "producers du jour" in Britain. The title cut was a six-minute opus paying tribute to the Motown sound (and in some respects, Marvin Gaye). The image changed too; the cossack outfits and makeup of the New Romantic movement they had helped to establish had been replaced by smart, 1940s-inspired suits and well-scrubbed faces. The band still looked vaguely aristocratic, however. It was at this point that Steve Norman became the band's sax player. The album topped the charts all around the world, and launched several international hit singles, such as "Gold" and the aforementioned title cut which was #1 in several countries. An old friend of Gary Kemp's, keyboard player Jess Bailey, appeared on many of Spandau Ballet's albums, including True and Parade, as well as regularly toured with the band. To the band's credit, in 1991, P.M. Dawn sampled the song "True" in "Set Adrift On Memory Bliss", which also became a hit song.

The follow up, Parade (June 1984) and its singles were again big successes in the European charts, Australia and Canada, and the opening song "Only When You Leave" became their last American hit. At the end of 1984, the band performed on the Band Aid charity single, with Hadley taking a prominent lead vocal role; and in 1985, they performed at the Wembley Stadium end of Live Aid. During this same year, Spandau Ballet achieved platinum status with the compilation, The Singles Collection, which kept the focus on the band between two studio albums, and celebrated their five years of success. In 1986, Spandau Ballet signed to WEA/Universal & CBS Records and released Through the Barricades (October 1986), which saw the band trying to move away from the pop/soul influences of True and Parade and more towards rock. The album, the title track and the single "Fight For Ourselves" were big hits in their native UK, in Europe - particularly in Germany, Italy and in the Benelux as usual - and in Australia, but not in the United States.

After a hiatus from recording during which the Kemps established themselves as credible actors in the gangster film The Krays, the band released Heart Like a Sky in September 1989. The album was not widely released (not at all in the US) and was for the most part disregarded. It did, however, do well in Italy. Afterwards, Spandau Ballet, from whom Gary Kemp was already feeling estranged, split up for good.

Martin Kemp went on to land an acting role in the UK soap opera EastEnders, while Tony Hadley tried to establish a solo career. Gary Kemp did a little more acting, appearing in a supporting role in the Whitney Houston hit The Bodyguard, and in 1995 he released the commercially unsuccessful solo album, Little Bruises.

In the 1990s, Hadley, Norman and Keeble launched a failed court case against Gary Kemp for a share of Kemp's song writing royalties. The three non-Kemp members toured as a trio, but as they had to sell their shares in Spandau Ballet's company to Gary Kemp to pay off legal debts, and that company owned the rights to the name of Spandau Ballet, they had to tour under the moniker of 'Hadley, Norman and Keeble, ex-Spandau Ballet'.

In early 2009, there was much speculation that the band was set to reform later that year. Although the band did not initially comment on these reports, the official Spandau Ballet website encouraged fans to sign up "for an exciting announcement", fuelling rumours that a reunion was imminent. Jonathan Ross also mentioned during his BBC Radio 2 programme on 21 March 2009 that he was aware that the band were re-forming and had been invited to the band's reunion party.

The band eventually confirmed the rumours at a press conference held on 25 March 2009 on board HMS Belfast in London to announce their comeback tour . The band is due to begin a world tour in October 2009, beginning with eight dates across Ireland and the UK, the first of which will be in Dublin on 13 October 2009. The tickets for the UK and Ireland shows went on pre-sale on the official Spandau Ballet website on 25 March 2009. These then went on general release on 27 March 2009. For the general release tickets, the London O2 arena tickets sold out within 20 minutes and an extra two dates were added there because of demand. The band have also announced an extra date in Birmingham and have added Liverpool to the tour. They gave their "first public performance and interview anywhere in the world for 19 years" on Jonathan Ross's BBC television show Friday Night with Jonathan Ross on 24 April 2009.

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The Best of Spandau Ballet

The Best Of Spandau Ballet cover

The Best Of Spandau Ballet is a compilation album by Spandau Ballet. It was released in 1991 by Chrysalis Records.

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Gold: The Best of Spandau Ballet

Gold: The Best of Spandau Ballet is a greatest hits album, from Spandau Ballet, released on 4 September 2001 and contains 17 of their biggest hits.

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Steve Norman

Steve Norman (born 25 March 1960, London) is a British musician who plays saxophone, guitar, percussion, and other instruments, for the globally successful pop/rock group, Spandau Ballet.

Steve was initially a guitarist in the group along with Gary Kemp. By the third Spandau Ballet album he not only brought percussion to the mix, but also introduced the saxophone which has since become his signature instrument. Together with Spandau Ballet, Steve toured the globe and continued to have hits throughout the 80s. Spandau Ballet sold over 25 million albums worldwide, had 20 hit singles, and spent an incredible 500 weeks in the UK charts. In 1985 Steve appeared with Spandau Ballet at Live Aid at Wembley Stadium, where he was also to perform at the "Free Nelson Mandela" concert some years later along with Tony Hadley. He has also performed at various concerts in aid of Prince Charles' "The Prince's Trust" charity.

In the early 90's after the band went their separate ways, Steve moved to Ibiza and took some time out from performing. It was whilst in Ibiza that he rediscovered club culture and immersed himself in the dance music scene with club residencies on the island.

During his time on the island, Steve collaborated with numerous musicians and producers who reside on Ibiza (Lenny Krarup, saxophone on “Ibizarre…The Ambient Collection Vol.5”, Nacho Sotomayor, saxophone on various tracks for “La Roca Vol.5”, producer for Blues Dave Jeffs´ “Teardrops”, co-songwriting with Stefan Zauner from Freiheit for his solo CD “SOL”, co-producing with DJ Pippi “Memento” for the Quintessenza CD, He worked with producer Rafa Peletey on various projects including Funky Jack´s “Saxomatic” percussion mix. Steve also sourced and compiled the music for the “Made In Ibiza Chills n´Thrills” compilation CD and co-compiled “A Journey Through Savannah” with Rafa Peletey for their label, Island Pulse Records.

To this day Steve continues to play live at funky/soulful house music events in the UK and on the international club scene performing and improvising with his sax, or occasionally percussion alongside some of the best known DJs and singers on the house music scene (DJ Alfredo, Byron Stingily of Ten City, Frankie Knuckles, Angie Brown, Sybil, Steve Edwards, Alison Limerick, Jeremy Healey, Brandon Block, Alex P, John Jones, Wez Clarke, Andy Norman, K Klass, and many others).

Steve has recently formed a partnership with Hed Kandi DJ John Jones and Martin Ikin from Soul Purpose called “The Collective”. Their first production is a re-working of the Joe Smooth classic “Promised Land” featuring Peyton on lead vocals and Shelley Preston on backing vocals.

Steve also writes a regular column reviewing CDs for the magazine Ibiza Now.

In 2001, Steve and Rafa Peletey formed a production team called Cloudfish. They invited Shelley Preston (a member of another well-known 80s pop group and successful session singer) to work on one of their songs and provide the vocals. As a result, Cloudfish became a band with Steve, Shelley and Rafa writing and producing their own songs. Rafa left in 2003 to front his own band, joining up with Steve and Shelley from time to time.

Cloudfish continue to write, produce and perform their particular brand of funky lounge music which is a mix of their pop backgrounds and dance music. They are featured artists on the eponymous CD (co-produced by Steve and Rafa) of the Italian quintet, Quintessenza. Cloudfish have sold out a number of exclusive and intimate gigs including the legendary Ronnie Scotts club in London´s Soho. Their song “So High” was included on the CD compilation “Dome Ibiza. The chillout session vol.2”.

On 25 March 2009, Steve Norman, Gary Kemp, Martin Kemp, Tony Hadley and John Keeble, announced their reunion at a press conference on board the world famous warship HMS Belfast, on the banks of the River Thames. The venue had been the scene of a legendary and notorious Spandau Ballet gig in 1980 from which they first set off on their global adventure.

The newly reformed band announced their 'Reformation Tour' starting in October 2009.

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Tony Hadley

Tony Hadley in 2006

Tony Hadley (born Anthony Patrick Hadley, 2 June 1960, Islington, London) is an English pop singer who is the frontman for the 1980s band Spandau Ballet.

Born at the Royal Free Hospital, Holloway, Hadley at school was looking forward to a medical career, but joined his friends in their band.

The group disbanded in 1989, after their final studio album, Heart Like a Sky, failed to live up to the critical and commercial success of their earlier albums, such as True and Parade. In fact, Heart Like a Sky was not even released in the United States. In April 1999, Hadley along with fellow band members Steve Norman and John Keeble failed in their attempt to sue Gary Kemp for a share of his royalties, as the band's principal songwriter. However, in recent years Norman is again on good terms with Gary and his brother, Martin Kemp, who used to play bass guitar in the band. In early 2009, newspaper reports claimed that Spandau Ballet was set to reform later that year. On 25 March 2009 it was confirmed that the band would reform and embark on a UK tour in October 2009.

After Spandau Ballet disbanded, Hadley pursued a solo career, with considerably less success, signing to EMI and recording his first album, The State of Play, in 1992. After leaving EMI, Hadley formed his own record company, SlipStream Records, and his first release was to be the single "Build Me Up", from the film "When Saturday Comes". Shortly after that, in December 1996, Hadley embarked on an orchestral tour of Europe, along with Joe Cocker, Paul Michiels, Dani Klein and Guo Yue, playing to 500,000 people in six weeks.

On his return from that tour, Hadley signed a joint deal with PolyGram TV, and released his next eponymous solo album, Tony Hadley, in 1997, which included covers and songs that were chosen to match his voice. The album also featured some of his own self-penned songs, such as "She", the song that Hadley wrote for his daughter, Toni.

To plug the gap between studio albums, Hadley also released a live album, in 1995, recorded, in just one night, at the club Ronnie Scott's, in Birmingham, called Obsession (later on re-released as Obsession Live").

He also collaborated, in the past and present, with various dance acts and DJs, such as Tin Tin Out, Eddie Lock, Marc et Claude, Regi Penxten (Milk Inc.) and the Disco Bros., and played alongside musicians such as Alice Cooper, Paul Young, Jon Anderson, and Brian May. Hadley's permanent band line up nowadays features John Keeble (drums), Phil Taylor (keyboards), Phil Williams (bass guitar), Richie Barrett (guitar), and Angie Grant on backing vocals. His early band, with whom he realized his debut album, included instead, besides he and Keeble, Spandau Ballet's regular keyboard player Toby Chapman, Jerry Stevenson (guitar), and Kevin Miller (bass guitar).

Hadley was also the subject of some newfound respect in the 2000s, rooted in an "ironic" appreciation for his old group Spandau Ballet; John Darnielle of the indie folk rock group The Mountain Goats wrote about his admiration for Hadley's vocal strengths. In 2000, his very first solo greatest hits album was issued, entitled Debut, made up of some early solo songs.

In 2003, Hadley was the winner of the ITV reality television series, "Reborn in the USA", appearing alongside other ex band singers, such as Elkie Brooks, Peter Cox from Go West and Leee John from Imagination. Capitalizing on his victory of the American reality show, his Debut compilation was re-issued, and his second collection was also released in the same year, True Ballads, including some of his solo tracks, most of the cover songs which were already contained in his second studio album, and historical hits from the Spandau Ballet period.

Hadley recently had a busy performing schedule, and also recently toured with both Peter Cox from Go West and Martin Fry from the band ABC. He released a jazz-swing album 2006, entitled Passing Strangers", and travelled on a "by request" tour from March to May 2006. This was followed by a big band tour in late the same year.

Hadley stated on the television show "Loose Women" (22 February 2007) that he is 6'4" and 17½ stone. He worked as radio presenter with Virgin Radio, taking over the "Friday Night Virgin Party Classics" show from Suggs (of the band Madness), in August 2007. In January 2008, Tony was given the "Saturday Night Virgin Party Classics" show as well. He left both shows in September 2008.

Hadley performed a set with other 1980s acts, at "Retro Fest", on 1 September 2007, at Culzean Castle, in Ayrshire, Scotland. This appearance included a rendition of "Addicted to Love", with Martin Fry of ABC and Peter Cox of Go West.

In February 2008, he took part in the Italian Sanremo Festival, where he dueted, either in English and Italian, with young contestant Paolo Meneguzzi, on a song by the latter called "Grande" (big'), during the third day of the contest (where all contestants re-interpreted their songs with guest artists). On February 22, 2008, he performed as an interval act at the semi-final of Dora 2008, the selection of the Croatian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest.

Tony has shot his scenes for the forthcoming British movie Shoot The DJ which was due for completion in December 2008. He plays Eddie Richards.

He made an appearance, sung, and gave advice and words of wisdom in Pinoy Dream Academy (season 2),a singing reality show in the Philippines. Tony also appeared in RocKwiz, an Australian TV program that went to air on Saturday 8 November 2008.

An enthusiast for beer, Hadley has interests in two brewing companies. Since 2006 Hadley has been co-owner of the Red Rat Craft Brewery in Suffolk, and also has his own-brand of award-winning ales, including Hadley's Golden Ale, Hadley's Crazy Dog Stout, and due to be launched in late 2009 Hadley's Gold and Hadley's SB.

Hadley is the father of four children: Thomas, Toni, and Mackenzie by his wife, Leonie Lawson, and Zara (born 21 December 2006) by his girlfriend, Alison Evers. Hadley split from Leonie in 2003, after twenty years of marriage.

An Arsenal fan, he plays for the Arsenal ex-Professional and Celebrity XI team. Hadley also runs and enjoys skiing.

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Gary Kemp

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Gary Kemp (born 16 October 1959, in Smithfield, London) is an English pop musician and actor who is the guitar player and chief songwriter for the 1980s Synthpop band Spandau Ballet. His brother, Martin Kemp, plays bass guitar in the band. Gary Kemp also provided backing vocals on many of the tracks to lead singer Tony Hadley.

Kemp was born in St Bartholomew's Hospital , Smithfield, London, and grew up in Islington, London, in a working-class family. He attended Rotherfield Junior School and Dame Alice Owen's grammar school, Islington, as well as the Anna Scher Children’s Theatre drama club, along with his brother, Martin. In 1968 he began appearing in TV and film, including a role in the 1972 film Hide & Seek, alongside Roy Dotrice.

Kemp eventually decided to concentrate on a career in music and, in the late Seventies, he formed a band called The Gentry with school friends. The Gentry was later renamed Spandau Ballet .

After recording Spandau Ballet's final album, Heart Like A Sky, Kemp and his brother returned to acting. He won the contempt of his fellow band members, Tony Hadley, Steve Norman and John Keeble, but good reviews for his performance as Ronnie Kray in The Krays (1990). Making this film was the death-knell to Spandau Ballet.

In 1999, Tony Hadley, Steve Norman and John Keeble attempted to sue Kemp for alleged unpaid royalties. They claimed that an agreement had existed between Kemp and the rest of the band, whereby Kemp, who was the main songwriter in the band, would pay his bandmates a share of the royalties earned. The claims were vigorously denied by Kemp, and Hadley, Norman and Keeble subsequently lost their court case. Although initially vowing to appeal the verdict, they later decided against this.

In early 2009, newspaper reports claimed that Spandau Ballet was set to reform later that year. The rumours were later confirmed by the band at a press conference held on board HMS Belfast in London on 25 March 2009.

Kemp released a solo album entitled Little Bruises in 1995, followed by a tour of Britain and Ireland. He has written songs with a number of other writers for other artists, although few of them have actually been recorded and released. Two of his songs appeared on the debut album by American soap star Jacob Young in 2001. He then made an abortive attempt to reform Spandau Ballet in 2004. He now uses MySpace to get his music heard.

Since 1995 Kemp has continued acting, taking the role of 'Serge' in the West End production of Art in 2001, film roles in Dog Eat Dog, Poppies and American Daylight, and TV roles in Murder In Mind, Murder Investigation Team, and Casualty.

He has since written music and additional lyrics with Guy Pratt for the musical production "Bedbug", which was performed in a variety of venues during the Shell Connections Youth Drama Festival in 2004, and has written a musical, also with Guy Pratt, entitled "A Terrible Musical", based on the life of William Butler Yeats and Maude Gonne.

In January 2008, Kemp appeared on a celebrity special of Who Wants to Be A Millionaire with his brother Martin, in order to raise awareness of and funds for the Encephalitis Society.

In March 2008, Kemp starred in a low-budget 20-minute short film directed by his brother, Martin, entitled Karma Magnet. This was released on the internet only.

He was married to actress Sadie Frost with whom he had one son, Finlay Munro (born 1990). The couple divorced in 1997. In 2003, Kemp married costume designer Lauren Barber, with whom he has another son, Milo Wolf, born in 2004.

Kemp's parents, Frank and Eileen, both died in 2009. Eileen was undergoing treatment for a heart bypass at Bournemouth hospital, where Frank was brought in after suffering a fatal heart attack. Eileen died 48 hours later.

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The Ultra Selection (Spandau Ballet album)

The Ultra Selection cover

The Ultra Selection is a compilation album by Spandau Ballet. It was released in 2005 by Disky Communications.

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John Keeble

John Keeble (born 6 July 1959, London) is a British pop musician, who is the drummer with the 1980s band, Spandau Ballet.

Spandau Ballet disbanded in 1990, after their final studio album, Heart Like a Sky, failed to live up to the critical and commercial success of their earlier albums, such as True and Parade.

In 1999, John Keeble, along with fellow band members Tony Hadley and Steve Norman, attempted to sue former Spandau Ballet guitarist, Gary Kemp, for alleged unpaid royalties. They claimed that an agreement had existed between Kemp and the rest of the band, whereby Kemp, who was the main songwriter in the band, would pay his bandmates a share of the royalties earned. The claims were vigorously denied by Kemp, and Keeble, Hadley and Norman subsequently lost their court case. Although initially vowing to appeal the verdict, they later decided against this.

He is married to 'Flea', and they have a daughter called Jaime.

Keeble has consistently played in the Tony Hadley band, and was on tour throughout 2006.

He has also formed his own band, I PLAY ROCK, with whom he plays drums.

On 25 March 2009, John Keeble joined the rest of his original classic-line-up Spandau Ballet bandmates for a press conference at HMS Belfast, to announce that the band had reformed for a world tour starting in Dublin in October 2009.

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The Singles Collection (Spandau Ballet album)

The Singles Collection cover

The Singles Collection is a compilation album by Spandau Ballet, released on December 17,1985 by Chrysalis Records.

All tracks are composed by Gary Kemp.

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Original Gold (Spandau Ballet album)

Original Gold cover

Original Gold is a compilation album by Spandau Ballet. It was released in 2000 by Disky.

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True (Spandau Ballet album)

True cover

True was the third studio album by British band Spandau Ballet. It was released in March 1983, and was heavily influenced by jazz, soul, and R&B. It reached #1 on the UK charts, the top twenty in the United States, and charted in numerous countries around the world. The title track spent four weeks at #1 on the UK singles charts, and was a top five single in America. In 1991 it was sampled by the spiritual hip-hop act PM Dawn on their single "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss"; Nelly's 2005 hit 'n' Dey Say also samples "True" heavily.

Other singles from the album included "Gold" (a #2 UK hit and a Top 30 hit in the U.S.), "Lifeline", "Communication" and "Pleasure". Later album releases by the band never equalled the success of True, and they broke up six years later.

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