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To Cut A Long Story Short… Tony Hadley quits Spandau Ballet

04 July 2017

"Frustrated" Spandau Ballet have responded to Tony Hadley quitting the band. His cryptic message, which said leaving was due to "circumstances beyond his control" has come as a shock to Spandau Ballet fans.

The 57-year-old singer had been the lead vocalist in the new wave group alongside Gary and Martin Kemp, Steve Norman and John Keeble during their '80s heyday. This has not changed'.

The True singer announced he had severed ties with the 1980s supergroup over the weekend via social media, and now his former bandmates have assured fans they plan to rock on.

Tony Hadley
GETTYThe singer was accused of not being fully committed to the group

Mr Hadley, who lives in Ford and is a familiar face at local events says that he will not perform with Spandau Ballet band members again.

The band itself featured Tony on vocals, while brothers Gary and Martin Kemp played the guitar, Steve Norman was on the saxophone and John Keeble on drums.

Hadley, Keeble and Norman lost a court battle in 1999 to claim some of those royalties, but by 2009 the band had reformed and were performing a sold-out tour across the United Kingdom and Ireland.

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More recently, band members had performed solo shows, and Martin Kemp had appeared as a judge on the BBC show Let It Shine.

The band was formed in 1976 in Islington, London, but after a number of years performing and finding their sound they came upon the Blitz club-night in Covent Garden, London, which was a key venue for the development of the New Romantic movement.

The group reunited in 2015 for a world tour and have split up on-and-off over their career spanning more than three decades.

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Hadley first hinted he might quit Spandau Ballet in January 2016 when he said he had no plans to perform with the band on a permanent basis.

They embarked on their last world tour in 2015, with Hadley also competing on I'm A Celebrity...

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To Cut A Long Story Short… Tony Hadley quits Spandau Ballet