Spandau Ballet begin search for new singer

Spandau Ballet begin search for new singer

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Spandau Ballet say they are hunting for a new singer after long-time vocalist Tony Hadley left the band.

The 57-year-old announced his decision to quit in July via Twitter and did not explain his motive to fans.

Bassist Martin Kemp feels Hadley’s departure will not hold the group back and the search for his replacement is now under way.

He said: “I will tell you the truth, we are in rehearsals in a couple of weeks trying out new singers. So, we’re moving it on, and it’s moving on pretty fast.”

The band, who enjoyed huge success during the 1980s with hits such as True and Gold, say they still have a bright future.

The members originally parted ways in 1990, 11 years after they formed. They reformed nearly 20 years later in 2009, releasing albums Once More and Hitting The Road Again.

Kemp said: “I think we still sound like Spandau Ballet when we play together. This is a band that started off with me and Steve, and then John, and we’ve grown and moved and we’ve been together for 40 years, and it seems a shame, I don’t think we are ready to give it up now.”

Martin’s brother, Gary Kemp, the new wave group’s guitarist and chief songwriter, said Spandau Ballet were more than just one member and therefore a search for a new singer must go on.

But the band accepts finding someone to match up to Hadley will be difficult.

Saxophonist Steve Norman said: “It’s going to be a bit tricky anyway, Tony has got a massive vocal range but someone different, someone that is bringing their own personality to it, which can cover those things.”

The band’s remastered and extended anniversary edition of Through The Barricades is released on 22 September.

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