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3 July 2017, 15:38
The band has issued a response to the singer's shock announcement.
We have sad news! Tony Hadley has ruled out the possibility that Spandau Ballet will embark on another tour or record a new album. He’s distanced himself from the group due, he says, “to circumstances beyond [his] control".
It was only last week that Tony performed at a wedding live on This Morning. We know you don’t want to believe that it's all over for the full band, but sadly it’s ‘True’.
The 57-year-old singer, who formed the band in 1976 with bandmates Gary and Martin Kemp, Steve Norman and John Keeble, took to Twitter on Monday to announce his departure from the group, leaving fans with lots of questions as he failed to explain exactly why he has left.
He tweeted: "I am no longer a member of the band Spandau Ballet & will not be performing with the band in the future."
Tony also shared a note, attached to the tweet, which read: "Due to circumstances beyond my control, it is with deep regret that I am required to state that I am no long a member of the band Spandau Ballet, and as such I will not be performing with this band in the near future."
A statement from Tony Hadley :- I am no longer a member of the band Spandau Ballet & will not be performing with the band in the future. pic.twitter.com/KcuNGTtSFn— Tony Hadley (@TheTonyHadley) July 3, 2017
One cheeky fan responded to Tony’s slightly cryptic message by referencing the name of the band’s first hit, the spiky 1980 single ‘To Cut A Long Story Short'.
I feel as if you've cut a long story short…— Chris Holland (@TheSongNerd) July 3, 2017
After releasing that single, Spandau Ballet went on to score 10 top 10 singles in the UK charts. If you haven’t danced to ‘Gold’ at a wedding with your auntie, you haven’t lived!
The band have had their falling-out over the years, largely to do with royalties – Tony was the primary songwriter and therefore took the biggest share of the profits – and at one point the rest of the group was touring without him as Ex-Spandau Ballet.
We were glad to see the boys reform in 2009 and recorded some news songs for the 2014 album The Story – The Very Best of Spandau Ballet, so we’re sad to see that Tony has ruled out the possibility of another tour or album.
The band responded on their website with the words: "Much to our frustration, Tony had made it clear in September 2016 that he didn’t want to work with the band anymore. This has not changed and 2015 was the last time we were able to perform or work with him. So we have now made the decision to move on as a band.”
It’s unwelcome news, but we hope that Tony will continue to make music as an individual, and that we can expect to see new material from the rest of the band. This is the sound of your soul, guys!