The lead singer announced he had severed ties with the Eighties supergroup
THEIR music defined an era, but SPANDAU BALLET have never let nostalgia get in the way of a good bust-up.
Lead singer TONY HADLEY quit after long- running tensions within the band reached boiling point.
And I can reveal the real reasons behind his departure.
A source said: “Tony decided he’d rather do small solo gigs making money for himself than performing with Spandau.
“The rest of the band are totally bewildered by his decision as they prefer to play huge gigs more sporadically — and they’re tired of trying to talk him round.
“He’s determined to focus on things for himself ahead of the group. The discussions have completely broken down and both sides are digging their heels in. Things have escalated over more than 12 months and it has become a real feud now.”
When the Eighties superstars first split in 1990, a bitter court battle over royalties ensued with frontman Tony refusing to speak to brothers GARY and MARTIN KEMP for years.
In 2009 the band, which also features STEVE NORMAN and JOHN KEEBLE, patched up their differences and delighted fans with a reunion. But history repeated itself when Tony announced he had officially severed ties with the group. Tony, who appeared on I’m A Celebrity . . . Get Me Out Of Here in 2015, wrote bluntly on social media: “Due to circumstances beyond my control, it is with deep regret that I am required to state that I am no longer a member of the band Spandau Ballet.”
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And his bandmates didn’t disguise their annoyance, responding sharply by in their own statement, saying: “Much to the frustration of the band, Tony had made it clear in September 2016 that he didn’t want to work with the band any more.
“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.”
Sources say the remaining band members are plotting a number of new projects without the frontman.
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