Inspired by the capital's post-punk underground dance scene, they emerged at the start of the s as the house band for the Blitz Kids , playing "White European Dance Music" as "The Applause" for this new club culture's audience. Their musical influences ranged from punk rock and soul music to the American crooners Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. The band's classic line-up featured Gary Kemp on guitar, synthesiser and backing vocals, his brother Martin Kemp on bass, vocalist Tony Hadley , saxophonist Steve Norman and drummer John Keeble.
Gary Kemp was also the band's songwriter. It was the first of ten UK Top 10 singles. The band peaked in popularity in with the album True , with its title track reaching No. In it received a BMI award as one of the most played songs in US history with four million airplays. In the band played their last live show before a year absence. In Hadley, Norman and Keeble launched an unsuccessful case in the High Court against Gary Kemp and his Reformation Publishing Company for a share of the band's songwriting royalties. In Hadley announced his departure from Spandau Ballet.
Inspired by London's new underground nightclub scene, which began in Autumn with a weekly Tuesday night hosted by Steve Strange and DJ Rusty Egan at Billy's in Soho,  the band switched musical direction to embrace the new electronic music. Friend and writer Robert Elms suggested they change their name to Spandau Ballet, a phrase which he told them he had seen written on a wall on a weekend trip to Berlin.
The band played their first US showcase in May at New York's Underground Club, on 17th and Broadway, with a fashion show by Axiom, a co-operative of the London club scene's new clothes designers including Sade Adu. The follow-up album, Diamond , also produced by Burgess, was released in This album was certified Gold by the BPI.
The band had Burgess remix every single from both albums for inclusion on each single's B-side and for inch club releases. These mixes were later released as a boxed set. However, the second single from Diamond was "Paint Me Down," which broke their run of top 20 hits by stalling at No.
Trevor Horn remixed the track "Instinction", which was released as the fourth single from the album. Backed with a special dance remix of "Chant No. It returned the band to the UK Top 10 after the poor chart performance of their previous two singles.
The band released their third album, True , in March It was at this point that Steve Norman began playing saxophone for the band. The title track gave the band their first UK No. It was a multi-format hit in the US, reaching No. It won a BMI award as one of the most played songs in history when it passed four million airplays in the United States, the equivalent of 22 years' continuous play. The album topped the charts internationally, spent 64 consecutive weeks in the Top albums chart  and reached No. The follow-up album, Parade , was released in June , and its singles were again big successes in the charts in Europe, Oceania and Canada.
Their UK tour ended with six record-breaking nights at Wembley Arena. During the second show at LA's Universal Amphitheatre, Steve Norman tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee and the rest of the tour was cancelled. However, the album was released by Chrysalis Records without the band's approval and the band instigated legal action against the label.
With producer Gary Langan , the band moved away from their pop and soul influences to create a stadium rock sound. The title track, songwriter Gary Kemp and singer Tony Hadley's personal favourite, inspired by the murder of a friend, Thomas 'Kidso' Reilly, in Belfast by a British soldier,  reached the Top 10 in the UK and in Europe, as did the album.
After a hiatus from recording, the band released their next album, Heart Like a Sky , initially titled Home , in September For the first time, new working methods were employed, as Gary Kemp demoed his new songs programming the drums, keyboards and bass on a porta-studio with Toby Chapman, Spandau's session keyboard player, rather than rehearsing with the band.
On Tuesday March 6, , the band played the final date of their 10th anniversary tour at Edinburgh Playhouse before taking a break to pursue other acting and musical solo projects. Steve Norman moved to Ibiza to collaborate on chilled out Balearic records with local producers. In Gary released his only solo album, Little Bruises. In the s, the band split up after a disagreement about royalties. Because the company owned the rights to the name of Spandau Ballet, the trio had to tour under the moniker "Hadley, Norman and Keeble, ex-Spandau Ballet".
He also wrote and directed his first film, Martin Kemp's Stalker. Gary Kemp wrote songs with Paul Stratham, who had written songs for Dido , continued acting on stage, in film and in television, and wrote music and additional lyrics with Guy Pratt for Bedbug at the National Theatre in and A Terrible Beauty , with Guy Pratt and Shane Connaughton.
He played Serge in the West End production of Art in Tony Hadley released three studio albums. In early , the official Spandau Ballet website encouraged fans to sign up "for an exciting announcement",  fuelling rumours that a reunion was imminent. Jonathan Ross mentioned during his BBC Radio 2 programme on 21 March , that the band were re-forming and that he had been invited to the reunion party.
The band confirmed the rumours at a press conference on 25 March , on board HMS Belfast in London, a return to the venue of one of their first gigs to announce their comeback tour. The band began a world tour in October , starting with eight dates across Ireland and the UK, the first of which was in Dublin on 13 October They went on general release on 27 March 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.
On 19 October , the group released a new album, Once More , which featured reworked semi-acoustic versions of 11 Spandau favourites and two new songs, the title track, written by Gary Kemp and Steve Norman, and Love Is All, the first Spandau song to be written by Tony Hadley. In , all five played live again with an anthology world tour to promote a critically acclaimed feature-length archive-only documentary of the band's story and the pop cultural history of the Eighties, Soul Boys of the Western World.
The band played five numbers for the film's European premiere at the Royal Albert Hall. The film had a UK cinema release. It was directed by George Hencken, produced by Steve Dagger and Scott Milaney with archive producer Kate Griffiths and included never-before-seen footage of the band playing and being interviewed at NYC's Underground club in March It was confirmed on 31 July , that Spandau Ballet were working on new material in the studio with Trevor Horn.
They were there to promote their new greatest hits collection called The Story — The Very Best of Spandau Ballet , which also contains three new songs. The album reached the UK Top The band embarked on another world tour in On 3 July , Tony Hadley announced on Twitter that due to circumstances beyond his control, he was no longer a member of the band. The band played live at Subterania Club in West London, a venue they had last played 40 years earlier in as Gentry when it was called Acklam Hall.
They are pioneers. Spandau Ballet finished the year showcasing Wild with five live gigs abroad Milan, Rome, Padova, Utrecht, Tilburg  concluding with another at the Eventim Apollo in London on 29 October, and attracted favourable reviews. Within five months cracks were appearing in Spandau's new line-up. In March , Wild announced that he had joined a new band called Mercutio, saying: "I can't wait around for Spandau! Unfortunately Gary [Kemp] has commitments, so we're waiting him to finish until we crack on. I told the boys I was quitting and then never heard back from them.
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