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Spandau Ballet to continue with new singer, following Tony Hadley’s departure

By | Published on Tuesday 5 September 2017

Spandau Ballet

When Tony Hadley announced his recent departure from Spandau Ballet, the band vowed to “move on”. And true to their word, they’re launching a search for a replacement.

As previously reported, Hadley announced in July that he was leaving the band “due to circumstances beyond my control”. The band, however, said that Hadley “had made it clear in September 2016 that he didn’t want to work with the band anymore”, which had left them unable to perform together.

Speaking to The Sun, bassist Martin Kemp said: “The band will carry on and we will find the right new singer. What Tony decided to do doesn’t just steal special moments and memories from the band, it also steals them from the fans. We all like to see 80s bands because those performers and those songs trigger memories, so the fact Tony chose to take that away from so many people is sad”.

Of Hadley’s departure, he added: “Tony sent me a text a year ago saying he didn’t want to be in the band, so I took it as official that he was leaving back then. So it wasn’t new. If that’s what he wants to do, then good luck to him”.

Exactly what form the search for a replacement for Hadley will take isn’t clear. It might just be a case of phoning round their other 80s mates. Though Martin Kemp also has experience of large scale open auditions, having been a judge on Gary Barlow’s ‘Let It Shine’ TV show. Whatever that was.