In a bizarre tweet on July 3, 2017, Tony Hadley announced that he had quit Spandau Ballet (again) and would no longer be performing with the band. His cryptic message, which said leaving was due to “circumstances beyond his control” has come as a shock to Spandau Ballet fans.
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
Of course, this isn’t the first time Spandau Ballet have disbanded. After a pretty brutal royalties argument back in 1990, the fivesome decided to call it quits. However, when the 80s nostalgia boom hit, Tony Hadley, Steve Norman, John Keeble, and Martin and Tony Kemp decided to give it another go. Putting all of their previous disputes behind them the band, known for their smash hits Gold and True (to name a few), got back together in 2009. They were easily one of the most successful 80s bands to reunite, going on two huge worldwide tours in 2010 and 2015.
Tony Hadley, however, has seen his own success over the years. Not only has he done pretty well as a solo artist, but he also took part in reality TV show, I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here, back in 2015. Over the last year or so, Hadley has also enjoyed a string of solo gigs (including Let’s Rock Norwich, which we wrote about).
The rest of the band members have had their say on Tony Hadley’s shock exit, expressing their clear frustration at his inability to work with them. The band posted:
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.
As of yet there are no clues as to why Hadley actually wanted to leave (or what the circumstances beyond his control are). There’s also no word on who will be replacing the frontman to continue the Spandau Ballet success. Perhaps time to put a job vacancy up?