In September 1976, having just left school in Islington, North London, Gary Kemp formed power pop band The Makers with friends Tony Hadley, John Keeble, Steve Norman and Richard Miller. Three years later, after Miller left, Kemp’s brother Martin joined the band on bass and they renamed themselves Spandau Ballet.
With Tony Hadley fronting the band, they achieved international chart success with hits such as: To Cut A Long Story Short, Musclebound, Chant Number 1 (I Don’t Need This Pressure On), Instinction, Communication, True, Gold, Only When You Leave and Through The Barricades.
Since 1990, Tony Hadley has been an accomplished solo artiste. He has seen a lot of the world and performed to a sizeable chunk of it – both live and via television and radio – but remains as enthusiastic and ambitious as ever, constantly welcoming new opportunities and challenges within music. In 2011, Tony Hadley celebrated 30 years as a professional musician – an incredible achievement by any standards.
His albums have included: State of Play, Tony Hadley, Obsession, Debut, True Ballads and Passing Strangers.
Tony Hadley continues to tour with his band comprising of Spandau drummer John Keeble, bassist Phil Williams, guitarist Richard Barrett, keyboard player Phil Taylor and backing vocals by Andrea Grant. When required a brass line-up can be added.
Tony’s performances feature music from his albums, classic Spandau Ballet hits plus arrangements of several of his own personal favourites.