So true: Spandau Ballet reform, announce tour

Wed Mar 25, 2009 6:34pm EDT
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By Mike Collett-White

LONDON (Reuters) - Twenty years ago they split. Ten years ago they took each other to court over royalties. Today, British band Spandau Ballet are reforming.

The group behind hit ballad "True" announced on Wednesday they would follow a long list of retired acts who have dusted off their guitars and drum kits to launch lucrative comebacks by touring and recording.

Tony Hadley, Gary Kemp, Martin Kemp, Steve Norman and John Keeble are putting past differences, and a reputation for 1980s fringes and glossy pop, behind them.

"As you can see, we're back together again and we're very happy boys," lead singer Hadley told reporters.

"We're embarking on a British tour in October and then on to the rest of the world and we're all very excited. We've had a rehearsal which sounded a million dollars."

The band, which promoters say has sold 25 million records, made the announcement on board HMS Belfast, a British naval ship moored as a museum on the River Thames in London.

The ship was the scene of an early Spandau gig in 1980 where hundreds of fans tried to clamber aboard.

Hadley said the eight-date tour would kick off in Dublin on October 13 and end in Manchester on October 28.   Continued...

<p>British band Spandau Ballet pose for photographers during a photocall on HMS Belfast in central London March 25, 2009. Pictured are (L to R) Martin Kemp, Gary Kemp, Tony Hadley, John Keeble, Steve Norman. REUTERS/Toby Melville</p>