Tony Hadley quits Spandau Ballet, no explanation given for departure

Members of British pop band Spandau Ballet, with Tony Hadley (second from left), perform at the Berlin Fashion Week in 2010. PHOTO: REUTERS
Members of British pop band Spandau Ballet, with Tony Hadley (second from left), perform at the Berlin Fashion Week in 2010. PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - Frontman Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet has announced that he has left the popular British electronic pop band.

He offered no explanation but his announcement was followed by a statement from the rest of the group's members.

"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," the group said on their website.

Spandau Ballet, best known for their music in the 1980s, including hits True, Gold and Through The Barricades, has a history of tension between members.

Most of their best-known songs were written by guitarist Gary Kemp, who received a larger cut of royalties than the other four members.