Hadley leaves Spandau Ballet

Spandau Ballet, formerly made up of (from left) John Keeble, Gary Kemp, Tony Hadley, Steve Norman and Martin Kemp, will move on without frontman Hadley.
Spandau Ballet, formerly made up of (from left) John Keeble, Gary Kemp, Tony Hadley, Steve Norman and Martin Kemp, will move on without frontman Hadley.PHOTO: WARNER MUSIC

LONDON • Frontman Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet has announced that he has left the popular British pop band.

In an announcement on Twitter, he said he "will no longer be performing with the band in the future".

Hadley, 57, offered no explanation for his departure, but his announcement was followed by a statement from the rest of the group's members that they had decided to "move on as a band".

"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, have a history of tension among the members, reported The New York Times.

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

The band split in 1990, but reformed in 2009, releasing a new album and hitting the road again.

At their peak, their new romantic music was as chart-friendly as that of rivals Duran Duran.

Holly Johnson, lead singer of 1980s dance-pop outfit Frankie Goes To Hollywood, tweeted Hadley to say: "You always will be the voice of Spandau Ballet though Tony, and that's something that can't be denied."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 05, 2017, with the headline 'Hadley leaves Spandau Ballet'. Print Edition | Subscribe