Spandau Ballet Return To Auckland In November
Spandau Ballet are set to release their brand new best-of album, THE STORY – THE VERY BEST OF SPANDAU BALLET on October 31 and band members Tony Hadley and Martin Kemp will be heading to Auckland to promote the album’s release and upcoming documentary.
On Sunday, November 2, fans can head along to a special screening of the band’s documentary Soulboys Of The Western World at SKYCITY Theatre, Auckland at 3.30pm, where Tony and Martin will be doing a Q&A after the screening in the auditorium. Tickets are on sale from Ticketmaster.
Both Hadley and Kemp are really looking forward to coming back to New Zealand. “We had such a great reception when Spandau came to perform in NZ for the first time in 2010, we are thrilled to have this opportunity to present ‘Soul Boys’”, says Kemp.
Spandau Ballet defined the 80’s in the way that The Who defined the 60’s, Bowie defined the 70’s and Oasis defined the 90’s. They were not just about music; they were the epicenter of fashion, youth culture and spoke for an audience who previously had no voice.
In the early 80’s Spandau Ballet were the “in crowd’s” band, they ushered in a new era of visually dominated pop and their mechanical, stylised sound was born and bred on the dance floors of the West End. They were Bowie Kids, Blitz Kids, and white soul boys embracing electronica, frilly shirts and tuxedos.
Spandau spearheaded an era of new pop that was destined to traverse the globe. Along with Duran Duran, Sade, Culture Club and Wham!, as well as dozens of other British groups who grew out of the new romantic scene at the end of the Seventies. By the mid-Eighties Spandau Ballet were global superstars.
Spandau Ballet became one of the most commercially successful bands of the decade, and during their career they notched up 23 hit singles and spent a combined total of in excess of 500 weeks in the UK charts, achieving album sales of over 25 million worldwide. Some of their songs, like ‘True’, ‘Gold’ and ‘Through the Barricades’, have become standards, while ‘True’ has now achieved over four million plays in North America alone and ‘Gold’ was the true soundtrack to the London 2012 Olympics
Spandau Ballet lasted ten years; a career that spanned the nightclubs of Soho and Ibiza to Hollywood and the stadiums of Europe and Australia. They defined the decade, they came, they saw, they partied. And then they left.
To paraphrase ‘True’, ‘and then they came back again’ with the hugely successful sell out Reformation Tour of 2009/10. It was during this time that work began on Soulboys Of The Western World. The film documents the late 70’s and 80’s in a way that’s never been seen on screen before and tells the story of five friends who just happened to be in a globally successful band.
The film has been rapturously received by critics when it world premiered at SXSW film festival earlier this year with the the European premiere at the Royal Albert Hall beamed by satellite into over 200 cinemas across the UK and Ireland along with a Q&A with the band and director George Hencken moderated by Lauren Laverne, followed by a short live performance by the band.