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Tony Hadley rules out a Spandau Ballet reunion but says there is ‘no animosity’

Tony Hadley has ruled out a reunion with Spandau Ballet during an appearance on Good Morning Britain on Monday.

The singer, 61, says that despite there being ‘no animosity’ between him and the members of the band, he had ‘moved on’.

When asked if there was a chance the band could return, he said: ‘I’m afraid not, things move on. 

Sad news: Tony Hadley has ruled out a reunion with Spandau Ballet during an appearance on Good Morning Britain on Monday (pictured)

‘I wish everyone the best, there isn’t any animosity but I’ve moved on. I’ve got the tour, I’ve got a picture book coming out. There’s some brilliant Spandau stuff in there as well. 

‘There’s loads going on. The rest of the guys in the band all have their bits that they do.’

He added that his favourite song with the band was Through The Barricade saying: ‘My favourite Spandau Ballet song is Through The Barricade, it’s such a beautiful song, I love it.’     

No bad feelings: The singer, 61, says that despite there being 'no animosity' between him and the members of the band, he had 'moved on' (Band pictured in 1985)

No bad feelings: The singer, 61, says that despite there being ‘no animosity’ between him and the members of the band, he had ‘moved on’ (Band pictured in 1985)

Tony left the band in 2017, tweeting: ‘Due to circumstances beyond my control, it is with deep regret that I am required to state that I am no long a member of the band Spandau Ballet, and as such I will not be performing with this band in the near future.’

The band then said: ‘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. So we have now made the decision to move on as a band.’

Departure: Tony left the band in 2017, tweeting: 'Due to circumstances beyond my control, it is with deep regret that I am required to state that I am no long a member of the band Spandau Ballet, and as such I will not be performing with this band in the near future' (pictured in 2014)

Departure: Tony left the band in 2017, tweeting: ‘Due to circumstances beyond my control, it is with deep regret that I am required to state that I am no long a member of the band Spandau Ballet, and as such I will not be performing with this band in the near future’ (pictured in 2014)

Back in July 2020, Tony ruled out rejoining the band, revealing he is ‘done’ with it.

He claimed he wasn’t approached to appear in Gary and Martin Kemp’s mockumentary The Kemps: All True… but that he would have declined anyway.   

Tony said: ‘I wasn’t approached and would not have anything to do with it. I’m done.

‘They want me back for good but it ain’t going to happen. I’d rather be happy on my own than be in that band again. If they want another lead singer, that’s their choice.’

A look back in time: The band pictured in 1983, are famous for such hits including Gold, True and Through The Barricades

A look back in time: The band pictured in 1983, are famous for such hits including Gold, True and Through The Barricades 

When asked if there was a chance the band could return, he said: 'I'm afraid not, things move on'

When asked if there was a chance the band could return, he said: ‘I’m afraid not, things move on’

He told The Sun: ‘But if you want to hear those songs sung by the original singer then you can only really see one bloke — and that’s me.’ 

Tony previously told Smooth Radio: ‘You know what? I think the whole thing is really sad. I’ve never said it publicly, and I probably never will say exactly why I left.

‘It just got to the point where I couldn’t do it anymore – you know, for whatever reason. It just all went too far.’

In June 2018, Spandau Ballet employed a new singer, Ross William Wild, 32, but they parted ways 11 months later.

When co-host Phillip Schofield asked him if the group had decided to end touring, he confirmed: ‘Until Tony comes back … until the five of us come back. It’s not just Tony, all five of us.

‘Listen, my band is so volatile, one minute we are the best friends then we fall out, it has always been that way.

‘I would love it to happen because it is part of me it is part of my soul. But it means all five of us saying yes at the same time.’

The group reunited in 2015 for a world tour and have split up on-and-off over their career spanning more than three decades.

Tony was the lead vocalist throughout the 80s, but his relationships with his bandmates hadn’t always been plain sailing.

In 1999, Tony, drummer John and sax player Steve were embroiled in a lawsuit over royalties with chief songwriter Gary, but they failed in their efforts.  

Trying things out: In June 2018, Spandau Ballet employed a new singer, Ross William Wild, 32, but they parted ways 11 months later

Trying things out: In June 2018, Spandau Ballet employed a new singer, Ross William Wild, 32, but they parted ways 11 months later


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