Spandau Ballet's Gary Kemp pleads for Tony Hadley to return: "Come on, Tony!"

30 January 2020, 09:46

By Tom Eames

Spandau Ballet hasn't quite felt the same without Tony Hadley, and now the band have called for the towering star to make a comeback.

The legendary band celebrate their 40th anniversary in 2020, and guitarist Gary Kemp has admitted that he wants to see Tony return to the fold.

Appearing on Good Morning Britain, Gary confessed: “I would love to get the band back together now."

On Tony Hadley's potential return, he said: “He’s got to be in the room... I would love that. I’ve always loved that to happen. Tony always likes to do his own thing.

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"We tried to go another way last year, or the year before, because the boys wanted really to keep the band together. It just didn’t feel like Spandau Ballet without Tony.

"I stand by that, so unless it’s the original five it’s not going to happen. Come on Tony! There’s always room for a campaign.

"I get blamed a lot for this, but I’ve always wanted this band and always fought for this band to get back together.”

Spandau Ballet with Tony Hadley in 2015
Spandau Ballet with Tony Hadley in 2015. Picture: Getty

Tony Hadley sensationally quit the band in 2017, and ince then, the band carried on with new singer and actor Ross William Wild.

Hadley shocked fans and referred to problems within the band when he announced his departure, saying at the time: "Due to circumstances beyond my control, it is with deep regret that I am required to state that I am no longer a member of the band Spandau Ballet, and as such I will not be performing with this band in the near future."

The band replied: "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."

Gary's comments mirror his brother Martin's similar remarks about Tony last year, when he said the band would only perform live again if Tony returned.

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"The band stopped playing, and we thought it would be really cool if we took out Ross William Wild, who was a lovely man, and a lovely singer.

"It was great fun, but what I started to realise was what people really wanted is the five of us together, and I think what we should do, to be fair to that, is to put it into a box and let it sit there until that happens. If one day the five of us can talk and get back together then it’ll be wonderful."