The Spandau Ballet bassist said joining the band was just “controversy after controversy”, but his new TV show has reminded him that the music business can be fun. to what extent?
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Martin Kemp revealed that he was unable to buy a record for eight years after the Spandau Ballet split because it made him feel “physically ill”.
Martin, 60, was the bassist in the new wave band before it disbanded in 1990, after which he continued to pursue an acting career.
The show sees amateur musicians over the age of 64 get the chance to audition for Kemp and his co-host, musician Lady Leshurr.
If successful, the contestants will form two rock bands, who will perform at Isle of Wight Festival.
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“When Spandau Ballet split, I had about eight years without even buying a record because it made me feel physically exhausted.
“In Spandau it was just one argument after another. We will go from arguing to being best friends to arguing. It’s been an experiment over the past few years,” he said.
“Rock Till We Drop reminds me of how exciting the music business can be. It’s about achieving your dreams and having fun. “
Spandau Ballet reunited in 2009 for a world tour and continued to perform together until 2019, when they once again announced they would be disbanding.
Kemp also talked about how difficult it is to get rejected and how difficult it is to turn down potential band members on the show.
He said: “The hardest, saddest and darkest side is telling people that they didn’t make it because that will probably be the last chance they have.”
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Martin, who performed with his brother Gary in the Spandau Ballet, has appeared in a number of films, including The Krays, with Gary, about infamous gangster twins Ronald and Reginald Kray.
He played EastEnders villain Steve Owen from 1998 to 2002, winning the National Television Award for Best Actor in 2000, as well as other accolades.
The bassist is married to Shirlie Holliman, half of the 1980s pop duo Pepsi & Shirlie, and the couple has a daughter and a son, Harley Moon and Romana radio DJ.
In November, and speaking before hosting the Capital Jingle Bell Ball, Roman, 29, said he won’t pull any rope to have Pepsi & Shirlie on stage.
“Oh, can you imagine?” he grimaced.
“That would be horrible…that would be horrible!”
He also said that the Spandau Ballet wouldn’t be on the bill, adding that he struggled to get rid of his father’s 1983 hit Gold.
“When I was doing DJ gigs, the most popular song was Gold,” he said.
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Rock Till We Drop begins March 1 at 9pm on BBC Two.
Read the full Radio Times interview this week.
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