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Martin Kemp’s feud with his old friend Tony Hadley and the reason he didn’t pick up

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The Kemp brothers’ feud with Tony Hadley continues to this day, years after Spandau Ballet’s bitter second breakup.

The chart-topping boy band, consisting of brothers Martin and Gary Kemp along with frontman Tony Hadley, saxophonist Steve Norman and drummer John Keeble, have had eight UK top 10 albums and 10 UK top 10 hit.

They decided to take a break in March 1990 to pursue solo projects, but it all fell apart when Tony, John, and Steve tried to sue Gary in succession in a Supreme Court Battle over his crush. failed loyalty.

Despite their blood, the band had a notable reunion in 2009 when they reformed for a world tour and released a new studio album, but the old rivalry quickly flared up. Again.

Tony abruptly left the band in 2017 and has since claimed the rest of the band “made his life impossible”.

Now there doesn’t seem to be a chance for Spandau to get back together since the Kemp brothers won’t even pick up the phone for Tony, but what happened to cause so much tension?







Tony Hadley, Gary Kemp, Martin Kemp, John Keeble and Steve Norman are the Spandau Ballet
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Tony abruptly left the band and posted a cryptic statement on Twitter.

The brief statement read: “Due to circumstances beyond my control, I deeply regret that I am no longer a member of the band Spandau Ballet and as such I will not perform with the band in the future. future.”

Spandau responded with a statement of their own, which said, “To the dismay of the band, Tony made it clear in September 2016 that he no longer wanted to work with the band.

“This has not changed and 2015 was the last time we were able to perform or work with him. So now we have decided to move on to activities as a band.”

The band is said to have provided a series of lucrative opportunities that Tony didn’t want to join because he wanted to focus on his solo career.

A former Mirror source: “Tony has been advertised as ‘the former of’ Spandau Ballet on a number of touring posters. There have been tensions between Tony and the rest of the group for almost two years, ever since he decided he didn’t want to perform with them.

“This is the last straw, and Tony has given him an ultimatum – join Spandau or quit altogether.

Shortly after Tony left, the band recruited Ross William Wild as their new leader, but by 2019 he had quit and the band was no more.







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On This Morning in 2019, Martin confirmed Spandau has no plans to tour again without the original singer Hadley.

They may not perform together, but the Kemp brothers and their old bandmate Tony can’t stop talking about each other.

In July 2020, Kemps appeared on Jeremy Vine’s Channel 5 show and was asked when one of them would pick up Tony.

There was a very awkward silence where Martin was about to speak but then there was a very clear silence.

Finally, he said, “Listen, you know what that is… it’s something I love to do and I know Gary loves to do it. It’s very hard to get five adults to say ‘yes’ along. a time.

“At the moment, Tony doesn’t want to do that and I understand why. I understand why he wants to be independent and become a solo singer.

“Being in a band is great as a kid, it’s a journey, an adventure. As an adult, you want to take care of your own life so I totally understand what he wants to be. independent.”






The Kemps mocked Tony in their spoof documentary

That same month, the brothers mocked themselves on BBC Two’s spoof Kemps: All True.

But they also seem to be targeting their former bandmate as one scene includes a painting of what is definitely meant to represent Tony with fangs, red eyes, and horns.

In response, Tony said he’d rather see the crime thriller in Broadchurch than their documentary.

“I wasn’t approached and wouldn’t have anything to do with it. I’m done,” he said Sun.

“They want me back to be good but it’s not going to happen. I’d rather be happy alone than be in that band again.

“If they want another lead singer, that’s their choice. But if you want to hear those songs sung by the original singer then you can only really see one person singing – and that’s me.”

Tony later revealed that he was very offended by a laundry energy commercial in which the lyrics of their song Gold, the popular song he sang that day, had been changed to ‘Bold’.

“Gary wrote Gold. It was a national anthem. When I sang it live, the audience sang it back,” Tony said. “Changing the title was just a weird thing. I thought it was bad.”







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It doesn’t look like Spandau will be reunited for a third time, as Gary stated he didn’t want them last July.

Gary even stated that he was never in a relationship with Tony – even while the pair were at school together – so there was no need to ‘fix’ their relationship.

“Tony and I never hang out but work together, not even at school. Steve Norman and I are definitely friends, John Keeble and I are friends,” he told Daily Star.

“But it’s nothing to do with Tony. It’s not like, ‘Oh, I need to get our friendship back’. My relationship with Tony has always been a business relationship.”

Gary admits they struggled to get through their last tour and that another tour wouldn’t be worth their effort.

He added: “I never want Spandau back together again. It’s not going to happen. I can’t stand another tour. The effort to get everyone in one room is a pain in the ass. very big.

“It’s not worth it for me to do, any of us try to do it, at this stage in our lives. Those two tours we’ve done has been a struggle. It’s not the place. best to stay behind the scenes.”







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On the Jonathan Ross show last April, Martin explained that he was the one acting as the peacemaker in the band.

“I’m a mediator, I try to make sure everyone’s happy. Sometimes I’m the one in the middle,” he explains.

“I don’t mind about it, that’s my role, that’s what I played. Unfortunately I didn’t get paid for it.”

When asked if there will be another tour, Martin confessed he doesn’t think it will ever be back and that’s something he feels “really apologetic about” for fans.

The tit-for-tat continued last November as Tony delved deeper into why relationships have gone downhill and to an all-time low.

“I think it’s sad that we don’t play as the Spandau Ballet but I never said what it was. [why he quit] and I won’t repeat the usual story,” he said.

“But listen to them know why I left the band. You don’t just leave a band like Spandau Ballet just for the fun of it.”







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He added: “It was a very difficult decision but they made my life impossible. One day I wished they were honest and someone asked them ‘why Tone is gone. ?”

Martin, who pursued an acting career and played Steve Owen on EastEnders, recently revealed how much the breakup has hurt him.

“When Spandau Ballet split, I had about eight years without even buying a record because it made me feel physically exhausted,” he told Radio Times in February.

“In Spandau it’s just one argument after another. We’ll go from arguing to being best friends to arguing. It’s been a challenge over the last few years.”

Martin has now joined forces with Lady Lehurr for the BBC series Rock Till We Drop, where they are looking for incredible musicians over 64 to form two rock’n’roll bands.

He added: “Rock Till We Drop reminds me how fun the music business can be. It’s about achieving your dreams and having fun.”

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