As lead singer with Spandau Ballet, Tony Hadley realised many ambitions. He saw the world, performed to a sizeable chunk of it – both in the live arena and via television and radio – and more importantly, staked his claim as one of popular music’s greatest vocalists. Turning the page on Spandau Ballet, Tony has continued to stick to the same raw instincts that brought him early success. Always supremely confident and comfortable when performing, Tony has never stopped doing what he loves. The last few years have seen him not only delighting European audiences on a grand scale with his 1996 arena tour “Night of the Proms” which reached upwards of half a million people, but also enjoying the more intimate and challenging atmosphere of R&B type venues such as the Jazz café and Ronnie Scotts.
In addition, Tony has embraced other music genres; getting together with dance re-mixers Tin Tin Out, a collaboration which spawned the Top Forty hit single “Dance with me”, as well as the theme song “Build me up” for the successful football movie “When Saturday Comes”, starring Sean Bean. In 1998 Tony released his self-titled solo album. This marked his first world wide release since Spandau Ballet. Through his own label “Slipstream Records” he recorded a collection of his favourite songs which included classic tracks such as Duran Duran’s “Save a prayer”, featuring Simon Le Bon on backing vocals, the Bee Gees’ “First of May”, Tears For Fears “Woman in Chains” and four of Tony’s own compositions including “Dance With Me”. Unlike other established UK artists, Tony has already proven himself internationally. As the lead singer of Spandau Ballet, he has sold over 20 million records world-wide and reached the No.1 spot in 21 countries with the single “True”. With this achievement behind him he has continued to perform abroad as often as possible. Over the past year he has been playing with his band across Europe, Africa and South East Asia. Back home he has also found a new audience on the club scene. With remixes of his past and present hits he undertook an extensive Club PA tour. The shows went so well here that Tony performed shows in many European club destinations including Ibiza, Rhodes, Canary Islands, Italy & Portugal last summer. In September last year he performed a 30 date UK Tour with his band. It was the first time in 10 years that he had played so extensively in this country. In November he went back to Europe as the special guest of the “Alan Parsons Project” on their European tour, once again playing in Germany, Belgium, Holland, France & Spain. In December 1999 & January 2000 Tony and his band played their first shows for the Armed Forces. They flew to the Balkans to perform in Bosnia, Croatia & Kosovo playing not only to the British troops but also to the many different nationalities of soldiers that make up the Peace Keeping Force on the front line. In April 2000 Tony will be releasing his first live album entitled “Obsession”. The album was recorded during last autumn’s UK tour at Ronnie Scott’s in Birmingham. The album features a number of new tracks as well as some old favourites. This year will also see the release of Tony’s second solo album. This time it will consist entirely of songs written by Tony. As part of the promotion for this album he will be embarking on a live tour with his band, starting in the UK but then proceeding across into Europe. Also this year in May Tony Hadley will be joined by former Spandau Ballet colleagues Steve Norman & John Keeble to play a handful of special shows performing some of the greatest hits of their former band. This will be the first time all three have played together in ten years. The shows also happen to fall on the 20th Anniversary of Spandau Ballet.
Hits from SPANDAU BALLET feat. TONY HADLEY:
* LOST IN YOUR LOVE 7 Weeks in Charts – Nr. 2
* GOLD 16 Weeks in Charts – Nr. 5
* TRUE 17 Weeks in Charts – Nr. 9
* BE FREE WITH YOUR LOVE 14 Weeks in Charts – Nr. 10
* THROUGH THE BARRICADES 13 Weeks in Charts – Nr. 11
* ONLY WHEN YOU LEAVE 12 Weeks in Charts – Nr. 24
* FIGHT FOR OURSELVES 10 Weeks in Charts – Nr. 26
* PLEASURE 6 Weeks in Charts – Nr. 39* ROUND AND ROUND 2
Weeks in Charts – Nr. 40