‘There is no way!’ Tony Hadley insists he will NEVER return to Spandau Ballet, saying the band cemented their decision to quit forever for a specific reason
Tony Hadley has been adamant that he will never rejoin his former band Spandau Ballet.
The singer, 62, has opened up about his dramatic experience leaving the band in 2017, insisting the other members created a situation that cemented his decision never to return.
He told the Mirror: ‘You could offer me all the tea in China and I wouldn’t go back to them. There is no way.
“I’m pretty easygoing, it takes a lot to get to this point, but once you push me and cross that line, that’s it. I finished.’
Tony continued: “There’s a very specific reason I left and they were never brave enough to say it.”
Definitive: Tony Hadley, 62, has been adamant that he will never join his former band Spandau Ballet
Heyday: The singer opened up about his dramatic experience leaving the band in 2017 (LR Martin Kemp, John Keeble, Tony Hadley, Steve Norman, Gary Kemp pictured in 1983)
He added that he felt it was not up to him to say as he hadn’t “created” the situation, insisting that it was up to the band to be honest with the fans and get on with it. excuse.
The musician said the band members were “like I couldn’t do it anymore”, adding that he was the only star of the band still in contact with Steve.
Spandau Ballet originally went on hiatus in 1990 to pursue a solo career, but it became permanent when John Keeble and saxophonist Steve Norman unsuccessfully sued guitarist Gary Kemp, who is the brother of bassist Martin Kemp, in a battle for royalties.
They embarked on a world tour and released a new album in 2009 before the royalty war was reignited, with Tony eventually leaving in 2017.
It comes after Steve Norman told the Daily Star he hoped the band could reunite for a farewell tour as they “never had a closure”.
Tony spoke about Steve’s words during an appearance on Loose Women last October after reading them in the newspaper.
“There was an article in the paper today by Steve Norman, who’s the only band member I still talk to,” Tony began.
“And so I will say very emphatically that we will not get back together, sad as that is.”
End of the road: Tony insisted the other members created a situation that cemented his decision never to return (pictured in 2009)
‘But it’s not my fault. The reason I left was not my fault,” he added.
Steve told the Daily Star at the time that he wanted the iconic band to reunite one last time for a farewell tour.
“The most tragic thing is that we never had a shutdown,” he told the publication.
“We never said we were going our separate ways. We never had a closure for the fans, but also for ourselves. How about doing one last tour? A world tour. farewell?So call it a day.
He added: “It’s all up in the air and Tony is gone, but I’m sure if the deal was on the table and it was the right one he would be back for a tour.”
He added that he had fond “memories” of his time in the band.
In 2020, Tony said he had healed a rift with Steve after the band’s acrimonious split.
The frontman said he was on good terms with saxophonist Steve again and even attended his mother’s funeral.
Tony told the Stars Cars Guitars podcast: “We’ve always been good friends. Her mother Sheila was my mother’s best friend for many, many years.
“Me and Steve hit base and went to the funeral to pay my respects. You know, there’s a deep friendship there.
“It was good and I think Steve feels as aggrieved as I do by the circumstances with the band.”
Hope: It comes after bandmate and guitarist Steve Norman (pictured in 2018) told the Daily Star he hoped the band could reunite for a farewell tour as they ‘never had a closure’