Saturday 18 November 2017

Spandau Ballet reunite for premiere

Spandau Ballet attending the premiere of Soul Boys of the Western World, Spandau Ballet: The Film at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
Spandau Ballet attending the premiere of Soul Boys of the Western World, Spandau Ballet: The Film at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Chart-topping '80s band Spandau Ballet reunited on stage for the first time in five years tonight as the band performed at the premiere of a film documenting their career.

Guests such as Boy George, comedian John Bishop and actor Bill Nighy were among those at the Royal Albert Hall to see the quintet launch the film, Soul Boys Of The Western World.

The premiere of the warts-and-all film was also beamed into more than 200 cinemas around the UK.

The band, whose hits include Gold, True and To Cut A Long Story Short, rounded off the screening by performing some of their biggest hits.

For many years the members of the group - Tony Hadley, Steve Norman, John Keeble and brothers Gary and Martin Kemp - were torn apart by legal acrimony. But they eventually buried the hatchet to tour again.

The film charts the band's early years on the streets of north London, through their days as faces in Soho's Blitz Club to their pinnacle headlining sell-out shows around the world, as well as their darker post-band years.

Following the screening, guitarist and songwriter Gary Kemp said: "That was emotional. That was quite tough having my life up there.

"You get the sense that we came from a similar background. Quite poor, so the changes in our lives were quite extreme."

Among the hits the band played tonight were Through The Barricades, Chant No 1 and Gold.

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