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Spandau Ballet announce 'Soul Boys of the Western World' tour

by jmaloni


Tue, Nov 11th 2014 09:30 pm
Spandau Ballet (submitted photo)
Spandau Ballet (submitted photo)

First North American tour in nearly three decades on sale this week

Spandau Ballet, a successful and influential British band, announced their "Soul Boys of the Western World" tour. The tour marks the first time the band will tour North America in nearly 30 years. All five original members - Tony Hadley, John Keeble, Gary Kemp, Martin Kemp and Steve Norman - will once again captivate fans on this long-awaited and long overdue return.

The "Soul Boys of the Western World" tour will kick off in San Francisco at the famed Warfield Theatre and traverse the continent before winding down in Red Bank at the Count Basie Theatre. Locally, Spandau Ballet performs Feb. 3 at Massey Hall in Toronto. Tickets go on sale Friday.

"We are over the moon at rediscovering our friendship, and are really looking forward to playing live in the U.S. again," Hadley said. "Playing live is what we do best! The shows will have all the hits and more."

From their synth pop and dance pioneering early singles "To Cut A Long Story Short" and "Chant No. 1 (I Don't Need This Pressure On)," to the globetrotting smashes "True" and "Gold," Spandau will be playing the hits once again. With 25 million record sales, six multiplatinum albums and 23 hit singles to choose from, this is one of the most eagerly awaited reunions to hit these shores in years.

"We are tremendously excited about coming back to America to perform," Gary Kemp said. "We have great memories of our shows there in the '80s and can't wait re-connect with our amazing fans there."

Spandau Ballet recently made their U.S. late night television debut on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" The appearance marked the first time the band performed on television in the U.S. since 1985, when they made an appearance on "Soul Train."

"Soul Boys of the Western World" is a voyage through the '80s in the company of Spandau Ballet, one of the decade's most iconic bands. This archive-only documentary film tells the story of a group of working-class London lads who created a global music empire, but at a price none of them imagined. Using the band's own home movies and showcasing newly discovered material, this film takes viewers into the heart of the era, and the cultural, political and personal landscape that formed the backdrop to the band's story.

Emerging from Soho's ultra hip Blitz Club in 1979 during another economic depression, Spandau formed at school in North London before becoming the hottest unsigned band on the planet. From underground, fashion- and music-obsessed working-class Londoners, to global superstars, the band set the pace, the styles and the sound of the 1980s.

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