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Spandau Ballet returns with new singer, Ross William Wild


Thu, Jun 7th 2018 10:30 am
Gary Kemp, Martin Kemp, John Keeble, Steve Norman, Ross William Wild holding special one-off UK show
Spandau Ballet has made a return to the stage, introducing their new singer, Ross William Wild, at a very special club show at London's Subterania. The band sought to prove that, as the song goes, members no longer "find it hard to write the next line."
The band, fronted by Ross's voice, powered through a hit-strewn set, featuring classics such as "Only When You Leave," "To Cut A Long Story Short," "Through The Barricades," "Highly Strung" and others, as well as spine-tingling versions of "True" and "Gold" with an energy reminiscent of their earliest days playing The Blitz Club.
Wild was first introduced to the group when he starred as Elvis Presley alongside Spandau bassist Martin Kemp in "The Million Dollar Quartet" in 2016. Martin told the band, "He gave me goosebumps every night he sang." When the time came to re-group, it was clear after one rehearsal that his voice and their music fitted together perfectly.
Of the chemistry within the revitalized band, Spandau's songwriter, Gary Kemp, said, "Ross's great talent and passion has given us the confidence to continue playing the music we love. To quote one of our own songs, 'There's power in his voice and it makes us feel so sure.' "
Multi-instrumentalist Steve Norman said, "Ross not only has the technical ability to cover Spandau's songs, but he's already introducing his artistic creativity to the fold. On top of that, he's a right nice bloke. We struck lucky."
Drummer John Keeble said, "I bonded with Ross over our mutual love of rock music. He may have come up through the theaters, but he loves bands like Tool."
Bass player Martin Kemp said, "I first heard Ross when 'We did Million Dollar Quartet' together last year. He is an incredible talent. I'm so pleased his now part of Spandau Ballet! Ross is a perfect fit for Spandau, and brings a new, younger energy to the band that we are all enjoying!"
Wild said, "Spandau's music is so current. Having listened to it from a young age and then getting back into it recently, this stuff is still so valid. That's why it's important that they keep going. Spandau Ballet isn't about one person. It isn't just about the boys that are there now. It's not about me. It was a movement. If it wasn't for Spandau, so much stuff wouldn't have happened. They are pioneers. To be at the helm now with pioneers like Spandau feels just ridiculous!"
The band has announced a special one-off U.K. show at the Eventim Apollo Hammersmith on Oct. 29. This is a venue the band has never played. Tickets are on sale now from http://www.ticketline.co.uk/order/gateway/13336447
Spandau Ballet are one of Britain's great iconic bands, having sold more than 25 million records, scored numerous multi-Platinum albums and amassed 23 hit singles across the globe since their humble beginnings as a group of friends with dreams of stardom in the late 1970s. It wasn't long before they became fully fledged members of the iconic Blitz Club scene and established themselves as one of the super-groups of the '80s.
After two decades apart, the band reformed in 2009, embarking on two sold-out tours and documenting their story in the critically acclaimed film "Soul Boys Of The Western World."

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