Spandau Ballet reunion: Gary Kemp gives update on possibility of band reuniting

GMB: Gary Kemp discusses Spandau Ballet

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Spandau Ballet have been split up for almost two years. The band were last seen together on stage in 2019 with their new lead singer, Ross William Wild, who joined in 2018. However, Ross left the group a year later, bringing an end to Spandau Ballet. Guitarist Gary appeared on Good Morning Britain today where he was asked if there was any chance of a second reunion for the band.

Gary told Adil Ray: “At the moment, I don’t think so. I think that’s history now.”

He explained: “We’ve all moved on from that. When we have got back to gather it’s always been a bit tricky. We’re all getting on with our own work and getting on with our own thing.”

The guitarist was then questioned about what aspect of the band was “tricky”.

He sighed: “You know, we got together as friends when we were very young, we had a great time in our 20s.”

Gary continued: “I think as you become men and build families and you build your own life outside of the band… you become different people.

“So it’s not always the same person that you remember.”

Referencing his new single, Ahead of the Game, Gary added: “I think, for me, to have the autonomy of working on my own has been much more exciting and fulfilling creatively.”

Last year Gary said of a reunion: “Will the Spands ride again? If everyone decided to do it, I’d do it. I’m not trying to stop anyone.”

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Gary added: “Really, like it always has been, the ball’s in Tony’s court. And every bloke in that band knows it’s a great laugh. It’s just that some people take it more seriously than others.”

Ladbrokes have given 5/1 odds on Spandau Ballet reuniting within the next 12 months. 

The bookies’ Alex Apati said: “Gary Kemp’s GMB appearance has got Spandau Ballet fans dreaming of a reunion and this much is true: The odds certainly suggest that a comeback could well be on the cards.”

If the band were to reunite against all odds, it would be the second time they set aside their differences.

Spandau Ballet reunited with its original line-up in 2009 after splitting in 1999.

The team performed, toured and released a new album together, Once More, which reached number seven on the UK Album Chart.

Less than a decade later, the band began to fall apart. Singer Tony Hadley announced on his Twitter account in 2017 that he had quit the band.

Tony wrote: “Due to circumstances beyond my control, it is with deep regret that I am required to state that I am no longer a member of the band Spandau Ballet and as such I will not be performing with the band in the future.”

This shocking news was followed by a statement from the remaining members of the band.

They said on their website: “Much to our frustration, Tony had made it clear in September 2016 that he didn’t want to work with the band any more. This has not changed and 2015 was the last time we were able to perform or work with him. So we have now made the decision to move on as a band.”

Spandau Ballet then began a “lengthy audition process” to look for the new singer for the group.

Eventually singer Ross came out victorious, having piqued the interest of Martin Kemp while working alongside him in West End show Million Dollar Quartet.

However, after a tour, he later quit the band, citing Gary as the reason.

He said at the time: “I can’t wait around for Spandau! Unfortunately Gary [Kemp] has commitments, so we’re waiting him to finish until we crack on.”

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV. 

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