Gary Kemp reveals why Spandau Ballet chose Tony Hadley

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He is widely considered to be one of the softest voices in pop, but the Spandau Ballet chose Tony Hadley for his visuals over his voice.

Gary Kemp, a founding member of the London group, revealed that Hadley was invited to join the group because he was “the tallest guy in school and he was the only one wearing a leather jacket.”

The group, best known for their 1980s hits such as Gold and True, was trained by Kemp and Steve Norman while they were in school.

Kemp, who has just released his solo album, Insolo, was the group’s main guitarist and provided backing vocals.

Tony Hadley (left) with Spandau Ballet

When asked why he didn’t choose to become the band‘s lead singer himself, he told Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch: “When we first started Johnny Rotten was performing and we were big fans of The Who.

“We wanted a lead singer and Tony Hadley was the tallest guy in the school and he was the only one wearing a leather jacket. He happened to be able to sing too.”

Watch our interview with Tony Hadley and Gary Kemp in which they remember their heyday of the 80s and their stay in Dublin in 1985

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Discussing his recent recording history, Kemp said that “turning 60 was a big deal and I found myself writing a lot of songs.”

“A lot of pop songs tend to be about young love,” he said.

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“Rock stars in their 70s sing about meeting a girl and I just started writing songs that were a lot more of an older perspective and looking back on your life and your relevance. now, not being as strong and powerful as you used to be and that can be written too, I thought. “

Kemp also told the show that David Bowie had a big influence on him.

“Everything that happened in the 60s was their generation and it was no longer shocking,” he said.

“Bowie arrived and it was totally outrageous for my parents.

“I think he introduced theater into music and we realized that you don’t just have to be a musician to be theatrical and dressy and different.

“You can just be a kid on the street.”


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