It’s True: Spandau Ballet reform, announce tour

LONDON, (Reuters) – Twenty years ago they split.  Ten years ago they took each other to court over royalties. Today, Spandau Ballet are reforming.
The group behind hit ballad “True” announced yesterday  they would follow a long list of retired acts who have dusted  off their guitars and drumkits to launch lucrative comebacks by  touring and recording.

Tony Hadley, Gary Kemp, Martin Kemp, Steve Norman and John  Keeble are putting past differences, and a reputation for 1980s  fringes and glossy pop, behind them.

“As you can see, we’re back together again and we’re very  happy boys,” lead singer Hadley told reporters in London.
“We’re embarking on a British tour in October and then on to  the rest of the world and we’re all very excited. We’ve had a  rehearsal which sounded a million dollars.”

He said the tour would kick off in Dublin on Oct. 13 and end  in Manchester on Oct. 28.
In 1999, the High Court rejected a claim by Hadley, drummer  Keeble and sax player Norman to hundreds of thousands of dollars  in royalties from Gary Kemp for songs he had written.

Since then, the Kemp brothers have enjoyed some success as  actors, appearing together in the 1990 British gangster film  “The Krays”, and Martin went on to star in hit soap opera  EastEnders.

The band will be hoping to replicate the success other  reformed or reborn acts have enjoyed in recent years.
Take That, a former boy band which lost its biggest star in  Robbie Williams, has had sellout concerts and chart-topping  singles and albums since reforming.

Police embarked on a world tour in 2007 and 2008 that  grossed more than $350 million and was the biggest selling tour  of 2007.
“King of pop” Michael Jackson has sold out a run of 50  concerts in London starting in July, and has a 3-1/2 year plan  which the promoters say could be worth up to $400 million to the  singer.

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