TONY HADLEY (ex Spandau Ballet)
TONY HADLEY, the eldest son of Josephine and Patrick, was born in London on 2 June 1960. Tony attended Dame Alice Owen's Grammar School and thought his future lay in medicine but, after winning a holiday singing competition, decided that his vocation was as a singer...the rest is history...
SPANDAU BALLET - The 80s PHENOMENON
Pioneeers of the 80s Romantic movement, Spandau Ballet formed in 1978 and had numerous chart topping singles and albums all over the world, some of the most memorable being the singles 'Gold', 'Only When You Leave', 'Lifeline', the epic 'Through The Barricades' and of course the international number one ' True'; the latter famously sampled by PM Dawn in 1991 and featured on Paul Anka's Rock Swings in 2005.
By the mid 80s they were world wide superstars, however, relationships cracked and the band split in 1990. They reformed in 2009 for the 'Reformation Tour', a world wide tour that included three sell out nights at London's O2 and their first festival date at the Isle of Wight Festival.
In 2014 the band were all together again for the launch of their critically acclaimed rockumentary 'Soulboys of the Western World', which quickly became the nr 2 grossing film in the country.
With the enormous success of the film the band announced their 'Soulboys of the Western World' world tour which kicked off in January 2015 for 9 months playing at some of the biggest venues and events in the world, including the Singapore Grand Prix. The band also played in America for the first time in 30 years.
As lead singer of Spandau Ballet, TONY HADLEY over the years, earned the accolade of being one of pop music's greatest vocalists. In addition to all the band's songs, many will remember his prominent vocal contribution to the Band Aid UK charity single 'Do They Know It's Christmas' and subsequent 1985 London appearance at Live Aid. He also performed solo at the Nelson Mandela Concert at Wembley in June 1988
A LIFE IN MUSIC
Turning the page on Spandau Ballet (after they disbanded in 1990), Tony stuck to the same raw instincts that brought him early success. Tony is a solo artist in his own right who has spent the past 25 years entertaining audiences all over the world with his stunning rich voice that has lost none of its power, and which critics deem to be better than ever.
Tony has continued to write and record, and to date has released five solo studio albums, 'State of Play' on EMI Records, two albums through Universal Records, a self titled album in 1998 and ' True Ballads' in 2003. In 2006 on his own label, Slipstream Record, he released his long awaited swing album 'Passing Strangers'. He also released three live albums, two live DVDs and has had European success with several dance music collaborators.
December 2015 saw his first ever Christmas album released on Universal Records.
In April 2018, we will finally see the release of Tony's new solo album.
On the live music front Tony is a regular peformer, delighting audiences at home and abroad with such events as 'Night of the Proms', orchestral tours as well as his own UK and European solo tours.
In 2005 Tony's contribution to the music industry was officially recognised with the award of a Gold Badge from the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters.
In 2007 he won a new legion of fans following his critically acclaimed performance as Billy Flynn in Chicago on the West End Stage. Tony's appearances in the show gave the musical one of its most successful runs ever.
In August 2011 he played his first solo shows in the US, performing Spandau Ballet songs there for the first time since 1986.
In 2013 Tony played the first of a series of sell out Orchestra shows which culminated in a performance at London's Royal Albert Hall.
TV, FILM, RADIO & PUBLISHING
Tony's talents as an artist extend beyond the stage and in recent yours his profile increased dramatically in the UK. His participations in 'Reborn in the USA' which saw him travelling across the US in a tour bus with eight other British artists, eventually won him the public vote and overall 'crown'.
He is a successful Radio DJ, firstly at Virgin Radio and now at Absolute Radio and brings his own brand of chat and music to the national airwaves every Saturday night.
In May 2004 Macmillan Books released Tony's autobiography 'To Cut A Long Story Short'. The book charted Tony's yought, his early days in the school band and the heady heights of worldwide super stardom as lead singer of Spandau Ballet.
In 2015 Tony surprised his fans by entering the jungle in ITV's 'I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!'
Tony had always been a fan of the show and was keen to 'have a go' and see what it was really like! He enjoyed his time in and made it through to the final six.
in 2016 Tony was involved with the movie 'Eddie The Eagle', starring Hugh Jackman, co-incidentally a big fan of Tony's voice. The film details the inspiring exploits of Michael Edwards, better known as 'Eddie The Eagle', the most famous ski jumper in British history. Tony recorded a new song with Gary Barlow for the soundtrack.
2017 got off to an exciting start when Tony was invited at the 'Celebrating David Bowie with Gary Oldman and Friends' tribute concert at the Brixton Academy. To celebrate what would have been David Bowie's 70th birthday Tony peformed Bowie's song 'Changes'.
He then flew to LA to perform with his band at the famous Microsoft Theatre. While there he also contributed with 'Let's Dance' to the LA 'Celebrating David Bowie' concert with Gary Oldman, Sting and Joe Elliott of Def Leppad.
In February 2018 Tony embarks on his European solo tour 'Tonight Belongs To Us'. Tony will be performing some of his new songs from his forthcoming solo album that is scheduled for realese in April 2018, as well as the hits that he is known so well for..