SPANDAU BALLET ANNOUNCE
SOUL BOYS OF THE WESTERN WORLD TOUR
FIRST NORTH AMERICAN TOUR IN NEARLY THREE DECADES ON SALE NOW
Spandau Ballet, one of the most successful and influential British bands, announce their Soul Boys of the Western World Tour. The tour marks the first time the band will tour North America in nearly 30 years. All five original members – Tony Hadley, John Keeble, Gary Kemp, Martin Kemp and Steve Norman – will once again captivate fans on this long-awaited and long overdue return. The Soul Boys of the Western World Tour will kick off in San Francisco, CA at the famed Warfield Theatre and traverse the continent before winding down in Red Bank, NJ at the Count Basie Theatre.
“We are over the moon at rediscovering our friendship and are really looking forward to playing live in the US again,” said Tony Hadley. ?”Playing live is what we do best! The shows will have all the hits and more.”
From their synth pop and dance pioneering early singles “To Cut A Long Story Short” and “Chant No. 1 (I Don’t Need This Pressure On),” to the globe trotting smashes “True” and “Gold,” Spandau will be playing the hits once again. With 25 million record sales, 6 multi-platinum albums and 23 hit singles to choose from, this is one of the most eagerly awaited reunions to hit these shores in years.
“We are tremendously excited about coming back to America to perform,” said Gary Kemp. “We have great memories of our shows there in the 80s and can’t wait re-connect with our amazing fans there.”
Spandau Ballet recently released their first single in the United States since the ’80s with “This Is The Love.” The song, produced by the legendary Trevor Horn, is available now on the band’s new greatest hits album The Story… The track has received a tremendous reaction from fans and critics alike, being put into “A-List” Rotation on BBC Radio 2 in the U.K.
Last week Spandau Ballet made their U.S. late night television debut on ABC’sJimmy Kimmel Live! in Los Angeles, CA. The performance marked the first time the band performed on television in the United States since 1985 when they made an appearance on Soul Train. See the performance below.
In other Spandau Ballet news, the band has a new documentary, Soul Boys of the Western World, directed by George Hencken. Soul Boys of the Western World is a voyage through the 80s in the company of Spandau Ballet, one of the decade’s most iconic bands. This archive-only documentary film tells the story of a group of working-class London lads who created a global music empire, but at a price none of them imagined. Using the band’s own home movies and showcasing newly discovered material, this film takes us into the heart of the era, and the cultural, political and personal landscape that formed the backdrop to the band’s story. It is a film that speaks not only to fans of the band or those who harbor nostalgia for the 1980s, but also to anyone who has ever experienced friendship and loss. See the trailer here: http://youtu.be/ncf0coYimo0
Emerging from Soho’s ultra hip Blitz Club in 1979 during another economic depression,Spandau formed at school in North London before becoming the hottest unsigned band on the planet. ?From underground, fashion and music obsessed working class Londoners, to global superstars, the band set the pace, the styles and the sound of the 1980s.
Not only did their albums sell by the millions, but their look and style impacted on the fashion world and beyond. They created their own style, combining creativity with entrepreneurship and the ‘can do’ spirit of early 80s youth at a time of crisis and upheaval eerily reminiscent of 2009. Spandau Ballet are both commercially and culturally enormous.
SPANDAU BALLET’S SOUL BOYS OF THE WESTERN WORLD TOUR DATES
23rd ? ? ?San Francisco, CA ? ? ? ?Warfield Theatre
25th ? ? ?Los Angeles, CA ? ? ? ? ? Wiltern Theatre
27th ? ? ?Denver, CO ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Paramount Theatre
30th ? ? ?Chicago, IL ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?House of Blues
31st ? ? ?Detroit, MI ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?Masonic Temple Theatre
3rd ? ? ? ?Toronto, ONT ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Massey Hall
5th ? ? ? ?Boston, MA ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?? ?House of Blues
6th ? ? ? ?New York, NY ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Beacon Theatre
7th ? ? ? ?Westbury, NY ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Theatre at Westbury
9th ? ? ? ?Washington, DC ? ? ? ? ? ? ?9:30 Club
10th ? ? ?Red Bank, NJ ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Count Basie Theatre