Spandau Ballet’s Martin Kemp slams Tony Hadley over departure from band

Things did NOT end amicably

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Spandau Ballet fans were rocked this summer when Tony Hadley announced that he was quitting the band after almost 40 years!

In a short statement on his Twitter back in July, he said: “Due to circumstances beyond my control, it is with deep regret 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.”

Tony Hadley quit Spandau in May (Credit: IOW Festival)

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The band hit back with their own statement: “Much to the frustration of the band, Tony had made it clear in September 2016 that he didn’t want to work with the band anymore.

“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.”

Clearly there was some beef among the fellas.

Martin Kemp says Tony has taken away the happy times for Spandau fans (Credit: BBC)

And now one of the band has finally opened up about how they feel about the split.

Former bandmate Martin Kemp has come forward to slam the singer for “stealing special moments” from both the band and fans.

“The band will carry on and we will find the right new singer,” he told the Sun.

Clearly unhappy with his old bandmate, the silver fox sniped:  “What Tony decided to do doesn’t just steal special moments and memories from the band. It also steals them from the fans.

Tony is apparently pursuing solo ventures (Credit: BBC)

“We all like to see Eighties bands because those performers and those songs trigger memories, so the fact Tony chose to take that away from so many people is sad.”

At the time of Tony’s announcement, a source close to the band revealed what may have caused the rift.

“The band were offered a string of lucrative opportunities that Tony didn’t want to be involved with,” they told the Mirror.

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“There was talk of a new album and tours including a huge US headline tour – the UK’s biggest festivals had offers on the table, too.

“But Tony opted to focus on his solo career, meaning everyone missed out.”

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