I am a big fan of the 80’s teen heartthrob and glamour rock band, Spandau Ballet. To many Americans, their biggest hit here is “True” and the song has been featured in the Wedding Singer, on Modern Family, and a hip hop mix that I recently heard on the radio. They’ve been compared to as the “shadow” of Duran Duran, but they are talented in their own right nonetheless, as they have multiple top 10 hits around the globe.
Due to squabbles and creative differences, the band broke up in 1990, and in 2009, with the rise of former 80’s bands getting back together on reunion shows, Spandau Ballet also got back together and played in sold out concerts, but only in Europe until 2010.
In 2014, they announced a world tour, which meant they made it back to California. They teased the North American fans by playing a mini concert at the Jimmy Kimmel show on tv. The last time they played on tv in the US was on “Soul Train” 30 years ago.
They played back in January 2015 at the Wiltern Theater and more recently, last July at the OC Fair, and with concerts in San Diego and Northern California before heading back out to Europe.
Thanks to social media, the band members have been tweeting tour updates. Two days ago, bass player, Martin Kemp announced he joined Facebook and posted this YouTube video of him playing onstage during their song, “Fight For Ourselves” using a Go Pro camera attached to his guitar.
He also posted a video that his brother Gary made playing his guitar on stage, and the band mates in rehearsal on his Facebook page. Who could have thought in 1983 that fans could be this connected to their favorite band? We are thankful for such great technology.
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