The award-winning English new wave band Spandau Ballet just arrived in Manila for a first time-ever concert in the Philippines since their debut on the late 70’s. The group is known for the hit songs ‘True’ and ‘Gold’ and has been making waves all-over Europe and Latin countries during the 80’s. After almost 40 years in making hits in the global music industry, it will be their first time to perform in the Philippines. Happening on September 21, 2015 (Monday), a 1-night only performance will happen at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The group was formed during the late 70’s in London. Band’s classic line-up features brothers Gary and Martin Kemp on guitars, vocalist Tony Hadley, saxophonist Steve Norman and drummer John Keeble. The group’s debut single ‘To Cut a Long Story Short’, reached No. 5 in the UK in 1980. Their popular hits were ‘True’, ‘Gold’, and also included singles like ‘Chant No. 1’, ‘Only When You Leave’ and ‘Ill Fly For You’. The band has had eight UK Top 10 albums, including three “greatest hits” compilations and an album of re-recorded material. In 1984 they received the Brit Award for technical excellence.
The band reached their international fame status when they released their 3rd album “True” in March of 1983. The album has more of a pop sound treatment and It was at this point that Steve Norman began playing saxophone for the band. Preceded by the title track which reached number one in various countries, the album also reached number one in the UK. Their next single, ‘Gold’, reached number 2.
Although the band has went on a hiatus and split during the 90’s, they made a comeback last 2014 together with their 80’s career documentary called Soul Boys of the Western World, which premiered at the Royal Albert Hall. This year of 2015, they began touring, performing their hits from the 80’s which people have loved through the test of time and embraced their music as timeless.
The group was welcomed by Ovation Productions, at the NAIA Terminal 2 in the afternoon of September 20, with a short interview of what their fans and reminiscing audience would expect on the concert.
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