• It’s ‘True’: Spandau Ballet is coming to Manila

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    Spandau Ballet is comprised of Steve Norman, Martin Kemp, Tony Hadley, Gary Kempand John Keeble

    Spandau Ballet is comprised of Steve Norman, Martin Kemp, Tony Hadley, Gary Kempand John Keeble

    Spandau Ballet, one of the most successful and influential British bands of the 1980s, which shot to international prominence during the New Romantic Era, is coming for a one-night-only concert at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City on September 21.

    Ovation Productions in association with Dainty Group Asia is mounting the musical event in Manila as part of the Asian leg of the band’s world tour dubbed Soul Boys of the Western World Live! and in support of its documentary film of the same title.

    The show brings to the capital all five original members of the iconic group—Tony Hadley (lead singer), John Keeble (drums), Gary Kemp (guitar), Martin Kemp (bass) and Steve Norman (guitar)—to perform live for the first time their smash-hit songs their Filipino fans.

    Among the band’s greatest hits, which have captivated millions worldwide are “True,” “Gold,” “Through the Barricades,” “I’ll Fly For You,” “Lifeline,” “Round And Round,” “Communication,” “Highly Strung” and “Only When You Leave,” and many others.

    Formed in London in 1976, Spandau Ballet was inspired by the New Romantic movement, a youth cultural phenomenon sweeping the West End at the time, and became one of the most successful groups to emerge in the music scene during that period.

    It evolved from a punk band to a power pop group before its sound and style became more electronic and transformed it into a synthesized dance pop act after it played in such clubs as Billy’s and Blitz where the New Romantic Era was spearheaded.

    Its current world tour is taking Spandau Ballet to major cities in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Australia before making stops in Asia for shows in Singapore, Manila and Hong Kong.

    Tickets are now available at all SM Tickets outlets and online at www.smtickets.com. For more info, call 470-2222.

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