Spandau Ballet SPLIT less than a year after welcoming new singer... as Martin Kemp FINALLY admits the band didn't work without Tony Hadley and pleads for his return

  • The musician, 57, said the band is over until Tony returns to the group during an appearance on This Morning on Thursday
  • Voice of a generation Tony, 58, quit the band in 2017 amid a spat with the remaining four members- Martin, his brother Gary Kemp, Steve Norman and John Keeble¬†
  • West End performer Ross William Wild, 31, came on board last summer with the New Romantics band playing two triumphant comeback shows in the UK
  • But the remaining members came to the decision that it didn't work without all five original musicians- despite originally boasting about the renewed energy and vigour Ross brought to the stage¬†
  • Martin admitted the band had now ceased touring¬† 'Until Tony comes back ... until the five of us come back'

Spandau Ballet has split less than a year after replacing Tony Hadley as lead singer, with band member Martin Kemp pleading for the former frontman's return.

The Gold hitmaker, 57, said the band is over until Tony returns during an appearance on This Morning on Thursday, just 11 months after raving about new frontman Ross William Wild, 31. 

Voice of a generation Tony, 58,  quit the band in 2017 amid a spat with the remaining four members- Martin, his brother Gary Kemp, Steve Norman and John Keeble. 

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Only When You Leave: Spandau Ballet has split less than a year after replacing Tony Hadley as lead singer, with band member Martin Kemp pleading for the former frontman's return (pictured 1983)

Only When You Leave: Spandau Ballet has split less than a year after replacing Tony Hadley as lead singer, with band member Martin Kemp pleading for the former frontman's return (pictured 1983)

This much is True: The Gold hitmaker, 57, said the band is over until Tony returns to the group during an appearance on This Morning on Thursday, just 11 months after raving about new frontman Ross William Wild, 31

This much is True: The Gold hitmaker, 57, said the band is over until Tony returns to the group during an appearance on This Morning on Thursday, just 11 months after raving about new frontman Ross William Wild, 31

West End performer Ross- who is half Tony's age -came on board last summer with the New Romantics band playing two triumphant comeback shows in the UK.

But the remaining members came to the decision that it didn't work without all five original musicians- despite originally boasting about the renewed energy and vigour Ross brought to the stage.

Martin said: 'The band stopped playing and we thought it would be really cool if we took out Ross William Wild, he's a lovely man, lovely singer. 

'We tried that for about six or seven shows through Europe and it was great fun. But what I kind of started to realise what people really want is the five of us together. 

Round and round: West End performer Ross- who is half Tony's age -came on board last summer with the New Romantics band playing two triumphant comeback shows in the UK (pictured June 2018)

Round and round: West End performer Ross- who is half Tony's age -came on board last summer with the New Romantics band playing two triumphant comeback shows in the UK (pictured June 2018)

They're (not) indestructible: Voice of a generation Tony, 58, quit the band in 2017 amid a spat with the remaining four members- Martin, his brother Gary Kemp, Steve Norman and John Keeble (pictured 2009)

They're (not) indestructible: Voice of a generation Tony, 58, quit the band in 2017 amid a spat with the remaining four members- Martin, his brother Gary Kemp, Steve Norman and John Keeble (pictured 2009)

'And I think what we should to do to be fair to that is to put it into a box and let it sit there until that happens.

'And if one day the five of us can talk and get back together it would be wonderful.' 

When co-host Phillip Schofield asked him if the group had decided to end touring, he confirmed: 'Until Tony comes back ... until the five of us come back. It's not just Tony, all five of us. 

'Listen, my band is so volatile, one minute we are the best friends then we fall out, it has always been that way.

Not to be: But the remaining members came to the decision that it didn't work without all five original musicians- despite originally boasting about the renewed energy and vigour Ross brought to the stage (pictured June 2018)

Not to be: But the remaining members came to the decision that it didn't work without all five original musicians- despite originally boasting about the renewed energy and vigour Ross brought to the stage (pictured June 2018)

'I would love it to happen because it is part of me it is part of my soul. But it means all five of us saying yes at the same time.'

The group reunited in 2015 for a world tour and have split up on-and-off over their career spanning more than three decades.

Tony was the lead vocalist throughout the 80s, but his relationships with his bandmates hadn't always been plain sailing.

In 1999, Tony, drummer John and sax player Steve were embroiled in a lawsuit over royalties with chief songwriter Gary, but they failed in their efforts.    

Ross' departure comes just 11 months after his addition to the iconic group was announced to much fanfare in June 2018, with Martin  saying Ross' 'younger energy' has rejuvenated the group, giving them 'more vigour' when they perform.

Remember we were partners in crime: Martin said: 'We tried that for about six or seven shows through Europe and it was great fun. But what I kind of started to realise what people really want is the five of us together'

Remember we were partners in crime: Martin said: 'We tried that for about six or seven shows through Europe and it was great fun. But what I kind of started to realise what people really want is the five of us together'

Heyday: The band shot to fame in the 1980s with hits including Gold, Through The Barricades and True, which topped the charts in the UK and US (pictured 1980)

Heyday: The band shot to fame in the 1980s with hits including Gold, Through The Barricades and True, which topped the charts in the UK and US (pictured 1980)

Will you be my Lifeline? Tony has since forged a successful solo career after parting ways with the group

Will you be my Lifeline? Tony has since forged a successful solo career after parting ways with the group 

He said: 'I first heard Ross when We did Million Dollar Quartet together last year. He is an incredible talent, I'm so pleased his now part of Spandau Ballet! Ross is a perfect fit for Spandau, and brings a new younger energy to the band that we are all enjoying!' 

'What you'll notice more than anything else is we're playing better, playing with more vigour than I've ever heard from us, and I think that's because of the way he sings.' 

On joining the band Ross said: 'Spandau's music is so current. Having listened to it from a young age and then getting back into it recently, this stuff is still so valid. That's why it's important that they keep going.

'Spandau Ballet isn't about one person. It isn't just about the boys that are there now. It's not about me. It was a movement. If it wasn't for Spandau so much stuff wouldn't have happened. They are pioneers.' 

Return? When co-host Phillip Schofield asked him if the group had decided to end touring, he confirmed: 'Until Tony comes back ... until the five of us come back'

Return? When co-host Phillip Schofield asked him if the group had decided to end touring, he confirmed: 'Until Tony comes back ... until the five of us come back'

Ross joined the band for a comeback concert at London's Subterania club in June 2018, where Martin threw shade at Tony on-stage.  

The former EastEnders actor also whimsically paid tribute to his appearance on the celebrity version of The Great British Bake Off, in which he expressed his distaste for Tony by biting the head off a biscuit version of the hunk.

He said: 'This is more exciting than f*****g bake-off' as the crowds cheered.   

Looking back on their first performance as Gentry at the venue in the 1980s, a smiling Martin said: 'This time around it feels like we've come full circle.

He then made a subtle dig at Tony's tenure with the band, as he welcomed new singer, Ross saying:' It's more exciting this time around, it's more appropriate.'   

The band then performed to thousands at London's Eventim Apollo in October, with Ross' killer vocals electrifying the crowds.

Say yes; Martin added: 'I would love it to happen because it is part of me it is part of my soul. But it means all five of us saying yes at the same time'

Say yes; Martin added: 'I would love it to happen because it is part of me it is part of my soul. But it means all five of us saying yes at the same time'

Speaking exclusively to MailOnline at the show after-party Ross revealed the pressure of the intense rehearsals, saying the band had endured gruelling run-throughs every day in a bid to perfect the new quintet. 

Currently Ross' Instagram profile still lists him as the lead singer of Spandau Ballet, with the star also fronting new band Mercutio. 

Tony spoke out about his replacement, saying he 'wished the band all the best' but hinted he was pushed out in an interview with The Telegraph released shortly after the band's comeback gig.

He said of Ross, who has carved out a stellar stage career in shows including Million Dollar Quartet: 'He's got a background in musical theatre, so he's probably got the chops. Because those songs have got a big range, not everyone can sing them.

Listed: Currently Ross' Instagram profile still lists him as the lead singer of Spandau Ballet, with the star also fronting new band Mercutio

Listed: Currently Ross' Instagram profile still lists him as the lead singer of Spandau Ballet, with the star also fronting new band Mercutio

The Through The Barricades singer then took aim at guitarist Gary Kemp saying he 'didn't have a big enough voice' to take over the singing and admitted the pair had always butted heads since the early days of the band.

Tony went on to say that he believed the band could do their own things and come back together every few years in a 'Phil Collins/Genesis arrangement', and hinted an ultimatum was given when it didn't happen.  

He said: 'So, put it this way ‚Äď if they wanted to get rid of their lead singer, they went about it the right way.'

The star said he was hurt by views that he had caused the undoing of the band, as they had been split for 20 years which was 'not his doing'.

Despite the acrimony, Tony said he would never reveal the real reasons why he left the band.

He also expressed his regret over the band,who first met at school in Islington and formed in 1979, 'shredding each other' after starting off as 'brothers.'  

Tony quit the band 'due to circumstances beyond [his] control' in July 2017.

This much is new: Ross joined the band for a comeback concert at London's Subterania club in June 2018, where Martin threw shade at Tony on-stage (pictured August 2018)

This much is new: Ross joined the band for a comeback concert at London's Subterania club in June 2018, where Martin threw shade at Tony on-stage (pictured August 2018)

Tony wrote on Twitter: 'I am no longer a member of the band Spandau Ballet & will not be performing with the band in the future.'

He included a more lengthy explanation into his departure from the group, which read: 'Due to circumstances beyond my control, it is with deep regret that I am required to state that I am no long a member of the band Spandau Ballet, and as such I will not be performing with this band in the near future.'  

Spandau Ballet responded to Tony's announcement, saying the singer has wanted to leave the band since last September.

In a statement, they said: 'Much to our frustration, 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.' 

Shortly after Tony announced his departure, the band's saxophonist Steve Norman, branded his reasons for leaving as 'bulls**t' - admitting the entire group were 'shell-shocked' at his decision.  

Spandau Ballet recently said they had 'moved' on from their rift with Tony and are willing to 'bury the hatchet' with him.

Referring to a recent interview Tony did, in which he said he is willing to meet up with the rest of Spandau, Martin told The Sun newspaper: 'I saw the interview he gave and that was quite mellow.

'It was complimentary and nice. He's moved on, we've moved on.

'It's been frustrating with Tony. He's got to do what he's got to do, but he left us a bit in the lurch. We've had the energy to keep going since 2009 when we first reformed. 

Iconic: Tony spoke out about his replacement, saying he 'wished the band all the best' but hinted he was pushed out in an interview with The Telegraph released shortly after the band's comeback gig

Iconic: Tony spoke out about his replacement, saying he 'wished the band all the best' but hinted he was pushed out in an interview with The Telegraph released shortly after the band's comeback gig 

  

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