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Martin Kemp talks possibility of Spandau Ballet reforming ‘Still don’t talk properly’

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Spandau Ballet bassist Martin Kemp is also well-known for his role as notorious gangster Steve Owen in EastEnders. Although the actor and rockstar is still heavily involved in the music industry, he disappointed fans of the classic 80s band when he spoke to Alan Titchmarsh about the possibility of a reunion tour. 

Kemp, 59, played live with Spandau Ballet for the last time in 2018 with five gigs in Milan, Rome, Padova, Utrecht, Tilburg. 

Unfortunately, after first reforming in 2009, the band broke up again when new vocalist Ross William Wild joined Mercutio to pursue his own music. 

After officially announcing the band’s split in 2019, Martin opened up about Spandau Ballet’s current status with Alan Titchmarsh on his Sunday morning show, Love Your Weekend. 

Titchmarsh asked: “Is there any chance of Spandau Ballet reforming?” 

Kemp responded: “I don’t think so, I think it’s done and it’s time to move on.”

The actor and musician recently appeared with his son, radio host Roman Kemp, on the recent edition of Celebrity Gogglebox.

However, Kemp is still a major presence in the music scene as he revealed he performs well over 100 shows as a DJ each year. 

Even so, he admitted several very specific conditions would have to be met for the band to reform for a second time.

He told Titchmarsh: “It’s a really difficult one, because if someone came to me and said ‘Would you like to tour Britain for four weeks?’ I’d say yes.”

Sadly, demand for another Spandau Ballet tour would certainly stretch beyond the UK, something Martin admitted he doesn’t think the band is ready for. 

“Outside of that I’d say I don’t want to do it,” he continued. 

He also gave some disappointing insight into the current state of the band’s members after Wild’s departure.

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Kemp confirmed: “Our band is so mad, you know. We still don’t talk properly.

“It’s really difficult and I don’t understand why. I will always love the guys like my brothers, my family.

“But we find it difficult, and I think you have to get all five of us to say yes at the same time and that’s the difficult point.” 

Spandau Ballet also suffered a number of blows in the last couple of years as more members announced their exit.

Kemp’s brother Gary shut down any possibility of the band touring again in 2019, and vocalist Tony Hadley played with his own project, The Tony Hadley Band, in 2018. 

In May 2019, Wild confirmed on Twitter: “I have formally quit the band @SpandauBallet to pursue my own music with my band Mercutio.”

His tweet was followed up by Kemp’s appearance on ITV’s This Morning, where he confirmed there were no plans for the band to reform without Hadley. 

Thankfully, his fans are still able to see him perform live as a DJ, and he is still a regular fixture on British TV as an actor and celebrity guest. 

Love Your Weekend with Alan Titchmarsh airs Sundays from 10am on ITV.


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