Spandau Ballet To Split Again
Veteran British pop stars Spandau Ballet are to go their separate ways following the conclusion of their world tour.
The band reunited in 2009 after 20 years apart, during which they fell out amid a bitter dispute over royalties, and they went on to release a new album, Once More, play concerts, and produce a successful documentary titled Soul Boys of the Western World.
They embarked on a world tour last year, and now frontman Tony Hadley has confirmed the musicians are set to part ways once again following the conclusion of the shows.
"We are done now. We have just finished our tour in Hong Kong. We did a year and a half. That's enough," the singer tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper. "We won't do anything now for about four or five years. I don't want to get the band back permanently.
"I think it works now and again. I have got a solo album coming out next year so I am focusing on that."
Spandau Ballet are reportedly due to play a handful of final dates in the U.K. before embarking on the break. The shows are believed to have been scheduled for April and May.
The band's tour came to an unexpected halt last year after drummer John Keeble, 56, fell ill. They cancelled a number of shows, including dates in Italy, but Hadley insists the percussionist has since made a full recovery.
"John is alright now. We played so many shows in 30 and 45 degree heat and I just think it was exhaustion," he adds. "It is sheer exhaustion."