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About Tony Hadley
Tony Hadley - one of the pioneers of the 80s Romantic movement. As well as being one of the nicest men in music, he's also one of the most talented. He's been there, seen it, done and worn the T-shirt.
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Spandau Ballet are known around the world for chart-topping songs like "Gold" and the international number one "True".
As lead singer, Tony has earned himself the accolade of being one of pop music greatest vocalists. In addition to all the band's songs, many will remember his prominent vocal contribution to the Band Aid UK charity single 'Do They Know It's Christmas'; and subsequent 1985 London appearance at Live Aid. Tony is now also a solo artist in his own right who has spent the past twenty years entertaining audiences all over the world with his stunning rich voice that has lost none of its power. He has continued to write and record, and to date has released four solo studio albums; 'State of Play' on EMI Records, two albums through Universal Records; a self-titled album in 1998 and 'True Ballads' in 2003. In 2006, on his own label Slipstream Records he released his long awaited swing album 'Passing Strangers'.
He has also released three live albums and two live DVDs. On the live music front he is regular performer, delighting audiences at home and abroad with such events as the 'Night Of The Proms' in Holland & Belgium/ Orchestral tours of Europe and South America as well as on his own annual UK & European solo tours. In 2007 he won a new legion of fans following his critically acclaimed performances as Billy Flynn in Chicago on the London stage.
In 2005 Tony's contribution to the music industry was officially recognised by a Gold Badge Award from the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters. Tony has performed with some of the greatest jazz orchestras in Europe, including the BBC Orchestra at Hyde Park Proms in The Park and shows at The Hague, Barcelona and Palermo Jazz Festivals with the respective Jazz Orchestras.
Tony is now a movie star as well with the release of the film about the career of Spandau Ballet. Soul Boys of the Western World premiered at the Royal Albert Hall ahead of the band's first live performance in 5 years.
Tony is still passionate about playing the music of the decade that he's so intrinsically linked to - that's why he loves his show on Absolute 80s.
Oh, and he's another one of our presenters who is an Arsenal fan.