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Gary Kemp wants a Spandau Ballet reunion – but only if singer Tony Hadley agrees

Gary Kemp says he is eager to do a Spandau Ballet reunion.

The musician and songwriter, 60, says the ball is in singer Tony Hadley’s court after the band reunited for a series of shows in 2018 without the frontman.

It comes as Gary’s brother Martin said the rows between the pair at the height of the band’s success in the 1980s helped save the band.

Making a comeback? Spandau Ballet's Gary Kemp (second right) says he wants the band to reform, but the ball is in singer Tony Hadley's (second left) court. Pictured in 2015

Making a comeback? Spandau Ballet’s Gary Kemp (second right) says he wants the band to reform, but the ball is in singer Tony Hadley’s (second left) court. Pictured in 2015

The brothers were speaking to the Radio Times ahead of new mockumentary The Kemps: All True, which will air on BBC2 this week. 

Martin, 58, told the magazine: ‘When Spandau were at the peak, there was a lot of pressure on us as brothers that kind of saved the band for years. 

‘If there was ever a moment where the band might explode, it was left to me and Gary to go off and have the biggest argument – I remember having proper fist fights with him in the 80s – and that got rid of the tension.’

Peak: Martin (left) said the rows between the pair at the height of the band's success in the 1980s helped save the band, pictured in 1983

 Peak: Martin (left) said the rows between the pair at the height of the band’s success in the 1980s helped save the band, pictured in 1983

Warring siblings: Martin (left) said he remembers having fist fights with Gary (right) to get rid of tension within the band

Warring siblings: Martin (left) said he remembers having fist fights with Gary (right) to get rid of tension within the band

Martin said the band were like fellow band of brothers Oasis who were famed for their bust-ups between Noel and Liam Gallagher throughout their success. 

Spandau Ballet split in 1990 to allow its members pursued other acting and solo projects.

The new wave band reunited successfully for a number of world tours in 2009 but lead singer Tony Hadley quit in 2017.

Not meant to be: Spandau briefly reunited in 2018 with new lead singer Ross, after the departure of Tony in July 2017

Not meant to be: Spandau briefly reunited in 2018 with new lead singer Ross, after the departure of Tony in July 2017

New project: The brothers were speaking ahead of new BBC2 mockumentary The Kemps: All True

New project: The brothers were speaking ahead of new BBC2 mockumentary The Kemps: All True

The band decided to replace him with singer Ross William Wild, who had previously performed with Martin Kemp in the West End musical Million Dollar Quartet.

But this arrangement only lasted eight months before Wild quit to perform with his own band Mercutio and Spandau Ballet has not played together since.

Speaking this week, Gary said: ‘If everyone decided to do it, I’d do it. I’m not trying to stop anyone. 

On sale: Read the interview in this week's Radio Times

On sale: Read the interview in this week’s Radio Times

‘We tried to do it with a different singer a year ago – I didn’t enjoy it, I don’t think it works for us all.

‘It’s got to be with Tony singing or not at all. Really, like it always has been, the ball’s in Tony’s court.’

The brothers’ mockumentary airs on BBC2 on Sunday and features a few jokes about Tony, according to Gary.

He said he hopes the show, a parody of the infamous Bros documentary After The Screaming Stops, will be taken by his band members with a pinch of salt.

Tony, along with John Keeble and Steve Norman, lost out to Gary in a High Court battle over royalties in 1999. 

It comes after Ross William Wild revealed he tried to take his own life after the band ‘sacked’ him on live TV – despite already quitting the group.

Ross claims he was ‘ignored’ by the band’s management after fulfilling tour commitments. 

Struggles: Ross William Wild has revealed he tried to take his own life after the band sacked him on live TV - despite already quitting the group

Struggles: Ross William Wild has revealed he tried to take his own life after the band sacked him on live TV – despite already quitting the group

The singer claims after he made the decision to quit the band, Martin was on national TV the next day saying they wouldn’t perform again without Tony.

Speaking to the Sun about his experience, Ross said: ‘I told Spandau I wanted to leave and they wished me luck. I couldn’t afford to be left on a shelf, not knowing where my next meal was coming from.

‘Then the next day they forced Martin Kemp on This Morning and made him act like I was just being brushed aside. I never even got to say that I quit, to own any part of my story. I was so humiliated as they had treated me so badly for so long. That’s when I tried to kill myself and I wound up in hospital in Cannes.’   

Part of the group: Ross joined the band for a brief period in 2018 after Tony Hadley quit, however he claims he was 'ignored' by the band's management after fulfilling tour commitments

Part of the group: Ross joined the band for a brief period in 2018 after Tony Hadley quit, however he claims he was ‘ignored’ by the band’s management after fulfilling tour commitments

Touring: After joining the band, Ross, 31, toured Europe with his bandmates, including a sold-out gig in London (pictured)

Touring: After joining the band, Ross, 31, toured Europe with his bandmates, including a sold-out gig in London (pictured)

He recalled: ‘I’d just been made to look like I wasn’t worth s**t but it was me that quit Spandau. They humiliated me. It hit me like a tonne of bricks.’   

Ross auditioned for the opportunity to be in Spandau alongside hundreds of applicants.

He insisted he has maintained close friendships with both Martin and Steve since leaving the group, however he said he has had little contact with Gary. 








MailOnline contacted representative for the band. 

Following Ross’ axe from the band, sax player Steve clarified his position, and said: ‘With regard to these recent revelations from Spandau Ballet, I want to make clear that I was neither involved in nor informed of any discussions or decision-making regarding the future of my band, least of all Ross’s position in it. 

‘I will add that, as a founder member of Spandau Ballet and as a friend of all band members (past and present), I’m so very disappointed and saddened by the handling of it.’ 

No way: After insisting the band would never perform without frontman Tony again, Martin told MailOnline earlier this year that they still haven't spoken

No way: After insisting the band would never perform without frontman Tony again, Martin told MailOnline earlier this year that they still haven’t spoken

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