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“The reunion tour we never thought would happen...”

Written on: 22/10/2009 by ratfanyeah78 (1 review written)

The reunion tour we never thought would happen continued last night at a packed O2 Arena in London. The second of three nights at the venue began with Tony Hadley asking us "What have you been doing the last twenty years?" - with about as much enthusiasm as Amy Winehouse in a drying out clinic. Only the sixth date of a European tour lasting until March 2010, one can only imagine how tired the same lines will sound 17 dates later in Madrid.

Spandau Ballet's story about having made up after 20 years of well publicised fall outs and the infamous High Court case seemed ever so slightly unbelievable. Individually the band all look as if they are having the time of their lives playing once again to a 20,000 strong crowd. But to look at the band as a whole, you can't help thinking they did it for the money and nothing else. Martin Kemp played his bass during the two hour set with a perma grin on his face, to screams from the 40 something crowd. But it was Hadley, John Keeble and the brilliant saxaphonist Steve Norman who showed the most enthusiasm - perhaps because they need the money more than the Kemp brothers.

Tony Hadley, who receives stick these days almost everywhere he goes for being rather more chunky than he was in the band's heyday, was pitch perfect in every song. His distinctive, loud and sometimes booming voice just seems to work - with the ballads ("Through the Barricades", "Round And Round") and especially with the uptempo numbers, in particular "Only When You Leave", "Communication" and "To Cut A Long Story Short". If anything his voice has only improved over the years. And a Spandau song isn't a Spandau song without Steve Norman on his sax during the instrumental break. These two definitely stole the show, but as always, the screams were loudest for Martin Kemp who doesn't appear to have aged at all since 1990.

The band appeared on stage looking dapper in their suits and changed for the encore into jeans and vest tops (except Hadley who kept his suit on)

Overall they looked fantastic, sounded fantastic and gave the crowd what they wanted; all the hits (bar "Musclebound") and the new single "Once More" - a classic ballad with a key change and poignant lyrics. They made up for the slight lack of sincerity with two hours of well written and well performed pop songs. The Islington boys have certainly made a lot of 35-45 year old housewives very happy with their comeback.

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