Tony Hadley Biography
Tony Hadley, born Anthony Patrick Hadley, is an English singer-songwriter, occasional stage actor and radio presenter was born on June 2, 1960. Hadley was the lead singer of the New Romantic band Spandau Ballet rising to fame in 1980. The band split in the 1990 leading Hadley to launch his solo career.
Hadley has an impeccable image and a powerful voice. His voice has been described as a dramatic warble by AllMusic. David Rimmer, a music journalist and author described his voice like a siren trying to emulate both Frank Sinatra and David Bowie. Steve Norman, a fellow Spandau Ballet bandmate described his voice as having a massive vocal range. Tim Rice described his voice as strong and expressive which his equals can only come near to matching.
In August 2017, Hadley worked as a radio presenter with Virgin Radio taking over the Friday Night Virgin Party Classics show from Suggs. Soon after, Hadley was given the Saturday Night Virgin Party Classics show as well. Hadley left the two shows in September 2008.
Hadley was listed as a presenter for Absolute Radio in 2015 and presents Tony Hadley’s 80’s Party on Saturday night from 6 pm to 8 pm on Absolute 80s.
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Tony appeared, sang and gave advice in a reality show in Pinoy Dream Academy in the Philippines. In November 2008, he appeared in an Australian TV programme, RocKwiz.
He also features as Eddie Richards in the British short movie Shoot The DJ along with his daughter, Toni. His song, After All This Time, was used as the theme song for the popular BBC series Down to Earth. Down to Earth aired from 2000 to 2005. He also took part in the series, I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here finishing in the sixth place.
In 2019, Hadley performed alongside Arisa in the fourth show of the Sanremo Music Festival. He is also presenting the Sunday Mid Morning Show on BBC Three Counties Radio.
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Spandau Ballet was co-founded as The Cut by Hadley, Gary Kemp, Steve Norman, John Keeble and Michael Ellison. They were all students at Dame Alice Owen’s Grammar School. Hadley was the lead singer of Spandau Ballet and went on to enjoy international success in the 1980s. They released hits such as True, Gold, Through The Barricades and they also appeared at the Live Aid in 1985. In 1989, Spandau Ballet split. This was after their final studio album, Heart Like a Sky, failed to rise as it was critically and commercially expected as their earlier albums such as True and Parade. The studio album, Heart Like a Sky, was not released in the United States.
After disbanding, Hadley alongside his fellow band members, Steve Norman and John Keeble attempted to sue Gary Kemp stating that they had an agreement for Gary, the principal songwriter to pay them royalties. They lost the case. The band confirmed on March 25, 2009, that they had reformed and were embarking on a tour of the UK and Ireland in October of the same year.
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In 1991, the Spandau Ballet song, True, was sampled by the American Hip Hop Music Art P.M Dawn in their song “Set Adrift on Memory Bliss” released in their first album Of The Heart, Of The Soul And Of The Cross: The Utopian Experience.
Tony was featured a cameo in the music video, Set Adrift on Memory Bliss, that achieved immediate commercial success. The single hit the week of November 30, 1991, and held the distinction of being the first song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart following the introduction of Nielsen SoundScan to the chart. It also reached number 3 in the United Kingdom.
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After the split of Spandau Ballet, Hadley launched a solo career. He signed with EMI and recorded his first album, The State of Play in 1992. He left EMI and formed his own recording company, SlipStream Records where he released his first single, Build Me Up from the film When Saturday Comes.
In December 1996, Hadley embarked on a six weeks orchestral tour of Europe along with Joe Cocker, Paul Michiels, Dani Klein and Guo Yue. They played to 500,000 concert goers in the six weeks.
After Hadley returned from the UK tour, he signed a joint deal with PolyGram TV. In 1997, he released his next eponymous solo album, Tony Hadley. The album included covers and songs that were chosen to match his voice. In the album, he featured some of his self-penned songs such as, She, which he wrote for his daughter, Toni.
Hadley performed in a BBC Radio 2 live performance of Jesus Christ Superstar where he also played the title role opposite Roger Daltrey’s Judas in 1996. In 2001, Hadley also released a live album, Obsession, in one night at the club Ronnie Scott’s in Birmingham.
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Hadley also collaborated with various dance acts and DJs, such as Tin Tin Out, Eddie Lock, Marc et Claude, Regi Penxten (Milk Inc.) and the Disco Bros, and played alongside people such as Alice Cooper, Paul Young, Jon Anderson, and Brian May. Alan Parsons chose Hadley as the lead singer for the track “Out of the Blue” on the album The Time Machine.
His band usually features John Keeble (drums), Phil Taylor (keyboards), Phil Williams (bass guitar), Richie Barrett (guitar), and Dawn Joseph on backing vocals. His band that released his debut album included John Keeble, Toby Chapman, Jerry Stevenson (guitar) and Kevin Miller (bass guitar).
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Hadley married his first wife, Leonie Lawson in 1983. They have three children, Tom, Toni and Mackenzie. The couple divorced in 2003. This was after 20 years of marriage. Hadley married his second wife Alison Evers in July 2009 at Cliveden House. They have two children, Zara and Genevieve. Zara was born on December 21, 2006, while Genevieve was born on February 6, 2012.
Hadley features in the British short movie Shoot The DJ. He plays Eddie Richards along with his daughter, Toni.
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- SAT 2 NOVEMBER Alte MälzereiMosbach, Germany
- SUN 3 NOVEMBER KaminwerkMemmingen, Germany
- THU 7 NOVEMBER Musiktheater PianoDortmund, Germany
- FRI 8 NOVEMBER Columbia TheaterBerlin, Germany
- SUN 10 NOVEMBER Colos-Saal Aschaffenburg, Germany
- SAT 23 NOVEMBER Kulturzentrum SchlachthofBremen, Germany
- SUN 24 NOVEMBER Club VoltaCologne, Germany
- FRI 29 NOVEMBER Motorpoint Arena Nottingham Nottingham, UK
- SAT 7 DECEMBER Forever Young Winterfest 2019Killarney, Ireland
- WED 11 DECEMBER The SSE HydroGlasgow, UK
- FRI 13 DECEMBER SSE Arena, Wembley London, UK
- TUE 25 FEBRUARY The GovHindmarsh, SA, Australia
- THU 27 FEBRUARY The TivoliBrisbane, QLD, Australia
- SAT 29 FEBRUARY Forum Melbourne Melbourne, VIC, Australia