Spandau Ballet are the latest superstar act to play the House of Blues in Boston.
The five-strong 'new wave' band, comprising John Keeble, Steve Norman, Tony Hadley, Martin Kemp and Gary Kemp play the House of Blues Boston on Thursday, April 30 as part of their 'Soulboys of the Western World' tour.
Spandau Ballet are one of Britain's most iconic bands and their music helped define the 80s, with timeless classics such as 'True' and 'Gold'. The band which was formed in the late 70's have sold more than 25 million records, scored numerous multi-platinum albums and have had 23 hit singles across the globe since their humble beginnings as a group of friends in London with dreams of stardom.
Spandau Ballet's guitarist and saxophonist Steve Norman, 54, said "We became professional in 1980 and imploded in 1990 so we were really known as a band of that decade."
Their tenure at the top, came to acrimonious end in the early 90's when the guitarist admitted the five pals had " had a very public fall out". The split blamed on a combination of ego, lack of respect and money resulted in two decades spent in and out of court before the childhood friends were able to put their troubles behind them, and reformed in 2009. Norman said "It's incredible now! It's the best time ever."
When the band announced the American leg of their world tour this year, U.S fans and the media reacted to the news with excitement. Norman remarked, "It feels like we have that freshness about us.. like off we go again, especially with America!"
Adding, "We had no idea that in America there was.... still is so much love for us."
The documentary ‘Soulboys of the Western World Live’ which the tour is named after examines the rise and fall of the iconic 80's band. Norman says for him watching the documentary was " fascinating" but rather than being a reflection on the eighties music scene, he feels "the soul of the film is about [our] friendship."
These days the five childhood friends who Norman describes as being like "blood brothers", are finally back at "the top of their game." Reflecting on the last three decades, the saxophonist says collectively they have all learnt one lesson, "Respect.... just always have respect for people."
He said, " There's a real hunger with the band, it's exciting, everyone's having fun, and it's relaxed."
Tickets for Spandau Ballet's show at the House of Blues start at $35 and are available online at livenation.com