Going for gold: Spandau Ballet hit all the right notes at first reunion gig in 20 years


Frontman Tony - right - and former EastEnders actor Martin were on fine form as they and the rest of Spandau Ballet kicked off their reunion tour in Dublin this week
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It was the first concert in more than 20 years for the British New Romantic group (from left) Martin and Gary Kemp, singer Tony, Steve Norman and John Keeble
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14 OCTOBER 2009

"We missed you I tell you, we've really missed you. It was a long time coming but we're finally here."

Delivering words that were music to the ears of the 9,000 screaming fans, Tony Hadley and the rest of Spandau Ballet returned for their first reunion gig in over 20 years on Tuesday.

The popular Eighties quintet – Tony and bandmates Gary and Martin Kemp, Steve Norman and John Keeble – were on stage at Dublin's O2 arena for a two hour set to kick off their Reformation reunion tour.

They performed a number of songs from their back catalogue; including Gold and their breakthrough Eighties single To Cut A Long Story Short – appropriately the first song of the night.

And the British group also treated the crowd to renditions of tracks from their latest album Once More, which will be released on October 19.

There was no sign of the animosity which surrounded the band's acrimonious split in 1990, during which three members unsuccessfully tried to sue guitarist Gary for royalties.

Having swapped their New Romantic fashion for sharp suits, the boys were still a big hit with both the critics and the crowd, who danced around to the music and never dimmed their cheers.

Spandau Ballet will now be looking ahead to their remaining tour dates. After completing a further ten gigs in the UK, the band will be heading to Europe.

Fans who missed out on tickets – London dates sold out in 20 minutes – will have the chance to see the band this Saturday when a pre-recorded performance of their new version of Gold will be shown on Strictly Come Dancing.