Spandau Ballet announced their Soul Boys of the Western World Tour. The tour marks the first time the band will tour North America in nearly 30 years. All five original members – Tony Hadley, John Keeble, Gary Kemp, Martin Kemp and Steve Norman – will once again captivate fans on this long-awaited and long overdue return.
The Soul Boys of the Western World tour will kick off on January 23th, in San Francisco, CA at the famed Warfield Theatre and traverse the continent before winding down in Red Bank, NY at the Count Basie Theatre.
“We are over the moon at rediscovering our friendship and are really looking forward to playing live in the US again,” said Tony Hadley. “Playing live is what we do best! The shows will have all the hits and more.”
From their synth pop and dance pioneering early singles To Cut A Long Story Short and Chant No. 1 (I Don’t Need This Pressure On), to the globe trotting smashes True and Gold, Spandau will be playing the hits once again. With 25 million record sales, 6 multi-platinum albums and 23 hit singles to choose from, this is one of the most eagerly awaited reunions to hit these shores in years.
“We are tremendously excited about coming back to America to perform,” said Gary Kemp. “We have great memories of our shows there in the 80s and can’t wait re-connect with our amazing fans there.”
Spandau Ballet will make their U.S. late night television debut on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live ! tonight in Los Angeles, CA. Jimmy Kimmel Live! also marks the first time the band will perform on television in the United States since 1985 when they made an appearance on Soul Train.
Later this week on November 13 Spandau Ballet will stop by Good Day LA for what will surely be a “Throwback Thursday” fans this side of the Atlantic have waited years to see.
In other Spandau Ballet news, the band will show their documentary, Soul Boys of the Western World, as part of the DOC NYC film festival in New York City on November 15 at 945PM at the SVA Theatre (333 West 23rd Street). The band and director George Hencken will attend the screening and participate in a Q&A about the film afterwards. This is their first public appearance in New York City since the 1980s.
Soul Boys of the Western World is a voyage through the 80s in the company of Spandau Ballet, one of the decade’s most iconic bands. This archive-only documentary film tells the story of a group of working-class London lads who created a global music empire, but at a price none of them imagined. Using the band’s own home movies and showcasing newly discovered material, this film takes us into the heart of the era, and the cultural, political and personal landscape that formed the backdrop to the band’s story. It is a film that speaks not only to fans of the band or those who harbor nostalgia for the 1980s, but also to anyone who has ever experienced friendship and loss.
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SPANDAU BALLET‘S SOUL BOYS OF THE WESTERN WORLD TOUR DATES
23rd San Francisco, CA Warfield Theatre On-Sale 11/14
25th Los Angeles, CA Wiltern Theatre On-Sale 11/14
27th Denver, CO Paramount Theatre On-Sale 11/14
30th Chicago, IL House of Blues On-Sale 11/14
31st Detroit, MI Masonic Temple Theatre On-Sale 11/14
3rd Toronto, ONT Massey Hall
5th Boston, MA House of Blues On-Sale 11/14
6th New York, NY Beacon Theatre On-Sale 11/15
7th Westbury, NY Theatre at Westbury On-Sale 11/14
9th Washington, DC 9:30 Club
10th Red Bank, NY Count Basie Theatre On-Sale 11/14
*All tickets on-sale at 10:00 AM local time