LIVE REVIEW: Spandau Ballet (with Tears for Fears) – April 21st, Rod Laver Arena

LIVE REVIEW: Spandau Ballet (with Tears for Fears) – April 21st, Rod Laver Arena


I don’t have to be so wise
You’re just my fantasy, and I will fantasise…

“Round and Round”

Back in Australia for the first time in 25 years, Spandau Ballet had Rod Laver Arena packed out with middle-aged women, their partners, and the occasional young person [like myself, and the two attractive guys in the third row who knew all of the words]. Supported by Tears for Fears, it was a night of pure 80s cheese, saxophone solos and all.

Tony Hadley, looking a little better than last time he was here, still has amazing vocal power. The Kemp brothers are quite creepy looking [did you know that Gary was married to Sadie Frost before Jude Law? Back when she was Jenny Eliot on Press Gang!], and John Keeble managed to break his drum pedal. But it was Steve Norman who stole the show, swapping from guitar to saxophone to drums, while singing backup vocals.

They may not be the attractive young men that they once were, but their fans have grown up too, and were still just as excited to see them as they would have been back in 1985. Only playing one new song, “Once More”, the setlist was full of the old favourites – “To Cut a Long Story Short”, “Round and Round”, “True”, “Only When You Leave” [and at least three other songs that I didn’t know, all of which sounded just like “Only When You Leave”]. A truly “Gold” performance.

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