This world renowned artist really needs no introduction at all. Tony Hadley has rightly earned himself some of the highest accolades known in the music industry. As a founding member and lead-singer of one of the world’s greatest pop bands, Spandau Ballet, his music and powerful voice have made him a legend along with greats Frank Sinatra and Jack Jones: two of Tony’s favorite singers.
Many remember Tony as the smooth, debonair vocalist who sang hits such as ‘True’, ‘Gold’, and ‘Through the Barricades’ that rocketed Spandau Ballet into stardom back in the 1980’s; however, there is much more to Tony than just Spandau.
After the band disbanded in 1990, Tony embarked on a solo career releasing his first solo album ‘State of Play’ in 1991 and subsequent albums throughout the 90’s up to present day.
In 2006, his debut jazz/swing CD, ‘Passing Strangers’, put Tony into a genre that only his voice could attain along with those legends he often sang with as a kid.
Tony enjoys acting and in 2007 he performed as Billy Flynn in the critically acclaimed West End production of Chicago which ran into a 3 month extension, much to Tony’s delight, and was a tough drug mob boss in 2010’s independent film ‘Shoot the DJ’. Friday and Saturday nights fans tuned in religiously to hear him DJ on Virgin Radio spinning the hits to his favorite 80’s songs(along with some of his own as well).
He is the patron of the Shooting Star Hospice, Lowe’s Syndrome Trust and Bibic. Often performing at charity functions to raise awareness and money, Tony takes to the stage annually to sing to adoring crowds for the Huntington’s Disease Association, Willow Foundation, NSPCC, and The Rhys Daniel Trust and has completed 3 grueling treks in Peru, Venezuela and Costa Rica for Shooting Star along with Martin Fry of ABC and Richard Drummie of Go West.
Tony’s passion for singing can be equally matched to his passion for real ale and as co-owner of Red Rat Craft Brewery, his own label’s top sellers, Hadley’s Gold, Hadley’s Crazy Dog Stout and Hadley’s Chilli Beer have won Gold and Silver awards in beer and ale festivals across Britain and are now being sold at Jimmy’s Farm, Threshers, Sainsbury’s and House of Fraser in the UK; along with being supplied to British Royal Forces in Afghanistan and abroad. As a big supporter of the British forces, Tony has also entertained troops in the Falklands and Kosovo.
In 2009, Tony reunited with his fellow band mates. After almost 20 years apart, they were received by an astonishing and warm welcome back from fans and the music industry. The band released ‘Once More’, a collection of re-mastered hits totally reformatted to show their growth as musicians. The CD’s self-titled hit was played on BBC radio in regular rotation landing it on the charts and had included another new song, written by Tony, titled ‘Love is All’.
Spandau Ballet seamlessly reclaimed their spot as one of the worlds most loved and admired bands selling out London’s 02 Arena within 20 minutes (leading to 3 more nights at the 02) and more sell out shows around the world. The year closed out seeing them off with many awards such as Virgin’s Comeback of the Year and VH-1’s Best Comeback 2009.
An avid Arsenal fan, Tony is often spotted at the Emirates Stadium in London supporting his team and at Euro matches across the continent. When time allows, he still loves to play football for the ex-Arsenal celebrity team.
Tony continues to write and record solo and is expected to release an album soon.