Windy City Media Group Frontpage News Home
CELEBRATING 28+ YEARS OF Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender NEWS

Search Gay News Articles
Advanced Search
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2014-10-29
Download Issue
  News Index       Archives   About WCMG    Publications    Bars & Clubs     Calendar   Videos   Advertisers    OUT! Guide    Classifieds   AIDS @ 32
 Local | National | World | Politics | Obits | Profiles | Views | Entertainment | Theater | Dance | Music | Film | Art | Books | TV/Gossip
 Travel | History | Marriage | Youth | Trans | Lesbian | Celebrations | Food | Nightlife | Sports | Health | Real Estate | Autos | Pets | Crime

Sidetrack becomes jungle with 'Animal Queendom' Sidetrack becomes jungle
with 'Animal Queendom'
Miller Lite presented the 22nd Annual Night of 100 Drag Queens, this ...

Browse Gay News Index   Browse Gay News Archives
  Windy City Times

Spandau Ballet's Tony Hadley's 'True' confessions
NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC
by Jerry Nunn, Windy City Times
2011-08-10

facebook twitter pin it del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email


Tony Hadley fronted the pop group Spandau Ballet in the '80s, spawning such hits as "True." The song had a life of its own, being used in such generational movies like Sixteen Candles and later sampled by PM Dawn in the '90s. Hadley crosses the pond with an appearance at Market Days this week.

Windy City Times: Hi, Tony. You are Skyping from Spain right now?

Tony Hadley: Yes, I am visiting north of Mallorca. It's beautiful but pitch black. It is a quarter moon with the mountains around me. I've got a glass of wine.

WCT: Nice. What part of the country do you live in?

TH: We live in England. My family and I just moved out of London to Buckinghamshire. It is absolutely beautiful and in the country. We just decided we wanted the green fields of cows and sheep. I moved over the weekend then went on holiday the following Monday.

WCT: Taking a break before leaving for the United States soon…

TH: I can't wait. This is the first time for me since Spandau Ballet in 1985. For some reason it has been very difficult to get into the States. An American agent saw us in Europe and wanted to get us over there. It's funny because Spandau Ballet has more of a cult following in America rather than a mainstream band. We want to come over to the States and prove ourselves. We are doing a handful of shows then come back next year and do 20 or 30 shows. We want to build up a reputation of a great live band in America. There are lots of great musicians there but we have something to offer, too. Our fingers are crossed and I am looking forward to it.

WCT: Thousands of people come to Market Days so it's a big crowd for you, I am sure.

TH: Brilliant! We just did a festival in Scotland with 20,000 people so that was pretty cool. To be honest it doesn't matter to me if it's 300 or 300,000 people. I just like playing live. The Tony Hadley band has been together for a long time. Our newest band member Richie Barrett is our guitarist and been with us 13 years. This is an established band and out first opportunity to play there. My auntie lives in Chicago so I hope she is coming to the show. I must give her a call.

WCT: Are playing songs from you jazz album at this show?

TH: No, I am not. The swing album, Passing Strangers, came out a few years ago and tied in quite nicely with when I was performing Billy Flynn in the musical Chicago at the West End. For this show it will be straight ahead pop rock so pretty loud. I am not sure of people are expecting a teen '80s band to arrive. It is not like that at all. We usually have percussion but this is a core band of five that are coming over. We will do songs that were hits in America such as "True" and "Gold." There might be one song from the new album a rocker called "Imagination." Just songs that we love to do that hopefully people over there will connect with.

WCT: You have a new album that is coming out this year, right?

TH: No, next year; I am a little behind on it. It will be the first album that written by me. It will be 12 tracks that are classic pop rock. A few weeks ago I was in Miami for a private show and I was introduced to Barry Gibb from the Bee Gees. We are going to write together so I have to factor that in as well. How bloody brilliant is that? He's a fantastic guy.

WCT: Do you want to perform in more musicals for the future?

TH: You know they offered me a year tour and I could do as little or as much as I wanted. I did three months at the West End. It was great fun and incredibly challenging. I loved it but I have been there and done that. I have been offered other plays and musical theatre gigs but I turned them down. If I were to do it again I would only do it if I were offered Broadway in New York. If they asked me then I would be on the first plane. That would be an amazing opportunity. If you are asking me if I want to be a theatre person the answer is no though. I prefer to appear at different venues around the world. It is fun for me. This thing in Chicago is a big festival, right?

WCT: Yes, it is a huge gay street festival. You are playing right before Gloria Gaynor.

TH: Really? I know Gloria, the old bird. [Both laugh.] She's a good lass and a lovely woman.

WCT: What are you wearing? A suit will be really hot!

TH: It's hot in America at the moment?

WCT: Yes. It has been blazing in Chicago.

TH: People ask me if I wear all the '80s get-ups. I say, "No, I bloody well don't!" I adopted a Robert Palmer or Tony Bennett style to my wardrobe. They always look so cool. So I will be wearing a classic suit. I will be absolutely sweaty and horrible by the end of that. But who cares anyway? We are just excited about getting there and playing. We are going to come there, have a good time and entertain people. That is what it is all about.

WCT: I will definitely meet you face to face.

TH: Come have a beer and see you there, mate. Thanks for phoning. Cheers!

For more from Hadley visit www.tonyhadley.com and see him live and in person Sunday, Aug. 14, 6 p.m. at the Rivers Casino Stage on Halsted Street.


facebook twitter pin it del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.

DANCIN' FEATS Heidi Latsky dancer reinvents himself--twice 2014-10-08
Black Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award honors Joel Hall 2014-10-07
SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT A Broadway legend returns to town 2014-09-24
HBHC ready to dance at Garden of Eve Pride XL 2014-09-18
DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE: AND YOU CAN DANCE, FOR INSPIRATION 2014-09-17
FALL THEATER SPECIAL Cornucopia of dance headed Chicago's way 2014-09-17
DANCIN' FEATS Singer Rachael Sage featured on 'Dance Moms' 2014-09-10
DANCE Francisco AviƱa's one-man show is about 'A.r.T.' 2014-08-19
Chicago Dancing Festival Aug. 20-23 2014-08-19
Dance for Life stuns audience and breaks records 2014-08-19
The Joffrey Ballet celebrates 20th anniversary season 2014-08-13
Chicago's leading directors weigh in on Dance for Life 2014-08-13
Dance for Life on Aug. 16 2014-07-30
LeAnn Rimes releasing dance remix CD Aug. 5 2014-07-30
Obama honors Bill T. Jones with arts medal 2014-07-30
GLSEN calls for further guidance on gender identity protections 2014-07-27
Lambda: Stop HIV-based prosecutions due to DOJ guidance 2014-07-27
DANCIN' FEATS Kristina Isabelle: Chicago's dance darling 2014-07-09
Dance for Life on Aug. 16 2014-07-02
Dance for Life mid-August 2014-06-25
Hough tour in Chicago July 11 2014-06-24
By Women For Women dance at the Center 2014-06-15
Women's dance at Center June 14 2014-06-11
DANCIN' FEATS Catching up with Zachary Whittenburg 2014-06-11
Joel Hall Dancers, Center in dire financial situation 2014-06-08
Hubbard Street ball honors Baryshnikov 2014-06-04
Dance for Life: Top dance troupes raise funds for HIV/AIDS 2014-06-04
Queer Contra Dance Pride dance June 7 2014-06-04
DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE: DEEP IN DANCE 2014-05-28
SUMMER ENTERTAINMENT: Dance will match summer's heat 2014-05-28
DANCIN' FEATS Matthew Adamczyk: Joffrey's dancing painter 2014-05-07
Windy City Burlesque Fest June 18 - 21 2014-04-30
LGBT advocates commend new VAWA non-discrimination guidance 2014-04-24
CCC brings back two Chicago-born LGBTQ hits 2014-04-23
DANCIN' FEATS Trey McIntyre Project's last dance 2014-04-16
Spotlight: The Dance of Death 2014-04-16
Joffrey to premiere 'Romeo & Juliet' 2014-04-16
Proposal marks Dance of the Western Suburbs 2014-04-16
Violence Against Women office issues LGBTQ guidance 2014-04-09
Queer Contra Dance Chicago on April 3 2014-04-02





Copyright © 2014 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
the online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 



 

PASSAGES Former Chicagoan Steven Moore dies
 
Strict ID laws could hinder trans voters
 
Neil Patrick news; 'Freeheld' has problem; 'Divas Simply Singing'
 
Music, radio are David Polk's passion, profession
 
Luxury consignment spot launches in Gold Coast
 
Windy City Times Current DownloadNightspots Current DownloadQueercast Current Download
Windy City Media Group BlogsJoin Our Email List!Donate Now








  News Index       Archives   About WCMG    Publications    Bars & Clubs     Calendar   Videos   Advertisers    OUT! Guide    Classifieds   AIDS @ 32
 Local | National | World | Politics | Obits | Profiles | Views | Entertainment | Theater | Dance | Music | Film | Art | Books | TV/Gossip
 Travel | History | Marriage | Youth | Trans | Lesbian | Celebrations | Food | Nightlife | Sports | Health | Real Estate | Autos | Pets | Crime



About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video      News Videos      Nightspots Videos      Entertainment Videos      Queercast Videos      Comedy Videos     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.