PUBLISHED: 08:57, Sun, Nov 1, 2020 | UPDATED: 08:57, Sun, Nov 1, 2020
Spandau Ballet started out as a group of mates who met at school and loved to play music together. After making it big, the band went from strength to strength, but also had some ups and downs in their creative process. While the band may not be making music anymore, who has been in their line-up?
Spandau Ballet technically are no more, having hung up their New Romantic frilly shirts and musical instruments in 2019, after a short reunion.
However, the line-up was still a complex one in the later years, with departures making it uncertain of who was in the group.
To start off, school friends Gary Kemp and Steve Norman opted to start a band.
They met while studying at Dame Alice Owen’s School in Islington, and when the school relocated to Potters Bar, they were joined by John Keeble on drums, Michael Ellison on bass and, most notably, Tony Hadley on vocals.
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Spandau Ballet - who is in line up? (Image: Getty)
They started off playing covers and eventually decided on a name, Roots, using it for their first gig at a school Christmas party.
Michael Ellison left the band shortly after and Steve began to fill in on the bass, while the group also changed its name to The Cut.
Another of their school mates, Richard Miller, took over on the bass and the band had yet another name change, this time to The Makers.
By this point, they were performing more outside of school and were even getting noticed by the UK music press, which inspired them to take on a manager, their fellow schoolmate Steve Dagger.
He also suggested Martin Kemp, Gary’s brother, be brought into the band on bass, given he gained a huge amount of female attention as their roadie.
Spandau Ballet (Image: Getty)
Martin joined the band, now called the Gentry, and their sound became more influenced by electronic music which had started to dominate the club scene.
They made their final name change after Robert Elms suggested Spandau Ballet as a possible name, as recorded in Robert’s book The Way We Wore A Life In Threads.
He claims the name came from a phrase written on a wall in Berlin, which he visited during a weekend trip, and the band name stuck.