TONY HADLEY – PROFILE
Tony Hadley, the eldest son of Josephine and Patrick, was born at The Royal Free Hospital, Islington, London on 2 June 1960. Tony attended Dame Alice Owen’s Grammar School and thought his future lay in medicine but, after winning a holiday singing competition, decided that his vocation was as a singer … the rest is history …
SPANDAU BALLET – THE 80s PHENOMENON
Pioneers of the 80s Romantic movement, Spandau Ballet formed in 1978 and had numerous chart topping singles and albums all over the world, some of the most memorable being the singles “Gold”, “Only When You Leave”, “Lifeline”, the epic “Through the Barricades” and of course the international number one “True”; the latter famously sampled by PM Dawn in 1991 and featured on Paul Anka’s Rock Swings in 2005.
As lead singer of Spandau Ballet, Tony Hadley has, over the years, earned the accolade of being one of pop music’s greatest vocalists. In addition to all the band’s songs, many will remember his prominent vocal contribution to the Band Aid UK charity single “Do They Know It’s Christmas” and subsequent 1985 London appearance at Live Aid. He also performed solo at the Nelson Mandela Concert at Wembley in June 1988.
A LIFE IN MUSIC
Turning the page on Spandau Ballet (after they disbanded in 1990), Tony has stuck to the same raw instincts that brought him early success. Tony is now a solo artist in his own right who has spent the past twenty years entertaining audiences all over the world with his stunning rich voice that has lost none of it’s power.
He has continued to write and record, and to date has released four solo studio albums; ‘State of Play’ on EMI Records, two albums through Universal Records, a self-titled album in 1998, and ‘True Ballads’ in 2003. In 2006, on his own label, Slipstream Records, he released his long-awaited swing album ‘Passing Strangers’. He has also released three live albums, two live DVDs and has had European success with several dance music collaborations.
On the live music front Tony is a regular performer, delighting audiences at home and abroad with such events as the ‘Night Of The Proms’ in Holland & Belgium, orchestral tours of Europe and South America, as well as on his own UK & European solo tours.
In 2005 Tony's contribution to the music industry was officially recognised with the award of a Gold Badge from the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters.
Subsequently, in 2007 he won a new legion of fans following his critically acclaimed performance as Billy Flynn in Chicago on the London’s West End Stage. Tony’s appearances in the show gave the musical one of its most successful runs ever and earned him an invitation to perform in the 10th Anniversary Show last year.
BOYS ON TOUR
As well as the conventional shows Tony has played some extremely unusual venues for British, NATO and UN Troops on active service in Bosnia, Kosovo, Kuwait, Cyprus, the Falkland Islands and Northern Ireland. From aircraft hangers & tank workshops to bombed-out theatres & derelict sports halls to name but a few Tony felt it was a real honour to give something back and be asked to entertain our troops.
A PASSION FOR SWING
Aside from his own live band, Tony also has a passion for ‘Swing’; Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Jack Jones being just a few of his personal favourites and has performed with some of the greatest jazz orchestras in Europe, including London, Holland, Italy and Spain.
In 2006 Tony released his long-awaited swing album ‘Passing Strangers. It was a personal project that had been months in the planning and truly reflects his passion for swing. The album features some of his favourite songs and was released to coincide with Tony’s first UK Swing tour, aptly-named ‘Swinging True’.
TV, RADIO AND PUBLISHING
Tony’s talents as an artist extend beyond the stage and in recent years his profile has increased dramatically in the UK. His participation in the UK reality TV show ‘Reborn In The USA’, which saw him travelling across The US in a tour bus with eight other British artists, eventually won him the public vote and the overall “crown”.
He also became a successful Radio DJ at Virgin Radio (now Absolute Radio), bringing his own brand of chat and music to the national airwaves every Friday and Saturday night. Tony left Virgin in October 2008 and is now planning his own radio show to be syndicated around the world. He currently is a DJ on Absolute 80s every Saturday night.
In May 2004 Macmillan Books released Tony’s autobiography ‘To Cut A Long Story Short’. The book charted Tony’s youth, his early days in the school band, and the heady heights of worldwide super stardom as lead singer of Spandau Ballet. The book was a popular success entering the Sunday Times Top Ten bestsellers chart.
Tony likes to donate time to support charitable causes. As patron of Shooting Star Children’s Hospice he has worked and performed annually at their fund raising events and, alongside his great friend and drummer from Spandau Ballet John Keeble, they won �64,000 on British TV’s cult quiz programme Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.
Tony also has a major involvement with Action Medical Research, participating in their treks to Machu Picchu, The Lost World (Venezuela) and the Eden Trek, trekking from the Pacific to Caribbean coasts in Costa Rica, resulting in a huge sum of money being raised for the charity’s “Touching Tiny Lives” campaign, looking at research into and help for premature birth. Each Autumn, Tony hosts his own celebrity golf day to raise money for this charity.
Tony is patron of the following four charities:
http://www.shootingstarchase.org.uk/ Shooting Star Chase provides care, support and advice for children and young people with life-limiting conditions and their families. These care services are offered free of charge to families, 365 days a year across Surrey, West Sussex and western London.�The care services are based around the needs of the whole family, so as well as caring for the children and young people, there are activities for siblings and support groups for parents and grandparents. This makes a real difference to families who find themselves in unimaginable circumstances - helping them live life to the full by providing opportunities for fun and laughter, as well as helping them through the tougher times.�Families benefit from Shooting Star's care services in the community, in their own homes and at Shooting Star House in Hampton, Middlesex and Christopher's Children's Hospice in Guildford, Surrey. These services include Short Breaks, Outreach Care, Day Care, Family Support and Therapies and End of Life Care. It costs �3.5 million every year (�9,500 a day) to maintain these care services and with no long-term statutory funding, the majority of this comes from voluntary donations.
http://www.lowetrust.com/ The Lowe Syndrome Trust is a UK Charity formed in June 2000 by parents of a Lowe syndrome child. The charity supports families and initiates and funds medical research into Lowe Syndrome. Lowe Syndrome is a genetic disorder that can occur with no family history, affecting boys and multiple physical and mental handicaps including cataracts in both eyes, muscle weakness (hypotonia or floppy baby syndrome), kidney problems, cysts, brittle bones, arthritis, poor growth, mental impairment with behaviour problems (autistic spectrum disorder) and epilepsy. Sadly the life expectancy for these children is short due to the complications of the disease and the lack of funding to find a cure.
The charity supports families and raises funds to support vital medical research in the hope of better treatment and cure of the disease. The charity has funded research at Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, Dundee University, Imperial College London, Manchester University, UCL Opthalmology, University College London, Addenbrooke's Cambridge,The Institute of California and Purdue University USA (see research section). In 2004 the UK charity held the first international Lowe Medical Symposium at the Royal Society in London. In 2006 the trust sponsored a meeting at the American Cell Biology Conference followed by a second symposium in 2007 at the Royal Society in London. The Trust advertises Requests for Research Proposals (RFP) in the UK with grants of up to �80,000.
http://www.bibic.org.uk/ bibic is a national charity with more than 37 years experience of working with children, young people and families. They are available all year. They are a registered charity (Reg No. 1057635) and receive no state funding. bibic's mission is to help children with conditions affecting their social, communication and learning abilities to achieve their potential for a happier and more fulfilled life. bibic works with children and young people who have developmental problems such as Autism, Aspergers, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delay, Downs syndrome, Dyslexia, auditory processing disorder, brain injury, and challenging behaviour.
The team of bibic developmental therapists work with children, young people and their families to assess their areas of difficulties and strengths. A therapy programme is devised, based on the initial assessment, and taught to the whole family to practice at home within their routines. Regular reassessments then take place and progress is measured and celebrated for as long as the family need us.
http://www.hda.org.uk/ The Huntington's Disease Association exists to support people affected by the disease and to provide information and advice to professionals whose task it is to support Huntington's disease families. The HDA is financed through the generosity of trusts, foundations, the statutory and corporate sectors, branches of the HDA, members and friends.
Huntington's disease, which is often called HD, is an hereditary disorder of the central nervous system. It used to be known as Huntington's Chorea or HC. Huntington's disease usually develops in adulthood and can cause a very wide range of symptoms. The disease affects both men and women.
Aside from his life in the music industry, Tony has other business interests. In 2006 he became a co-owner of the Red Rat Craft Brewery, he has become a brewer, supplying ales & stouts to Jimmy’s Farm, Threshers, Sainsburys, House Of Fraser, and to various regiments of the armed forces including The Royal Anglian Regiment, The 7th Armoured Brigade ‘Desert Rats’, The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, and 1 Squadron RAF Regiment.
Tony also has his own-brand of award-winning ales, including Hadley’s Golden Ale, Hadley’s Crazy Dog Stout, Hadley’s Gold and Hadley’s SB.
Tony's brewing interests are currently on hold, but he hopes to re-launch them in the near future.
He is also involved in the set up of a new satellite TV channel, featuring programmes on music, beer & sport with a light-hearted emphasis.
THE FAMILY LIFE
As father of five children, Tony likes to keep fit and keep up with the kids!! He regularly runs and exercises. He loves his annual ski holiday and savours scuba and water skiing in the summer. One of his biggest passions is football – he’s a regular at all the Arsenal matches – and plays for Arsenal ex-Professional and Celebrity XI team whenever he can. His speciality is the “own goal”!
SPANDAU BALLET REFORMATION
2009 saw the reformation of Spandau Ballet with all the original members. With UK Arena Show dates in the Autumn of 2009 and European, Australian, New Zealand and South African dates in the Spring of 2010, the tour celebrated the band’s greatest hits and lead singer Tony once again captured audiences with his distinct style and powerful voice.
Following on from the success of the 2009-2010 Spandau Ballet Reunion Tony is back in the studio working on tracks for his new solo album due for release in the autumn of 2013. He regularly takes part in music festivals around the world.