Spandau Ballet today announced the release of their first single in the United States since the '80s "This Is The Love." The song, produced by the legendary Trevor Horn, is available now on the band's new greatest hits album The Story... The track has already received a tremendous reaction from fans and critics alike, being put into "A-List" Rotation on BBC Radio 2 in the U.K.
Spandau Ballet also announced they will make their U.S. late night television debut on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday, November 10 in Los Angeles, CA. Jimmy Kimmel Live! also marks the first time the band will perform on TV in the United States since 1985 when they made an appearance on Soul Train. Later that week on November 13 Spandau Ballet will stop by Good Day LA for what will surely be a "Throwback Thursday" fans this side of the Atlantic have waited years to see.
In other Spandau Ballet news, the band will show their documentary, Soul Boys of the Western World, as part of the DOC NYC film festival in New York City on November 15 at 945PM at the SVA Theatre (333 West 23rd Street). The band and director George Hencken will attend the screening and participate in a Q&A about the film afterwards. This is their first public appearance in New York City since the 1980s.
Soul Boys of the Western World is a voyage through the 80s in the company of Spandau Ballet, one of the decade's most iconic bands. This archive-only documentary film tells the story of a group of working-class London lads who created a global music empire, but at a price none of them imagined. Using the band's own home movies and showcasing newly discovered material, this film takes us into the heart of the era, and the cultural, political and personal landscape that formed the backdrop to the band's story. It is a film that speaks not only to fans of the band or those who harbor nostalgia for the 1980s, but also to anyone who has ever experienced friendship and loss.
Critics rapturously received the film when it world premiered at SXSW film festival earlier this year. UK and Irish fans got their opportunity to see the film on September 30 when the European premiere at the Royal Albert Hall. This showing was beamed by satellite into over 200 cinemas across both countries along with a Q&A with the band and director George Hencken moderated by Lauren Laverne, followed by a short live performance by the band.
"When Norman stepped up front to blow his scripted sax break in "True," the crowd - which took over the chorus from Hadley and no doubt sang it in pubs up and down these isles in '83 - received it with the kind of shouts and applause New Yorkers always gave Clarence Clemons when he took his thundering-tenor spotlight in Madison Square Garden for Bruce Springsteen's "Jungleland." The ecstasy in the Albert Hall was that kind of loud." - ROLLING STONE
In the early 80s Spandau Ballet were the "In Crowd's" band. They ushered in a new era of visually dominated pop and their mechanical, stylized sound was born and bred on the dance floors of London's West End. They were Bowie Kids, Blitz Kids, and white soul boys embracing electronica, frilly shirts, and tuxedos. Spandau spearheaded an era of new pop that was destined to traverse the globe. Along with Duran Duran, Sade, Culture Club, and Wham!, as well as dozens of other British groups who grew out of the new romantic scene at the end of the Seventies. By the mid-80s, Spandau were global superstars.
Spandau became one of the most commercially successful bands of the decade, and during their career they notched up 23 hit singles and spent a combined total of in excess of 500 weeks in the UK charts, achieving album sales of over 25 million worldwide. Some of their songs, like "True," "Gold," and "Through the Barricades," have become standards. "True" has now achieved over four million plays in North America alone and "Gold" was the true soundtrack to the London 2012 Olympics.
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