Hello America! In Austin, Texas, 28 years after their last vsit, Spandau Ballet return to play live
➢ UPDATE – First official review of SBWW from Mel Brown at Facebook:
“ I’m a very lucky girl. Got to see the worldwide premiere of Soul Boys of the Western World. Truly amazing. An emotional roller coaster. This film is not just for Spandau fans, it’s for anyone who loves a good story of friends growing up together. Can’t wait for its UK release. Thanks guys! Looking forward to the first US show in 28 years tonight. ”
❚ AUSTIN, TEXAS, IS SIX HOURS BEHIND THE UK so any minute NOW the curtain is going up on the world premiere of Soul Boys of the Western World. The documentary movie made entirely from vintage footage follows the rise and fall of the five london schoolpals who became one the the world’s half dozen pop supergroups of the 80s. And in two hours’ time we’ll know how much of a tearjerker it turns out to be. Take it away, Tone!
Spandau Ballet all together on the Austin TV breakfast show: first public reunion since the Reformation tour ended in summer 2010
➢ Tony Hadley on Facebook early today:
“ A tiring but extremely successful day 2 at SXSW. We spent pretty much the entire day from 7.30am to 6pm doing promotion for the movie. The feedback from all the journalists that interviewed us was fantastic and there will be some reviews online later. In the afternoon we had a couple of hours to head out and check our back-line equipment for today’s show at a rehearsal facility here. In the room next door there was Kanye West and Jay-z rehearsing.
Last night I had a chance to go and see London Grammar, Imagine Dragons and Coldplay playing at the iTunes Festival here. They all put on a great show.
“ Today is the main Spandau Ballet event…the premiere of Soul Boys of the Western World at the Paramount Theatre at 1400hrs. Very exciting!
Tonight we play our first show here in the US for 28 years at the Vulcan Gas Company and we are all really looking forward to it. I’ll let you know tomorrow how it went!! ”
FIRST SNAPS AFTER THE SCREENING
After the screening of Soul Boys of the Western World: Spandau invite a Q&A from the Paramount audience… Far left, the film’s director George Hencken
Today’s Tweet from Gary Kemp @garyjkemp
– On stage with band and director @georgehencken for Q&A post screening. Thank you @sxsw, it was emotional.
Soundcheck for tonight’s live gig: Spandau onstage together for the first time in almost four years at the Vulcan Gas Company in Austin. Photo by Spandau’s first record producer, Richard James Burgess
Today’s Tweet from Spandau’s film director Henckenstein @georgehencken
– Tonight is going to be about this: #SpandauBallet #VulcanGasCompany
Another reunion! Steve Norman meets up with Spandau’s first record producer Richard Burgess today at SXSW
Today’s tweet from Spandau’s first record producer Richard James Burgess
– I haven’t seen them in a small room since 1980
After the soundcheck for tonight’s Spandau show: Tony Hadley relaxing as Steve Norman takes the snap
Today’s tweet from Steve Norman @SteveNormanReal
– The big man post sound check, pre gig madness @TheTonyHadley #SXSW
Marquee of the Paramount in Austin, Texas: Soul Boys of the Western World premieres today
➢ Today’s SXSW 2014 print interview with Spandau Ballet and their film director George Hencken
➢ Click to view the trailer of Soul Boys of the Western World
➢ Previously at Shapersofthe80s: Spandau confirms live reunion gig in Texas – for a tiny elite!