Singer Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet fame reveals his love of Australia, Nashville and Verona – and recalls a scary flight from New York
Spandau Ballet star Tony Hadley checks in to our travel Q&A
This week singer Tony Hadley, who rose to fame as a member of Spandau Ballet, checks in to our travel Q&A.
He talks about his first trip abroad, recalls ‘living it up’ on tour in Australia – and more…
FIRST OVERSEAS TRIP?
An educational cruise with the school in 1973 in the Mediterranean. In Naples, I went to a pizzeria and drank so much wine I had to be carried back on to the ship as I couldn’t stand.
FAVOURITE PLACE ON TOUR?
Our first time to Australia. It’s where my eldest son Tom took his first steps — he’s now 37.
It was amazing. We were only 24 at the time and here we were, five young lads from Islington living it up in Australia.
FAVOURITE CITY FOR MUSIC?
Nashville and Memphis — there’s a real vibe there with BB King’s bar in Nashville and bands playing all the time. You can’t walk down the street without bumping into musicians and bands.
WORST TRAVEL EXPERIENCE?
We were flying from New York when our plane had to return with an engine problem. After we set off again, the problem returned over the ocean and we had to land urgently at Bournemouth Airport.
Tony lists Nashville, pictured, as one of his favourite cities for music. He says: ‘You can’t walk down the street without bumping into musicians and bands’
FAVOURITE PLACE TO PERFORM?
The Roman amphitheatre in Verona overlooking the sea, where I played with Spandau Ballet. It is one of the most beautiful places and I’m performing there for an Italian TV show in September.
- Tony is making a 40th Anniversary Tour of the UK from March 1, 2022.
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