Tony Hadley is to perform swing classics as part of a new UK tour.
The 63-year-old singer is best known as the frontman of the 1980s new wave band Spandau Ballet but has been inspired by his childhood memories to launch ‘The Big Swing Tour’ – which will visit concert halls across the UK throughout March 2024 – where he will peform the hits of jazz icons like Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, and Frank Sinatra as well as his own classics.
He said: “My love of swing music began when I was very young. The preparation for Sunday lunch was never without the classic sounds of Sinatra, Bennett and many more…
“Then years later, when we formed our first band at school which eventually would become Spandau Ballet, I was reminded by my parents that although I loved punk rock, if I was serious about pursuing a career as a professional singer, never to forget the classic jazz vocalists. So there I was listening to the Sex Pistols and The Clash alongside Tony Bennett and Jack Jones!”
The ‘Gold’ hitmaker – who will be joined by the Fabulous TH Band alongside a full brass section for the swinging shows – went on to add that his new show will be “totally different” from his usual rock style and wants audiences to have an “amazing night out” celebrating songs from the classic jazz era.
He added: “I’ve always loved performing live, but this swing tour is totally different from our normal rock shows! I want audiences to come and enjoy a night of amazing songs from an incredible era of music alongside some great songs from my own repertoire.”
Tickets will be available from: MyTicket.co.uk and TonyHadley.com from 7 July.
3 March Portsmouth The Guildhall
5 March Guildford G-Live
7 March Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
10 March Bristol Beacon
12 March Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
13 March Birmingham Symphony Hall
14 March Manchester Bridgewater Hall
16 March Gateshead The Sage
17 March Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
19 March Southend Cliffs Pavilion
20 March London Palladium
21 March Ipswich Regent Theatre