Tony Stays True to His Calling; Ex-Spandau Ballet Star Relishes Challenge of Request Show Tour
Byline: By GARETH BICKNELL
TONY HADLEY isn't lessening the workload as he celebrates the 25th anniversary of his pop career.
The former Spandau Ballet singer of global hits such as True has just started rehearsing for a tour which brings him to North Wales next month - and after just three days he's already had to do a serious amount of crooning.
"Within three days we rehearsed something like 60 or 70 songs, doing each song three times, so that's 200-odd songs in three days," he says, his chirpy London accent sounding raspy on the phone first thing in the morning.
The reason he's had to rehearse so many songs is that his show is "By Request" - so his set-list for each show is at the mercy of the audience.
"The first half of the show is mainly a kind of musical biography," he says. "It's the first song Spandau ever did at the school music hall when we first started out, the first record I bought, which was from Hunky Dory by David Bowie. I'm not going to give away what the first song is, but it's a difficult one to sing for the first track."
The second half of the show is the "By Request" part, where the audience get to choose what Tony sings. Before the show starts everyone in the audience is given a song menu to choose the song they want and give their selection in at the interval.
"Then we literally pull the first 12 songs out of a hat, print off a set list and we're ready to go for the second half," he says.
"It's going to be really interesting to see whether what people choose is Spandau-heavy."
What if the old Spandau classics aren't in that random selection?
"People might be thinking 'What if True doesn't get chosen," Tony replies. "But if they want me to do an encore people can just shout out what they want.
"I saw Hall and Oates do it in America, and I thought it was such a great show I'd do a similar thing myself. …