Tony’s old Gold – and new tunes

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FANS of ’80s mu­sic are set to see a dif­fer­ent side to one of the era’s stand-out per­form­ers when he walks out onto the stage in Liver­pool next week.

Tony Hadley is per­form­ing at the StepBack! ’80s Con­cert at the ECHO arena, Liver­pool, on Sun­day, and is com­ing equipped with new ma­te­rial up his sleeve.

The for­mer Span­dau Bal­let lead singer has re­cently re­leased a new solo al­bum called Talk­ing To The Moon, and is pre­par­ing to treat fans to some of his new pop-rock tracks in be­tween belt­ing out ’80s clas­sics such as Gold, True and Through the Bar­ri­cades.

Tony said: “I vis­ited Liver­pool with Span­dau Bal­let in 1983 when we played the Liver­pool Empire, and we ac­tu­ally had a girl who climbed up a drain­pipe to the sec­ond floor to get into our dress­ing room.

“We’d fin­ished the con­cert and had a knock on the win­dow and we couldn’t be­lieve what we were see­ing – we were wor­ried she was go­ing to fall, so we dragged her in through the win­dow!

“Nos­tal­gia con­certs are great fun and are es­sen­tially in­door fes­ti­vals.

“The ques­tion I’m al­ways asked since I went solo is: Can I still sing the clas­sic songs?

“Yes, I can, and, yes, I do – but I will be throw­ing in a cou­ple of songs from the new al­bum as well.

“I love be­ing in the stu­dio, but the best mo­ments for me are when I walk on to that stage.

“I have a great band around me and my voice is still in fine fet­tle, and I feel very lucky to be do­ing what I do.”

Over the past 12 months, the 58-year-old has wrapped up his new al­bum – which fea­tured on BBC Ra­dio 2’s Al­bum of the Week and reached num­ber four in the UK In­de­pen­dent Al­bums Chart.

Hadley has also re­leased two rous­ing and ro­man­ti­cised sin­gles from his new col­lec­tion – Tonight Be­longs To Us and Take Back Ev­ery­thing.

“I feel like I’m a brand new artist,” added Hadley.

“The new al­bum is pop-rock, but I’m not some­one who likes to dwell on the past – I have tried to in­cor­po­rate some modern tech­nol­ogy in the pro­duc­tion.”

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Tony Hadley is per­form­ing at the StepBack! ’80s gig at the ECHO arena, Liver­pool, on Sun­day

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