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Spandau add London date to tour

Spandau Ballet
The group once fell out over songwriting royalties

Eighties pop group Spandau Ballet have added one more date to the London leg of their world tour after tickets for the first sold out in 20 minutes.

The band, who will kick off their reunion tour in October, initially announced eight dates across Ireland and the UK, starting off in Dublin.

They will now play an extra date at the O2 Arena on 21 October.

"There's been a phenomenal response to the tour going on sale," the band's guitar player Gary Kemp said.

"It's even more special that our hometown gig has sold out and we are adding an extra date. We can't wait to see everybody there," he added.

All five original members of the band, who had hits including Gold and True, got together earlier this week publicly for the first time since they split in 1989.

A battle over songwriting royalties ended up in the High Court in 1999.

Spandau Ballet on Top of the Pops in 1980
True (1983) - number 1
Gold (1983) - number 2
Chant No 1 (I Don't Need This Pressure On) (1981) - number 3
Only When You Leave (1984) - number 3
To Cut a Long Story Short (1980) - number 5

Singer Tony Hadley did not speak to brothers Gary and Martin Kemp for a number of years - but they have now set aside their differences.

Spandau Ballet had their first hit in November 1980 with To Cut A Long Story Short. They went on to release six studio albums and had 10 UK top 10 singles, topping the charts with True in 1983.

The world tour will focus on greatest hits, but if it goes well they will consider writing new material together, the band said.

After the band split up, Hadley, saxophonist Steve Norman and drummer John Keeble sued Gary Kemp for a share of songwriting royalties.

Spandau Ballet are the latest in a series of groups to reunite - Take That and the Police have both staged successful comeback tours in recent years and Blur are reforming for a series of gigs this summer.

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