|1. To Cut A Long Story Short
2. Highly Strung
4. I’ll Fly For You
5. Save A Prayer
8. Through The Barricades
10. Only When You Leave
11. Chant No 1 (I Don’t Need This Pressure On)
14. Hey Jealousy
TONY HADLEY, STEVE NORMAN and JOHN KEEBLE shot to worldwide fame as members of SPANDAU BALLET with the Kemp Brothers in the early 80′s and led the ‘New Romantics’ movement in the UK and over the next decade notched up no less than 20 Hit Singles, 3 Platinum and 2 Gold albums.
This album was recorded at Pennington’s, Bradford, ENGLAND during 2002 with the band performing to a sold out auditorium all the Hits that Spandau had become famous for with all three musicians on exceptional form.
Spandau Ballet announced on 25th March 2009 aboard HMS Belfast, London that they had reformed and were commencing a World Tour in October 2009 with the London O2 arena tickets selling out within 20 minutes and extra dates have been added there because of demand.
TONY HADLEY, STEVE NORMAN, JOHN KEEBLE, PHIL TAYLOR, PHIL WILLIAMS, RICHARD BARRETT, SHELLEY PRESTON, ANDREA GRANT
...the performance effectively removes their New Romantics image...While the reformed Spandau Ballet work their way towards another live recording, this one is the next best thing...
www.dmme.net (October 2009)
...the trio is augmented by a truly cracking band...as they perform all of Spandau Ballet's hits and choice album cuts from their back catalogue.
Ryan Sparks, classicrockrevisited.com (November 2009)
The songs sound as good as they did back in the '80's and there is an interesting choice of cover in Duran Duran’s “Save A Prayer” - interesting given the rivalry between the two bands back in the day (this was on a scale similar to Blur vs Oasis at the height of '90's Britpop).
Had the original band not managed to bury the hatchet, then this touring group of Spandau Ballet members would probably have managed to keep fans happy. However, the real thing is doing that right now, “An Evening of Gold” is still well worth checking out though. ****/*****
Nikk Gunns, www.getreadytorock.com (December 2009)