Eighties pop group Spandau Ballet have put aside a bitter feud and announced they have reformed.

At press conference on the HMS Belfast in London on Wednesday, the Gold stars revealed the details of their return, with a world tour starting this autumn.

The concerts will begin with eight dates across Ireland and the UK, commencing in Dublin on October 13th.

"The boys are back in town and we can't wait. It's going to be brilliant, we're very excited, but it will be very different," lead singer Tony Hadley had told the Sunday People newspaper.

"There will be all the hits, the nostalgia, but there will also be a new take on what Spandau Ballet are about."

Tickets for the dates currently announced will go on sale on March 28th.

The quintet split in 1989 after a legal dispute between songwriter Gary Kemp, Hadley, drummer John Keeble and saxophonist Steve Norman over royalties.

The judge eventually ruled in favour of Kemp, who described the court case as "like walking away from a car crash - you're glad to be alive but mortified and shocked by the wreckage."

Hadley had told the Express on Sunday in 2003: "I never want to see those people again. I want to walk away from that side of my life."

And he was quoted in the same newspaper in 2007 as saying: "I know you should never say never, and bands in the past have said hell would freeze over before they got back together, but in our case I think hell is frozen and we still wouldn't do it."

Both Kemp and his brother Martin went on to forge acting careers, while Hadley returned to solo performing after winning reality show Reborn In The USA in 2003.

Spandau Ballet had a number one single and album in 1983 with True and won the 1984 Brit award for technical excellence.


24/03/2009 14:50:30