VIDEO: Spandau Ballet's Tony Hadley surprises shoppers with performance in Bournemouth

Bournemouth Echo: Spandau Ballet's Tony Hadley surprises shoppers with performance in Bournemouth Spandau Ballet's Tony Hadley surprises shoppers with performance in Bournemouth

SPANDAU Ballet frontman Tony Hadley tried his hand at busking with an unannounced acoustic performance in Bournemouth.

The eighties star stunned shoppers by performing two of Spandau Ballet’s greatest hits ‘True’ and ‘Gold’ in the middle of the shopping precinct at Christchurch Road.

The performance was to promote Bournemouth’s Wheels Festival, which starts on Saturday, and Mr Hadley’s concert at the Pavilion Theatre in October.

He arrived in a Rolls Royce Phantom and performed alongside it and a classic 1929 Rolls Royce Phantom One. He was soon surrounded by a large crowd of people all taking photos and videos on their camera phones.

Afterwards, he said: “I’ve never done anything like this in my life before. This is kind of busking in the truest sense. I must get myself down to Covent Garden when I haven’t got any gigs.

“It’s been very, very different but good fun. It’s nice for people to stop and sit for a while in their lunch break – a unique experience.

“I didn’t realise I would be singing in the street, literally with just an amp and a microphone. But these things sometimes when they’re done on the spur of the moment are much more fun than when it’s pre-arranged.”

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5:48pm Thu 22 May 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

I think the guitarist was playing all the right notes but not necessarily in the right order.
I think the guitarist was playing all the right notes but not necessarily in the right order. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -5

6:16pm Thu 22 May 14

dekayedcherry says...

Isn't Busking illegal in Bournemouth ??. Can't see his hat on the pavement to collect the "pennies", so not so much busking, more an impromptu or more likely organised free publicity concert for which I would think he was well paid. Or am I being a tad cynical !!!.
Isn't Busking illegal in Bournemouth ??. Can't see his hat on the pavement to collect the "pennies", so not so much busking, more an impromptu or more likely organised free publicity concert for which I would think he was well paid. Or am I being a tad cynical !!!. dekayedcherry
  • Score: -22

6:55pm Thu 22 May 14

Arjay says...

At first glance, I thought the guitarist looked a bit like Andy Summers from ' The Police'?..(the rock band, not the old bill!).... could have been... Andy Summers was (is?) a Bournemouth lad.....
Looking again though.... maybe not?.....
At first glance, I thought the guitarist looked a bit like Andy Summers from ' The Police'?..(the rock band, not the old bill!).... could have been... Andy Summers was (is?) a Bournemouth lad..... Looking again though.... maybe not?..... Arjay
  • Score: 0

7:16pm Thu 22 May 14

nickynoodah says...

******* awful singing guitar playing is****
video *****
**** **** I**
******* awful singing guitar playing is**** video ***** **** **** I** nickynoodah
  • Score: -26

7:56pm Thu 22 May 14

blackdog1 says...

nickynoodah wrote:
******* awful singing guitar playing is****
video *****
**** **** I**
Nickynoodah ...........awful comments..........by an awful troll...........agai
n and again and again!..............
..same load of nonsense .....the Echo really should ban you from these forums!.......you never make any sense in any of your inane silly comments!.......plea
se seek help!.......
[quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: ******* awful singing guitar playing is**** video ***** **** **** I**[/p][/quote]Nickynoodah ...........awful comments..........by an awful troll...........agai n and again and again!.............. ..same load of nonsense .....the Echo really should ban you from these forums!.......you never make any sense in any of your inane silly comments!.......plea se seek help!....... blackdog1
  • Score: 29

8:36am Fri 23 May 14

bmthbouncer says...

Actually made me smile watching this, this is what real musicians should be like free non profit fun in the community. i remember listening to this song over and over when i was younger....
Actually made me smile watching this, this is what real musicians should be like free non profit fun in the community. i remember listening to this song over and over when i was younger.... bmthbouncer
  • Score: 5

9:50am Fri 23 May 14

TheDistrict says...

Are there this many negative commentors in Bournemouth. Jeez. Ban them all.
Are there this many negative commentors in Bournemouth. Jeez. Ban them all. TheDistrict
  • Score: 2

11:01am Fri 23 May 14

madras says...

I heard about this. But I didn't think it was True...
I heard about this. But I didn't think it was True... madras
  • Score: 0

12:12pm Fri 23 May 14

Azphreal says...

dekayedcherry wrote:
Isn't Busking illegal in Bournemouth ??. Can't see his hat on the pavement to collect the "pennies", so not so much busking, more an impromptu or more likely organised free publicity concert for which I would think he was well paid. Or am I being a tad cynical !!!.
“I didn’t realise I would be singing in the street, literally with just an amp and a microphone" So yes it was a planned thing which was either paid for or publicity for his show.
[quote][p][bold]dekayedcherry[/bold] wrote: Isn't Busking illegal in Bournemouth ??. Can't see his hat on the pavement to collect the "pennies", so not so much busking, more an impromptu or more likely organised free publicity concert for which I would think he was well paid. Or am I being a tad cynical !!!.[/p][/quote]“I didn’t realise I would be singing in the street, literally with just an amp and a microphone" So yes it was a planned thing which was either paid for or publicity for his show. Azphreal
  • Score: 0

4:26pm Sat 24 May 14

KLH says...

Would have preferred an impromptu Hawkwind gig in the Square....
Would have preferred an impromptu Hawkwind gig in the Square.... KLH
  • Score: 0

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