They burst on the music scene back in the late 1970s as part of the New Romantic movement, when punk safety pins gave rise to face paint and frilly shirts, but Spandau Ballet still have a story to tell.
This much is clear from Soul Boys of the Western World, the new film documenting the story of the band and its leading lights, including Tony Hadley and the Kemp brothers, Gary and Martin.
Directed by George Hencken, the film hit number two on the list of top grossing films after its European premiere at the Royal Albert Hall on September 30.
That event, reuniting the band to play live on stage for the first time since 2010 (and at the London venue for the first time since April 1983), was beamed by satellite to hundreds of cinemas across the UK and Ireland.
The film’s world premiere came earlier, at a festival in Austin, Texas, back in March, to rave reviews.
It has been described as “a journey through the 1980s and beyond, the story of a band, an era and how one small gathering of outsiders in London shaped the entire world’s view of music and fashion”.
You might think that is rather an exaggerated claim but there’s no doubt Spandau Ballet were one of the leading lights of their musical era and have stood the test of time – if you overlook a 20-year spell in the wilderness, when its members went off and did solo projects, and a court action over royalties.
The film is finding a new generation of fans. Critic Mark Kermode – not that he can claim to be the voice of youth – wrote: “Despite having never understood the appeal of the New Romantics, I enjoyed the hell out of Soul Boys of the Western World.”
Now, perhaps inevitably, comes the tour that will bring Spandau Ballet to the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, on October 15 next year.
You can guess the set list. Released this week is The Story, The Very Best of Spandau Ballet, which features the greatest hits plus three new songs, including This Is The Love and forthcoming single Steal, produced by Trevor Horn.
On Tuesday (October 14), ITV1 screens a one-hour special called Spandau Ballet True Gold, hosted by Christine Bleakley. Spandau Ballet, a band which has sold more than 25 million records and amassed 23 hit singles, is back in the big time.
Tickets for the Newcastle gig go on sale on Wednesday at 9am from the venue or via a booking hotline number: 0844 4936666.