LIVE REVIEW: Spandau Ballet: Soulboys of the Western World Tour, Newcastle Racecourse

Spandau Ballet performed live at Newcastle Racecourse.
Spandau Ballet performed live at Newcastle Racecourse.

To Cut A Long Story Short, the Soulboys of the Western World rocked the North East tonight.

Spandau Ballet made Newcastle Racecourse the last UK stop of their world tour, and it was a beautiful night for it.

As the full moon shone down on the stage, the 80s stars worked through their back catalogue, with a few new tunes thrown in for good measure.

The band kicked off with Soulboys of the Western World before heading into Highly Strung and Only When You Leave.

The group haven’t lost an ounce of talent or sex appeal. Frontman Tony Hadley made women scream as he reached down from the stage to touch their hands while others actually threw knickers at him.

They certainly don’t make them like they used to. I can’t imagine women clambering to see modern pop acts like One Direction or Justin Bieber in 30 years’ time.

The packed audience covered a vast age range, with Hadley pointing out a six-year-old girl in the crowd who sang along to every word.

New songs like This Is The Love proved that they’ve still got what it takes to spin out the hits.

A string of early electronic hits was dedicated to their late friend Steve Strange and couples swayed together, hugged and kissed along to Empty Spaces.

A stripped-back snippet of Gold, performed by Hadley and Gary Kemp, prompted a mass singalong that showed how treasured the song is.

Frontman Tony Hadley made women scream as he reached down from the stage to touch their hands while others actually threw knickers at him.

After getting back together five years ago, the band showed they haven’t lost their knack for putting on a crowd-pleasing show.

Brothers Martin and Gary Kemp garnered plenty of cheers as they waved at the audience and Steve Norman put on a phenomenal show as he played just about every instrument you could imagine.

Lifeline kept the party atmosphere going, before the lads slowed it down and got the crowd involved again as they performed huge hit True.

They left the stage before coming back with a heartrending rendition of Through The Barricades and a full band version of Gold.

The band hugged as the gig closed and bowed to the adoring crowd who let out deafening cheers.

The atmosphere was electric. Spandau Ballet provided an unforgettable night of pure gold.

When can I see them again?

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