Tony Hadley leaves Spandau Ballet

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Tony Hadley has shocked fans of Spandau Ballet by announcing that he’s leaving the band. He tweeted this morning (3 July): “Due to circumstances beyond my control, it is with deep regret that I am required to state that I am no longer a member of the band Spandau Ballet and as such I will [...]

Blondie return for UK tour in November

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Blondie have announced their imminent return to the UK with a new tour in support of their latest album Pollinator. After two special performances in the UK this summer, Blondie will return in November for 4 nights across the country. Each night promises to be a seamless mix of old and new as the band [...]

Win! 10x copies of The Invisible Man: The Story of Rod Temperton

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In The Invisible Man, biographer Jed Pitman gained exclusive access to the notoriously private songwriter Rod Temperton and we’ve got 10 x copies to give away! In his new book, The Invisible Man, biographer Jed Pitman tells the remarkable story of Rod Temperton, a reclusive self-taught songwriter who worked his way up from trainee computer [...]

Heaven 17 set to tour with Blancmange

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Heaven 17 and Blancmange are joining forces for The Tour of Synthetic Delights 2 this autumn. H17 synth man Martyn Ware spoke to Bob Gourley for his Chaos Control digizine and explained: “There’s a good synergy between the two bands. We’re going to create some new versions of familiar songs. We’re also going to be [...]

Classic Pop Magazine – Issue 30 is on sale now!

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The new issue of Classic Pop magazine is on sale now! Pick up your copy here – http://bit.ly/2ts2b3g Available from Sainsbury’s, WH Smith, Tesco, Waitrose, independent newsagents and Eason’s, we’re delighted to have Depeche Mode as our cover stars this month. Across four decades, they’ve cemented their legendary status as one of the most important [...]

We Luv 80s Returns For A Special One-Off Charity Special

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A popular 80s night in Derby is back for a one-off charity special on 1 July which will also double up as a tribute show to one of its biggest fans. We Luv 80s was a successful club night for eight years and is now returning to raise money for the nominated charities of regular [...]

The Myth Factory: Myth 9 – Pete Wrote A Lot Of The Songs

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In the final instalment of The Myth Factory we cast our eye upon a topic that’s still a bone of contention, namely, Pete Waterman’s input to SAW…   The working partnership between Mike, Matt and Pete was a fateful combination, with each bringing a particular skillset to the mix. Mike and Matt were the songwriters [...]

The Myth Factory: Myth 8 – Donna Summer Never Came Back To The Hit Factory

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Many believed that after the success of Another Place and Time, Summer never returned to SAW. In truth, Summer just had poor timing…   By the late 80s, Donna Summer’s career had stalled. The singer’s frequent record-label changes signalled a serious creative stutter, while an alleged comment about AIDS had served to alienate a large [...]

The Myth Factory: Myth 7 – SAW worked with Roland Rat

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One of the unlikeliest of Stock Aitken Waterman credits was connected with Roland Rat, the puppet widely regarded as saving ITV’s TV-AM from cancellation after the show launched to a shaky start in February 1983. The children’s fave had scored a couple of small chart hits in 1984, and by the end of 1985 the [...]

Classic Pop Magazine – Issue 29: On sale now!

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The new issue of Classic Pop is on sale now! Grab your copy here. Available at WHSmith, Asda, Morrisons, Easons and independent newsagents, it’s an extra special occasion for us, too, as we celebrate going monthly. We’ve pulled out all the stops with a corker of an issue featuring an all-star cast. We meet the [...]