Chatting Up…Tony Hadley

first_imgWhen you are on tour do you have any bizarre backstage/ dressing room requests or superstitions that you’d like to tell us about? I don’t believe in any of that superstition bullshit, all that we do before the show is to gather round, shake hands and last of all I kiss the backing singer on the cheeks, then just get out there and do the show. If you could work with any musician, alive or dead, who would you choose? It would probably be Tony Bennett or Frank Sinatra. My mum and dad used to play them all the time when I was a kid and they have such great voices. I could only ever try to emulate them. I wouldn’t mind singing with Anastacia these days, she’s got a great voice. What were the last three things that you bought? Two bottles of water and a packet of sweets. I don’t go in for any of that celebrity stuff, I just go out and do stuff for myself wherever I can, including going to the local shop. What is the most bizarre thing a fan has ever given you? I was once on a kids TV show and told people I really liked cookies. The next time we performed these kids were pelting us with packets of cookies. They were really quite nice actually. Who would you most like to be stuck in a lift with and why? Probably Tony Blair. I’d like to ask him what the hell he’s doing at the moment in Iraq and what he’s doing with George W. Bush. Who or what acts as your inspiration? No doubt about it: my family. I do everything for them. Would you ever consider replacing Pete Waterman and be a judge on Pop Idol? Yes, I wouldn’t mind doing it actually. I don’t think I’d be like Simon Cowell or someone, but I’d really enjoy doing it all. Although I’d be unhappy with the exploitation of all those kids. Plus you’d get paid well! There has been a resurgence in Eighties music and fashion – what do you think has caused this? I think the stuff was just really good. It wasn’t all about money and greed like people say now. It was a time of charity and stuff, band aid and a lot of giving. I can’t work out the clothes though! If you weren’t a successful musician, what do you think you would be doing? I’d probably be a doctor. I wanted to be a cockney doctor, but I just couldn’t do the maths at A-level. Do you have any advice for young singers who are keen to follow in your footsteps? Be totally dedicated, it’s gruelling, but most of all get a lawyer because there’ll always be someone trying to rip you off, especially when you’re young. What things do you never leave home without? My mobile phone. You never know when that call that’ll bring you a fortune will come in! And finally, you became well-known as the leadsinger of Spandau Ballet; have you ever been tempted to try any ballet? No. I was at a party with Kim Wilde and she saw me dancing and said how hopeless I was. They did offer me the chance to dance at the Lido once. I’m 17 stone and 6’4” though for God’s sake!ARCHIVE: 4th week TT 2004last_img read more