1980s British band Spandau Ballet launch comeback tour

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British 1980s band Spandau Ballet have launched a comeback tour, two decades after the New Romantic icons' bitter split.

The five-man group treated fans in Dublin to some of their old hits including "Gold" and "True," as well as songs from their new album "Once More," released next week.

"We missed you, what have you been doing for the last 20 years?" lead singer Tony Hadley, now 48, asked a first-night audience of mostly thirty- and fortysomething women Tuesday evening, according to the Irish Times.

The band split in 1989 amid strains which erupted into legal action, in which songwriter Gary Kemp was sued by Hadley, drummer John Keeble and saxophonist Steve Norman over royalties.

The band's five members have carved out their own solo careers, including spells of acting for Gary and brother Martin Kemp, while frontman Hadley launched a solo career in 2003 after winning a British reality television show.

The band announced their comeback in March. After kicking off in Ireland, their "Reformation" tour will take them to cities across Europe including London, Rome, Berlin and Barcelona.

Their reunion follows a surge of nostalgia comebacks in recent years, including the Spice Girls, the Police, the Sex Pistols, Take That, Blur and Led Zeppelin.

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