Martin Kemp pulls out of gigs at last minute as he’s ‘forced to make difficult decision’

Fans of Martin Kemp were left devastated as the star had to pull out of a scheduled show at the last minute due to illness. The well-loved Spandau Ballet idol took to social media to break the news that he won’t be able to perform the next two nights of his ‘Back to the 80s tour’ in the UK.

He was all set for shows in Southsea today and Coventry tomorrow, however, they will now go ahead on later dates.

In a post to his Instagram stories, the 62-year-old said sorry to his fans and spilled the beans to his 560,000 followers: “I’m really sorry but I’m going to have to pull out of my show tonight and tomorrow night due to sickness. This was a last resort and not a decision I took lightly. Hope to see you all again in the near future.”

“My show that would have been tonight @thegaietysouthsea is being re-scheduled to the 30th of August and all tickets will be transferred to that date. Please refer to the email that will be sent to the ticket holders shortly for further instructions.”

He continued: “My show that would have been tomorrow night at @rialtoplaza is being re-scheduled to the 30th of November and all tickets will be transferred to that date. Please refer to the email that will be sent to the ticket holders shortly for further instructions. See you soon, Mx”, reports the Mirror.

Martin Kemp, the eighties icon notable for huge hits such as Gold, True, To Cut A Long Story Short and Only When You Leave with Spandau Ballet, decided not to reveal the specifics of his condition in the post.

Taking to social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, Martin penned another apology: “Ah… so sorry about this guys!! First one in a year!! Back on it next weekend!”

Fans were quick to respond with messages of support. One stated: “Oh I’m in the UK and I wanted to come see you. It can’t be… I won’t have any more opportunities to travel. I’ve run out of time.”

Another conveyed their best wishes: “Feel better soon, buddy.”

A third fan commented: “Health comes first, take care and get well soon.”

While a fourth added: “So sorry to hear you are sick Martin, wishing you a speedy recovery.”

Today, Martin is widely recognised for his television work including a leading role as Steve Owen in EastEnders from 1998 to 2002. Martin and his sibling Gary also earned fame for their portrayal of The Krays in a 1990 British film.

Currently, he’s vastly recognised for his appearances on Celebrity Gogglebox alongside his son Roman, and his recent stint with wife Shirley as ‘Cat and mouse’ on The Masked Singer.

However, many fans will forever associate him with Spandau Ballet, which was formed in 1979. The chart-hitting band constituted the Kemp brothers along with lead singer Tony Hadley, saxophonist Steve Norman and drummer John Keeble.

They enjoyed eight UK top 10 albums and ten UK top 10 hits, but they were also embroiled in one of pop’s most tumultuous public spats.

The group initially decided to take a hiatus in March 1990 after completing the final date of their decade-long anniversary tour to explore acting and solo ventures.

However, what started as a temporary break escalated into an outright split following an intense dispute over loyalty, leading Tony, John, and Steve to engage in an unsuccessful legal battle against Gary in the High Court.

Martin found himself thrust into the role of mediator during the fierce conflict between his bandmates and his elder brother. “I was the mediator, I tried to make sure that everybody was happy all the time. Sometimes I was the go-between. I didn’t mind that, that was my role, that’s what I played. Just a shame I didn’t get paid for it,” he revealed on The Jonathan Ross Show.

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