British Court Sides With Songwriter In Spandau Ballet’s Royalty Suit

Spandau Ballet songwriter and guitarist Gary Kemp won’t have to share any of the “gold” he made off of the royalties from the ’80s band’s catalogue, according to a ruling last week by the British High Court in London.

In dismissing the case, a justice on the High Court ruled that the action brought by three former members of Spandau Ballet against Kemp was “unconscionable,” according to a report from the Associated Press.

As we previously reported (see “Spandau Ballet, Oasis Fighting Internal Lawsuits” ) former singer Tony Hadley, drummer John Keeble, and saxophonist Steve Norman had been seeking a portion of the money made from the band’s albums and singles, claiming they had an oral agreement with Kemp to share the royalties.

Spandau Ballet disbanded in 1989, with Gary Kemp and his brother, Martin Kemp, branching out into films and eventually landing the leads in the gangster flick, “The Krays.” Martin did not take part in
the legal action filed by the three jilted Ballet-ers.

Gary Kemp has also been seen in such movies as “The Bodyguard” and “Killing Zoe.”