Popstar Tony Hadley Reveals David Bowie And Queen Inspired His Career

Popstar Tony Hadley, the former lead singer of Spandau Ballet, has had a phenomenal career, carving out a niche for himself in the music industry. In a recent interview on The Great Conversations with Jackie Brambles, Hadley opened up about the influences that shaped his sound and inspired his journey to stardom. Among the names he mentioned, David Bowie and Queen stood out as key figures who left a lasting impact on his career.

Although Tony listed several names like Mark Bowen, Roxy Music, Elton John, and Rod Stewart as his inspirations during his time of self-discovery in the music industry, however, it’s evident that the inspiration drawn from Bowie and Queen’s groundbreaking work has played a significant part in Hadley’s success.

In the interview, Hadley discussed how Queen’s ‘Seven Seas Of Rhye’ impacted him but more specifically focused on David Bowie’s album, ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars,’ popularly known as ‘Ziggy Stardust’s profound influence on him. Hadley chose that specific album as the one record from that period that impressed him the most. The album’s groundbreaking sound, innovative storytelling, and Bowie’s magnetic stage persona captivated him.

Tony Hadley’s words about the artists that inspired him the most read:

I suppose it would have to be David Bowie. I mean, there was a selection, really was, it was David Bowie, Mark Bowen, Roxy Music, and then I’m going to have to throw in Elton [John] and Rod [Stewart] as well because they were great and Queen. [I] loved Queen ‘Seven Seas Of Rhye’ arrived and the first heard it I was just knocked away and lucky enough to meet the boys as well, so oh wow, so one, one record from that period it has to be I’m going to go ‘Ziggy Stardust’ David Bowie. It’s such a great record. It’s just so, and you know, when you hear it now, you just think, ‘Wow!'”

Tony’s admiration towards Bowie, Queen, and other legendary artists serves as a reminder of the power of music to inspire, uplift, and shape the lives of those who experience it. As Hadley continues to forge his own path in the music industry, the lessons and influences he has gleaned from these iconic figures will undoubtedly continue to fuel his creativity and passion.