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Spandau Ballet members pay tribute to Steve Strange

PUBLISHED: 10:58 13 February 2015 | UPDATED: 13:39 13 February 2015

Gary Kemp of Spandau Ballet

Gary Kemp of Spandau Ballet

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Members of Spandau Ballet have paid tribute to New Romantic pioneer Steve Strange, who died yesterday.

The lead singer of synthpop group Visage died of heart failure in Egypt on Thursday, aged 55.

Also featuring Midge Ure, Visage enjoyed a top 10 hit with 80s classic Fade to Grey.

The group, and the New Romantic movement as a whole, inspired the likes of True chart-toppers Spandau Ballet.

Four of the band’s members were pupils at Dame Alice Owen’s in the 1970s and Spandau Ballet’s first gig took place in the Potters Bar school’s dining hall.

Last night Spandau songwriter and guitarist Gary Kemp tweeted from the Sanremo Festival: “Spandau in tears tonight. We dedicated our performance to Steve Strange. Without him we would never have been here. A maverick to the end.”

Gary’s brother, Martin Kemp, also tweeted: “RIP Steve Strange goodbye my dear friend. I will miss you!”

In a joint statement released by the band, Spandau Ballet described Steve as “a lovely warm, generous, kind-hearted man, always full of fun”.

The Kemp brothers, singer Tony Hadley, saxophonist Steve Norman and drummer John Keeble said: “We are devastated at the news of the passing of our dear friend Steve Strange.

“Steve was a lovely warm, generous, kind-hearted man, always full of fun.

“Steve was a huge influence on the musical and cultural landscape of the Eighties. He will be sadly missed.

“All our sympathies to Steve’s family.”

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