John Keeble

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John Keeble
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Background information
Birth name John Leslie Keeble
Born (1959-07-06) 6 July 1959 (age 56)
Hampstead, London, England
Genres Pop, new wave, rock
Occupation(s) Drummer
Instruments Drums, vocals, guitar
Years active 1979–present
Associated acts Spandau Ballet, Fish, Janick Gers

John Leslie Keeble (born 6 July 1959 in Hampstead, London) is an English pop and rock drummer. He is best known for his membership of the 1980s new wave band Spandau Ballet. He has also played with Fish and Janick Gers.[1]

Spandau Ballet[edit]

Keeble was the original drummer of Spandau Ballet, a band he formed at school with Tony Hadley, Gary Kemp and Steve Norman. The band soon recruited Kemp's brother Martin on bass, which completed the line-up of a band which would go on to become one of the most successful groups of the 1980s, producing international hits including "True", "Gold" and "Through the Barricades" as well as participating in the Band Aid and Live Aid charity projects. The band disbanded in 1990, after their final studio album, Heart Like a Sky, failed to live up to the critical and commercial success of their earlier albums, such as True and Parade.

In 1999, John Keeble, along with fellow band members Tony Hadley and Steve Norman, attempted to sue former Spandau Ballet guitarist, Gary Kemp, for alleged unpaid royalties.[2] They claimed that an agreement had existed between Kemp and the rest of the band, whereby Kemp, who was the main songwriter in the band, would pay his bandmates a share of the royalties earned. The claims were vigorously denied by Kemp, and Keeble, Hadley and Norman subsequently lost their court case.[3] Although initially vowing to appeal the verdict, they later decided against this.[4]

On 25 March 2009, John Keeble joined the rest of his original classic-line-up Spandau Ballet bandmates for a press conference at HMS Belfast, to announce that the band had reformed for a world tour starting in Dublin in October 2009.

Other work[edit]

Keeble played drums on Fish's 1989 Top 40 hit single "State of Mind", the third track on his debut solo album Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors.[5]

After the original breakup of Spandau Ballet, Keeble played in the Tony Hadley solo band and was on tour throughout 2006.

He has also formed his own rock band, I Play Rock, in which he plays drums and provides vocals.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Keeble became friends with Fish, then lead singer of Marillion, when they met at Live Aid. Keeble married Leaflyn in 1988 and Fish gave her away at the wedding.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "I Play Rock". Official Sack Trick Website. Retrieved 27 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "Spandau Ballet in court over royalties". BBC News. 27 January 1999. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Spandau court bid fails". BBC News. 30 April 1999. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Spandau three drop royalties appeal". BBC News. 15 October 1999. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "Fish – Vigil In A Wilderness Of Mirrors". Discogs. Retrieved 29 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "Spandau Ballet Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets". Contact Music. Retrieved 27 July 2015. 

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