John Keeble

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

John Leslie Keeble (born 6 July 1959 in Hampstead, London) is an English pop musician, who is the drummer with the 1980s new wave band, Spandau Ballet.

Spandau Ballet 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.[1] 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.[2] Although initially vowing to appeal the verdict, they later decided against this.[3]

Keeble has consistently played in the Tony Hadley band, and was on tour throughout 2006. He also played drums on Fish's 1989 hit single "State of Mind".

He has also formed his own band, I PLAY ROCK, with whom he plays drums.[citation needed]

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.


  1. ^ "Spandau Ballet in court over royalties". BBC News. 27 January 1999. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Spandau court bid fails". BBC News. 30 April 1999. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Spandau three drop royalties appeal". BBC News. 15 October 1999. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 

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