Gary Kemp of Spandau Ballet will release his new album this June - 25 years after the release of his debut solo album.
Insolo is the belated follow-up to 1996's Little Bruises and Kemp, who is also guitarist and co-vocalist in Nick Mason of Pink Floyd’s Saucerful of Secrets band, says his new songs focus on two dominant themes: "the paradox of solitude in an urban landscape", and his growing obsession with life seen through a rear-view mirror and how the past infects our present.
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Gary Kemp and Spandau Ballet vocalist Tony Hadley talk to RTÉ Entertainment in 2014
Speaking about why he is releasing a new album now, Kemp said, "It’s confidence, playing around the world with Nick Mason gave me a certain reputation as a guitar player and singer that I never gained from Spandau Ballet.
"That allowed me to go and do my own record and I am of a certain age where I feel the need to understand the issues in the world and my own life, the only way I can do that is in the self-therapy of songwriting".
During their career Spandau notched up 23 hit singles and spent a combined total of more than 500 weeks in the UK charts, achieving over 25 million album sales worldwide and had hits with True, Gold, and Through the Barricades.
Kemp has also enjoyed a successful acting career on stage and screen with films such as The Krays, The Bodyguard and more recently in the BBC TV comedy The Kemps - All True with his brother Martin.
He is joined by a stellar cast of veteran musicians on the new album including Guy Pratt (Pink Floyd, David Gilmour), Martin Kemp, Ged Lynch (Peter Gabriel, Electronic, Goldfrapp), and Matt Clifford.
Insolo is released on June 18th on Columbia Records.