Spandau Ballet's Steve Norman says Jason Orange is going back to school

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 1 October 2014
Spandau Ballet at premiere

Spandau Ballet at premiere

Jason Orange is going to return to education now he has quit Take That, Spandau Ballet saxophonist Steve Norman revealed at the premiere of the band's new documentary film 'Soul Boys of the Western World'

Spandau Ballet saxophonist Steve Norman has revealed Jason Orange plans to return to education again now he's left Take That.

The 54-year-old musician knew of Jason's intentions to quit the group before he announced his departure last week and says his friend Mark Owen let slip that Jason wants to study now he's given up pop stardom.

Speaking at the European premiere of their documentary film 'Soul Boys of the Western World' at The Royal Albert Hall in London on Tuesday night (30.09.14), Steve told BANG Showbiz: "I'm good friends with Mark and I know Jason. I think he has always just wanted to do other things as well. He wanted to study; he just wanted to do things off the stage."

When asked if Take That will succeed as a trio, Steve's bandmate John Keeble replied: "Of course they will!"

Steve and Jason were joined on the red carpet for the launch of the film by by their bandmates Tony Hadley, Gary Kemp and his brother Martin Kemp.

The film - which was directed by George Hencken - documents the New Romantic group's rise to success and ultimate implosion and 80s pop culture in general.

Frontman Tony admitted the movie was difficult to watch at times because it reignited emotions about the reunited band's break-up.

He said: "I think the hardest bit is seeing the slow disintegration of the band; there are moments where I knew that was the moment when it all started to go wrong."

John said: "We knew what the story was; we knew there were going to be difficult moments. You can't have a decent film without some tragedy, so it's in this film."

The pop legends split in 1989 but managed to put their differences aside for a world tour in 2009. The five-piece are currently recording their first new studio album in 25 years.

Other stars at the premiere of 'Soul Boys of the Western World' - which will be shown in cinemas throughout the UK and Ireland from October 3 - included Boy George, Kim Wilde, Steve Strange and Little Boots.

Spandau Ballet

The iconic 80s band who were at the forefront of the New Romantic movement.

Eventim Hammersmith Apollo, London W6

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Take That

The prototype boy band have re-lit their own fire and returned to cash in those nostalgia dollars, and have proved far more credible than any of us could have imagined. Now reduced to a three-piece as Jason Orange bows out but Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald soldier on.

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