SXSW: Spandau Ballet Says South by Southwest Accident 'Is an Absolute Tragedy'

During a Q&A at the Austin music conference, the British band addressed the fatal car collision of the previous night, which resulted in two deaths and 23 people injured.
Shirley Halperin

During a Q&A at South by Southwest on Thursday afternoon, Spandau Ballet addressed the fatal car accident of the previous night, which resulted in two deaths and 23 people injured.

Speaking to the crowd gathered at the Austin Convention Center, singer Tony Hadley called the incident "such a tragedy" expressing his "sorrow and sadness" to those who lost their lives.

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The band was performing at Vulcan Gas Company on 6th Street, a few blocks away from the scene of the accident at Red River between 9th and 10th Streets. That was where a car barreled past a barricade and struck several pedestrians while causing mayhem in the crowded downtown Austin cluster.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter following the session, which was moderated by Mad World author Lori Majewski, Hadley further explained: "We were totally unaware because we were onstage [at the time]. Obviously we were upset to hear about what happened. It's an absolute tragedy."

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The band was playing its first U.S. show in 28 years at the Austin festival. Hadley further remarked that for such a positive event to be marred by a senseless act was unfortunate. "We just want to express the band's sadness over what happened," he said.

One of the most influential bands to come out of the new wave '80s -- thanks to their worldwide 1983 hit, "True," -- Spandau Ballet also premiered its documentary, Soul Boys of the Western World, during the film portion of the festival.