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Thursday 10 July 2014

Hadley: Macca too old for Olympics

Spandau Ballet's Tony Hadley thinks One Direction should have closed the Olympic Opening Ceremony

Tony Hadley has said he didn't think Sir Paul McCartney was the right person to close the Olympic Opening Ceremony.

The Spandau Ballet singer told Absolute Radio's Christian O'Connell he felt a younger band like One Direction should have represented Britain by being the last to perform at the show, instead of the 70-year-old former Beatle.

Tony said: "He's Sir Paul McCartney, you know, bless him and everything, he's brilliant, but if I'm honest I would have liked a really young band to have closed it; because if you've got Steve Redgrave handing over the torch to the youngsters, it would have been nice to have... I know this is going to sound weird, right, but I would have had One Direction."

The 52-year-old Gold singer is a big fan of teenage heartthrobs 1D.

He added: "Great, great quality pop songs. I think it would have been lovely to have seen them, because they're our biggest export at the moment, pure pop, One Direction with the Royal Philharmonic, with about 100 singers, choir, behind them. To me that would have been the new generation kind of thing, you know."

"I mean, also they came from a reality show, which I've got no problems about at all, people go on about reality shows saying 'Oh it's terrible, it's ruining music', no it's not."

:: Tony Hadley hosts his 80s Party every Saturday night from 7pm on Absolute 80s. For more visit www.absoluteradio.co.uk.

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