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Hi all,

Firstly, I want to wish you all a belated Happy New Year. I hope you had some well deserved down time with your loved ones and friends as I did.
2016 was an eventful year for all the wrong reasons. We lost a totally disproportionate number of celebrity performers; musicians and actors who we all grew up watching and listening to, rendering us all in a collective shock.
These deaths have brought us together though. We mourn their passing but we celebrate the cultural impact and importance of these great artists.
Many more people died last year of course, as many people die unnecessarily every year. There were far too many atrocities too, as there always are. One such tragedy that occurred ‘close to home’ for myself and Sabrina unfolded at Berlin’s Breitscheidplatz Christmas market. We almost went to that very market at that very time but changed our minds last minute.
We were in no more danger than any of you were, however. It could have happened to any of us wherever we are in the world. What is important is how we react to these kinds of horrors. Finger pointing and knee jerk reacting is not the way forward. That is exactly what these ignorant barbarians want. We need understanding and empathy right now as we bumble through this dark age. We need to enlighten, educate and protect the young and vulnerable.
And in spite of the political farce that we find ourselves in (Trump, Brexit) and ongoing global wars, we can overcome the hatred.
Love is surely the answer.
Let’s build bridges not walls.

Sermon over.

2016 wasn’t all doom and gloom. I had a marvellous time gallivanting around Italy on my pop up Italian tour. Many thanks to all of you that came along and supported me.
And I shall always remember the ’Station To Station Revisited’ tour with Earl Slick and Bernard Fowler with great fondness. There’s nothing like playing Bowie songs and performing with his ex bandmates to help mourn his passing.
I managed to do that again a few days ago at the Brixton O2 Academy at the ‘Celebrating David Bowie’ event. It was an emotional evening for everyone involved. Performing DB’s songs with what I consider one of the best band lineups he ever put together was an honour for me. I was so thrilled and proud to even be considered let alone set free to cover David Sanborn’s alto sax part on ‘Young Americans’ with Gail Ann Dorsey, Mike Garson, Sterling Campbell, Adrian Belew, Gerry Leonard, Katherine Russel et al.
What a fortunate so n’ so I am.

2017 has been a good year so far and I’m very excited about what it may bring.
May it be a fruitful and positive year for us all.

Much love, Steve xx


Julie C said : Guest Report 5 years ago

Happy new year to you and your loved ones too ❤️

T.Komatsu said : Guest Report 5 years ago

Hello Steve!! I am from Japan!Please come in Japan. Of course, I am glad if you come as a spanda balle. Hope you have a good year!!

Lynne Ashton said : Guest Report 5 years ago

Wow!! What a wonderful New Year message. Happy New Year to you, Sabrina and your family xx There were so many unfortunate events happening last year, but the best way to get through these things is with heads held high and move on but always remember the good times. I'm glad you were not in the market, I feel for families involved in what happened there. I hope and pray 2017 is good to you, Sabrina and your family. Maybe this will be the year I get to see you at a venue near me

Judy Law said : Guest Report 5 years ago

Happy New Year to you & your loved ones from Down Under xxx

Natalie Wakelin said : Guest Report 5 years ago

Such a lovely message from you. Wishing you + Sabrina a Happy New Year + hoping 2017 will be good to us!! I so wish I had known about the concert in Brixton O2 - I like the venue - saw INXS there. I would've loved to have seen you perform there as a tribute to the fabulous David Bowie. I put flowers down at the mural of him in Brixton.

PattyFerri said : subscriber Report 5 years ago

Hi, my dear Steve and Sabrina, touching words your sermon! I'm totally agreed with you. My warmest wishes for 2017 full of love, joy, healt and music!! Hoping to see you soon!! Ciao xxx

Rossella said : Guest Report 5 years ago

Your long post is honest and genuine as always. Deep analysis of what we're all living in this crazy world lately. And the losses and the music. I wish you and Sabrina all the best for this 2017. Much love, xxx

Gertrud Beck said : Guest Report 5 years ago

Hallo Steve, vielen lieben Dank für diese schönen und absolut richtigen Worte!!!! Ich wünsche Dir und Sabrina auch ein glückliches, gesundes, sicheres und erfolgreiches Jahr 2017. Auch würde ich mir wünschen, wenn Du oder Spandau Ballet mal wieder in Luxemburg oder Trier ein Konzert geben würdet. Außerdem habe ich und meine Freunde schon sehr oft festgestellt, das du eigentlich als Juror in die Staffel von the Voice of Germany gehörs. Unbedingt. Sei lieb gegrüßt Gertrud Beck und viele Freunde von Dir

Roberta said : Guest Report 5 years ago

Hi Steve, your words go straight to the hearts and minds of each of us . Buon Anno.

Henrietta Stathopoulos said : Guest Report 5 years ago

Such a lovely post dear lucky to have not been at the markets and I wish I could have heard that sax line from one of my fav Bowie songs, played by YOU! Blessings to you and your family, and to the other Lads form SB. Much love from Sydney Australia. Henri

Manuela said : Guest Report 5 years ago

Thank Steve for yr kind message! 2017 will be surely a positive and nice year! Love it's ever the answer! Baci from Roma

Guendalina said : Guest Report 5 years ago

Happy new year and see you soon Steve love xxx

Paul said : Guest Report 5 years ago

Great words Steve, and a very happy and healthy New Year to you and Sabrina too. All the best to you and much love from me & Ju X

Sabrina said : Guest Report 5 years ago

Steve thank you for being such a great man as you are, with your talent and with your thoughts. I wish you a special 2017 (and 2018, 2019...2050..and so on..)

Alison smith said : Guest Report 5 years ago

Happy new year to you both. May your year be full of light love music and laughter (not necessarily in that order!!) All the best xx

Jayne Batt said : Guest Report 5 years ago

Happy New Year to you to Steve I love to watch and listen to all your amazing music from the early days to the here and now. Have a fab 2017, with tons of love xx

Michele said : Guest Report 5 years ago

Music's again is definitely politics' loss. Happy, healthy new year wishes to you and Sabrina and may 2017 be generally more positive than 2016. I was lucky enough to be on the barrier at Celebrating Bowie on Sunday, in front of Earl Slick - crank it up to 13! You were a very welcome addition to the line up indeed. Gail Ann Dorsey is a true star, I had no idea just how multi-talented she is. Young Americans was a joy and I felt the night truly was a celebration rather than a wake. Definitely emotional, though you and Joe Elliott 'dancing' in the corner brought tears of laughter, and much neck craning past Simon Le Bon - oops! Knew I should have legged it to the right of the stage, ah well, it was just a blessing to be there. Anyway, onwards and upwards! Much love x

Patricia said : Guest Report 5 years ago

Happy new year Steve and family x

Rae said : Guest Report 5 years ago

Happy New year Steve !!.. From Sarah and Rae x x

Sue Dyer said : Guest Report 5 years ago

What lovely sentiments Steve! Wishing a very successful & enjoyable 2017 to yourself & Sabrina. Hopefully catch you on the road, somewhere x

Cesare said : Guest Report 5 years ago

Love to you, mate. The best is surely yet to come. Cesare

Valeria Pistolato said : Guest Report 5 years ago

"Love is surely the answer. Let’s build bridges not walls." I totally agree with you. Wish you a 2017 rich of love and satisfactions for your personal life and career. xx

Linda Kelly said : Guest Report 5 years ago

Happy new year to u both Steve, been enjoying warching what u have been up to, just keep doing what ur doing, much love to u both xx

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