Spandau Ballet Calls SXSW Car Accident an 'Absolute Tragedy'

Spandau Ballet performs at SXSW on March 12, 2014 in Austin, TX

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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.

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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. 

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Speaking to Billboard and 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.

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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 their documentary, Soul Boys of the Western World, during the film portion of the festival.

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