Andrew Ridgeley Reflects on Wham!’s Legacy in Interview with BBC’s Newsnight

…By Henry George for TDPel Media. TV broadcaster, Derbyshire, had the opportunity to interview Andrew Ridgeley, co-founder of the band Wham!, for BBC’s Newsnight.


The interview centered around a new Netflix film that documents Wham!’s rise to fame.

In an Instagram post, Derbyshire shared a selfie with Ridgeley, along with her ticket from the October 2, 1983 concert at the Apollo Theatre in Manchester, and a diary entry she wrote after the show.

A Teenage Diary’s Testament to Wham!’s Impact

Derbyshire showcased her teenage diary, filled with pages of detailed accounts of the concert she attended.


She expressed her disbelief that four decades later, she would be sitting down to interview Andrew Ridgeley himself.

The diary entry captured her excitement about the gig, the set, the outfits, and every minute detail she could remember.

She even had to add extra sheets of paper to contain her enthusiasm.

A Surreal and Wonderful Pinch-Me Moment

Derbyshire described her interview with Andrew Ridgeley as a surreal and wonderful experience.

She shared a video of the extensive pages she had written in her diary as a young girl, reflecting her profound admiration for Wham!.


The diary entry described the stage setup, the electrifying atmosphere, and the mesmerizing presence of George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley.

It was clear that the concert had made a lasting impression on her.

Discussing the New Wham! Documentary

During the interview, Derbyshire and Ridgeley delved into the new 90-minute documentary titled Wham! According to Derbyshire, the film is a poignant, beautiful, and joyous tribute to the band’s legacy.

Ridgeley shared his deep love for George Michael and the incredible success they achieved as teenagers.

They also discussed the challenges that accompanied their fame and whether a Wham! avatar show, similar to ABBA’s, could be envisioned.


Conclusion: Remembering George Michael’s Legacy

While Andrew Ridgeley’s interview with Derbyshire highlighted Wham!’s impact and their enduring legacy, it also served as a reminder of the tragic loss of George Michael.

Despite his untimely passing in 2016, the memories of Wham!’s music and their contribution to the music industry live on.

The interview offered fans a glimpse into the personal experiences and reflections of one of the band’s founding members.

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