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14-05-01 news
Duran Duran coming to Dublin...

Eighties hitmakers Duran Duran are to reform the classic line-up and Dublin will definitely be on the cards as one of the bands first return shows. The band produced hits like Wild Boys and Planet Earth - after splintering a decade and a half ago.

The reunion, for both an album and a tour, will see the unrelated Taylor boys return to the lineup after quitting for a variety of side projects. A close friend of Simon Le Bon in Ireland told last night that the band would definitely play Dublin when they tour.

Meanwhile keyboard player Nick Rhodes told newswire services: "We are all very excited at the prospect of seeing what we can create."

Rhodes and singer Simon Le Bon - the only remaining members from the glory days - have continued under the name along with US guitarist Warren Cuccurullo but have struggled to recapture the big hits with 1993 release Ordinary World their only top ten hit in a decade.

Drummer Roger Taylor was the first to quit the band in 1985 and turned his back on the music business. He was followed by guitarist Andy Taylor who tried out a solo career before going into production.

Bass player John Taylor - who had worked on side-project Power Station with Andy - finally left the group in 1997. He has since played with ex-Sex Pistol Steve Jones and members of Guns N' Roses in the band Neurotic Outsiders and tried his hand at acting.

A spokeswoman for the group's production company confirmed today that the five would be performing together again. "They are going to make a record this year which will be out next year," she said. "The tour hasn't been lined up but it will probably be around the time the record is released. I guess they thought that after all these years they would give it a try. It felt like a good idea but I don't think there's any one reason behind it.''

The band first got together in 1978 with a line-up inspired by Roxy Music, which included Stephen "Tin Tin" Duffy who went on to have his own solo career.

Le Bon joined the band in 1980 and within a year they were in the charts with first single Planet Earth, riding the New Romantic wave.

A series of lavish videos such as Rio, in which the band chilled out on a huge luxury yacht, and Wild Boys - where the band were seen in a post-apocalyptic fantasy world - helped their success.

The band notched up a pair of number one singles, Is There Something I Should Know in 1983 and 1984's The Reflex.

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