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Duran coming to Dublin...
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.
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
ShowBizIreland.com last night that the band
would definitely play Dublin when they tour.
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.
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.
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.
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.''
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
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.
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.
band notched up a pair of number one singles, Is
There Something I Should Know in 1983 and 1984's