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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Simply Duran Duran : A Tribute

Leading band in the MTV-driven "Second British Invasion" of the U.S.

14 singles in the Top 10 of the UK Singles Chart

21 singles in the Billboard Hot 100

100 million+ records sold

Innovators with video technology for live shows

"Planet Earth" at #12 on the UK's Top Twenty

"Girls On Film" at #5 on the UK's Top Twenty

Duran Duran, 1981, #3 on the UK's Top Twenty

Favorite band for Diana, Princess of Wales

"The Fab Five" (in tribute to The Beatles - "The Fab Four")

Rio, 1983, #6 on the U.S. Top Twenty

"The band was a natural for music television" - Rolling Stone magazine

"Is There Something I Should Know?" 1983, #1 in the UK (a rarity) and #4 in the U.S.

". . .when we came back (to the United States), it was mayhem.  It was Beatlesmania" - Nick Rhodes

5 U.S. Top Twenty hits from 3 different albums in one year

"The Reflex" first #1 in the U.S. and final #1 in the UK

Sing Blue Silver documentary

Arena concert film

"The Wild Boys," 1984, #2 in the UK and U.S.

2 Grammy Awards for Long- and Short-Form music videos

"Save a Prayer," 1985, #16 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100

"A View to a Kill," only Bond theme to reach #1 in U.S. Charts and #2 on UK Charts

"Ordinary World" leaked long before planned release...listener demand...#3 in U.S.  ...  #6 in UK  ...  Ivor Novello Award for song writing

The Wedding Album, 1993, surprise critical and commercial success - #4 in the UK and #7 in the U.S. ("John Taylor had been considering leaving the band but changed his mind")

"Electric Barbarella" first single ever to be sold online

Lifetime Achievement Award (2003 MTV Video Music Awards)

Outstanding Contribution Award (2004 BRIT Awards)

Super Bowl XXXVIII pre-game - "The Wild Boys" broadcast to millions

Duran Duran : Live from London

Astronaut, 2004, #3 in the UK and #17 in the U.S.

"Reach Up for the Sunrise," #1 on the Billboard U.S. Dance Chart and #5 on UK Singles Chart (highest position since "A View to a Kill" in 1985)

Performances at the Nobel Prize Awards and Winter Olympics (Turan, Italy) in 2006

Ethel Barrymore Theater on Broadway for the Red Carpet Massacre 2007 tour

Performances at the Louvre for fundraising in 2008

For Duran Duran's 13th album -
"return to their roots"
"will have the drive and freshness of the first few albums, quintessentially hip, without sacrificing any of the hard-earned personality of the musicians" - John Taylor

(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duran_Duran)

Classic Line-Up -
Simon Le Bon...Nick Rhodes...Andy Taylor...John Taylor...Roger Taylor

My inspiration, my positive influence, my hope, my long-time favorite - simply Duran Duran.

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