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Duran Duran gig on the Riviera

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 02:16

May 17 - Duran Duran plays to hungry crowds at Cannes. Kathi Urban reports.

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People Magazine once called them the "prettiest boys in rock" and Duran Duran proved they've certainly still got it in them. The group played tracks from their latest album to a hungry crowd at the European Launch of Belvedere Red at the VIP Room in Cannes, with some famous faces among the guests. Earlier in the day, lead singer Simon Lebon recalled memories from the olden days on the Riviera. (SOUNDBITE) Simon Lebon, Lead Singer of Duran Duran, saying (English) : "I have wonderful memories of this place. I used to keep a boat in the marina here, a little wooden speed boat, I used to hare around, they love giving you speeding tickets around here. God, the French police, out on the water in their flash gear, they think they are so cool." "All You Need Is Now" is the veteran rockers thirteenth studio album. With a career that has seen them go from 80s pop icons to rock and roll has-beens they now hope to rule the circuit once again. (SOUNDBITE) Simon Lebon, Lead Singer of Duran Duran, saying (English) : "I think we definitely did something right with this album, we know what it is like to make an album that doesn't connect with your audience, doesn't connect with your fans. We have got a very different feeling with this one. We see it in the kind of people that are coming to the shows, it is not just the die hard fans, there are a lot more people that have got interested in this. The ones that are the die hard fans say to us that this is the album they wanted to hear from you. We see younger people in the audience now, some of the songs have crossed over now, that is great for us. So we know that this one is actually working quite well." Duran Duran enjoyed their heyday back in the Eighties with hits such as "Rio", "Hungry Like the Wolf" and "Notorious". And, as it seems, the band has no intention of giving up their rock and roll life style. (SOUNDBITE) Roger Taylor, drummer from Duran Duran, saying (English): "As long as we feel vibrant, as long as we want to keep writing new material, as long as we have an audience, that is what keeps us going. We never say, ok we are going to retire at 55 or 60, we don't have conversations about it." Fans will be pleased to hear that and judging by these pictures, retirement talk seemed to be off the agenda that night, anyway. Kathi Urban, Reuters.

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Duran Duran gig on the Riviera

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 02:16