Duran Duran 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
More than a few hearts went a-flutter on Tuesday upon the announcement that
1980s pop rock idols Duran Duran are going to perform in Israel on July 30 at
the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds as part of the Pic.Nic festival which is also hosting
Moby on July 12 and Jane’s Addiction on September 1.
Before there was
Justin Bieber, there was Simon LeBon with his good looks and his British band’s
sleek new wave sound and almost Beatlemania-like popularity. Driven by the onset
of MTV and stylish songs “Hungry Like the Wolf,” “Girls on Film” and “A View to
a Kill,” the Birmingham- based band was one of the most successful recording and
touring units of the 1980s, selling upwards of 100 million records throughout
their long career.
While they’ve never split up, the band’s fortunes
waned following their initial span of fame with various personnel changes
ensuing. The original lineup of John Taylor, Roger Taylor, Andy Taylor (none
related), Nick Rhodes and Le Bon reunited in the early 2000s, and Andy Taylor
has since left the group again to be replaced by guitarist Dom Brown. The
quintet of the two remaining Taylors, Rhodes, Le Bon and Brown just released
Duran Duran’s 13th studio album, All You Need is Now – produced by Mark Ronson –
and are launching a world tour in its support.
“We’re excited to be
appearing in Tel Aviv in the framework of the Pic.nic festival. This is an
important tour for us and we’re glad that Israel is part of it,” Le Bon said in
a statement issued by promoter Shuki Weiss. Duran Duran last performed in Israel