Duran Duran heated up MTV with their racy videos featuring the world's sexiest models and their catchy pop hits. The British pop stars ushered in the era of the music video and ARE the quintessential 80s glam-rock group. Although their commercial success had peaked by the mid-90s, the guys are prolific performers and are currently on tour. The Duran Duran concert schedule includes include 34 dates on both sides of the Atlantic throughout Summer, 2011.
The English New Wave five-some formed in 1978 with John Taylor and Nick Rhodes in Birmingham. After a series of line up changes, the group added vocalist Simon Le Bon, Roger Taylor on drums, and Andy Taylor on guitar and recorded their EMI released debut, "Duran Duran," in 1981. Considered pioneers of the music video, they shot a clip for the third single, "Girls on Film," that was released to an infant MTV. The video clip sparked a close relationship between the network and the band throughout the decade and their career. The album would eventually be certified platinum and it peaked in the top ten of the Billboard 200. However, it was with their sophomore release, "Rio," that the band catapulted to success.
Released in 1982, their sophomore set scored hit single after single, including "Hungry Like a Wolf," and "Rio." Duran Duran concert dates were booked on a worldwide headlining tour and they were booked as the supporting act for Blondie's final American tour. The video for "Hungry Like a World," was a staple on MTV and catapulted the album to double platinum status in the States. Throughout the 80s, the group's videos defined their persona as well as a generation. They went on to perform at several MTV New Years Eve shows as well as several MTV Video Music Awards; They even won Grammy Awards for best short form and long form music videos.
The group went on hiatus in 1985 after five years of constant touring, writing, recording, and press junkets. During this time, they lost Roger Taylor and Andy Taylor and effectually became a trio. They released two more albums in the 80s, and had one last hit single, "Notorious," which reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The popularity of British New Wave and synth-pop began to wane by the early 90s and the group found that their fan base had evolved. They released, "Wedding Album," in 1993 and scored another hit, "Ordinary World," which reached #3 on the singles chart, signaling that they were still relevant in the pop world. Duran Duran tour dates were booked on their most aggressive outing to-date. The concert schedule included stops in the Middle East, South Africa, South America, and East Asia.
Since their heyday, the band has released several more albums and continue to draw large crowds at their concerts. Duran Duran's influence on the MTV generation remain unequivocal as do their contributions to the electro-pop movement. Duran Duran tour dates are scheduled internationally on the "All You Need Is Now Tour." which kicked off this March in Austin, Texas. The visual aspect of their videos and live performances compliments the artistically crafted lyrics and pop-synth hits that the band has created throughout the decades. They are pop legends known for their evocative and envelope pushing style. Don't miss out on the band that came to define the MTV culture when they come to your area. Use Eventful as your source for the Duran Duran concert schedule and 2011 tour dates.
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