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Duran Duran announce rare DVDs ahead of gigs


Story: Jack Foley

DURAN Duran continue to court excitement ahead of their new UK live dates.

The fivesome of Simon Le Bon, keyboard player Nick Rhodes, guitarist Andy Taylor, bass player John Taylor and drummer Roger Taylor defined the ‘80s on both sides of the pond with tracks like Planet Earth, Rio, Hungry Like The Wolf, The Reflex and A View To A Kill.

And now, having recently won an MTV Lifetime Achievement Award, anticipation is even higher for their reunion and return to the fray.

Coupled with this, is news that, on April 5, two iconic Duran Duran ‘films’ are released for the first time on DVD: Arena (An Absurd Notion and The Making Or Arena) and Sing Blue Silver, originally released in 1984.

Arena starred the band and Milo O’Shea, the evil character in the cult Barbarella (from which Duran Duran took their name). He crash-lands his time machine underneath a giant stadium in Oakland, California where the band is performing. Cue chaos, extraordinary sets, stunning costumes, original dance sequences and visual effects.

It was filmed by award-winning director, Russell Mulcahy, director of the band’s most memorable promos as well as Highlander I and II.

The accompanying Making of Arena is a documentary which opens the lid on the creative process involved in the filming and arrives with a host of extras from trailers to interviews.

The DVD is packaged in a clamshell box and contains an 8-page poster booklet and a sheet of stickers!!
Meanwhile, Sing Blue Silver is the 1984 documentary charting the band’s North American tour which was filmed over 79 days, 18,000 miles, 51 shows and 43 cities.

A real must-have, it gives a unique insight into the then phenomenon.
And finally (and most excitingly), this spring Duran Duran get to do it all over again with a monster UK arena tour taking in the old and the new.

The full UK tour dates are as follows...

April 11 - Nottingham Arena
April 13 & 14- London Wembley Arena
April 15 - Glasgow SECC
April 17 - Manchester MEN Arena
April 18 & 19 - Birmingham NEC Arena
April 21 - Manchester MEN Arena
April 22 - Newcastle Telewest Arena April 24 - London Wembley Arena
April 25 - Birmingham NEC Arena
April 27 - Sheffield Hallam FM Arena
April 28 - Cardiff International Arena
April 30 - London Wembley Arena

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