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Duran Duran announce four-date UK tour

Story: Jack Foley

HOT off the heels of their successful anniversary gig at the Forum in London in October, Eighties sensations, Duran Duran, have announced a full UK tour in 2004.

The original line up of Simon LeBon, Nick Rhodes, John, Andy and Roger Taylor enjoyed overwhelming success on both sides of the Atlantic after playing a handful of intimate dates in the US and UK (the London date sold out all 2,000 tickets within four minutes).

They have also been confirmed as the recipients of the 'Outstanding Contribution to Music Award', at next year's Brits.

As a result, the band has revealed a four-date UK tour next April, taking in Wembley Arena, as well as venues in Glasgow, Manchester and their hometown, Birmingham.

The gigs will mark the band's first headline dates for 18 years with the original line up, and will, according to some reports, be timed to coincide with of the release of a new, as yet untitled, album.

The full dates are as follows:

April 13 - Wembley Arena
April 15 -Glasgow's SECC
April 17 - Manchester Evening News Arena
April 19 - Birmingham NEC Arena

Their appearance at next February's Brit Awards will mean they will join the ranks of David Bowie, The Who and Fleetwood Mac, who have previously been recognised with the award.

And it will also follow Q Magazine's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Peter Jamieson, chairman of the BRITS Committee, said in a statement: "The UK music industry, represented by The BPI, is proud to add Duran Duran to the 'Outstanding Contribution' roll of honour.

"While this award recognizes past achievements, which are much deserved, I am just as excited about the band's vibrancy today which augers well for continuing success."

In their heyday, Duran Duran delivered memorable hits such as Rio, Wild Boys and Hungry Like The Wolf, before taking a break and coming back with the excellent Ordinary World and Come Undone.

They are one of the few British bands who have continued to enjoy equal success on both sides of the Atlantic.

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