Duran Duran 2023 Tour Dates
Duran Duran is still among the most popular bands touring today, particularly when considered against their peers who came out in the 1980's and 90's as Duran Duran did. The band has millions of fans across the globe so they sell out shows whenever the tour the United States. Duran Duran concerts are a sweet mix of their original hit songs, which draws a big crowds. The band also will play popular festivals where they are still a big draw as a headlining act or on the lineup.
What began as a club band in Birmingham, England in 1978 would go on to become one of the biggest hitmakers of the 1980's and become the forefront of the Second British Invasion. Originally formed by John Taylor and Nick Rhodes, the band's early days saw a great deal of musicians come and go. Iconic lead singer Simon Le Bon would join up about a year later. Eventually the Fab Five of Nick Rhodes, Simon Le Bon, John Taylor, Andy Taylor, and Roger Taylor would hit UK charts with their debut album, Duran Duran.
What followed was a string of hit albums and top 10 hits. Considered part of the New Romantic movement at first, a genre not well identified in the US, Duran Duran did not make an immediate splash overseas. That quickly changed as they found traction on US dance charts with singles like Hungry Like The Wolf and a reissue of Rio. The growing popularity of MTV solidified their success, introducing the band to a throng of followers and bringing them firmly into the pop charts.
They reached the height of their popularity in the mid-80's, performing at the Live Aid benefit concert before 90,000 people and releasing the title track to the Bond film A View to a Kill. Members would depart soon after, and, as the 90's began, the era of Duran Duran's signature pop sound would fade, taken over by emerging grunge sound. During the remainder of the 90s, the bands line-up would shift a number of times, though there was never any formal breakup.
2001 saw a reunion of the Fab Five and a celebration of their 25th anniversary in 2003. They found additional success on the charts with the release of the albums. An interesting side note: none of the three Taylors in the band are any relation to one another.
Since first hitting the scene, Duran Duran inspired many musicians and shaped their musical styles, leaving an indelible mark on modern popular music. As quartet, Duran Duran continues to tour and release new albums. Legions of fans both new and old crowd venues the world over to hear the signature sounds of Simon le Bon and the band.