Duran Duran Perform for BBC Radio 2

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Press Release for Immediate Release

December 15th, 2004

Duran Duran perform for BBC Radio 2

On Thursday 13th January, 2005, pop superstars Duran Duran will perform a special concert for Radio 2 at the Hammersmith Palais, London.

Under the banner of the highly successful ‘Live & Exclusive’ Radio 2 concert series, the five original members of Duran Duran: Simon LeBon (vocals), Nick Rhodes (keyboards), John Taylor (bass), Andy Taylor (guitars) and Roger Taylor (drums) will perform music from their new album ‘Astronaut’ – which was released on October 12th to rave reviews and a #3 chart position (their highest since ‘Seven and the Ragged Tiger’ in 1983), alongside some of their classic hits.

January’s show will take place in front of an audience made up of Radio 2 competition winners and members of the Duran Duran Fan Community. Details of how to win tickets will be broadcast on Radio 2 starting today (December 15th). Information about this and other Duran Duran dates will also be available from today on the band’s website: www.duranduran.com.

A broadcast of the show – ‘Live & Exclusive’ - can be heard on Radio 2 on Saturday 29th January, 9.30-10.30pm, just days before the band’s second single from their new album - ‘What Happens Tomorrow’ - is released.

Commenting on the upcoming date, lead singer Simon LeBon said “This will be our first show of the New Year – before we head off for the ‘Astronaut World Tour’, which kicks off in Japan in late January. Over the last few weeks, we’ve been working on the live arrangements of the new material from the album and are now very much looking forward to playing them for our fans.”

The Hammersmith show announcement follows hot on the heels of the launch of the band’s only other UK date next year, at St Andrews Stadium – Birmingham City FC on Saturday May 28th, 2005. Tickets for this spectacular live event went on sale last weekend.

Listen again to this concert for seven days after transmission on the BBC radio player – bbc.co.uk/radio2

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Over the past year, the newly reunited members of Duran Duran have performed to well over half a million fans, with a series of sell out arena and stadium concerts across America, Japan, Australia and the UK, and have been honoured with no less than four prestigious Lifetime Achievement music awards (MTV, Q Magazine, The Ondas and the British Phonographic Industry). The Hammersmith Show will be the first event for the band in 2005 whose new album ‘Astronaut’ has stormed the charts around the world.

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