Ireland Dates Added / Band Kicks Off Tour in Belfast

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Kicking off the tour in Ireland: Belfast Odyssey Arena and Dublin Point Theatre dates on April 7th and 8th.See story below:


80's 'wild boys' Duran Duran are Oydssey bound

By John McGurk
15 February 2004

IF you're a fan of sparkling synthesiser pop, there is 'Something you Should Know' - the arrival of those 80s chart-toppers, Duran Duran in Northern Ireland, this spring.

Sunday Life can exclusively reveal that the Wild Boys of the New Romantic scene are getting set to kick-off their reunion tour of the British Isles in Belfast, on April 7.

Duran Duran were the pop poster boys of the early Eighties - scoring 18 Top Ten hits, including two massive UK-US Number One hit singles, Is There Something I Should Know? and The Reflex.

The band - Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor, Andy Taylor and Roger Taylor - became the first band from the British New Romantic music movement to break into the big time in the USA

Exotic and often erotic videos for hits such as Girls On Film, Hungry Like The Wolf, Save A Prayer and Rio, helped to establish them as major stars on the emerging MTV network.

But the frilly, pirate-shirted and lip-gloss-wearing pretty boys were weakened when drummer, Roger Taylor and then lead guitarist, Andy Taylor 'jumped ship' in 1986.

Bassist, John Taylor left the band in 1996. Albums, Medazzaland in 1997 and Pop Trash in 2000 flopped.

But, since reforming its original line-up, the band has become hot property all over again - receiving rapturous receptions since starting their comeback world tour in Japan, last July.

Duran Duran will be presented with an Outstanding Contribution award by superstar, Justin Timberlake at the Brits' ceremony, on Tuesday.

Already, their upcoming 14-date, UK arena tour in April is sold out.

Now, Belfast Odyssey Arena and Dublin Point Theatre dates on April 7 and 8 will kick off that triumphant trek.

Belfast tickets, priced at £33 and £38, go on sale this Saturday, at 9am from the venue box office and usual Ticketmaster outlets.