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Review: Duran Duran

Apr 29 2004

Maxine Ashford, South Wales Echo

CIA, Cardiff, 28 April 2004

IT was like being stuck in a time warp or as my friend aptly put it - back in youth club again!

Last night those Wild Boys Duran Duran turned back the clock almost 25 years as they bounced around the stage belting out hit after hit - and not a hint of rheumatism in sight.

It says something about the confidence of a band when they can appear on a darkened stage and simply lap up the applause for five minutes without a note being played.

But the arena was packed full of die-hard fans as Le Bon and co made the stage their own for two hours performing all their greatest hits, such as Hungry Like The Wolf, the biggest-selling Bond movie hit View to a Kill, Save a Prayer, Planet Earth, The Reflex, Girls on Film, Rio and Ordinary World.

The professionalism of the re-formed band shone through and, as expected, the gyrating Le Bon enjoyed flirting with his audience.

Some bands make comebacks and then fade away, but if last night's performance is anything to go by Duran Duran could even outlast the Rolling Stones, although a bigger venue may be called for to house their ever-growing egos.

As for the support act the Scissor Sisters - outrageously entertaining - they make The Darkness look like the Osmonds!