February 9, 2005
Duran Duran: better than in the 80's
By Cristina Fernandez Barreto
With their particularly elegant style and dressed for cold weather, the members of Duran Duran were surprised by the burning sun at their arrival yesterday to the island.
Close to 3:00pm, Simon Le Bon together with Nick Rhodes, Andy, Roger and John Taylor arrived on a private jet directly from Miami.
After a brief encounter with the local press, the Britons and their crew left quickly to rehearse for the show that they would take place last night at Jose Miguel Agrelot Coliseum.
"We will be presenting a great mix of what we did during the 80's, the 90's and of what we have been working on this new millennium. We are eager to see how we are received by the public", explained John Taylor.
On the other hand, Nick Rhodes the key board player, explained the difference between the band that they were when they formed during the 80's and the one that they have become at present time: "We are much better now, most definitely. Those who attend tonight (last night)to the concert will notice it. It took us 20 years to get back together but you will see that we are better now."
On the the three previous occasions that the band was on the island, their guitar player Andy Taylor was not present, reason for which it was informed that he had never performed here.
With last night's concert, Duran Duran started a broad tour through America which will include more than 45 concerts through different cities.
"Even though this will be the first real concert on this tour, we have kept in shape rehearsing and doing some small gigs, like the one we recently did in London", added John Taylor.
Finally, Roger Taylor the drummer, who had suffered a small injury on his foot last month and caused the cancellation of the first shows of the world tour, confirmed that everything was in perfect order.
"Look, (pointing at his foot), everything is in order, ready to play, play and play", commented between laughs.
After their visit to the island, the group heads back to Miami to continue with several concerts that will take them through the most important arenas in the United States, Mexico's National Auditorium and the Madison Square Garden in New York.
Courtesy EL NUEVO DIA/Luis Del Moral