DURAN DURAN HAVE OLYMPIC DREAM
26th July 2012
By Kim Dawson with James Cabooter
OLYMPIC rockers Duran Duran dream of representing team GB in, wait for it, fencing. The Wild Boys would have won an Olympic Gold for posing or partying during their 80s heyday. And the lads, who headline tomorrow night’s massive BT London Live opening ceremony concert in London’s Hyde Park, admit they’re hardly the fittest band.
Drummer Roger Taylor, 52, told me: “We’d quite like to do the fencing for GB. I think Nick Rhodes would be good at that. “But performing keeps us fit. We have to put as much energy in now as we did then.”
Some people questioned whether Duran Duran were right to represent England at a concert featuring home nation acts Snow Patrol, Paolo Nutini and Stereophonics.
But the band plan to prove the doubters wrong.
Rog explained: “It’s a real honour and was an immediate ‘yes’ when we were asked. There was a little doubt cast about us performing, but we have worked hard enough and put enough into our career to be a legitimate act for this event.”
The Olympic gig makes up for the lads not playing the Queen’s Jubilee.
The band are rounding off a world tour for latest album All You Need Is Now, produced by Mark Ronson. And they hope to hook up with Rono again for their next record.
Roger revealed: “Mark’s got such a great energy and really understands the inner workings of Duran.”
Before then Ronson is rumoured to be working with Paul McCartney on his next album.
Rog added: “I’d love to hear those two work together. Maybe he will get Ringo back in the studio with him too.”