Music Memories: Midlands Gigs and UK Pop Charts from October 22, 1983

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Thirty years ago today, Duran Duran announced a return to the city after their Villa Park summer concert and Coventry's Pauline Black released a solo single

Pop legends Duran Duran were formed in Birmingham in 1978 and, after a string of hits, had begun to achieve worldwide fame by 1982.

In July 1983, they had played at Villa Park in Birmingham (see the gallery below for pictures from that concert) and this week 30 years ago they announced they would be returning to the city at the end of the year as part of their biggest ever tour.

The tour dates - promoting the November release of their new album Seven And The Ragged Tiger - included a date at Birmingham NEC on December 12. Tickets were £6.50 and £5.50.

This week also saw their new single Union of the Snake hitting record stores, while the band themselves were in Australia mixing the new album.

Courtesy Birmingham Mail. View photo gallery of concert here