DURAN DURAN POP ICONS IN ADVANCE OF THEIR MAY ARENAANNOUNCE INTIMATE LONDON SHOW TOUR O2 SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE
Monday 7th March 2011
“UP CLOSE & PERSONAL” SHOW
RECORDED FOR RADIO 2
JO WHILEY’S “IN CONCERT” SERIES
Tickets On Sale Friday 25th February @ 9am
In advance of their forthcoming 11 date UK Arena tour in May, pop icons DURAN DURAN have today announced that they will be performing a very special, intimate London show on Monday 7th March at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire.
The performance, which will be recorded for RADIO 2’s JO WHILEY “IN CONCERT” series, will celebrate the March 21st extended physical release of their critically acclaimed new album ALL YOU NEED IS NOW which hit the No 1 spot on download charts in 15 countries (including the UK) when it was released exclusively via iTunes on December 21st 2010.
Tickets for the London show will go on sale to the general public this Friday 25th February 2011 at 9:00am. Tickets, priced at £45 each and limited to four per person, will be available online at the following outlets www.gigsandtours.com/ www.ticketmaster.co.uk / www.ticketweb.co.uk or by calling the 24hr cc hotline: 0844 811 0051 / 0844 826 2826 or by calling the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire: 0844 477 2000.
A ticket pre-sale for members of the Duran Duran VIP fan community will begin at 9 am on Tuesday 22nd February. VIP experience packages will also be available at this time.
The “up close and personal” London show will be the first time that the band have performed in the UK since 2008 and will mark DURAN DURAN’s first European performance.
It will also be the first time that fans will get the opportunity to hear the band perform songs from their new album along with timeless classic hits from their tremendous catalogue, which has defined and established DURAN DURAN as true British pop icons.
Lead singer SIMON LE BON said; “We are really excited to be performing at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire. This will be the first outing for songs from our new album – which we are really enjoying rehearsing at the moment. Playing in a smaller venue will be a great beginning to the tour for us. This will kick off a year on the road – and we are all very excited about it.”
Duran Duran’s stunning new album: “ALL YOU NEED IS NOW”, has already been proclaimed a triumph by fans and critics alike, as buzz continues to build towards the release of the full-length record in March.
Produced by Grammy Award-winner Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse, Adele, Kaiser Chiefs, Lily Allen) and mixed by Mark ‘Spike’ Stent (Madonna, Björk, No Doubt), it features guest vocals/rap from longtime Duran Duran pal/collaborator Ana Matronic of the Scissor Sisters and R&B/neo-soul superstar Kelis; while Owen Pallett of Arcade Fire contributes the album’s string arrangements.
“ALL YOU NEED IS NOW” is a return-to-roots homage to Duran Duran’s most celebrated musical panache, which has already been dubbed by its producer as the “imaginary follow up to Rio that never was.”
Throughout their outstanding career Duran Duran have sold more than 80 million records, with 30 chart toppers in the UK, 18 American hit singles and a global presence that guarantees them huge concert audiences on five continents. Now a seemingly unstoppable force, with no fewer than five prestigious Lifetime Achievement Awards under their belts in the last few years alone (MTV Video Music Awards, the Brit Awards, the Ivor Novellos, Q Magazine and the Spanish Ondas), the four original members of Duran Duran are in a category with only a handful of other internationally acclaimed artists.
As this new chapter begins, they have nothing left to prove, but everything to play for. So for them and their loyal army of fans… All You Need Is Now!