Olympics 2012 goes back to the 80s

Daily Echo: Duran Duran Duran Duran

HUGE concert marking the start of the London 2012 Olympics will feature four artists, each representing a United Kingdom country.

So far, so good.

I love the idea of a representative of each of the four nations uniting us in song.

They are Stereophonics (Wales), Snow Patrol (Northern Ireland) and Paolo Nutini (Scotland).

Even better. They’re all excellent live acts, which are diverse enough to give a good account of the nation on an international stage.

But couldn’t England do any better than Duran Duran?

At the risk of upsetting all the band’s avid fans, I would have just hoped for something a bit more current and a bit more exciting.

Don’t get me wrong, I like their music and I know they sold out an arena tour this year, but I’m just not sure they represent 21st-Century England.

How about our thriving contemporary music scene which is making waves across the world?

Any number of artists would be more relevant and still mainstream enough for a mass audience. Adele, Jessie J, Professor Green, Florence and the Machine, Kasabian to name just a few.

Oh well, I guess it’s back to the 80s for the climax of the Olympics concert with John Taylor, Roger Taylor, Simon Le Bon and Nick Rhodes, the band who formed in 1978, the year I was born.

Altogether now, her name is Rio…..

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8:36pm Fri 4 May 12

TurnerChannonMcCalliogStokes says...

Good article. Adele has just outsold Michael Jackson. When did Duran Duran ever do that? Having them play at the concert is rather like wheeling out Daley Thompson to do the decathlon.
Good article. Adele has just outsold Michael Jackson. When did Duran Duran ever do that? Having them play at the concert is rather like wheeling out Daley Thompson to do the decathlon. TurnerChannonMcCalliogStokes

10:01pm Fri 4 May 12

rmw says...

I think you should do some research about Duran Duran before you make banal statements. The Washington Post nailed it with a reply to the ridiculous comments made by Daily Telegraph Blogger Lucy Jones ...... IMHO though ..... 100 million records sold, last album released Dec 2010 went to no.1 in 15 countries on I-tunes, inspiration to other bands like The Killers, Scissor Sisters etc, currently on a world tour, sold out 5 nights at Wembley Arena in 2004, musicians and songwriters, innovative videos, proud to be British. History will be kind to Duran. They are a band who appeal to boys and girls and anyone in between! They are a band to party to. Shame you think they are not relevant.
I think you should do some research about Duran Duran before you make banal statements. The Washington Post nailed it with a reply to the ridiculous comments made by Daily Telegraph Blogger Lucy Jones ...... IMHO though ..... 100 million records sold, last album released Dec 2010 went to no.1 in 15 countries on I-tunes, inspiration to other bands like The Killers, Scissor Sisters etc, currently on a world tour, sold out 5 nights at Wembley Arena in 2004, musicians and songwriters, innovative videos, proud to be British. History will be kind to Duran. They are a band who appeal to boys and girls and anyone in between! They are a band to party to. Shame you think they are not relevant. rmw

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