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Duran Duran to reunite

Duran Duran's music and videos epitomised the '80s music scene
Duran Duran's music and videos epitomised the '80s music scene  

LONDON, England -- The famous 1980s line-up of the British pop band Duran Duran are to reform for the first time in 15 years.

The band never went away, with Nick Rhodes and singer Simon Le Bon -- the only remaining members from the glory days -- continuing in recent years with U.S. guitarist Warren Cuccurullo.

But they struggled to recapture the big hits, which ended in 1993 with Ordinary World, and Cuccurullo has announced he is leaving the band.

Now Rhodes and Le Bon have announced Roger Taylor, John Taylor and Andy Taylor are rejoining for a new album and tour.

Keyboard player Rhodes said on Friday: "We are all very excited at the prospect of seeing what we can create."

A spokeswoman for the group's production company confirmed that the five would be performing together again.

"They are going to make a record this year which will be out next year," she said.

"The tour hasn't been lined up but it will probably be around the time the record is released.

"I guess they thought that after all these years they would give it a try. It felt like a good idea but I don't think there's any one reason behind it."

Duran Duran -- named after a character in the Jane Fonda fantasy film Barbarella -- first got together in 1978 with a line-up derived from Birmingham, in the UK midlands, and inspired by Roxy Music.

The band's original pre-fame singer was Stephen "Tin Tin" Duffy, who left to have his own solo career.

Le Bon joined the band in 1980 and within a year they were in the charts with first single Planet Earth, riding the New Romantic wave.

A series of lavish videos for hits including Rio, Blue Moon on Monday, Save A Prayer and Wild Boys helped the success.

The band also notched up a pair of number one singles, Is There Something I Should Know in 1983 and 1984's The Reflex, and appeared on the bill of the U.S. leg of Live Aid.

Drummer Roger Taylor was the first to quit the band in 1985 and turned his back on the music business.

He was followed by guitarist Andy Taylor who tried out a solo career before going into production.

Bass player John Taylor -- who helped form Power Station with Andy Taylor and Robert Palmer in the mid-80s -- finally left the group in 1997.

Formerly married to British television presenter Amanda De Cadenet, he has since played with ex-Sex Pistol Steve Jones and members of Guns N' Roses in the band Neurotic Outsiders and tried his hand at acting.

Duran Duran's reformation follows similar moves by their 80s' contemporaries, including Blondie, Soft Cell, The Eurythmics and Culture Club.

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