DStv and Good Hope FM Radio present
DURAN DURAN – LIVE IN SA
With special guest performance by Arno Carstens
A Hunta Live Production
7 December – 12 December 2010
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(South Africa – 30 September 2010) – Hunta Live is proud to present multi-award winning British Supergroup DURAN DURAN Live in South Africa, in association with DStv and Good Hope FM Radio. Award-winning South African singer-songwriter and guitarist Arno Carstens from The Springbok Nude Girls fame will be performing on these dates as special guest artist.
Original band members – Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor and Roger Taylor – return this December for their highly anticipated 5-date tour, kicking off at the ICC in Durban on the 7th, before heading to The Big Top at Carnival City in Johannesburg on the 8th and 9th, and finally the Grand Arena at GrandWest in Cape Town on the 11th and 12th of December 2010.
This outing marks the band’s first in this part of the world in seventeen years and the start of an enormous global campaign around the release of their next studio album, “All You Need Is Now”, which they have been working on for the past eighteen months with super-star producer, Mark Ronson.
“We haven’t played in South Africa for way too long,” said lead-singer, Simon Le Bon, from their studio in London yesterday “so we are really looking forward to coming down there. We have spent the last year sequestered away, working on new music and now have an album ready for release early in the New Year – so we can’t wait to get back out on the road again and do some shows. We have actually never played in South Africa before as the original line-up – so this will be a first for us performing there with Roger in the band!”
The flamboyant group DURAN DURAN sound better today than they did when they first exploded onto the scene in the UK and rapidly became the biggest band in the world with a string of hits including “Planet Earth”, “Rio”, “Hungry Like The Wolf”, “Save a Prayer”, “Wild Boys” and “A View To A Kill”.
“Duran Duran last played in South Africa in 1993 and was one of the first international bands to perform here after the end of apartheid. Now, 17 years later, we are thrilled to bring one of the most popular bands of all time back to our shores in what will musically and visually be one of the greatest tours this country has ever seen”, says Sam Hendrikse, CEO of Hunta Live.
With their unique fusion of pop music, art and fashion, DURAN DURAN remains an unstoppable force, three decades after their inception. Their fan-base spans five continents and two generations, and their records have sold in excess of 85 million globally. The band has also been honoured with numerous “Lifetime Achievement” Awards, Grammys, Ivor Novellos and MTV awards amongst others, and even has a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
Their eponymous 1981 debut album, spawning the giant hit single ‘Planet Earth,’ stayed on the charts for an astonishing 118 weeks and classic chart-toppers such as ‘Hungry Like the Wolf,’ ‘Rio’ and ‘Save A Prayer’ soon turned Duran’s second album ‘Rio’ multi-platinum worldwide. ‘Is There Something I Should Know’ went straight to #1 in the UK and hit #4 in the US. The band’s third album, 1984’s ‘Seven and the Ragged Tiger’ earned DURAN DURAN their first Stateside #1, with ‘The Reflex.’ Their smash hit ‘A View to a Kill’ went on to become the only Bond theme tune to this day to make it to #1 on the Billboard charts! Their next few albums included the hit singles ‘Notorious’, which was subsequently sampled by P.Diddy in his tribute to Notorious BIG, ‘Ordinary World’, ‘Come Undone’, ‘(Reach Up For The) Sunrise’ and ‘Falling Down’.
Their last studio album, “Red Carpet Massacre,” saw the current line-up of original members collaborating with top producers Timbaland and Nate ‘Danja’ Hills, as well as long-time fan Justin Timberlake. A global tour followed at the end of which they went back into the studio to start work on their next record with Grammy Award-winning producer Mark Ronson. This new body of work is set for release shortly after their upcoming South African tour!
Arno Carstens, South Africa’s favourite rock solo artist, will perform at all the concerts as a special guest. During his career as the lead singer of The Springbok Nude Girls, and subsequently as a solo artist, Arno has released 7 studio albums and had 18 top ten singles. He has won 5 South African Music Awards and shared the stage with legends of the music world. Arno has performed on the main stage at the Isle of Wight Festival, has appeared at Glastonbury, V Festival, T in the Park and Hard Rock Calling and has supported the likes of The Rolling Stones, Paul Weller, The Police, Simple Minds and Meat Loaf on European tours.
His recently released UK debut album “Wonderful Wild” was written, recorded and mixed in London & Spain with co-songwriting contributions from Giles Martin, James Walsh, Jim Duguid and Youth.
The highly anticipated album was produced by legendary British producer Youth (The Verve’s Urban Hymns) and Jim Duguid (Paulo Nutini’s These Streets) and the final mix on the album was done by Tim Bran (The Verve’s recent UK#1 album).
With their melodically bright dance-inducing rhythms and experimental electronics DURAN DURAN has the world spinning perpetually to music fuelled by creativity and passion. Get your tickets now for one of the most extraordinary evenings this decade and see why the ‘Wild Boys’ still continue to influence and define today’s music scene!
A Hunta Live Production.
TOUR ITINERARY DECEMBER 2010
Tues 7 December: – ICC, Durban
Wed 8 & Thurs 9 December: – The Big Top, Carnival City, Johannesburg
Sat 11 & Sun 12 December: – The Grand Arena, GrandWest, Cape Town
Tickets are available from Computicket on 083 915 8000, http://www.computicket.com and outlets countrywide.
For more information on Duran Duran, check out: http://www.duranduran.com
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