Still Still Duran Duran
March 15, 2005
As a kid, one of Mark McGrath's favorite bands
was Duran Duran -- now, 20 years later, he got the chance
to meet his idols Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes and John
Taylor as Duran Duran played the Hard Rock Hotel and
Casino in Vegas for the latest stop on their big reunion
"We all felt it was the right time for us
to get back together and work," Simon told
The legendary rockers, who recently released two
new albums, "Astronaut" and a 14-disc
set "The Singles," talked to Mark about
the overwhelming reaction they're getting from
fans at sold-out arenas around the country.
"They love the music, and we really love
the music as well," Simon said.
So what's the biggest difference between touring
in 2005 versus in the '80s? "I think we're
a lot better at what we're doing now," Nick
admitted. "I mean, if you spend 20 years
in music, you get a lot of experience and you
practice a lot."
"We thought there was an arena tour and reunion,"
John said of their comeback. "But it was
more about making an album and getting it right
and going out with a show that wasn't all nostalgia
and old songs."
So what about the fans? From the stage, how does
the crowd look compared to 20 years ago? "They're
a lot sexier than they used to be," John
observed. "They're older and learned how
to put makeup on."
But some things never change. "On this tour
I look at the band, play the intro to 'Rio' and
think about the first time we did it," said
John. "And I think, 'Damn we're still doing