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Interview:
Duran Duran more excited about future than past
 

By GARY GRAFF
for Journal Register Newspapers

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It's been 30 years since Duran Duran released its self-titled debut album. But despite numerous accomplishments since -- including worldwide album sales of more than 100 million and 21 singles in the Billboard Hot 100 -- the British group isn't interested in blowing out any birthday candles.

"Nobody's been jumping up and down to use that 30-year anniversary thing," says bassist John Taylor, 51." It's not very appealing to any of us. It's almost like when people say, 'Doesn't he look good for 50?' It's like a backhanded compliment, how great it is we're still together after 30 years."

Keyboardist Nick Rhodes, 49, adds that, "I think it's been long enough that we don't need to make any more of a deal out of it. There's always an anniversary, isn't there? I think we'd be more likely to celebrate a 33rd anniversary than our 30th anniversary.

"So it doesn't matter after a point; you either want to continue doing what you are doing or you don't want to be doing it anymore, and we're lucky that we do."

Both Taylor and Rhodes say Duran Duran is far more interested in its latest album, "All You Need is Now," than what's come before it. The set -- which debuted at No. 29 on the Billboard 200 chart -- was produced by contemporary hitmaker Mark Ronson, although he did convince the group to not shy away from the melodic and compositional elements that were part of its biggest hits during the 80s.

"We're kind of a band that's obsessed with being modern," notes Taylor. "If we have a manifesto it's to never repeat yourself and be modern at all times -- which is exhausting. But Mark came in and said, 'No, no, you don't need to update the brand. You don't need to do anything new.'

"A lot of people have said Mark was trying to make a follow-up to (1982's double-platinum) 'Rio,' but I think it was more he let us know we didn't have to look outside ourselves on this album."

Duran Duran performs at 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Colosseum at Caesars Windsor, 377 Riverside Drive. Tickets are $75-$176 Call 1-800-522-4700 or visit www.caesarswindsor.com.

Web Site: www.caesarswindsor.com

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