After two years, founding members Nick Rhodes (keyboard) and John Taylor (bass) finalize the Duran Duran line up with Roger Taylor (drums), Andy Taylor (guitar) and Simon LeBon (vocals). They begin work on their first record, titled Duran Duran.
Duran Duran release their first single "Planet Earth" off of their eponymous debut LP. It enters UK Top 20, the album reaches #3 and sells in excess of 2.5 million copies. Duran Duran test the waters of the US by playing an extensive club tour, including a stint at the Roxy in Los Angeles and the Ritz in New York City.
The band make the first extended video to accompany the dance mix of their song "Girl's on Film." It is directed by Godley and Crème and meets with much controversy.
Duran Duran support Blondie on their US tour. Their newly released record Rio spawns three UK Top 10 hits - "Hungry Like the Wolf", "Save a Prayer", and "Rio".
Carnival, an EP of extended re-mixes taken from the Rio album is released.
Spectacular music videos follow as the band go to Sri Lanka with Director Russell Mulcahy to film videos for "Save A Prayer", "Hungry Like the Wolf" and "Lonely in your Nightmare" then on Antigua to film "Rio".
Princess Diana declares Duran Duran her favorite band.
MTV grabs hold of "Hungry like the Wolf", which later becomes one of the 15 most played videos ever.
The US discover Duran Duran and send "Hungry Like the Wolf" and "Rio" into the Top 10.
"Is There Something I Should Know?" goes straight to #1 in the UK (only the fourth time that had ever happened in chart history) and reaches #4 in the US.
Seven and the Ragged Tiger, the group's third album,hits UK #1 and the first single, "Union of the Snake," explodes around the world.
Nick Rhodes produces the hit "Too Shy" by Kajagoogoo.
Simon and Nick are Guest VJs on MTV and Andy Warhol stops by to pay them a visit.
Duran Duran perform on Saturday Night Live and do a video signing in a Times Square store, where they are mobbed by fans and the police riot squad are called to control the crowd.
Duran Duran release a video album and the band perform on MTV's first ever New Year's Bash. The group perform at the Prince's Trust Concert at the Dominion Theatre, where Prince Charles and Princess Diana were in attendance.
Years later, it was revealed that the IRA had attempted to plant bombs in the lavatory of the theatre in an assassination attempt, but the plot was foiled.
Seven and the Ragged Tiger spawns two further hit singles, "New Moon on Monday" and "The Reflex," which
becomes their first US #1. Following this success, Duran Duran undertake a major US arena tour. They are the first act to utilize live video
cameras and screens in their show.
Hysteria reaches "Beatle mania" proportion. They break every existing merchandise record. During the tour, the mayhem is documented in the film Sing Blue Silver.
A show is recorded and results in the live album Arena, which also includes the Nile Rodgers produced single "Wild Boys" which goes #2 in the US and #1 around the World. The group appear on the cover of ROLLING STONE, where they are christened as the FAB FIVE.
Duran Duran appear on the Band Aid charity record, "Do They Know it's Christmas?" along with Bono, Sting,
George Michael, Boy George and others.
The band win two Grammy Awards for best long and short form video.
The live version of "Save a Prayer" is released as a single in the USA.
"A View To a Kill," the theme song from the James Bond movie of the same name, goes #1 worldwide. It is the only Bond theme to ever hit #1.
Simon Le Bon and Nick Rhodes form Arcadia with drummer Roger Taylor, whose Platinum album So Red the Rose yields the Top 20 single "Election Day." Guests on the Arcadia CD include Grace Jones, Sting, David Gilmour and Herbie Hancock.
Nick and Simon Guest VJ on MTV, with artist Keith Haring painting the entire set during the hour.
Duran Duran perform at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia for the Live Aid charity event. It turns out to be the last performance featuring the original line up.
Roger Taylor and Andy Taylor leave Duran Duran.
Warren Cuccurullo, formerly of Frank Zappa's band and Missing Persons, takes over as guitarist.
John Taylor, Nick Rhodes and Simon Le Bon release the funk-based album Notorious. The single of the same name reaches #2.
Duran Duran deliver further singles "Skin Trade" and "Meet El Presidente" from Notorious and set out on the Strange Behaviour World Tour. The band plays a charity gig at the Beacon Theatre in NYC, where Lou Reed joins them onstage to perform "Sweet Jane" and "Walk on the Wild Side." The band participate in a behind the scenes documentary called Three to Get Ready. Shot entirely in Black and White, the movie is shown at many film festivals.
Big Thing is released, generating the hits "I Don't Want Your Love" (Top 5 worldwide) and "All She Wants Is." The video for "All She Wants Is," directed by avant- gardephotographer Dean Chamberlain is awarded by MTV for its innovation. To kick off their tour in support of the album, the band get back to basics and begin the Caravan Duran Tour, playing small clubs in the States and abroad.
The band continues to tour in support of Big Thing, moving in to larger venues with the Electric Theatre Tour.
Ten years of Duran Duran is documented by both an album and video entitled Decade. The mega-mix "Burning the Ground" captures some of their finest recorded moments. Warren Cuccurullo becomes a permanent member of Duran Duran, as they release their sixth studio album Liberty and the singles "Violence of Summer (Love's Taking Over)" and
"Serious." To the disappointment of their fans, the band chooses not to tour.
Simon, Nick, Warren and John start preparation and writing for next Duran Duran studio album.
Duran Duran hole up in PRIVACY studios to record tracks for their self titled seventh CD, also known as The Wedding Album. They collaborate with Brazilian musician Milton Nascimento on a song called "Breath after Breath."
The band perform at the KROQ (CA) Acoustic Christmas show.
Duran Duran makes a triumphant return to the charts with "Ordinary World," which instantly becomes a massive hit Worldwide.
The group films the video "Ordinary World" in California with Director Nick Egan.
Duran Duran's The Wedding Album is released and mirrors the success of the single "Ordinary World." The song "Ordinary World" receives much praise and wins an Ivor Novello Award for songwriting.
Duran Duran become one of the first bands to play in South Africa after the end of Apartheid.
"Come Undone" becomes the album's second hit as Duran Duran embark on a lengthy world tour.
The band is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Simon and Nick appear on LARRY KING LIVE in Washington, DC
Duran Duran performs live via satellite across the globe from the Tower Records store on Sunset Blvd. in Los Angeles.
Duran Duran performs "Come Undone" at the MTV Movie Awards.
The band continue on the road with the Dilate Your Mind World Tour in support of The Wedding Album.
The band films a video in New York City for "Femme Fatale" with director Ellen Von Unwerth.
While in South America, Duran Duran shoot the video for "Breath After Breath" in Argentina.
Duran Duran performs an acoustic set on MTV's UNPLUGGED series. In their spare time, they commence work on their next album, recording in studios around the globe while on tour.
Duran Duran decide to pay tribute to their musical influences and release Thank You, an album of cover versions.
The song and video for "Perfect Day" reunites the band with original drummer Roger Taylor. Duran Duran perform the rap classic "White Lines" on the LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, accompanied by Grand Master Flash, Melle Mel and the Furious Five.
Everyone from Lou Reed to Led Zeppelin and Iggy Pop to Bob Dylan sing the praises of Duran Duran's versions of their songs.
Duran Duran headlines a series of radio festivals in the States and contributes a stellar track to the Led Zeppelin tribute album Enconium.
Simon performs in Italy for the Bosnian War Child charity, and appears on the album Pavarotti and Friends Together for the Children of Bosnia, dueting with Pavarotti on Duran's "Ordinary World," and Dolores O'Riordan on "Linger."
Bassist and founding member John Taylor decides to leave Duran Duran to pursue a solo career.
Hole perform "Hungry Like the Wolf" in their set for MTV Unplugged. Simon, Nick and Warren return to PRIVACY STUDIOS in London to begin work on a new album.
Duran Duran contribute a song to the soundtrack of the motion picture The Saint. Their stand out track, "Out of my Mind," together with a video shot in Czechoslovakia, garners worldwide attention and anticipation for the release of Medazzaland, the group's eleventh album. As Duran Duran ready the CD, they shoot the video for the first single "Electric Barbarella" in UK with Ellen Von Unwerth.
After 17 years on the edge of music and technology, Duran Duran make yet another break through by becoming the first band in the history of the Internet to digitally download
a song for sale on the World Wide Web. "Electric Barbarella" is downloaded from Abbey Road Studios London, using Liquid Audio. MoJo Records release The Duran Duran Tribute Album, with tracks by Goldfinger, Reel Big Fish and Deftones. A concert is organized in Los Angeles by the acts involved to celebrate the band and their music.
Duranduran.com is launched.
Duran Duran kick off a two month tour of North America by performing at the opening night of New York's Whitney Museum Exhibit featuring the work of Andy Warhol.
The band return to the studio to begin writing the follow up to the critically acclaimed Medazzaland.
EMI records release both a re-mix CD called Essentials and The Greatest, a second Greatest Hits collection.
The band embark on the Greatest and Latest Tour of the UK, their first live dates there in five years.
Simon performs with the Smashing Pumpkins at the Sheperds Bush Empire in London. They perform
the Duran classic "Nightboat" Duran Duran leaves EMI Records after 18 years.
VH.1 feature the band on its BEHIND THE MUSIC program as Duran Duran enter the year 2000 by signing a multi-album deal with Hollywood Records.
Two more Tribute Albums are released: Glue featuring Nathan Stack, Deep 13 and Earthling and Undone: The Songs of Duran Duran, a tribute by Australian artists, showcasing covers by The Living End, Kylie Minogue and Ben Lee. Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes and Warren Cuccurullo put a touring band together to play outdoor arenas during the summer. The shows receive rave reviews.
Puff Daddy samples "Notorious" for a Notorious B.I.G. song.
The band perform on VH.1's HARD ROCK LIVE, showcasing songs from their forthcoming album and classics from their repertoire.
With 60 million records sold, Duran Duran release their new album, Pop Trash on June 13th, 2000. "Someone Else Not Me" is the first single, released on May 2nd.
Video for SOMEONE ELSE NOT ME premiered on Shockwave.com on June 13th. The video was made using Flash Technology and was the first video that was broadcast on MTV and VH1 using this type of digital animation.
Duran Duran appear on US Television shows including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Today Show Summer Concert Series, The View, and The Craig Kilbourne Show to promote the album. The band's official site, duranduran.com, is re-vamped and re-launched.
Duran Duran records VH.1 STORYTELLERS in London on June 25th. The show first aired in Europe on August 25th and in the US on September 23rd.
The band begins POP TRASH TOUR 2000 of the United States in Florida on July 21st. The 33-date tour attracts rave reviews.
During the US tour, the band played a week's residency at the House of Blues in Los Angeles, smashing all attendance records. On Wednesday, August 30th, the show was broadcast live on HOB.com. Duran Duran do a Christmas tour of the United Kingdom, selling out all shows. The UK Pop Trash tour features the world's first use of "augmented reality" technology in a live concert. Duran Duran worked with a computer graphics producer to create advanced 2D and 3D visual effects, which allowed animated characters to appear live on stage with the band.
BBC1 television (UK) film interviews with past and present members of Duran Duran for a documentary on the band celebrating 20 years of their career. The BBC1 show entitled THE WILD BOYS was first aired in the UK on August 28th.
Universal Theme Park in Japan use the Duran Duran song "Last Day on Earth" from the POP TRASH album to welcome visitors during the Grand Opening.
The band tour Russia for the first time in their career. The show from Moscow is broadcast live on television.
Duran Duran embarks on the CLOSE UP tour of the USA, playing multiple nights in intimate venues. Their five-night stint at Chicago's House of Blues break all records for their fastest sell out shows ever. The shows receive terrific reviews. During a "Close Up" tour show in Anaheim, California, the first fully immersed video and audio recording of a rock concert was conducted. The live rock experience was captured using a unique 360-degree panoramic video and 10.2 channel audio recording system. This pioneering recording was coordinated by producer Jarrell Pair with audio/video researchers working with Dr. Tom Holman, famous for creating Lucasfilm's THX audio standard.
Simon LeBon and Nick Rhodes shoot a print campaign for the GAP in May. Unable to land the Space Shuttle Atlantis due to poor weather, NASA wakes the crew the next morning by playing Duran Duran's "Hold Back the Rain" in an effort to ward off the bad weather. It works, and the shuttle lands safely at Cape Canaveral.
Duran Duran tours Japan in June for the first time since 1992. The Japanese dates are the last with guitarist Warren Cuccurullo.
Warren Cuccurullo parts with the band to reform his group Missing Persons. Nick Rhodes and Simon LeBon are reunited with the original three members of Duran Duran, Roger, Andy and John Taylor. They meet together in Europe in June to commence writing on a new album.
Simon, Nick, John, Andy and Roger get together in the South of France to work on material for a new album.
When they return from France, Simon and Nick team up with the Dandy Warhols to work on their new album 'Welcome to the Monkey House.' Nick is at the helm producing the record and Simon provides guest vocals.
The Devils (Nick Rhodes and Stephen Duffy) perform songs from 'Dark Circles' at London department store Harvey Nichols to a packed crowd that includes both Simon LeBon and Roger Taylor. Nick Rhodes produces songs for two up and coming artists, She Said Yeah and Riviera F in-between his duties on the new Duran record.
Duran Duran celebrates the 25th anniversary of the formation of the band in 1978.
Capitol/EMI Records re-issues a re-mastered version of the album 'Rio.'
In April Duran Duran announce their first tour dates together in eighteen years with the original line up of Simon, Andy, Nick, John and Roger. The first shows (in Japan) go on sale and the renowned 8,000 capacity Budokan Arena in Tokyo sells out in a staggering 30 minutes! A second sell out show at the Budokan is added to the five other dates
The Dandy Warhols release 'Welcome to the Monkey House.' The album receives critical acclaim and rave reviews for its Duran/Bowie-esque influences – brought to the project by Rhodes' finely tuned production skills.
June sees EMI Records release re-mastered versions of 'Duran Duran' and 'Seven & the Ragged Tiger.'
The band members announce their first American dates in eighteen years, including a night at the legendary Roxy Theatre on Sunset in Los Angeles (the first West Coast venue they played some 20 plus years earlier.) The show is announced by the band on LA's KROQ radio. Fans sleep outside the venue for nights in order to secure tickets to the show. A star-studded audience includes Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani, fellow No Doubt'ers Tony Kanal and Adrien Young, actor Nicolas Cage, Christina Applegate, Beck, Mark McGrath from Sugar Ray and Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols . EMI Records releases a 13 CD Box Set of the band's singles from the period '81-'85 to coincide with the 25th Anniversary.
Duran Duran announce more US dates, including The Joint at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas which sells out in less than 10 minutes, with a second date being quickly added. Another celebrity-packed audience attends the concert and after-party, hosted by Hard Rock founder Peter Morton. Guests include singer Macy Gray, comedian Jimmy Fallon and Oscar-winner Adrien Brody amongst others. The band record their five Japanese shows, one of their Las Vegas dates and their first show in Orange County, to release both individually and as a box set. Available through the internet only, these were part of the Encore Series distributed by TheMusic.com.
Duran mania spreads to New York in August when the band play their first date in eighteen years on the East Coast at Webster Hall (formerly The Ritz). All 1,500 tickets sell out in a mind blowing 2 minutes – crashing the Ticketmaster website for at least 30 minutes. The show and after party celebration is attended by many New Yorkers happy to see the band back together including Christie Turlington, Edward Burns, Chloe Sevigny, Debbie Harry, Tatum O'Neal, Famke Janssen, Michael Musto The Donnas and film director Brett Ratner.
The band members attend the MTV Video Music Awards in New York the night after their show at the Ritz and are surprised with a presentation of a 'Lifetime Achievement Award.' EMI Records release a 2-DVD Greatest Hits compilation containing all of the band's seminal videos
Duran Duran plays to 45,000 people at KROQ's (CA) Inland Invasion show. The event becomes the fastest selling date ever at Devore's Glen Helen Pavilion.
The band headline other radio shows in San Francisco and Boston during September and early October.
Q Magazine – the UK's most prestigious music magazine - presents the band with the Lifetime Achievement Award at their 2003 ceremony in London. Nile Rodgers presents the accolade and the event is televised around the world.
The band plays their first UK show since 1984 as the original lineup to an ecstatic sold out crowd. Fans camp out at The Forum, in Kentish Town, London and SKY NEWS report that there were over 200,000 requests for tickets for a venue that could only hold 2,000 people.
Duran Duran is invited to participate in the Princes Trust Fundraiser at the Royal Albert Hall, entitled "Fashion Rocks." As the band performs "Girls on Film," models – including Yasmin LeBon – strut the catwalk dressed in Donna Karan. The televised event raises over One Million Pounds for charity.
The band join pop star Robbie Williams as the special guests on his tour of Australia and New Zealand (December 2003). The first stadium concert in Sydney sells 50,000 tickets in one hour and a second Sydney date is added because of the demand.
After a successful stint "Down Under" with Robbie Williams –where the band add solo shows to cope with fan demand – they finish 2003 with a sold out show in Singapore.
Throughout the year, alongside their extensive touring and promotional commitments, the band manages to convene regularly in London for further writing and recording sessions.
The band announces four UK arena shows, which sell out almost immediately. Others are quickly added, extending the tour to 14 dates, including five Wembley Arenas, three Birmingham NECs and two Manchester Arenas.
The band is invited to participate in the US Super Bowl in Houston, TX. The song "Wild Boys" is broadcast to over one billion people worldwide
The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) announces that they will honour the band at their February Awards show, The Brits, with the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award. The Award is presented to the band by Justin Timberlake, who surprised the band at August's MTV Awards by telling them what a big influence they had been on him.
Indie favorites Goldfrapp & The Scissor Sisters are announced as special guests for the UK dates, with Goldfrapp taking the first nine shows and Scissor Sisters the last six. A new track, 'Sunrise', mixed by Jason Nevins, is included on Capitol Records' 'Queer Eye For the Straight Guy' soundtrack.
NASA sends a second Mars Exploration Rover in to Space called Opportunity, whose main task is to investigate whether Mars ever had environments that were suitable for sustaining life. Each morning the Rover is awoken by a song, and in early February NASA chooses Duran Duran's "Is There Something I Should Know" in hopes of "encouraging" Opportunity to find some more answers. Simon, Nick and Roger visit the BRIT school in Croydon, England, where they inspected the dance studio, theatre, recording studio and technology labs before facing a grilling in a Q&A session from 50 students.
A new album and a worldwide tour are eagerly awaited in 2004
There are currently in excess of 50,000 web pages dedicated to Duran Duran on the worldwide web.
--- from the official Duran Duran website