Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

DURAN DURAN; '80S Band Back Together and Soaring like an 'Astronaut'

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

DURAN DURAN; '80S Band Back Together and Soaring like an 'Astronaut'

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Byline: EYDER PERALTA, The Times-Union

In the '80s, Duran Duran might just have been the biggest band in the world. It was one of the few that can claim to have its own sort of fans: the Duranies, who gawked and screamed and caused pandemonium when the band, in its eyeliner and avant-garde fashion, came on and off the stage.

In 1985, six years after its formation and perhaps at the peak of its career, the band called it quits. A few years later, three of the five original band members -- lead vocalist Simon LeBon, keyboardist Nick Rhodes and bassist John Taylor -- re-formed the group with new members, and although that lineup had some hits, the success didn't match those first years.

Last year, after 19 years apart, the original band -- including guitarist Andy Taylor and drummer Roger Taylor -- released a new album, Astronaut, and reunited for a tour, which will stop in Jacksonville Sunday night.

And for the first time in Duran Duran's career, the critics responded positively. And fans once again made headlines across the United States. The Washington Post, The New York Times and Time magazine all ran stories about the mob of fans squealing at the likes of the still handsome John Taylor, in particular.

But regrouping wasn't that easy for the band, said LeBon, especially because, having been away for so long, it practically had to start all over in the music business. …

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