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Such a strategy risks coming off as indulgent and a bit stroppy: nobody goes to see a chart-topping 1980s group expecting to find out where they are creatively 'at' in 2011. But the new tunes are of sufficiently high calibre that they wash over the crowd rather than lodge in the collective craw. It's filler but filler you can dance to. For all that, the hits, delivered in a prolonged deluge in the evening's final third, are frequently glorious. 'Notorious' is skinny white funk sprinkled with genius; 'Hungry Like the Wolf' is so over-the-top it actually feels profound; 'Ordinary World', their proto-Coldplay ballad, shows that, when they have a mind to, they can be as subtle as anyone. The tight trousers, frizzy hair and endless mugging suggest an outfit living in the past and not inclined towards growing old gracefully. This makes them easy to laugh at but ensures they are thrilling company for a few hours on a rainy December night. ed power

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Duran Duran have always seemed ridiculous to everybody but themselves. This is probably the secret of their longevity. Where the majority of their 1980s contemporaries burned out or simply faded away, it has never occurred to these doyens of outrageous plastic funk that they were in any way washed up. In their own mind, they remain a fantastic art-rock band who just happen to spend a lot of their free time larking on yachts or hanging with supermodels.

In concert, you can see how hard they work at not being a nostalgia act. While the hits aren't skimped on, they are equally dutiful about airing material from their two most recent records -- 2007's Timbaland-produced Red Carpet Massacre, and last year's Mark Ronson-assisted All You Need Is Now.


Still, the whiff of self-parody is never far away. Bearded and burly, Simon Le Bon appears vaguely cognisant he's no longer a slender 24-year-old with killer cheekbones.

With their flouncy hair and even flouncier shirts, keyboardist Nick Rhodes and bassist John Taylor, though, give the impression of being trapped in a time-warp.

They don't do much to lay at rest the accusation they are merely a fashionista band, either. In one of the backing videos, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell and Eva Herzigova mime along to the music, encapsulating everything people hate about the band in three succinct minutes.

Irish Independent

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