Duran Duran To Release DVD As Olympic Gig Looms

    Not so New Romantics, Duran Duran are to release a concert DVD of their December 2011 show at Manchester’s rather large MEN Arena. A Diamond In The Mind will see releases on DVD, CD, and Blu-Ray, with the truly insane able to pick up a deluxe edition, featuring a 20-page booklet of Simon et al pouting likes it’s 1983. The band are also touring a number of dates over the summer, supporting their 2010 album All You Need Is Now, a trailer for which can be seen below.

    The DVD release follows news that the band are to represent England, playing at the opening ceremony of London’s Olympic Games in July.  Other British artists such as Blur and John Lydon have been vocally trying to distance themselves from the event, labeling it too corporate and a Disneyfied version of all things British. Such accusations haven’t deterred Duran Duran, a band that always seemed to thrive on the plastic, style over substance image that has so horrified “serious” music critics since their ’80s heyday. Lead singer Simon Le Bon declared recently that the show would be one of the band’s “highlights of the last decade.”  Other headliners are Snow Patrol (Northern Ireland), Paolo Nutini (Scotland) and Stereophonics (Wales).

    Duran Duran’s summer tour dates:

    06.27 Prague, CZ: O2 Arena

    06.28 Budapest, HR: Papp Laszlo Sport Arena

    07.06 Thessaloniki, GR: Earth Open Air

    07.12 Novi Sad, SR: Exit Festival

    07.14 Ljubljana, SL: Gospodarsko Razstavisce

    07.16 Verona, IT: Verona Arena

    07.18 Rome, IT: Foro Italica

    07.20 Cattolica, IT @ Arena Della Regina

    07.21 Lucca, IT @ Piazza Napoleone

    07.23 Carcassonne, FR: The Theatre Jean Deschamps

    07.25 Monte Carlo, MC: Sporting Club Summer Festival

    07.27 London, UK: Hyde Park

    08.08 Saratoga, CA: The Mountain Winery

    08.09 Saratoga, CA: The Mountain Winery

    08.11 Costa Mesa, CA: Pacific Amphitheatre

    08.12 Tucson, AZ: Pacific Amphitheatre

    08.15 Catoosa, OK: Anselmo Valencia Amphitheatre

    08.17 Memphis, TN: Memphis Botanical Gardens

    08.18 Biloxi, MS: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

    08.19 Atlanta, GA: Chastain Park Amphitheatre

    08.21 Durham, NC: Durham Performing Arts Center

    08.24 Mashantucket, CT: MGM Grand Theatre at Foxwoods

    08.25 Atlantic City, NJ: Ovation Hall

    08.28 Kettering, OH: Fraze Pavilion for the Performing Arts

    08.29 Highland Park, IL: Ravinia

    08.31 Orillia, ON: Casino Rama Entertainment Centre