Alan and Suzanne Whitewood return with their usual Isle of Wight Festival headliner preview…
Sunday headliners at this year’s Isle of Wight Festival, Duran Duran, started their career in Birmingham.
Nick Rhodes (real name Nicholas Bates), John Taylor and Roger Taylor (no relation) grew up in the Hollywood area of the city and were keen to form a group. Having advertised for a lead rhythm guitarist they secured Andy Taylor (again no relation), who came down from Newcastle.
Seeking a vocalist, they came across Pinner born Simon Le Bon, a chorister at Saint John the Baptist Church for 4 years. This was a Eureka moment for the boys because Simon had a book full of lyrics.
Their turning point was securing a record deal with EMI with their first hit single being ‘Planet Earth’ in 1981.
With their fame spreading they were busy filming promotional videos – ‘Hungry Like the Wolf’ in Sri Lanka and ‘Rio’ on board a sailing yacht in Antigua, both 1982 hits.
In 1985 they were chosen to record the title song for the James Bond film ‘A View to a Kill’ which was a number 2 single in the UK but number 1 in the USA. Also in 1985, Duran Duran performed at Live Aid on the Philadelphia stage. It proved to be the last time the original quintet would play together as Roger soon quit.
All 5 original members reunited in 2004, only for Andy to quit 2 years later, disillusioned with performing and touring.
Simon (lead vocals), Nick (keyboards), John (bass) and Roger (drums) will take the stage at the 2021 Isle of Wight Festival at Seaclose Park on Sunday (19th September).
With a scheduled release date of the 22nd October 2021, the group’s 15th studio album will be ‘Future Past’ with ‘Invisible’ as the lead single, on their new record label BMG. Their last album ‘Paper Gods’ was issued in 2015 and reached number 5.