Is there something you should know? yes - Duran Duran are back with a summer 2011 UK arena tour and new album

Posted: 25th January 2011
Duran Duran

I'm old enough to remember watching my female school-friends at school discos, wiggling their '80s flick-hairdo's and leggings to Duran Duran hits such as "Girls on Film" and "Hungry Like the Wolf", before grabbing the nearest bloke and playing tonsil-hockey with "Save a Prayer" trilling away as the soundtrack. I'm still having nightmares, in case you wanted to ask.

It will therefore be quite interesting to see what the collective audiences will get up to when Duran Duran play their towns later this year - yes folks, Simon Le Bon and crew are gearing themselves up for a national jaunt in the run up to summer.

The tour will take place from 18th May until 4th June and will call at Newcastle, Glasgow, Birmingham (of course), The O2 Arena in London, Bournemouth and many more until the closing night in Sheffield. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 9.30am, costing between £30 and £55 depending on the venue.

Le Bon and the boys had already hinted at a new album when they appeared on the One Show around Christmas time, but the reality is that "All you Need is Now" [produced by Mark Ronson, no less - Ed] will finally appear in March with a coinciding 30th anniversary reissue of the band's admittedly excellent debut album. In addition to the UK tour, and as previously announced, Duran Duran will appear at this year's iTunes Festival on 16th July.

Paul Pledger