Duran Duran - Organisers Slammed For 'Duran Duran' Olympics Booking

Duran Duran will headline the London Olympics opening concert, but their booking has promoted bemusement from some music fans and celebrities. The 80's chart-topping group will headline the July 27, 2012 show, which will also feature Snow Patrol, Stereophonics and Paulo Nutini, reports the Press Association.
Novelist Tony Parsons was among the first to react to the news on Twitter, joking, "Duran Duran to headline Olympic gig. Who is running the 1500 metres - Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett?". Author Tom MCLaughlin took aim at the entire line-up, saying, "Duran Duran, Paulo Nutini, Stereophonics and Snow Patrol? We may as well just put Cameron's iPod on shuffle and be done with". Comedian Al Murray joked, "Duran Duran to headline 2012 Olympics gig. Far more worrying than rooftop missiles". It seems the British public are beginning to lose patience with the Olympic ceremony organisers, who last month attempted to approach The Who to reunite with their drummer Keith Moon and perform at the opening extravaganza. One key problem with that booking came when the organisers discovered Moon had died in 1978 after swallowing 32 clomethiazole tablets.
Tickets for the concert go on general sale on Friday (April 4, 2012), though music fans are probably more drawn to the closing concert two weeks later, which features New Order, The Specials and BLUR.


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"...who last month attempted to approach The Who to reunite with their drummer Keith Moon..."Deliberate mistake?
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"...who last month attempted to approach The Who to reunite with their drummer Keith Moon"Er, he died in 1978?
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As the next line says...."One key problem with that booking came when the organisers discovered Moon had died in 1978 after swallowing 32 clomethiazole tablets."
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That's what the next line says. "One key problem with that booking came when the organisers discovered Moon had died in 1978 after swallowing 32 clomethiazole tablets."
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Why shouldn't Duran Duran represent England at the Olympics? This band is one of the most successful groups to have come out of this country, they have won numerous awards for their music and iconic videos, and toured all over the world to sell-out shows. While Duran Duran are constantly keeping their music fresh and relevant, it seems that their critics are stuck in the past by trotting out the usual sarcastic comments whenever this band are in the media. Duran Duran have always had to put up with this kind of backlash since the beginning, but they're still going strong. They are a real band, who write and play real music, and can rock with the best of them, so their success just proves how much of this criticism is unfounded. I rest my case.
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We can't have everyone's favourite band performing at this concert but we can give Duran Duran the credit and respect that they deserve. They exude enduring talent, energy and glamour. They have the ability to put a smile on our faces with their music while we momentarily forget about all the crap in this world.... isn't this part of the essence of the Olympic games? England should be proud... they have sold over 100 million albums, over 14 top 10 hits in the UK, over 21 hits in the USA and their current album reached no.1 on itunes in over 15 countries around the world! Not worthy of representing England Tony Parsons?
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