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Boys on Film: Duran Duran's '84 tour

Boys on Film: Duran Duran's '84 tour

Exclusive images from the Sing Blue Silver tour 30 years ago

Simon Le Bon in the dressing room, USA 1984All images © Denis O'Regan

In 1984 Duran Duran were at the height of their fame. Seven and the Ragged Tiger, the band’s third studio album, became their first (and only) number one soon after its release in November the previous year, and announced a sharper, more dance-friendly, synth-driven sound. The world tour (apparently the band wanted to spend a year abroad to avoid tax), began in Australia, but was mostly spent in Canada and the US. It was the band’s first as major headliners.

They played 51 shows to over half a million people, and were received with delirious abandon almost everywhere they went. It seemed at the time as though it was just the start of something great, though that year’s success was never to be fully repeated, and the following year, the band members drifted apart into separate projects, Arcadia and Power Station. The 1984 line-up didn’t release another album together for 20 years.     

Known as Reg by the band, Denis O’Regan was the tour’s official photographer. He wrote Sing Blue Silver, the book documenting the tour, which was released soon after the tour was completed, alongside a documentary of the same name. He has now released Careless Memories, a coffee-table collection of photos from the American and Japanese legs of the tour, all restored, and some never previously shown. There’s a selection of the shots below; in the book, they are accompanied by a commentary by the band.  

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Known as Reg by the band, Denis O’Regan was the tour’s official photographer

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