Duran Duran timeline: Jul 15th 2002: The Devils, featuring Nick Rhodes and original Duran Duran lead singer Stephen Duffy, release the album Dark Circles in the UK to critical acclaim. Sep-Dec 02: Nick team up with the The Dandy Warhols to produce their new album Welcome To The Monkey House. Simon supplies some backing vocals. Apr 03: Duran announces their first tour dates together in eighteen years with the original line up of Simon, Andy, Nick, John and Roger. The first shows (in Japan) go on sale and the renowned 8,000 capacity Budokan Arena in Tokyo sells out in a staggering thirty minutes! A second sell out show at the Budokan is added to the five other dates. May 5th: The Dandy Warhols release Welcome To The Monkey House. The album receives critical acclaim and rave reviews for its Duran/Bowie-esque influences – brought to the project by Nick Rhodes’ clean sounding production skills. Aided by this "Planet Earth" homage video for one of its singles: May 12th: EMI release Singles Box Set 1981-1985, a thirteen-CD collection of the band’s singles to coincide with the 25th Anniversary. June: Things are busy for "The Fab Five". They also announce a set of gigs in North America from July to November, which sell out like hot potatoes. EMI release re-mastered versions of Duran Duran's Rio and Seven and the Ragged Tiger; + 2-DVD Greatest compilation containing all of the band’s seminal videos. Famed photographer Mario Testino does a photo session with the band for British Vogue, which becomes the first magazine to publish a photo of the reunited band. Jul 7th: The Reunion Tour starts in Japan. Aug 28th: The band members attend the MTV Video Music Awards in New York as presenters the night after their show at the Ritz, and are surprised with a presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award. Sep 26th: Power Station lead singer Robert Palmer dies suddenly in France. Oct 2nd: Nile Rodgers presents Duran Duran with The Q Lifetime Achievement Award in London. Oct 14th: Duran Duran: Forum Kentish Town, London, UK The band plays their first UK show since 1984 as the original lineup to an ecstatic sold-out crowd. Fans camp out at The Forum, in Kentish Town, London; Sky News reports that there were over 200,000 requests for tickets for a venue that could only hold 2,000 people. Nov 12th: Power Station drummer Tony Thompson dies of kidney cancer. Dec 6th-14th: The band joins pop star Robbie Williams as the special guests on his tour of Australia and New Zealand (December 2003). The first stadium concert in Sydney sells 50,000 tickets in one hour, and a second Sydney date is added because of the demand. After playing a couple of gigs in Texas, USA; at the end of Jan 2004 ..... Feb 2004: Duran return to the Studio in London, where they work with Producers Don Gilmore and Dallas Austin, and re-mixer Jason Nevins. Feb 17th: The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) honour the band at their February Awards show, The Brits, with the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award. The Award is presented to the band by Justin Timberlake. In its immediate aftermath Greatest CD re-enters the UK chart at a new #3 peak. Mar 4th: The band donated "Beautiful Colours" to FIFA, the international governing body for football, to use as its Centennial song. At the awards ceremony for the FIFA 100, honouring the top living footballers, a video of top moments in the sport was accompanied by the song. However, the song would not be one of those that made the final version of the album, despite it being a regular of their reunion live sets. Apr 7th- May 1st: The Reunion Tour of Britain & Ireland. (I saw them with Goldfrapp as support on 14th at Wembley Arena, London). Jun: After lengthy negotiations the band signed a four-album deal with Epic Records (a subsidiary of Sony BMG Music Entertainment). The songs were given a final polishing with producer Don Gilmore at Sphere Studios in London, and then mixed by Jeremy Wheatley throughout June and July 2004. R&B producer Dallas Austin produced three tracks on the album, and Nile Rodgers' early production work remains on another three.