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Ronson teams up with Duran Duran

Simon Le Bon and Mark Ronson
Ronson (right) was born three years before Duran Duran formed

Musician Mark Ronson is to rework Duran Duran's classic hits in a one-off concert with the pop legends in France.

Ronson, who recently revealed he was working on a potential Bond theme with Amy Winehouse, is currently in the studio crafting the remixes.

He said Duran Duran "were the only band I ever idolised" and admitted he "used to take a picture of [bassist] John Taylor with me to the barber shop".

The gig will take place at La Cigale in Paris on 2 July.

Ronson will also play a set with his own band, the Version Players, with Simon Le Bon taking a guest vocal slot.

In a statement, Le Bon called Ronson "one of the biggest talents to have emerged in recent years".

"He's taking popular music in a new, exciting and fresh direction," he said. "He also looks great in a well cut suit, and has the blood and voice of an Englishman."

Although the musicians did not reveal which tracks they would be collaborating on, Duran Duran's hits include Save A Prayer, Wild Boys and Rio.

The group, renowned for their trend-setting widescreen promo videos, picked up a lifetime achievement award at the 2004 Brit awards.

Ronson has also been the recipient of a Brit prize - taking home Best British Male at this year's ceremony.

Their collaborative concert is invite-only, but will be filmed and shown around the world, according to sponsor Smirnoff.


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