As the world counts down to July 27th for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, veteran rockers Duran Duran will headline with Snow Patrol for a concert to mark the opening ceremonies of the 30th Olymipad, then return to America (including a stop in A.C.)

According to the Associated Press, the Olympic concert is saluting the 4 parts of the United Kingdom.  Duran Duran has the honor of representing England, a choice that has earned mixed reviews overseas.  The band, who did a SoJO Session for SoJO 104.9 several months back, may not have had a significant American hit since 1993 with "Ordinary World" and Come Undone", but still have relevance in the UK - "Sunrise" (a #1 Us Dance hit) and "What Happens Tomorrow" were Top-10 hits there in 2005.  Question is was there a better choice, like Coldplay?

Duran Duran gets rewarded it seems for their long career (15 Top-10 hits in the UK, 10 Top-5 hits in the U.S.).  Simon LeBon commented that "this will be one of the highlights of the decade for us", and the band promises a memorable performance.

Snow Patrol gets to represent Northern Ireland - quite the honor when you think that U2 is the standard from Ireland.  The band played a sold-out show in Philly less than 2 months ago, and Heather DeLuca did interview lead singer Gary Lightbody before the show.  The group has had 6 Top-10 hits in the UK, but the 2 you know from SoJO are "Chasing Cars" and "Called Out In The Dark".

This concert will also feature Stereophonics (representing Wales) and Paolo Nutini (Scotland).

After the Olympic concert, Duran Duran is planning another tour of America and will be coming back to Atlantic City on August 25th to Revel Resort (Ovation Hall).  Listen to SoJO for more details.