New-wavers Duran Duran are set to create an island within online community Second Life — which touts itself as a virtual escape from reality — to host their real-life concerts. Second Life is a three-dimensional online world where users create personas called avatars that can do, well, anything they want. “When I started looking at the figures running around, chatting, and interacting, I thought this is somewhere between a bizarre virtual reality TV show, a surreal real-life experience, and a video game,” keyboardist Nick Rhodes told BBC News. “Somehow the amalgamation was just irresistible — what became obvious was that Duran Duran should have a presence within there.” 3D versions of the band members and their performance schedule will be revealed in the coming months.
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