You could be forgiven for thinking that Duran Duran were making a comeback to cash in the current 1980s revival.
But the surprising truth is that in their four decade career they have never really been away.
They’ve knocked out a steady stream of 39 singles and 14 albums since their 1978 debut.
The Trinity was an interesting choice for their Bristol gig last night, one of a series of low key “rehearsal shows” warming up for their delayed stadium tour.
With the Gorillaz playing a similar show last year the Trinity would appear to be becoming the choice for bands that would otherwise be too big to play a city that still doesn’t have an arena.
Just 650 people crammed into what is arguably Bristol’s most underused venue.
Even now, a quarter of a century after their peak, the band named after the bad guy in the camp classic “Barbarella” can still fill stadiums.
So it was quite a coup to see them in such an intimate venue.
But they broke the golden rule of nostalgia bands – too much new stuff, not enough hits.
For the first few songs they play tracks from their latest LP, “All You Need Is Now” .
They were fine but you could tell from the audience’s reaction it’s not what they came for.
Still, two things quickly become apparent. Firstly that the original line up is actually a tight band and that secondly Simon Le Bon still has his voice.
And not just the voice. With a designer beard and sparkly jacket he looked a good decade short of his 52 years.
If there was a woman in the room who wouldn’t trade her first born to go home with him – or the ridiculously coiffured John Taylor for that matter – it would be a surprise.
But it took 45 minutes for the first 80s sing-along, and it was “Union of the Snake”, not exactly their finest moment.
It took the encore to bring out the big guns, with a climatic “Rio” receiving a rapturous response.
But a great finish does not a great gig make.
Beyond the thrill of seeing a big name band in a small venue it was a case of great performance, poor set list.
Still, at least they’ve not been reduced to doing those awful internet adverts like Heaven 17.