Those Wild Boys from Brum, Duran Duran, are back home for their biggest UK concert in more than two decades, at Birmingham City's football ground later this month.
In many ways, it is like starting over again, as they told Emma Pinch...
It was the height of their fame and they basked in the adulation of millions worldwide. The millions flowed in, the records topped the chart, the fashions dominated pages and screens.
It was the 1980s and, in John Taylor's words, a wild time.
So wild that it drove him to the brink of destruction.
"I don't think anyone realised just what was going on at the time," he recalled.
"Nobody knew what we were up to. Everyone was just trying to deal with it the best way they could, but it was so mad.
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"Drugs had changed me into a person I didn't like anymore, I got to the point where I was pretty miserable. I didn't like anybody and I was afraid of my own shadow. I didn't like the person I'd become and it was all about survival."
Things today are very different for Messrs Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, Roger, John and Andy Taylor, aka Duran Duran.
Drinking Jack Daniels until dawn is out. So is chasing dodgy women down hotel corridors.
Yes, middle-age is beckoning. But Duran Duran are back drawing the kind of 80s-sized sell-out audiences they attracted in the days before their split.
And while the after-show excesses have been toned down, the songs and performances have been tuned up. Their time out of the limelight has made success all the sweeter - and they don't want to waste a single second of their resurgence.
"The real waste is if we didn't experience it to its full," said Simon.
"It's not about the groupies or the parties, it's about the music. You could probably make it look like it did 20 years ago. We used to concentrate our energies more on the parties after the shows than the actual gig.
"But now we know that the after-party can never be as exciting as the show you put on, so there's no point in staying up until 6am, drinking Jack Daniels, chasing dodgy women around the hotel lobby. It's not going to make you feel better. In fact, it might even screw you up for the show the following day. So that's how we're changed."
The Duran boys regard this performance - at Birmingham City Football Club's ground, St Andrew's, on May 28 - as the ultimate homecoming gig and the most important since their reunion.
Quite simply, they are back where it all started, all those years ago when they were jamming at the Rum Runner.
"Birmingham has always had a special place in our hearts because we were part of the local music scene in the early days," said Roger.
"Nick, John and I grew up in Birmingham, and because of the amount of time we spent here as a band, Simon and Andy seem to have become honorary Brummies - so it will be a very special show for us, our fans, friends and family."
It will be a chance to road-test how their new album Astronaut - which made its chart debut at number 3 - plays live, and thump out all the old favourites.
And, according to Simon, it was the time apart that made them realise how integral Duran Duran was to their lives.
"Our years apart helped us realise what we had before, and how valuable that was," added Simon. "And how our personal egos should never get in the way of the band's creativity.
The two support acts for show - Daniel Bedingfield and The Bravery - are poles apart in their music styles, but both were deliberate choices.
"Each act will make a unique musical contribution to the bill. Daniel is one of the most prolific song-writers of the moment," said Simon.
"There have been a load of press reports stating that The Bravery hate Duran Duran, but that's just not true. We are all big fans of the Bravery and chose them over The Killers, The Zutons and a number of other very credible acts."
The band are still riding high emotionally on the back of their reunion, but admit it is a lot less of a rollercoaster than their 80s heyday.
Said John: "You can't really compare it to the first time around as it was so wild then. Now it's just really good and better in some ways. We're a little bit more in control and there's a bit more balance."
At the height of their fame in the 80s, he said, many aspects of their lives were spiralling out of control, he said.
"Now it's different, every time we have a fight, we have to make a choice. Am I going to leave and is this really more important than the band?
"It's been like starting over. You don't just decide to get back together and then explode onto the stage and burst into song. You do have to go through steps. We don't want to be second best."
Did they ever think their comeback would be so successful? "It seemed like for years, we were being written out of music history," said John.
"So now, we're enjoying the moment of recognition. Before, we would have accepted the praise and let our egos grow, now were have become humble, grateful every day for the opportunity to do what we are doing.
"It has given us the passion to go out there and impress our fans and that is what the Birmingham City show is all about."