Meeting Duran Duran in person was a childhood dream come true for me - after a long wait of 20 years. On August 26, they were in Hong Kong to promote their new single (Reach Up For The) Sunrise, which will be out later this month. I met them in a suite at the Peninsula Hotel, sitting so close that only a coffee table separated us. Now in their 40s, their faces show signs of ageing. As bassist John Taylor joked at the press conference, they used to be chased by girls but now it is the other way round. Nevertheless, they are still energetic and keen to make an impact on the charts again. After their last studio recording, A View to A Kill in 1985, the 'Fab Five' went their separate ways - vocalist Simon Le Bon, keyboardist Nick Rhodes and drummer Roger Taylor formed glam rock band Arcadia, while John and guitarist Andy Taylor formed rock sensation The Power Station with singer Robert Palmer. In their heyday, they produced a string of chart-topping hits such as Planet Earth, Girls On Film, Hungry Like the Wolf, Save A Prayer, Is There Something I Should Know, Rio, The Reflex, Union of the Snake and Wild Boys. They fused pop music, art and fashion to an unprecedented degree and also took music videos to a new level, filming them in exotic locations with beautiful girls, stunning visuals and even featuring nudity. Now, almost 20 years later, the quintet have regrouped and are excited to be back. 'This is the best lineup. Unusual chemistry is not easy to find and we are lucky to come back together and still have that chemistry,' said Nick. John added: 'Three years ago, we agreed to work together again and rented a house in France [to start writing songs]. [Getting the coherence] was not difficult. We quickly connected. It was the same kind of music that we played. Nobody showed up wanting to play jazz.' Sunrise is the first single from their new album Astronaut. They have retained their trademark music style of pop rock tunes with poetic lyrics sung by Simon's edgy voice. A number of British bands, including Franz Ferdinand, have admitted to being inspired by Duran Duran. They have sold 70 million records to date. Unlike many other British bands, they had a successful career in the 1980s in the United States - a huge market that others attempted to conquer but failed. 'When we were there for the first time, all you heard on radio was Bruce Springsteen. We brought something new,' Nick recalled. '[But] at the end of the 80s, things switched from dance to hip-hop, techno and grunge, and it gradually moved away from the European sound and never drifted back much.' Roger said: 'We are a proper band. If not, there's no way we could go forward.' It was exciting to listen to him - the most quiet one of the five - who had quit in 1985 to live on a farm. Interviewing my childhood idols was easier than I thought. They were friendly, funny, sincere and patient enough to sign autographs for their fans. As one of their most loyal fans, I of course brought home the Fab Five's autographs. It was one of the most exciting and happiest days of my life.