London, Jun 12 : English rock band Duran Duran made history after they became the first band to perform at the Louvre Museum in Paris.
The concert, which was organised as a fundraising effort for the 18th century Decorative Arts Gallery of the museum, saw the museum opening its doors to the band, which had performed in the famous Louvre Pyramid, designed by IM Pei.
Simon Le Bon, who is the lead singer and lyricist of the band, was hopeful that the show was of help.
"I hope the show put a smile on the Mona Lisa's face," BBC quoted him as saying.
This is a first time for both, as the museum has never before allowed a pop concert to take place in its grounds or buildings.
"It was a great honour for us to be asked to perform at this prestigious event in one of the most beautiful and historic buildings in Paris and for such a worthy cause to the arts," Le Bon said.
"We are all great lovers of the arts and have visited the museum's works many times. Helping to raise funds for this incredible institution is a tremendous privilege for all of us," he added.
The money raised will be used to restore a Louis XV drawing room, originally created for the Hotel Villemare, which will be featured in the Decorative Arts Gallery.
Duran Duran will return to Paris on the 2nd July to perform at Le Cigalle, with Mark Ronson. They will then play four dates in the UK at London's O2 Arena.