Review: Duran Duran live at Madison Square Garden

Posted by The G on October 26, 2011 under G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

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From left: John Taylor, Nick Rhodes, Simon LeBon of Duran Duran

Duran Duran!  The fab four (formerly five, but Andy Taylor is no longer with the band) made their long awaited return to New York with a show at Madison Square Garden on October 25, 2011.  After an enthusiastic set from Neon Trees, Duran Duran took the stage at 8:30 PM.  For nearly two solid hours, Duran Duran played so many songs that cemented their place in music history such as “Planet Earth,” “Hungry Like The Wolf,” “Rio,” “The Reflex,” “Is there Something I Should Know,” “Ordinary World,” “Come Undone,” and “Notorious.”  As you can imagine, an arena full of people singing and dancing along to all of those songs is a guaranteed great time.  But it was not all hits, many songs from Duran Duran’s latest album “All You Need Is Now,” their best album in years, made their New York live debut tonight.

Simon LeBon

The title track from the album as well as my favorite “The Man Who Stole A Leopard” were played as well as their new single “Leave a Light On.”  Ana Matronic of Scissor Sisters guested on stage to sing on “Safe” as she does on the album and the album’s producer, Mark Ronson played guitar on their new classic “Girl Panic.”  There were some visuals projected on the screens behind the band, but who needs theatrics when you’ve got such a great catalog of songs?  During one of the encores, “Wild Boys,” the band broke into another 1980s classic, Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s “Relax,” which was a nice, if odd, surprise.  Aside from “Careless Memories” and the instrumental “Tiger Tiger,” Duran Duran didn’t get into obscure songs and instead stuck mostly with big hits and new songs.

Nick Rhodes, John Taylor of Duran Duran

It’s been awhile since I’ve seen Duran Duran and I did not leave without a smile on my face.  If you haven’t heard their latest album “All You Need is Now,” you should check it out because producer Mark Ronson got Duran Duran to return to their classic sound that made them so popular nearly 30 years ago!  30 years ago?!  Wow.  Where does the time go?  It was interesting (and slightly depressing) to see that the crowd have traded in their 80s fashions for khakis, but what can you do?  Because I love Mark Ronson and Ana Matronic, I’ll be posting videos of “Girl Panic,” and “Safe” soon, so stick around for that.

See the setlist and a couple more pix (including Roger Taylor) after the jump.

Duran Duran!

The Setlist was:

Before The Rain /Planet Earth / A View To A Kill / All You Need Is Now/ Blame The Machines / Come Undone / Safe (Featuring Ana Matronic) / The Reflex / The Man Who Stole A Leopard / Girl Panic (Featuring Mark Ronson) / Is There Something I Should Know? / Tiger Tiger / Careless Memories / Leave A Light On  / Ordinary World / Notorious / Hungry Life The Wolf / (Reach Up For The) Sunrise

Encore:

Wild Boys – Relax (Frankie Goes To Hollywood Cover) / Rio

Roger Taylor, John Tayor, Simon LeBon, Nick Rhodes

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