Review: Duran Duran are Surprise Guests at “See What Unfolds Live” in NYC

Posted by The G on June 21, 2012 under G Reviews | Read the First Comment

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Simon LeBon

Simon LeBon of Duran Duran

In one of the most random pairings ever, Trident Gum (no, I didn’t stutter) hosted an event at New York’s Terminal 5 on June 20, 2012 called “What Unfolds Live” and the 2 hour concert featured DJ Steve Aoki and “surprise guests.”  The surprise guests were none other than Duran Duran!  As you can imagine, the crowd was a mess!  The audience consisted of Durannies and young ravers, which made for extremely interesting people watching (and in some ways, it was like mixing oil and water).

Steve Aoki

Steve Aoki

Steve Aoki took the stage around 8 pm, and while I really enjoyed a lot of the music he played during his seemingly never ending DJ set, I was prepared for all hell to break loose at the sight of the Fab Four and not by a guy that stood behind a laptop twisting buttons and continually showered the audience with bottles of water and champagne (sometimes sprayed directly from his mouth onto the crowd).  Yuck, according2g.  And he did it over and over and over again.  He also brought crowd surfing to a new level as he literally had an inflatable raft that audience members passed around with people in it!  The young raving crowd couldn’t seem to get enough of it and oldsters such as me and my friend literally couldn’t wait for Aoki’s set to be over.

John Taylor

John Taylor of Duran Duran

As Aoki “performed” his final song, he brought out the surprise guests – Duran Duran.  They world premiered and performed a live version of the Aoki mix of the DD classic “Hungry Like The Wolf.”  Duran Duran’s set was advertised as a 4 to 5 song set and not a full show, and that it was.  As soon as Duran Duran hit the stage, a lot of the ravers split (bonus!).    It was an extra special night as it was John Taylor’s birthday. Though the crowd didn’t sing to him, a lot of people had signs professing their love for the birthday boy. They began with “Girl Panic” off their highly underrated latest album “All You Need Is Now.”

Nick Rhodes

Nick Rhodes

“Notorious” was next, followed by a mash-up of “Sunrise” and “Relax” by Frankie Goes To Hollywood.  I wonder if Duran Duran messed with the time/space continuum by performing “Relax” as I will venture to guess a lot of the crowd probably thought they performed the original version and will be telling all their friends about it!  The final number of the set was “Wild Boys.”

Roger and Simon

Roger Taylor and Simon LeBon

I was fortunate enough to meet Duran Duran and photos of that will be coming soon!  Book mark this site!  After the jump, see the set list as well as a couple more photos!

Simon Le Bon and John Taylor

Simon Le Bon and John Taylor

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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.

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Hooked Up! Pet Shop Boys, Duran Duran Edition

Posted by The G on April 9, 2011 under The G Spot | Be the First to Comment

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Signed CDs by Pet Shop Boys and Duran Duran

Signed CDs by Pet Shop Boys and Duran Duran

I’m very happy to report the latest additions to the G Archives are signed CDs by Pet Shop Boys and Duran Duran, two of my favorite bands!

Both Pet Shop Boys and Duran Duran offered signed cds to the first couple hundred fans who purchased their new albums, “The Most Incredible Thing” and “All You Need Is Now” (respectively) through their official sites several weeks ago.

The best part about this is now I have one less thing to try and get signed the next time I meet both bands.  I’ll be able to focus on getting rare import singles completed.

Special thanks to BB3 for paying attention and of course thanks to Pet Shop Boys and Duran Duran for knowing how to treat their faithful right!

“All You Need Is Now” by Duran Duran. Out Today!

Posted by The G on March 22, 2011 under GNN | Be the First to Comment

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All You Need Is Now poster

All You Need Is Now by Duran Duran. Out Today!

This album is a return to form from Duran Duran.  All You Need Is Now. Out today. Get it!

If you are not convinced, take a listen to “The Man Who Stole A Leopard.”  That did it for me too!

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