Duran Duran hit Philips Arena on April 15 in support of Paper Gods, their 14th studio album since 1981
The English band formed in 1978 and released their self-titled debut album in 1981. The third single released, “Girls on Film,” brought them into the spotlight, in part due to the song’s cinematic and sexually suggestive video, featuring full frontal nudity and clear references to the fetish fringe, which was done because MTV had only been launched a couple of weeks earlier and the band had expected this video to be played only in dance clubs and on late-night TV – not on cable in staid living rooms all over America and elsewhere. A much tamer (and boringly banal) version was created for the new cable network, but you can find the original on YouTube. It was pretty shocking for 1981 and is still a bit eyebrow-raising even today. Photo gallery below.
The release of their second album, Rio, in 1982 catapulted them into international fame again due in part to to the highly stylized videos released for “Rio” and “Hungry Like the Wolf.” Being proclaimed “my favorite band” by the late Diana, Princess of Wales, didn’t hurt either. By 1985, two members (John and Andy Taylor) wanted to pursue harder rock (Power Station) although neither ever “officially” left the band until some years later.
Still the band kept making music in the years since, including the James Bond theme to “A View to a Kill” in 1985, touring in support of later albums, and high-profile performances at benefits like Live Aid, Live Earth, and The Concert for Diana. Duran Duran played Coachella in 2011 and headlined the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Paper Gods was released on 9/11/15.
Appearing in support was Chic featuring Nile Rodgers.
Duran Duran’s tour continues until September 7. See more info at http://duranduranmusic.com/?page=tour
1. Paper Gods
2. The Wild Boys
3. Hungry Like the Wolf
4. A View to a Kill
5. Come Undone
6. Last Night in the City
7. What Are the Chances?
9. Pressure Off
10. Planet Earth
(with Space Oddity by David Bowie snippet)
11. Ordinary World
12. I Don’t Want Your Love
13. White Lines (Don’t Don’t Do It) (Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel cover)
14. (Reach Up for the) Sunrise (with snippet of New Moon on Monday)
16. Too Much Information
17. Girls on Film
18. Save a Prayer
Photos and article for 10 Wire Up. © 2016 Maryelle St. Clare, all rights reserved.
A chance front-row ticket to see The Pogues in 2008 led me to curiously wonder who the photographer was in the aisle, who obviously had permission to be there with her pro camera. Those few minutes of seeing this person doing a job I hadn’t really noticed before opened a picture window for me and I immediately knew, “I want to do THAT.” And that was the start. When I’m not shooting bands, I’m probably still seeing them. Rail, baby, rail. It’s an addiction. See my photography, design, and retouching at maryelle-stclare.com.