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In contrast, legendary New Wave band Duran Duran hasn't changed a bit, a necessary constant in a volatile world.
To some people, Duran Duran might come off as old-white-people rock from the '80s, but with the reciprocal nature of music, it's a band for all times, especially today.
Not bothering with an opening act, the venerable New Romantic rockers arrived with simulated lighting and thunder that was truly loud and slightly startling. It set the tone for the volume of the remainder of the show, an odd fact considering Duran Duran doesn't normally fall into the category of raucous, eardrum-busting bands.
Some of those favorites included “The Wild Boys,” a big, booming number; “Hungry Like the Wolf,” still a pop gem 30 years later; “Notorious,” a disco hit as influential as anything the Bee Gees or Gloria Gaynor ever released; and other classics such as “Come Undone,” “Ordinary World,” “Girls on Film,” and the closer, “Rio.”
All of these vintage sounds were enhanced by distinctly late-'80s, early-'90s MTV music video graphics splashed across a screen behind the band. Meanwhile, frontman and lead vocalist Simon Le Bon paraded across the stage in an aqua-blue jacket; an equally bright blue T-shirt underneath bore the face of keyboardist Nick Rhodes. Le Bon also wore white skinny jeans and neon-green trainers. The man looked ready to race back to the era that made Duran Duran one of the world’s biggest pop bands. Though he didn’t time-travel, everything else remained nearly same as it was in the group's heyday. Le Bon still hit the highs, the sax sizzled, and the guitar solos sawed their way through the slick keyboard synths.
Something their kids might have recognized, however, were all of the bombastic concert tricks of the trade. For example, at the conclusion of “Pressure Off,” hands down one of the most fun numbers, cannons showered the audience with a seemingly endless cascade of confetti.
Rock 'n' roll does one of two things for most bands: It can kill them outright or grant them immortality that defies the lifestyle. Duran Duran
So much of the band’s sound and style has been adopted by modern indie-pop and electro-rock outfits that Duran Duran's songs wouldn’t be out of place on the radio today. Despite the older crowd in attendance, hardly any of the show felt dated. Duran Duran will never age and never need a makeover.