While singer Simon Le Bon had a couple of rough moments – his voice strained uncomfortably during "A View to Kill" and he prompted keyboardist Nick Rhodes for a re-do after starting "I Don't Want Your Love" in the wrong key – a few flubs are preferable
to anyone who can't even lip sync properly.
The band – Le Bon, Rhodes, drummer Roger Taylor and bassist/Cheekbone God John Taylor – sounded taut and shared frequent grins and nods as they bopped through a nearly two-hour set. John Taylor in particular appeared thrilled to be on stage as he loped around like a gangly puppy, plucking some deep, throbbing bass lines.
As per usual during their last few tours, the core four were joined by guitarist Dom Brown, sax player Simon Willescroft and background singers Anna Ross and Jessie Wagner.
While the set list already shuffled between a couple of shows in Canada over the weekend and the Monday night Durham production, let’s hope the seamless melding of “Planet Earth” and David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” remains, as well as the band’s always airtight cover of “White Lines” and the surprise inclusion of 1993’s underrated – and prescient – “Too Much Information.”
Talk about a song that has never been more relevant. But then Duran Duran has always been a bit ahead of their time.
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