Review: ‘Duran Duran’

Duran Duran in concert, circa 2000, is an enjoyable but rather tame experience that's far removed from the sexy and over-the-top productions the band used to bring. Still, Simon LeBon and friends have more than enough strong material to easily fill out a winning 90-minute set.

Duran Duran in concert, circa 2000, is an enjoyable but rather tame experience that’s far removed from the sexy and over-the-top productions the band used to bring. Still, Simon LeBon and friends have more than enough strong material to easily fill out a winning 90-minute set.

At the first of six straight sell-out nights at the House of Blues, the members of Duran Duran — ostensibly touring to promote their “Pop Trash” album — gave the mostly female audience a trip back in time to the musically decadent 1980s, nearly justifying the evening’s hefty ticket price in the process.

Nearly 20-year-old hits such as “Hungry Like the Wolf,” the former “007”-tied “A View to a Kill” (with imitation James Bond footage shown on the club’s many video monitors), “Rio” and “New Moon on Monday” drew screams and shouted lyrics from the enthused fans; most are now in their 30s, but for these 90 minutes all appeared transported back to their favorite ’80s memories like high school or Duran’s legendary “Seven and the Ragged Tiger” tour.

Also offered, and standouts at the show, were tracks from Duran’s 1993 surprise comeback album “Duran Duran (The Wedding Album)” (Capitol Records), like the dreamy “Come Undone” and frantic “Too Much Information,” which was accompanied by a collage of old Duran videos and home-movie footage.

Less impressive were the light-funk tracks found on the new “Pop Trash” (Hollywood Records) album, one of which featured numerous references to Elvis Presley, as well as a rather bland cover version of the early rap hit “White Lines” that nonetheless inspired one patron to jump up and dance on one of the club’s first-floor bars.

Show closed just before 11 p.m. with a three-song encore that included a new, slowed-down and sing-a-long version of “Notorious,” as well as popular show closer “Girls on Film.”

Duran Duran

House of Blues; 1,000 capacity; $60

Production

Presented inhouse. Reviewed Aug. 28, 2000.

Cast

Band: Simon LeBon, Nick Rhodes, Warren Cuccurullo, Wes Wehmiller, Joe Travers.
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