Watching Duran Duran’s triumphant Hollywood Bowl present final night time (September 11, 2022), the finale of a sold-out, three-night run, I used to be reminded of seeing the late, nice George Michael in his remaining L.A. efficiency, June 25, 2008, on the Forum.
Both emerged from the British new wave invasion of the early Eighties and achieved instant pop stardom as early MTV staples. Having come up as pop stars with shiny, smooth movies, each confronted an uphill battle to credibility.
Michael acquired there shortly, successful a Grammy, in 1989, for Album of the Year for Faith, on his method to turning into a pop icon. And by the point he performed his remaining U.S. tour in 2008 he was rightly celebrated as one of many biggest male pop artists of his technology. That was his coronation.
Now, Duranies have identified for many years their heroes are an all-time nice band, one who’ve confirmed themselves for many years. And whereas they did win over critics the band, weirdly, nonetheless has solely been nominated for and gained two Grammys within the video class in 1984. So they have not at all times obtained the popularity due for a band with a four-decade profession.
However, now, with the band being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in lower than two months, November 5 in L.A., the quartet (nowadays the band consists of lead singer Simon Le Bon, keyboardist Nick Rhodes, bassist John Taylor and drummer Roger Taylor) is getting their lengthy overdue coronation.
Opening with “The Wild Boys,” the title observe of the 1984 album, the band handled the present as a profession celebration, drawing on songs all through their greater than 40 years as a band. They lined 39 years simply within the first three songs, following “The Wild Boys” with the 1982 smash “Hungry Like The Wolf” after which final yr’s “INVISIBLE,” off their critically acclaimed Future Past album.
As the group confirmed time and time once more throughout their two-hour set is the band have each unbelievable musicianship and are very gifted songwriters. Whether it is the dance pop of “The Reflex,” the hook of “A View To A Kill,” the digital really feel of “Give It All Up,” the disco funk of “Notorious,” that includes visitor Nile Rogers, or the attractive balladry of each “Come Undone” and “Ordinary World,” Duran have unbelievable versatility, excelling in all types.
But the expertise for timeless pop songs has been there because the band’s very first single, the infectious “Girls On Film,” which closed the primary set of the present. Part of how Duran lastly gained over even probably the most hardened skeptics is due to albums like final yr’s Future Past.
While the Bowl present Sunday closed with a raucous model of “Rio,” with an enormous fireworks show, Duran have earned the precise to rejoice the previous by pushing themselves in 2022. Despite all their previous success and as devoted a fan base as you will see that anyplace, who would fortunately purchase tickets to see the band do nothing however biggest hits each night time, they’d not be glad in any respect being a biggest hits act.
Yes, they began out as MTV fairly boys. But 40 years later there is no such thing as a one left who argues that, as they confirmed on the Bowl, Duran Duran are musician’s musicians, a terrific band that retains pushing themselves to new heights.