Duran Duran, Raphael Saadiq Rock the Classics at SXSW Stubb's Show
Thanks to Duran Duran and Raphael Saadiq, the field behind Stubb's Bar-B-Q had a way-back machine kind of feel Wednesday night at South By Southwest -- not that any of those in attendance were complaining, however.
Kicking off a world tour in support of its new album, the Mark Ronson-produced "All You Need is Now" (out on CD March 22 after an iTunes release in December), Duran Duran certainly had new tunes -- one of which, "Safe (In the Heat of the Moment)," was so fresh the group had to stop it and start over. But what really keep the crowd moving was the parade of 80s and 90s favorites the group offered, from the opening James Bond theme "A View to a Kill" through "Notorious," "Hungry Like the Wolf," "The Chauffeur," a wobbly "Ordinary World," "The Wild Boys" and the 30-year-old rarity "Friends of Mine" -- "dug out from the very back of the closet," according to frontman Simon Le Bon.
Video: Duran Duran perform "Wild Boys" at SXSW 2011
Time constraints meant leaving a lot of hits on the shelf for the 80-minute show, but the fresh material -- including "All You Need is Now's" title track and first single, "Being Followed" and the high-energy "Girl Panic!" -- felt familiar enough to work with their predecessors, while an extended "Girls on Film," which included a snippet of the Tempations' "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone," let the gleefully nostalgic fans dance away to a satisfying conclusion.
Duran Duran is also slated to play at a late-night party Thursday hosted by Austin's C3 promotions firm as well as be the subject of a public interview during the afternoon at the Austin Convention Center.
Saadiq, meanwhile, delivered a fierce, full-on 40 minutes of vintage soul, a synthesis of Stax, Motown, James Brown and just about every other R&B touchpoint of the 50s, 60s and 70s. The former Tony! Toni! Tone! And Lucy Pearl maestro and his tight-hot band vamped their way through the grooving likes of "Let's Take a Walk" and "Sure Hope You Mean It," finishing the set with the title track of his new album, "Stone Rollin'," which also comes out March 22.