Duran Duran has been pulling surprises for more than 35 years (remember, this is a band whose Godley & Creme-directed video for “Girls on Film” was banned by the BBC).
So when the British pop-rock legends’ Paper Gods tour stopped at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center overnight, they did what comes naturally: they did the unexpected…by introducing Lindsay Lohan to the stage.
The former wild child performed her spoken-word interlude on “Danceophobia,” lifted from the band’s 14th and most recent studio album, Paper Gods. Lohan’s team Instagrammed the moment, which can be seen below.
Duran Duran also paid tribute to their mentor and hero David Bowie, who passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 10 at the age of 69. The band fittingly combined their first hit, “Planet Earth” from 1981, with Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” from 1969.
Bowie’s influence on Duran Duran’s career can’t be overstated. Indeed, there probably wouldn’t be a Duran Duran had Bowie not shaped the young minds of Nick Rhodes, Simon LeBon and the three Taylors (John, Roger and Andy, who has since left the band).
Duran Duran has recorded a handful of Bowie covers over the years, from “Fame” to “Diamond Dogs” and “Boys Keep Swinging” and, in 1987, Duran Duran’s Strange Behaviour tour joined forces with Bowie’s Glass Spider for a run of North America dates.
Following Bowie’s death, Rhodes remarked: “There was no question that as a musician, David Bowie was the singular person who inspired me more than anyone else to become a musician.”
Paper Gods opened at No. 10 on the Billboard 200 last September — its highest charting album in 22 years — and at No. 5 on the Official U.K. Albums Chart. The tour stops next at Philips Arena Atlanta, GA, this Friday (April 15).
The Barclays Center setlist is below.