After 40-plus years of stunning clips and hits (yes, and a few misses), Duran Duran are on another hot streak.
The British pop-rock outfit’s 15th and most recent album, 2021’s Future Past, was both a critical and commercial success, earning a No. 3 debut in the U.K., their best chart performance since 2004.
Then, in late April, Duran Duran heard its name called out for the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame class of 2022, after dominating the fan ballot. The band was a first-time Rock Hall nominee this year despite years of eligibility. Come Nov. 5, DD will be accepted among the all-time greats of contemporary music.
So it shouldn’t have come as a surprise when Duranmania returned to London’s Hyde Park on Sunday (July 10), where Simon Le Bon and Co. dished numbers from across their career, from “Planet Earth,” their debut single from 1981; their comeback hit from 1993 “Ordinary World,” which the band dedicated to the people of Ukraine; through to “Invisible,” “Tonight United” and several other Future Past songs.
Long-time collaborator Nile Rodgers opened for the group, and joined his friends on stage to perform “Pressure Off” and “Notorious,” which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 1987. Rodgers co-produced the smash with the band. Like Duran Duran, Rodgers also took awhile to win the endorsement of Rock Hall voters. He was inducted in 2017 in the “award for musical excellence” category.
Following the concert, Duran Duran shared a snippet of their “Notorious” performance, as the sun set over the capital, not a flaky bandit in sight.
Next up, the North America tour in support of Future Past, with Duran Duran kicking things off with a concert Aug. 19 at Treasure Island Casino in Welch, MN.
Watch “Notorious” below.
What an honour to play for you all tonight.— Duran Duran (@duranduran) July 10, 2022
Thank you @bsthydepark , thank you @nilerodgers , thank you to all the opening acts and thank you all for coming. We will see you again soon! #duranlive pic.twitter.com/6ymw96AzvV