Last Night: Duran Duran at Warehouse Live

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Photos by groovehouse
Duran Duran
Warehouse Live
April 6, 2011

Check out our slideshow from the show.

The Duran Duran frenzy began last night before the band even took the stage. Droves of women indiscreetly huddled around the band's tour bus before the show, anticipating a mere glimpse of the '80s pop-rock idols. As band members trickled into Warehouse Live, women screeched with uninhibited glee. And just like that, it was 1982 all over again.

Birmingham's beloved took the stage to a roaring and rapturous crowd. Decked out in sleek black suits, shimmering shirts, and leather jackets, the band looked striking and suave; perhaps a little less 'New-wave Punk' than those nostalgically familiar 80s promos, but otherwise it appeared time has been kind to frontman Simon Le Bon and co. And their hair - was perfect.

The band battled the still-shrill crowd as they began opener, the title track from their 13th studio album, 2011's All You Need Is Now. "We're here to entertain YOU!" Le Bon announced to his receiving crowd.

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Five pillars of brightly beaming lights illuminated the stage, as hit-after-hit kept the crowd dancing nonstop. Crowd-pleasing classics like "Notorious," "Hungry Like the Wolf," and "Reflex" were matched by new AYNIN material including "Runway Runaway." Le Bon described AYNIN ballad "Leave a Light On" as "a song about being completely lost and having somebody else find you," before confessing it was one of his favorite songs the band has written. While we appreciated the momentum change-up, "Light" was perhaps the only song that seemed to momentarily lose the crowd.

Le Bon paired his characteristic proud poses and dance moves (we swear we spotted a pirouette) with welcome insight into the songs. "This song is dedicated to absent friends, wherever they maybe," he reflected, introducing endeared 1993 single "Ordinary World."

Though single-heavy, the setlist spanned DD's catalogue, including their 1981 self-titled debut ("Careless Memories") and 2004's Astronaut ("Reach Up For the Sunrise").

If the first set had left a doubt in anyone's mind that DD is responsible for some of the worthiest singles in our time (er, times - the band is clearly timeless), their encore only cemented the notion.

"All Duran Duran songs are about sex," Le Bon affirmed, sending the front-row's many female fans into a further frenzy. "This one especially," he continued, as the band began wistful 1993 single "Come Undone," fans' hands swaying in the air.

"Can I have your attention?" the frontman posed. "Turn the lights on and look over here - we want to take your picture," he continued, as flashing strobe lights flashed amid the sound of a loud, familiar shudder-flash. The Duran-savvy crowd cheered in instant recognition of one of the band's finest singles, 1981's "Girls on Film" - a textbook mix of pop, rock, melody, and sex.

During the song's breakdown, Le Bon introduced each band member before treating us to a comical spoken tease of Lady Gaga's "Poker Face."

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Warehouse Live

813 St. Emanuel, Houston, TX

Category: Music


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13 comments
Seven
Seven

Amazing show!!!

Blue Silver
Blue Silver

Great show! Fantastic new album! Nice article! Cool HD pix! Had a an awesome time and time flew!!!!

Summer
Summer

Actually John said "serving Houston for 30 years", but great article! And great show!

Craig
Craig

I remember seeing Duran Duran eating CFS at Dirty's with my parents back in the day.

Love those dudes.

Chris D
Chris D

Great show...Simon still sounds good after 30 years.Also overheard in the crowd : "Whats that loser guitar players name anyway?"

Jeff
Jeff

No Andy Taylor? He's had a love/hate relationship with the band for years given he is more interested in Mott the Hoople than 80s new wave.

Neph Basedow
Neph Basedow

: / I bet it was the same "starving" guy... let's hope.

Tiger
Tiger

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