Review: Duran Duran break out the hits in style at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater
One of the most anticipated concerts of fall -- among a certain generation, at least -- finally hit Tampa Bay Monday night. Duran Duran performed at the relatively intimate venue of Ruth Eckerd Hall, and scores of diehard fans who remember the Birmingham boys' biggest hits of the '80s packed in early to see Simon Le Bon, above, and company.
Sean Daly was in the sold-out house, and he writes:
The band's glam-pop swagger and cocksure pomp resounded with vital thrust. No Hyundais for DD; singer Simon Le Bon, bassist John Taylor, drummer Roger Taylor and wee synth pixie Nick Rhodes still cruise in style. ...
I've seen DD a few times over the years, but they've never been this playful. Le Bon can be a dour leading man, but here he joked about shooting saltwater out of his schnoz and name-checked Dunedin and Tarpon Springs as if he were running for governor. And if the set list was fat with new stuff, so be it. Most of it was great (okay, Blame the Machines is a dorky misfire), plus the fresh material gave the hits (Planet Earth, Rio) a renewed polish.
Click here for Sean's full Duran Duran review. And get a couple more Duran Duran photos after the jump.
***UPDATE*** Stuck in the '80s has weighed in, too.
Photos: Dirk Shadd, tbt*