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BELFAST SET LIST

April 7th, 2004

SUNRISE
HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF
PLANET EARTH
COME UNDONE
WHAT HAPPENS TOMORROW
NEW RELIGION
NEW MOON ON MONDAY
BEAUTIFUL COLOURS
IS SOMETHING I SHOULD KNOW
I DON’T WANT YOUR LOVE
NIGHT BOAT
ORDINARY WORLD
SAVE A PRAYER
NOTORIOUS
REFLEX
CARELESS MEMORIES
WILD BOYS
————–
GIRLS ON FILM
WHITE LINES
RIO

photo courtesy Denis O’Regan

Duran Duran & FIFA

March 4th, 2004

Members of Duran Duran attended a Black Tie Gala tonight as part of FIFA’s Centennial commemorations. “The FIFA 100” Charity Auction & Tribute Ceremony was held at the Natural History Museum in London.

This prestigious awards dinner celebrates “The FIFA 100” – a unique photographic project where ‘Art meets Football’, commemorating the greatest living players chosen by Pele and approved by FIFA for the 100th anniversary of the world’s governing body of football. All of “The FIFA 100” players present will be presented with a special recognition award by Michel Platini on behalf of FIFA and Pele.

Duran Duran were asked if one of the songs they have recently written could be used as the FIFA Centennial song. Whilst not yet ready for release, the track “Beautiful Colours” was previewed with a specially created video clip featuring great Football moments over the past 50 years. This video was presented by Simon at tonight’s event.

San Antonio Setlist

January 31st, 2004

FRIENDS OF MINE
PLANET EARTH
HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF
COME UNDONE
WHAT HAPPENS TOMORROW
NEW RELIGION
IS THERE SOMETHING
BEAUTIFUL COLOURS
WAITING FOR THE NIGHT BOAT
ORDINARY WORLD
SAVE A PRAYER
NOTORIOUS
WILD BOYS
GIRLS ON FILM
—-
RIO

Singapore Set List

December 17th, 2003

last set list of 2003…

FRIENDS OF MINE
PLANET EARTH
HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF
COME UNDONE
VIEW TO A KILL
WHAT HAPPENS TOMORROW
NEW RELIGION
IS THERE SOMETHING
BEAUTIFUL COLOURS
WAITING FOR THE NIGHT BOAT
ORDINARY WORLD
SAVE A PRAYER
NOTORIOUS
GIRLS ON FILM
CARELESS MEMORIES
WILD BOYS
—-
WHITE LINES/REFLEX
RIO

Sydney Set Lists

December 15th, 2003

December 13th

HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF
PLANET EARTH
UNION OF THE SNAKE sax
COME UNDONE
WHAT HAPPENS TOMORROW
ORDINARY WORLD
SAVE A PRAYER
NOTORIOUS
WILD BOYS
GIRLS ON FILM sax
—-
REFLEX
RIO sax

December 14th

HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF
PLANET EARTH
UNION OF THE SNAKE sax
COME UNDONE
BEAUTIFUL COLOURS
ORDINARY WORLD
THE REFLEX
NOTORIOUS
GIRLS ON FILM sax
WILD BOYS
—-
SAVE A PRAYER
RIO sax

Sydney Enmore Set List

December 12th, 2003

FRIENDS OF MINE
PLANET EARTH
HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF
COME UNDONE
UNION OF THE SNAKE
WHAT HAPPENS TOMORROW
NEW RELIGION
IS THERE SOMETHING I SHOULD KNOW
BEAUTIFUL COLOURS  
WAITING FOR THE NIGHT BOAT
ORDINARY WORLD
SAVE A PRAYER
NOTORIOUS
GIRLS ON FILM
CARELESS MEMORIES
WILD BOYS
—-
WHITE LINES
RIO
REFLEX

Melbourne Set List

December 9th, 2003

FRIENDS OF MINE
PLANET EARTH
HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF
COME UNDONE
UNION OF THE SNAKE
WHAT HAPPENS TOMORROW
NEW RELIGION
IS THERE SOMETHING I SHOULD KNOW
BEAUTIFUL COLOURS
WAITING FOR THE NIGHT BOAT
ORDINARY WORLD
SAVE A PRAYER
NOTORIOUS
GIRLS ON FILM
CARELESS MEMORIES
WILD BOYS
—-
REFLEX
RIO

Brisbane Set List

December 8th, 2003

FRIENDS OF MINE
PLANET EARTH
HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF
COME UNDONE
WHAT HAPPENS TOMORROW
NEW RELIGION
UNION OF THE SNAKE
BEAUTIFUL COLOURS
WAITING FOR THE NIGHT BOAT
ORDINARY WORLD
SAVE A PRAYER
NOTORIOUS
GIRLS ON FILM
CARELESS MEMORIES
WILD BOYS
—-
VIEW TO A KILL
REFLEX
—-
WHITE LINES
RIO

New Zealand Set List

December 6th, 2003

VIEW TO A KILL
PLANET EARTH
HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF
COME UNDONE
UNION OF THE SNAKE
BEAUTIFUL COLOURS
REFLEX
ORDINARY WORLD
SAVE A PRAYER
NOTORIOUS
GIRLS ON FILM
CARELESS MEMORIES
WILD BOYS
—-
WHITE LINES
RIO

San Diego Set List

December 1st, 2003

VIEW TO A KILL
PLANET EARTH
HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF
COME UNDONE
WHAT HAPPENS TOMORROW
NEW RELIGION
UNION OF THE SNAKE
BEAUTIFUL COLOURS
WAITING FOR THE NIGHT BOAT
ORDINARY WORLD
SAVE A PRAYER
NOTORIOUS
GIRLS ON FILM
CARELESS MEMORIES
WILD BOYS
—-
WHITE LINES
RIO

Tucson Set List

November 30th, 2003

FRIENDS OF MINE
PLANET EARTH
HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF
COME UNDONE
WHAT HAPPENS TOMORROW
NEW RELIGION
VIEW TO A KILL
BEAUTIFUL COLOURS
WAITING FOR THE NIGHT BOAT
ORDINARY WORLD
SAVE A PRAYER
NOTORIOUS
GIRLS ON FILM
CARELESS MEMORIES
WILD BOYS
—-
REFLEX
RIO

Houston Chronicle review

November 27th, 2003

Duran Duran, fans go retro from the get-go
By MICHAEL D. CLARK
Copyright 2003 Houston Chronicle

On Sunday, the original lineup of Duran Duran played its first Texas concert since Ronald Reagan’s first presidential term. And with the exception of the occasional cell-phone sighting and a very modern ticket price of $65, the 1,500-plus gathering on the University of Houston campus could have appeared in Adam Sandler’s “Me Decade” film tribute, The Wedding Singer.

The original lineup of Duran Duran — includeing Simon LeBon, right, and John Taylor — played the University of Houston campus Sunday. A few women wore sweaters with bulky shoulder pads, silver hoop earrings, rubber friendship bracelets and acid-washed jeans. Their dates wore skinny ties and parachute pants. I got in the spirit with a pair of black leather boots, black pants — pegged — and a polka-dot Perry Ellis dress shirt buttoned to the top under a heavy black trench coat. It all went smashingly with black fingernail polish and heavy eyeliner. Looking in the mirror I realized I looked like … me as a teenager, only with less hair.

It was all a big tongue-in-cheek nostalgia party for thirtysomethings.

Then Duran Duran took the tiny stage. Something about the silhouettes of Simon LeBon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor, Andy Taylor and Roger Taylor standing stage-front together for the first time in 18 years turned young professionals into uncontrollable, screaming teens.

Duran Duran’s ability to incite a crowd to hysteria originally drew comparisons to the Beatles. This “Fab Five” never reached those lofty expectations, but the band, singer LeBon in particular, have certainly rediscovered their glorious youth.

Beginning with Friends of Mine, a fan favorite from the group’s debut album Planet Earth, LeBon was again the tall, loose-limbed figure whose pouty lips made him an original MTV superstar. On stage he was part Elvis Presley, part George Michael — and all hip swivel.

LeBon and Rhodes have toured in different configurations as Duran Duran for years. But seeing them pop and dash with new energy while surrounded by their old mates makes other recent performances feel like karaoke.

LeBon’s voice was back to its quivering, octave-spanning form while re-creating the group’s early hits. The 17-song set included over half of Planet Earth, including the naughty Girls on Film, Careless Memories and a monumental retelling of the moody The Night Boat.

Hits like Is There Something I Should Know? and Hungry Like the Wolf were dependent on Rhodes’ bubble-machine synthesizers from Duran Duran’s early years. They were embellished with strong harmonies by John and Andy Taylor and often slashed with buzzing guitar improvisations. These “poster boys” deserve more credit for their ability to create melody.

Selections from the years following the breakup were kept to the biggest radio-pleasers, Notorious and the lush balladry of Come Undone and Ordinary World.

New songs What Happens Tomorrow and Beautiful Colours place more emphasis on Andy Taylor’s fret board. They’re scheduled for a new studio album next spring; neither has the instant appeal of past hits. But they prove that the original Duran Duran still has something to offer to a generation of fans beyond aging Gen X-ers in dated duds.

Dallas Set List

November 25th, 2003

VIEW TO A KILL
PLANET EARTH
HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF
COME UNDONE
WHAT HAPPENS TOMORROW
NEW RELIGION
IS THERE SOMETHING I SHOULD KNOW
BEAUTIFUL COLOURS
WAITING FOR THE NIGHT BOAT
ORDINARY WORLD
SAVE A PRAYER
NOTORIOUS
GIRLS ON FILM
CARELESS MEMORIES
WILD BOYS
—-
WHITE LINES
REFLEX
RIO

Houston Set List

November 24th, 2003

FRIENDS OF MINE
PLANET EARTH
HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF
COME UNDONE
WHAT HAPPENS TOMORROW
NEW RELIGION
IS THERE SOMETHING I SHOULD KNOW
BEAUTIFUL COLOURS
WAITING FOR THE NIGHT BOAT
ORDINARY WORLD
SAVE A PRAYER
NOTORIOUS
GIRLS ON FILM
CARELESS MEMORIES
WILD BOYS
—-
REFLEX
RIO

New Orleans Set List

November 23rd, 2003

VIEW TO A KILL
PLANET EARTH
HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF
COME UNDONE
WHAT HAPPENS TOMORROW
NEW RELIGION
IS THERE SOMETHING
BEAUTIFUL COLOURS
ANYONE OUT THERE
WAITING FOR THE NIGHT BOAT
ORDINARY WORLD
SAVE A PRAYER
NOTORIOUS
GIRLS ON FILM
CARELESS MEMORIES
WILD BOYS
—-
WHITE LINES
REFLEX
RIO

Chicago Show 3 Set List

November 20th, 2003

A View to a Kill
Planet earth
Hungry like the Wolf
Come Undone
What Happens Tomorrow
New Religon
All She Wants Is
Beautiful Colours
Union of the Snake *
Nightboat
Ordinary World
Save a Prayer
Notorious
Girls on Film *
Careless Memories
Wild Boys
White Lines
The Reflex *
Rio *

* Featuring John Amato on sax

Chicago Show 2 Set List

November 19th, 2003

A VIEW TO A KILL
PLANET EARTH
HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF
COME UNDONE
WHAT HAPPENS TOMORROW
NEW RELIGION
IS THERE SOMETHING I SHOULD KNOW
BEAUTIFUL COLOURS
UNION OF THE SNAKE
WAITING FOR THE NIGHT BOAT
ORDINARY WORLD
SAVE A PRAYER
NOTORIOUS
GIRLS ON FILM
CARELESS MEMORIES
WILD BOYS
—-
WHITE LINES
RIO

Chicago Show 1 Set List

November 18th, 2003

FRIENDS OF MINE
PLANET EARTH
HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF
COME UNDONE
WHAT HAPPENS TOMORROW
NEW RELIGION
IS THERE SOMETHING I SHOULD KNOW
BEAUTIFUL COLOURS
WAITING FOR THE NIGHT BOAT
ORDINARY WORLD
SAVE A PRAYER
NOTORIOUS
GIRLS ON FILM
CARELESS MEMORIES
WILD BOYS
—-
REFLEX
RIO

Toronto review

November 17th, 2003

DURAN DURAN
Kool Haus, Toronto
Friday, November 14, 2003

TORONTO — How many bands can simply stand shoulder-to-shoulder at the front of a stage and receive loud and sustained applause and cheers before their show has even begun?

Such was the case last night at Kool Haus as the five original members of ’80s British pop act Duran Duran — singer Simon Le Bon, 45, keyboardist Nick Rhodes, 41, bassist John Taylor, 43, guitarist Andy Taylor, 42, and drummer Roger Taylor, 43 — stood unsmiling and without their instruments while flash bulbs went off and the crowd went wild.

The excitement was palpable given it’s the first time in 18 years The Fab Five — all still cute and incredibly stylish with four of them wearing blazers –have hit the road together in honour of the 25th anniversary of their formation as a group, not to mention a just released greatest hits video collection on DVD.

Next up, apparently, is a new studio album and amphitheatre tour next summer.

In the meantime, the group appear to be just as jazzed as their audience — last night’s show sold out in a mere 10 minutes — about performing together again.

Despite the initial serious looks on their faces, the musicians quickly broke into smiles and were incredibly playful and interactive with each other during their hour-and-40-minute set.

Le Bon, in particular, was in great form, whether he was dramatically dancing around the stage, performing arm and hand gestures worthy of a Shakespearean actor or playfully slapping his backside a la Benny Hill.

He even mentioned he had just seen the Michael Moore documentary, Bowling For Columbine: “Canada comes off really well. As a bunch of people who are not scared and not crazy. If you hate someone you just tease them, not shoot them.”

Not content to be just an ’80s nostalgia act, Duran Duran even offered up two new songs, the mid-tempo What Happens Tomorrow, and the pretty pop of Beautiful Colours, presumably from their upcoming new studio disc.

But it was the huge older hits, without question, like Planet Earth, Hungry Like the Wolf, Is There Something I Should Know?, Save A Prayer, Notorious, Wild Boys, Girls On Film, The Reflex and Rio, that provoked the biggest reaction.

That and when resident heartthrob John Taylor — no relation to either Andy or Roger — was introduced by Le Bon.

However, for me, it was the sexier, slower and more mature dance songs like Come Undone and Ordinary World that held up the best.

Andy Taylor, with a cigarette dangling from his mouth, also proved to be a riveting guitarist on both tunes.

Duran Duran, who have sold 70 million albums worldwide, recently picked up lifetime achievement awards from both MTV and Q magazine.

Turns out they deserved the accolades. Surprisingly though, given their pioneering of the long form video, none were shown on a screen behind them during last night’s concert.

Detroit Setlist

November 16th, 2003

FRIENDS OF MINE
PLANET EARTH
HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF
COME UNDONE
WHAT HAPPENS TOMORROW
NEW RELIGION
IS THERE SOMETHING I SHOULD KNOW
BEAUTIFUL COLOURS
WAITING FOR THE NIGHT BOAT
ORDINARY WORLD
SAVE A PRAYER
NOTORIOUS
GIRLS ON FILM
CARELESS MEMORIES
WILD BOYS
—-
REFLEX
RIO