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REVIEW: DURAN DURAN ‘PAPER GODS’ TOUR [2015]

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BRIGHTON, CENTRE, 2/12/15

Welcomed onstage to dramatic accompaniment, a nightmarish forest complete with black crows and scary silhouette faces of each of the band member, Duran Duran got straight down to business tonight, opening their Brighton show with the title track from their new album 'Paper Gods'. Building slowly, the track - featuring Duran's trademark synths, funky bass and soar-away choruses - only helped to heighten the anticipation for tonight’s show.

This tour, to promote their new album 'Paper Gods', only serves to underline that fact that Duran Duran are one of just a handful of pioneering bands from their era to consistently deliver quality material. Hot on the heels of a flurry of top ten album positions around the world the band's continued vigour is evident throughout tonight's performance, particularly when showcasing new tracks 'Danceophobia', 'Only In Dreams', 'What Are The Chances?' and 'Last Night In The City' alongside recent single 'Pressure Off'.

Predictably however it was the old favourites that produced the greatest audience reactions, most notably for 'Wild Boys' which came complete with a hologram of the alien character from the single's video peering out over the crowd. Other highlights include 'A View To A Kill'(which, in our humble opinion, tramples over the recent Bond themes from both Adele and Sam Smith); ‘Planet Earth’ which saw the audience passionately belting out the lyrics straight back to the band; and an emotional encore of ‘Save A Prayer’ followed by closing track ‘Rio’.

Faultless.

WE'LL GIVE IT...

SETLIST

BRIGHTON, CENTRE, 2/12/15
Paper Gods / The Wild Boys / Hungry Like the Wolf / A View to a Kill / Come Undone / Last Night in the City / What are the Chances? / White Lines / Only in Dreams / Love Voodoo / Notorious / I Don't Want Your Love / Pressure Off / Planet Earth / Ordinary World / (Reach Up for The) Sunrise / New Moon on Monday / Danceophobia / Too Much Information / Girls on Film / Save A Prayer / Rio

CREDITS

Review & Photographs: Andy Sturmey.

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CONTENT ADDED: Dec 8th, 2015

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