Duran Duran – Future Past Tour Comes to Seattle

Duran Duran at Climate Pledge Arena, Seattle WA (Photo:PNW Music)
Michael Baltierra Duran Duran at Climate Pledge Arena, Seattle WA (Photo:PNW Music)

Eighties nostalgia was in full effect when multiplatinum and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Duran Duran brought their Future Past Tour to Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, WA.

The capacity crowd was filled with teased hair, spandex and every neon color imaginable and they were there to sing and dance along to some of biggest hits performed by one of biggest selling and chart topping artists in history. Truly, the “Duranimals” were out in force.

With backlighting illuminating the band as they stood upon one of the risers on center stage, “Velvet Newton” came through the sound system. As Roger Taylor (drums), Nick Rhodes (keyboards), and John Taylor (bass) made their way to their respective areas, Simon LeBon (vocals) remained center stage as the band opened their set with “Night Boat”.

The band then quickly launched into some of their more familiar tracks and biggest hits – “Wild Boys”, “Hungry Like A Wolf” and “A View To A Kill”. It would be foolish for many other bands to spend their huge hits this early on in the set, but Duran Duran has a catalog filled with delectable ditties, and they sprinkled them in liberally. And though the band performed many of their most popular hits, they also played a good amount of deeper cuts from their debut album Duran Duran and its follow up Rio.

John Taylor, along with LeBong and guitarist Dominic Brown – who is touring in place of guitarist Andy Taylor who had to sit out the tour due to health issues – we all very active on stage and had good amount of interaction with the audience.

“Notorious”, “Is There Something I Should Know”, “Planet Earth” and “The Reflex” had everyone in attendance on their feet and singing along. The band brought the tempo down a bit by performing “Ordinary World” and “Come Undone”. The only weirdness was when “Lonely In Your Nightmare,” a gorgeous, moody song off of Rio suddenly morphed into a cover of Rick James’ “Super Freak.” Duran Duran finished the evening with “Rio”, which was stellar live – especially John Taylor, who happens to have some incredible bass lines during this song.

Getting the evening started was Nile Rodgers & Chic and in direct support were Bastille.

Duran Duran Set List
Velvet Newton – (from tape)
Night Boat
The Wild Boys
Hungry Like the Wolf
The James Bond Theme – (John Barry song)
A View to a Kill
Lonely in Your Nightmare / Super Freak
Is There Something I Should Know?
Friends of Mine
Careless Memories
Ordinary World
Come Undone
Planet Earth – (with band intros)
White Lines (Don’t Don’t Do It) – (Grandmaster Melle Mel cover)
The Reflex
Girls on Film / Acceptable in the 80’s

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