Review: Duran Duran Live in Hong Kong

By Butterboom Writers  /  April 14, 2008

There was a serious 80’s flashback in Kowloon on Saturday Night.


Simon LeBon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor and Roger Taylor, lit up the outdoor stadium on Saturday night as 4 of the 5 original members of Duran Duran returned to Hong Kong in an amazingly nostalgic throwback concert to 1985.

At least 3,000 Duranies packed the outdoor arena, and even the bouts of rain couldn’t keep down the crowds’ enthusiasm as the sonic waves of “Planet Earth,” “View To a Kill,” “Notorious,” and “Wild Boys” kept the slightly older crowd dancing and moving through the just under 2-hour gig.

The band looked and sounded great (slyly with Simon’s joke about the 3 cans of hairspray used to keep his hair up in the humidity) mixing in their classics, with new tracks from their Timbaland-produced Red Carpet Massacre CD that really does mix up their ‘New Romantic’ guitar sound into some new kind of Justin Timberlake-techno amalgam. But when it came to the classic tunes, the crowd went crazy while screaming along the lyrics like we were all at a Grade 8 dance again. The most disappointing thing for us was that there was no Duran Duran merchandise. No tour shirts or program guides. Do they think we can get this stuff on Temple Street?

All-in-all, a great show and a real treat to see the boys in Hong Kong and really working up the crowd. We sniped these great photos from JoyceHK’s Flickr account, so if you want to see more click here, and below is a fairly decent video of “Hungry Like the Wolf” and you can hear everyone singing along:

OK, we know you want to see more – so below are a few more we found on the ‘Tube.

First, here is Duran Duran arriving at the Hong Kong International Airport:

A View to a Kill – shot from 1 of the 2 big screens, so its not live but in some shots you can see the audience:

The Reflex also shot from the screen:

The Wild Boys are calling, with lots of fist waving, lots of screamed requests for this one:

Rio, the encore song, from some one up front:

“We want more!” OK here is an instant link to more at the ‘Tube.


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