Duran Duran

Sample this concert
  1. 1Is There Something I Should Know?04:44
  2. 2Hungry Like The Wolf04:04
  3. 3Band Chatter00:50
  4. 4The Reflex05:54
  5. 5New Moon On Monday04:51
  6. 6Union Of The Snake04:28
  7. 7New Religion05:42
  8. 8Cracks In The Pavement05:03
  9. 9Of Crime And Passion03:28
  10. 10Friends Of Mine06:19
  11. 11The Seventh Stranger05:47
  12. 12The Chauffeur05:47
  13. 13Save A Prayer06:42
  14. 14Planet Earth04:59
  15. 15My Own Way04:10
  16. 16Careless Memories05:06
  17. 17Rio06:23
Liner Notes

Simon LeBon - vocals; Andy Taylor - guitar; John Taylor - bass; Nick Rhodes - keyboards; Roger Taylor - drums; Andy Hamilton - saxophone, keyboards; Tony Thompson - drums; Nile Rodgers - guitar; Rafael DeJesus - percussion; Darlene Dotes - backing vocals; BJ Nelson - backing vocals

Duran Duran had become international superstars by the time they played this sold out Madison Square Garden show in March of 1984. The group had seen enough success that they could now enhance their onstage presence with extra musicians and vocalists. The expanded lineup invariably changed the live sound of the band, and allowed the songs to sound closer to the full, layered versions heard on the records.

The group was promoting its 1983 release, Seven and the Ragged Tiger, which was produced by Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers. Rodgers was red hot in the studio, having just done successful comeback records for both David Bowie and Diana Ross. Two singles emerged from this record, "The Reflex" and "Union of The Snake," and five of the album's nine tracks are performed during this show. The rest of this set features mostly the band's early hits, such as "Hungry Like The Wolf" and "Girls On Film."

At the show's end, special guests Rodgers and his Chic-mate, drummer Tony Thompson, joined Duran Duran onstage for the finale. Duran Duran was obviously influenced visually and musically by the major U.K. glitter acts of the 1970s, among them David Bowie, Roxy Music and T Rex, but the infectious pop-funk of Chic was also a big influence, especially with vocalist Simon LeBon.

After this tour ended, Duran Duran took a long hiatus, which was actually the beginning of the end for the band. John and Andy Taylor formed the highly successful super-group The Power Station, with late vocalist Robert Palmer and Tony Thompson on drums. LeBon, Rhodes and Roger Taylor did their own spin-off band, Arcadia, with less success.

By the time Duran Duran regrouped in 1986 for Notorious, they would be down to a trio of LeBon, Rhodes and John Taylor. The original five-piece lineup would not reunite until mid-2001, and they would take an additional three years before recording and releasing a new album, Astronaut, in 2004.