Monday, May 19, 2008

Duran Duran plays Chastain Amphitheater

Went to see Duran Duran Saturday night at Chastain Amphitheater. It was a great show, better than the last time I saw them on their Astronaut tour, when they played at the huge Gwinnett arena.

Chastain is an open air amphitheater where the mellower bands play, like Frankie Valley, or Edwin McCain with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, or Natalie Cole, or Emmylou Harris. Get the picture?

Plus, it's been 25 years since Duran Duran hit the scene and turned me and a zillion other girls into Durannies. I guess I have reached middle age.

Still, it was a great show. They have a new album out, Red Carpet Massacre. I don't have it, so I didn't know any of the songs from that album.

The play list from the show is below. I liked the Electroset, where the 4 of them (Andy's gone) stand behind what look like keyboard stands lined up across the front center of the stage and play a medley of techno-fied electronica versions of their songs. A great way to freshen up some oldies (still coming to terms with the idea that my teenage idols are now considered oldies and I'm middle aged).

And I so totally would run off with John Taylor if he ever asked, even though tall and skinny is not quite my type. He's still looking good. It helps to have good hair. It's because of JT that I got into bassists.

There was an opening Act: Your Vegas.

Set List:
THE VALLEY
RED CARPET MASSACRE
NITE RUNNER
HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF
PLANET EARTH
FALLING DOWN
COME UNDONE
SKINDIVERS
THE REFLEX
SAVE A PRAYER
A VIEW TO A KILL

Electroset:
LAST CHANCE/ALL SHE WANTS/LEATHERETTE
I DON’T WANT/SKIN TRADE/TEMPTED

NOTORIOUS
GIRLS ON FILM
ORDINARY WORLD
SUNRISE
WILD BOYZ

Encore:
RIO

As Husband said, there was a very tight demographic among the audience: middle-aged white women and men. There were maybe 20 Asians (East Asian, South Asian) and a handful of African Americans. Ethnically, it was like back being at the Detroit Hoedown.

3 comments:

Stacey said...

Reading this cracked me up. Madonna is coming to Denver this summer and I actually toyed with the idea of getting tickets. I've been into her music since the Like a Virgin days. As I thought about it, I felt middle-aged. And Madonna turns 50 this year. Whoa! Crazy how fast are lives are passing by. Anyway, I still think I'd like to go to Madonna's concert and sing along the whole time.

Red said...

Yeah, well, Tina Turner's coming to Atlanta and she's about as old as my parents. I'm a bit concerned that so many of the concerts we're going to are from 20+ years ago, but Tina Turner could blow the socks off Beyonce.

KnitTech said...

Yeah, Def Leppard came to town and it was mid aged women with their husbands in tow. Back when rock was good.