By Eddie Jorgensen
Now 15 albums into a 45-year career, the U.K.’s Duran Duran has defied the odds by consistently growing a new fanbase while retaining its voracious, hardcore followers.
Propelled by mega-hits that include “Rio,” “Hungry Like the Wolf,” “Come Undone,” “Save A Prayer” and “Ordinary World,” the members of Duran Duran maintain recognition across the world. Yet, when they take the stage, there’s no shortage of lesser-known gems from their back catalog to please the most-rabid of fans.
‘Future Past’ is the band’s latest release on BMG / Tape Modern records and was produced by industry heavyweights Mark Ronson, Giorgio Moroder and Erol Alkan, along with members of the group itself.
“Many of the songs are about emotional crises, or long-term intimacy issues, let’s call them” bassist John Taylor has said of the collection. “When we came back after lockdown, I felt that those lyrics, particularly ‘Invisible,’ spoke to the moment, because the last 18 months have really been about intimacy politics.”
Today, the touring band features Duran Duran staples Nick Rhodes on keyboards and synthesizers, Simon Le Bon on lead vocals, John Taylor on bass and Roger Taylor on drums and percussion. Dominic Brown has been filling in on guitar for the ailing Andy Taylor.
This long-awaited dance party at the Golden 1 Center will be kicked off with performances from Bastille and Nile Rodgers’ Chic. Doors for this all-age show open at 6 p.m. and the shows starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at www.golden1center.com for as little as $45.95 with the best floor seats selling for $288. The Golden 1 Center is located at 500 David J Stern Walk in Downtown Sacramento.