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This week right here in Manchester I had a return date with five boys from Boston. Longer ago than I care to remember I was in Manchester with thousands upon thousands of screaming girls; New Kids were my first crush band although I didn’t know that at the time. I remember being confused that others were confused; I couldn’t like New Kids? It was a girl thing was it? Well I got all merch’d up and believe me, they deserved every single one of my screams and every single one of my (Dad’s) pounds on souvenirs.


Duran Duran at Coachella 2011

Posted: April 19, 2011 in Live, Poptastic

Duran Prove All They Need is Now!

Duran Duran sauntered onto the stage at close to 7-30pm which is just about 3-30am in Britain and if I was staying awake for it, it was going to have to be worth it. Bit by bit, player by player the pieces of the intro to ‘Planet Earth’ built up and the show was underway. ‘I only came outside to watch the night fall with the rain…’

‘Hungry like the Wolf’ followed before the brilliant title track of their new album, All You Need is Now.  Simon told us the song was about ‘not looking up, not looking down, living right now!’ He could have said anything, by this point the crowd was in the palm of his hand.

Duran looked confident blending new tracks with the favourites everybody loves to hear from them. At no point did it look a struggle for Le Bon to sing the older material which, lets face it, it can be for some artists. ‘Notorious’ sounded brilliant. You could be forgiven for thinking that the impressive start was bound to tail off and there would be a lull. There wasn’t. Ana Matronic of the Scissor Sisters was on hand to sing her part of Safe (In the Heat of the Moment). ‘How bout you and me get down, babe I know you’ve been around’… It sounded delicious.


Maybe it’s just me but it seems in fashion right now to completely record an album, hate it, bin it and start again. The Scissor Sisters’ ‘Night Work’ owes much to the fact that Jake did one to Berlin when the original recording sessions didn’t provide the sounds that the band wanted.