❚ DURAN ARE ELECTRIC in the first fan vid to hit YouTube at 2am Seattle time. A student at SHS High called Kristy was testing her new cell phone at the Everett WA gig and caught this blazing first-night performance of their 1984 smash, Wild Boys — with a halfway break-out for Relax!, the Frankie Goes To Hollywood hit from 1983. And Simon Le Bon sounds back on fine form after suffering dramatic vocal problems that enforced a four-month break in the All You Need Is Now world tour, halfway through its North America leg.
In yesterday’s Spinner.com interview, SLB said: “I did go to a vocal coach but I didn’t find that that was really the right thing for me. It was a voice therapist that really helped me. I’ve got a very individual style of singing. Coaches tend to have an idea in their mind of the right way to do it, and I don’t think that necessarily is the case.”
In another interview, for the Seattle Herald, bassist John Taylor promised America a “sparkling new multimedia spectacle with screens synchronized to the music”. Thanks go to Kristy for two more vids in HD, below.
❏ Seattle set-list: Before The Rain/ All You Need Is Now/ Hungry Like The Wolf/ A View To A Kill/ Blame The Machines/ Come Undone/ Safe/ Notorious/ Other People’s Lives/ Leave A Light On/ Tiger Tiger/ The Reflex/ Ordinary World/ The Man Who Stole A Leopard/ Planet Earth/ Sunrise/ Wild Boys/ Relax/ (Encore) Girl Panic!/ Girls On Film
❏ CATCH-UP: Shapersofthe80s wraps up Duran’s 2010-11 comeback with links to the Unstaged online concert March 23 at the Mayan theatre, Los Angeles, plus vital links and video interviews
❏ CATCH-UP: 30 years ago the 80s supergroup’s debut single Planet Earth peaked at No 12 in the UK chart
❏ CATCH-UP: Shapersofthe80s tells how Duran’s road to stardom began in the Studio 54 of Birmingham, UK, in 1980
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