Energetic Duran Duran rocks 3,700 at Everett’s Comcast Arena

  • By Jackson Holtz Herald Writer
  • Friday, September 23, 2011 12:01am
  • Local News

EVERETT — Duranamania swept through Comcast Arena Everett on Friday night as Duran Duran, the ’80s megaband, kicked off its latest world tour with a resounding set.

Opening with “Before the Rain,” the band sounded sharp and ready to explode.

That’s what the band did with their newest hit, “All You Need is Now.”

But the crowd’s appetite really came to life when they played their hit, “Hunrgy Like the Wolf.”

Friday night’s concert was the official return to the stage for Simon Lebon, 52, who was forced to take the summer off after suffering voice problems.

There was no hint of a sore throat. Lebon and the band were in fine form.

Duran Duran’s latest album, “All You Need is Now,” is a return to the band’s roots: catchy lyrics, danceable beats and Lebon’s soaring voice.

The new batch of songs were prominently featured Friday during a concert that included plenty of spectacle.

Four glowing plastic face molds broadcast images like screens into the band’s past. There also were three huge video screens framing the stage. Footage from Duran Duran’s history rolled as the band played songs.

Bassist John Taylor, 51, has said this tour is the most integrated ever, blending multimedia into the performance.

Keyboardist Nick Rhodes and drummer Roger Taylor were joined by a strong rhythm section, back up singers and a horn player.

The screams and hollers of delight from the Everett audience harkened to a March 1984 concert in Seattle.

That concert nearly 30 years ago was the first time Duran Duran was met by thousands of screaming teenagers.

In an instant, Duran Duran became a phenomenon.

In those days, the band easily packed the 14,000-seat KeyArena. On Friday, about 3,700 people made plenty of noise at Comcast.

Duran Duran’s other hits include “The Reflex,” “Rio,” and “Girls on Film.”

The audience on Friday sang along as the Lebon played the theme to the 1985 James Bond movie, “A View to a Kill.”

The Everett concert was the beginning of an arena tour that includes scheduled stops in major U.S. cities. The band has dates planned in Los Angeles, Chicago and Madison Square Garden in New York.

Neon Trees opened the concert with everything a warm-up act should be: energy, fun and music with a pulse.

Jackson Holtz: 425-339-3447; jholtz@heraldnet.com.

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