After its latest album, the Timbaland-produced Red Carpet Massacre, plummeted into obscurity the moment it was released in the US last November, Duran Duran has been the victim of yet another stretch of bad luck. The latest gaffe occurring at the opening show in New Zealand for its current world tour. Evidently, lead singer Simon Le Bon forgot the lyrics to “Hungry Like the Wolf”, one of the band’s defining singles, after which Le Bon acknowledged with the quip, “Duran Duran fucking up in style.” Indeed. But more dramatically, bassist John Taylor stormed off stage in reaction to the band’s playful, matching-suits-behind-keyboards Kraftwerk tribute, claiming, “I could not dance to that. These people came here to dance.” Ironically, I find the band’s Kraftwerk tribute to be a highlight of its current incarnation. It sure as hell beats watching the band warble through this half-assed retread.
Duran Duran flub tour opener in New Zealand
Posted March 27th, 2008 by Eric Greenwood · 3 Comments