THEY say absence makes the heart grow fonder, but this return after seven years from one of the ’80s original big-hitters could have done with a few more hearts.
Those that were there often made enough noise for a fuller venue, attendance maybe pruned a little at a then poorly Simon Le Bon’s men postponing the May dates until just before Christmas.
Nonetheless, the blank spaces didn’t put one of the UK’s most successful acts off their stride as they served up tunes from comeback album All You Need Is Now with triumphs from across an enduring career.
The original line-up of Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor and Andy Taylor bounded from raw early years’ Careless Memories to the brooding sublimity of Come Undone and Ordinary World, reminding how often under-estimated the variety of the DD catalogue is.
Rio recalled their slick heyday and encore Wild Boys the definitive re-styling that brought the most expensive promo video of its time. Likewise The Reflex, among tracks now sounding delightfully dated.
Sadly some gigs are remembered for what a band omits from its set and Duran Duran surely made a judgement error by dragging out the albeit popular Notorious for embellished band introductions at the expense of Girls On Film. Hungry Like The Wolf with its gritty guitar backbone still retained a freshness to linger as a highlight.