[Coachella 2011 Review] Best Coast, Death From Above 1979, Duran Duran, Duck Sauce, Kanye West (page 3)
Artist Sound: Classic ’80s synth-pop and dance-rock new wave.
Crowd Response: A mixture of happiness that one of their favorite “old” bands was playing and visible disappointment as the set went on and sounded incredibly stale. Not from lack of stage presence on Simon Le Bon’s part however.
Performance Adjectives: Lively, nostalgic, glamorous
Notable Songs Played: “Hungry Like A Wolf,” “All You Need Is Now,” “Ordinary World,” “Girls On Film” (with [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lady Gaga [/lastfm] “Poker Face” sample)
Poignant Moments: Ana Matronic from [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Scissor Sisters [/lastfm]getting on stage and doing “Safe (In The Heat Of The Moment)” with them.
Hype Vs. Reality: Obviously Duran Duran is a huge band and were the godfathers of the new wave/synth pop sound. Some of their songs like “Hungry Like A Wolf” and “Girls On Film” still stay fresh when performed live, but others sounded like what they were–old songs.
Were they boring? A little. Was that OK because they are much aged version of their younger manifestations and we were just excited to see Duran Duran? Absolutely.