San Francisco Chronicle
Duran Duran announces tour with new Bay Area date
Duran Duran stepped into the new year with a confettifilled performance on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest” from Times Square. The British pop icons and recent Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees plan to keep the party going with a North American tour this spring in support of their latest album “Future Past.”
The band plans to kick off its latest tour with a previously announced appearance at this year’s BottleRock Napa Valley festival on May 27, before embarking on its proper headlining tour at the SAP Center in San Jose on May 28.
Tickets for the tour go on sale starting at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16. A number of presale options, including some for Duran Duran fan club members and Citi credit cardholders, were available beginning Monday, Feb. 13. More details can be found on the band’s website, duranduran.com.
Duran Duran with its lineup of four core members — singer Simon Le Bon, keyboardist Nick Rhodes, bassist John Taylor and drummer Roger Taylor — plans to perform in nearly two dozen U.S. cities before wrapping up the tour in Toronto on Sept. 19. Nile Rodgers and Chic are expected to once again support the band, alongside Bastille.
“It’s remarkable to me that as a band, we are still hitting new milestones, and introducing the sound of Duran Duran to new generations of music lovers,” Le Bon said in a statement. “We are truly grateful that we get to do what we do on a daily basis and that we still love our job as much as we did when we started out some four decades ago.”
The band will play from a 40-year catalog of hits that includes “Hungry Like the Wolf,” “The Reflex,” “Girls on Film,” “Rio” and “Ordinary World.”
The Future Past Tour marks Duran Duran’s first outing since the band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in November, along with Dolly Parton, Eminem, Lionel Richie, Carly Simon, Eurythmics, Harry Belafonte and Judas Priest.
“In times that seem increasingly divisive, music is something which can overcome such issues as race, politics and gender. Music brings people together,” the 64-year-old Le Bon said in his acceptance speech. “Over 40 years I’ve been working, I’ve come to believe that the essence of our job is this: We get to make people feel better about themselves. This is an industry that I am proud to be a part of.”