Duran Duran has begun the second leg of a 26-date North American arena tour, with both Bastille and Nile Rodgers & CHIC joining them as special guests across the entire run.
Produced by Live Nation, THE FUTURE PAST TOUR arrives at Capital One Arena in DC on Wednesday, Sept. 13.
Speaking about the tourdates, Duran Duran frontman Simon Le Bon said, “It’s remarkable to me that as a band, we are still hitting new milestones, and introducing the sound of DD to new generations of music lovers. 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.”
2022 served as something of a landmark year for Duran Duran, having just been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, a career peak that followed a summer live season of epic proportions — headlining London’s Hyde Park in front of 60,000 people, performing at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace, and closing the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in their home town of Birmingham, not to mention a headline tour across North America (which included a local stop at Merriweather Post Pavilion.
The cinematic release of their new docu-concert film, A Hollywood High, followed, before the band capped off the year with a spectacular performance in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, counting fans down into 2023 in front of a live audience of over one million people on the streets of Manhattan. All this after the huge success of new studio album FUTURE PAST, hailed as Duran Duran at their best by critics and fans alike, four decades into their rich and storied career.
Watch Duran Duran perform “Tonight United” for the music film A Hollywood High live on YouTube:
Enlisting the help of some of the most exciting names of the last 50 years, with FUTURE PAST, Duran Duran delivered another incredible genre-spanning piece of work that once again sets them apart from the pack. Working alongside DJ / producer Erol Alkan and pioneering Italian composer / producer Giorgio Moroder, who added his magic to create two instant future classics (“BEAUTIFUL LIES” and “TONIGHT UNITED”) as well as some of the most unexpected and inspiring names in pop — including Swedish hitmaker, Tove Lo on “GIVE IT ALL UP,” “Queen of Drill” Ivorian Doll on “HAMMERHEAD,” and Japan’s CHAI on “MORE JOY!.” In addition, Blur’s Graham Coxon co-wrote and lends his guitar to several tracks on the record and David Bowie’s former pianist Mike Garson adds an exquisite sonic layer to album closer “FALLING.” The record, which was recorded across studios in London and Los Angeles over lockdown, also features long-time collaborator Mark Ronson who co-wrote and played on “WING,” and it was mixed by Mark “Spike” Stent.
The deluxe edition of FUTURE PAST (Complete Edition) is out now via BMG. The 2LP set includes all 15 tracks from FUTURE PAST plus Duran Duran’s cover of David Bowie’s “Five Years.”
W/ Bastille and CHIC & Nile Rodgers
Capital One Arena
Wednesday, Sept. 13
Doors @ 6pm