I like to check out set lists. Before the Depeche Mode show, I spent time checking out the set list for this tour. I guess I’m a little like those TV and movie fans who read spoilers online. While in the case of Depeche or the Killers, I look at the set lists to have an idea of what they are playing. Yet, in the case of Duran, I just like to know what they are playing even if I’m not going to be seeing them any time soon. Naturally, then, I looked at the set lists from last week’s shows. I like to see if there are any surprises and this time, there were!
At the Croatia show, they busted out a minute or so of the Universe Alone before diving into Save a Prayer. As soon as I saw that, I wanted to see video since I never thought they would play that song from Paper Gods! If you haven’t seen it, here is a little video. The fans there were pretty excited!
Then, they played Face for Today at the Home Festival! Here is a video of that:
This got me thinking. How many songs from Paper Gods have they played live? Let’s check!
Paper Gods? Yes. Last Night in the City? Yes. You Kill Me with Silence? Yes. Pressure Off? Yes. Face for Today? Yes. Danceophobia? Yes. What are the Chances? Yes. Sunset Garage? No. Change the Skyline? No. Butterfly Girl? No. Only in Dreams? Yes. The Universe Alone? Yes. Of course, they have not played any of the bonus tracks. Ignoring those, they have played all but 3 tracks. Is that common? Was that the case of All You Need Is Now? Astronaut?
For All You Need Is Now, they played every track except for the bonus tracks. With Astronaut, they played all of the tracks except for One of Those Days, I think. Red Carpet Massacre was a little different since they played the entire album in order on Broadway. I was lucky to attend one of those shows, which definitely helped my appreciation of some tracks (Tricked Out!!). Over the course of my fan career (is that such a thing? Should it be?), I have also seen every track from the Rio album at some point or another, if I leave out b-sides.
It seems to me that one idea that has come up both in relation to the 40th anniversary and otherwise is the idea of Duran playing shows where they play an entire album. Personally, I like that idea. I think a lot of fans do. Many fans might say that they would like them to play the entire Rio album. I get that. It is a fan favorite. For me, though, I would choose an album that I haven’t seen most of the songs played live. One of my favorite albums is the first album and there are lot of songs on that one that I haven’t heard. Of course, I haven’t seen many songs off of Liberty, Medazzaland or Pop Trash. In fact, there are VERY few songs off of those albums that I have seen live based on when I have seen Duran shows. I missed the tours surrounding Medazzaland and Pop Trash.
I don’t have a good answer then to the question of which album I would prefer to hear live. If my goal is to hear more songs that I haven’t before, then I should go with Pop Trash. If I want a favorite album, then I should go for the first album or All You Need Is Now. Interestingly, though, I think my final answer might be Seven and the Ragged Tiger. I have only seen a few songs from that album–far less than the first album and it is one that I enjoy. It might be a good compromise between the never heard and a big time favorite.
What album would you want to see performed in entirety live and why?