I openly admit that I’m a big Duranie dork. I am. I am such a dork that I have a list of every single song I have seen Duran perform live. This list not only includes which songs but how many times I have seen the songs performed. The songs I have seen the most, which are probably not hard to guess, are: Ordinary World, Girls on Film, Rio, Sunrise and Wild Boys. Now, I’m fortunate in that I generally like those songs. Unfortunately, there are a ton of songs that come close to those top 5 and some of them I am sick of. These songs are: Hungry Like the Wolf, A View to a Kill, and Come Undone. I can just imagine that some of you will instantly disagree with me as one or more of these songs might be your favorites. I get that. I know that I would be bummed if they stopped playing Planet Earth. This brings me to a larger argument. How in the world do they come up with the setlist? How can they please all of us diehard fans with our different favorites and please those people who have come to the shows just to hear the hits? I don’t think there is an easy answer there. I hear many fans complain about how the setlists are always the same and are always the greatest hits. I understand that, but I know that I have been at many shows where it seems like only half of the people there know non-singles and songs from 1988 or later. It is a problem.
One thing Duran can do is simply include more and more hidden gems from their back catalog. I know that some of the songs that I have loved the most live are songs like Hold Back the Rain, New Religion, Sound of Thunder, Friends of Mine, Serious, Is There Something I Should Know? and more. These are songs that they have played live but not to the same amount as the previously mentioned songs above (at least at the shows I have been to). I have also loved more obscure choices like hearing Election Day live for the first time a couple of years ago. (Can I put in a plug for Late Bar again????) I have been lucky enough to hear two albums (Rio and Red Carpet Massacre) entirely and would love to finish other albums. Now, of course, Duran has to also balance the new songs as well. Like many Duranies out there, I want to hear them all! I know that I will be incredibly disappointed if I don’t get to hear The Man Who Stole a Leopard or Girl Panic. What about the songs from the last couple of albums? Will we hear anything from Astronaut and Red Carpet Massacre? I suspect that we won’t hear many, but if I could choose a couple, I would choose Sunrise and Red Carpet Massacre (the song).
What about the rest of you? How do you think Duran could make everyone happy at a show with the setlist? What songs would you love to hear that you haven’t?