Yesterday marked the final show for Duran Duran’s Paper Gods Tour as the band finished the tour in Osaka, Japan. The Paper Gods Tour began in the fall of 2015 and carried through until September 2017. Of course, there were plenty of breaks but still. The band played quite a few shows. As I looked at the pictures and setlist, I thought back to 2008 when I saw the final show of the Red Carpet Massacre Tour. I remember Simon commenting about how it would be the final time for the outfits, the setlist and more. This made me wonder what will never be seen again, what made the Paper Gods Tour a unique one.
Planet Earth with Bowie Tribute
For a long while, the band interjected David Bowie’s song, Space Oddity, into their classic hit, Planet Earth, in order to honor one of their heroes and a musical legend.
Sunrise with New Moon on Monday
Another mash-up was New Moon on Monday in the middle of Sunrise. I know that I loved this each and every time I saw it!
Rio with beach balls and confetti
While I loved the festive confetti at the end of Rio, I cannot say that I was ever a big fan of those beach balls that distracted me and hurt when they landed on my head! Nonetheless, when I think of Paper Gods, I cannot think of Rio in any other way.
Too Much Information
I remember the first time I heard the 2015 version of Too Much Information live. I couldn’t wrap my head around it. It seemed so fast! After hearing it a couple of time, I liked it.
Another song that the band pulled out from the Wedding Album for this tour was Love Voodoo. I never had the chance to hear it myself but others seemed to enjoy it.
Hold Back the Rain
Duran definitely pleased a lot of fans when they busted out Hold Back the Rain in 2017. Obviously, it is a definite fan favorite! I noticed that the Japan shows had screens showing old footage of the band, which I think is super cool!
Of course, the band featured quite a few numbers from their latest album. As is their tradition, they opened up the show with Paper Gods, which featured smoke, lyrics flashing through a forest of sorts on the video screen.
The other songs that the band included from this album were Last Night in the City, You Kill Me with Silence, Pressure Off, Face for Today, Danceophobia, What are the Chances, Only in Dreams and the Universe Alone. Some of these stick out to me more than others for various reasons.
Last Night in the City
To me, this song represented touring and all that it means to me. I loved the use of the fabulous backing vocals of Anna and Erin and/or Jessie. It was always fun live!
Pressure Off is such an incredibly fun song! Seeing it performed live with Nile Rodgers and confetti almost made the song too fun to stand it!!!
I cannot say that this is a favorite from the album, but seeing it live definitely made me think fondly of it. After all, John Taylor’s dancing made the song worth it each and every time.
What Are the Chances
I simply adore this song. It’s not usually the type of song that I’m drawn to but this one is something special. One element that enhanced the song to me was the beautiful visuals that accompanied this song live.
The Universe Alone
This is one song that I never expected the band to play live. It is an intense one and one that screams emotionality. Yet, they put it together with Save a Prayer this year to give quite an emotional punch at the end of the show.
Now, as we move on to the other side of Paper Gods, none of us know what will happen from here. I suspect that it will be different from the Paper Gods era or any of the previous eras. Will any of these Paper Gods songs continue in a set list? I don’t know. Will the band’s outfits remain as they have been? I don’t know. (I couldn’t resist one final comment about the clothes! They have provided us with quite a few smiles and laughs in the last few years—all with love, I assure you!) On a personal level, I had so much fun and loved so much of this era. I will miss it.
What about the rest of you? What sticks out to you when it comes to the Paper Gods era?