It was SO nice yesterday and even this morning to see all of the pictures and video clips of Duran Duran playing at the Sonar Festival in Barcelona, Spain. I’m not the only one to think that, right? It feels like we have gone forever and a day since the last live reports. I know that isn’t the case since they played a few songs in April and played things like the FanFest in Austin, Texas, last year. Yesterday’s show feels different to me, since it represents not just a random show but the beginning. It is the start of dates that will go through December. Yes, there are some months that don’t have any or many shows but we all know that there are shows coming. It is the beginning of this album cycle. We now have the new song to listen to and a date for the album. No, yesterday’s show was part of a flurry of Duran activity with more activity to follow. You could practically feel the level of energy and excitement in the fan community. Everyone is so ready for the Paper Gods era of Duran Duran.
So, what did they play yesterday? Here is the setlist that was posted by Duran’s social media:
Setlist for Sónar Festival:
(Audio of “Pressure Off” feat Janelle Monáe & Nile Rodgers)
Hungry like the Wolf
Girl Panic!/All You Need is Now
A View to a Kill
(Reach Up for the) Sunrise
Girl on Film
People seemed surprised by a few things regarding the setlist. First, they were surprised that Pressure Off wasn’t played live. I am not sure why. Up until the recently, the band said that they weren’t going to be play new material, according to the Katy Kafes posted on DDM. Plus, it is brand new. I wouldn’t want them to play something new live if they weren’t ready. They only get one chance to make a first impression with it, after all. I can imagine that they want to have it perfected before introducing to a live audience. That makes sense to me.
People seemed to be presently surprised to see Election Day on the setlist. In fact, there is a video of it on YouTube that people have been sharing quite a bit. If you haven’t seen it, here it is:
I do remember the band playing it during the summer of 2009. Have they played it since then? I don’t remember it since then. Other surprises? Wild Boys was the opening number. Again, I remember them opening with Wild Boys in 2009. I suspect they won’t keep Wild Boys as the opening track once the album is released. I wouldn’t be surprised if they move Pressure Off to the opening track. That said, I am still a fan of having Before the Rain be the opener.
I also noticed that Planet Earth was towards the end of the set. I’m not sure what I think about that. Since Planet Earth is my favorite, I would worry that they weren’t playing at all. That wouldn’t please me, in the least. I also find that Planet Earth really gets the crowd into it. Likewise, I’m very used to Rio being at the very end. In this case, it was Girls on Film. I do applaud their efforts to mix things up a bit.
On that note, here are a few other video clips that I found about last night’s show.
What do you think? Duran Duran ready for touring season? Thoughts on the setlist? I, for one, am ready!