On this date in 1982, Duran Duran played at the Palais Theatre in Melbourne, Australia. This show was part of the Rio tour, which actually started in Australia and featured 7 shows there. Three of those shows were in Melbourne and all of shows in Australia were sold out! I would love to hear how these shows were from anyone who was there! Anyone?
Now, for anyone into Duran history, this tour of Australia sticks out as an important one. It isn’t so much the shows (even though I’m sure they were beyond fabulous) or the fact that they played in Australia for the first time ever, which is super cool. It is the fact that the band had just finished mixing the Rio album, which would be released in the following month. Also, significant to Duran history, the band also stopped at a little island off the coast of India known as Sri Lanka to film some videos that you might have seen a time or two (million). I’m sure that you know those videos (Hungry Like the Wolf, Save a Prayer and Lonely in Your Nightmare).
Just imagine. 32 years ago, Duran Duran had just finished the final touches on the Rio album, filmed some of their best and most well known videos and started their first tour of Australia! Amazing!!!