Whole Album Preference

On this date, in 2007, twelve years ago, I saw Duran Duran play in New York City. What made this particular show so memorable was the fact that the show took place on Broadway. For those who weren’t around or don’t remember, Duran Duran had a rather unique promotional plan for the album released that year, Red Carpet Massacre. This included doing a small run on Broadway in which case they played the whole album before doing an electro set and finishing up with a mini-classic Duran show. While I cannot say that this was my favorite show experience, it was a special one for the performance. Looking back, it felt like a long show and the setlist proves it:

The Valley 
Red Carpet Massacre 
Nite-Runner 
Falling Down 
Box Full o’Honey 
Skin Divers 
Tempted 
Tricked Out 
Zoom In 
She’s Too Much 
Dirty Great Monster 
Last Man Standing 

INTERVAL 

Electro Set 

Showroom Dummies 
Last Chance on the Stairway 
All She Wants Is 
Warm Leatherette 
I Don’t Want Your Love 
Skin Trade 
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Notorious 
Reflex 
I Take The Dice 
Ordinary World 
Planet Earth 
View To A Kill 
Sunrise 
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Girls On Film

That’s 26 songs! In fairness to more recent shows, some of these songs were not played in entirety but still. On top of a really long show, I loved hearing/seeing a whole album played in order. While RCM is not my favorite album, seeing them perform each track made me appreciate the album more and helped me to connect with some songs. Then, there was the electro set, which was simply amazing. The electro set featured the four band members at the front of the stage using keyboards to play more electronic versions of some tracks. To this day, I am still beyond thankful that I got to see it. All of that was then capped off with a bunch of hits that most in the audience would know and love.

Now that I’m thinking about this show, I would really love if the band wanted to do something similar to this…say next year for their 40th with three sets (whole album, electro set, others). The big question then is which album should they cover? In the case of the show I went to in 2007, they played their newest album. If we were lucky enough to get a new album next year, I think it would be very cool to hear the entire album from beginning to end. But what if there was not a new album? What then? I know that many, many fans would love to hear Rio in entirety. I get that feeling since it is a classic one and that is album that won many fans over. For me, I wouldn’t reject it. I know that I have heard each song off of Rio live but definitely not in order. That said, I’m not sure I would choose it over others.

I think if I had to choose one album to listen to live from start to finish, I might pick the first one. To me, it is where the story starts, which would be particularly cool for the 40th anniversary. Then, the final set could include songs from each of the rest of the albums. To me, that would be a super cool way to celebrate the band’s history. The show, then, would capture the complete story. Here’s another idea. What if the next album was released in 2020? Maybe then, start with the first album. Have the electro set feature hits from Rio onward until the last set, which would focus on the last album. Then, it really would be the entire history, of sorts.

What do the rest of you think? Which album would you love to see/hear live in entirety? What if the band set up a show like they did those on Broadway? How would you like to see it done?

-A

2 thoughts on “Whole Album Preference”

  1. Your idea is very good and I’d love to see it! If the band needed something shorter I’d like to see Big Thing in it’s entirety, as it really is a great album.Of course if they threw in an electroset and then a selection of big hits I would not complain.

  2. I would have loved to hear live any album so far: what is the problem for the bands to play only the album released during the supporting tours they do ??? I even sent an Ask Katy about this topic …. ha! .
    I admire people like Simple Minds, A-ha, Simply Red too (not sure?) who are doing now simllar things. .

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