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Monday, April 18, 2011

Saturday Night: Duran Duran Incites Girl Panic, Covers Lady Gaga At The Fillmore

Posted By on Mon, Apr 18, 2011 at 8:09 AM

  • Romana Machado
  • Duran Duran
Duran Duran
April 16, 2011
@ The Fillmore

Better than: A sacred why, a mystery gaping inside.

A line outside the Fillmore that stretches up Geary Boulevard is no great marvel on a foggy Saturday night. One snaking a left turn up Steiner and across O'Farrell, one long double conga line comprised in the overwhelming main of excited ladies aged 22 to 55, was by common consent a freak occurrence. "I've never seen it all the way back here!" squealed a knowledgeable scene brat as some stentorian-voiced loser kept up a ceaseless wheedle to buy anyone's spare tickets to this sold-out show. Quickbuck artistes were asking $690 online before the show, but this leather-lunged dipshit found no takers as the line inched inside the hallowed THC-soaked walls of the historic venue. Fillmore staff oversaw the immense labor of getting them in with cheer and barely visible effort. This kind of operation can't even be attempted in L.A. without 100 cops and rousing the fire marshal out of bed, so props to institutional competence.

  • Romana Machado
  • Duran Duran
Once inside, the main room was an estrogen bath, the giddy fumes of which were already turning the few males in my line of sight into isolated pashas of feminine attention. I was rapidly acquiring my own little fan club while my photographer tested the light and then gave up on getting multiple angles in this gathering wall of frisky flesh. Tension rose, lights were doused, and the headliners sauntered out without hindrance of an opening act and laced into the spine-tingling intro to "Planet Earth." Once the prettiest boys of the old New Wave, the remaining original members are sightly fellows still, with frontman Simon Le Bon in full possession of every atom of his '80s MTV charisma. Add a catalog chock-full of Thatcher-era pop blockbusters you still hear played on the radio, plus an energetic new album titled All You Need Is Now, and the result is a hypermelodic variant on all those old Hammer caveman movies in which a handful of male explorers wind up sunk sternum deep in Amazonia.

  • Romana Machado
  • Duran Duran
Le Bon's every move elicited prolonged squeals and moans -- and he made plenty of moves. The stripping away of the great man's jacket was practically its own event, while similar frenzies greeted manly rolling of his own shirt sleeves. By the end of "Girl Panic!" the women at my end of the room were beginning to lose it entirely. One brunette with eyes like squashed raisins took one look at my photographer and fell in love at once, trying to drag her toward the stage while eyeing me with "Tell your boyfriend I could really, really like him!" She was soon overcome by drink and had to be carried off by her male companion. A superbly eerie 007 movie medley segued into "View to a Kill," which begat yet another mass catharsis before the band filed off to wait out the short tumult before encore. They played two more odes to feminine misbehavior, "Girls on Film" and a blistering swatch of Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" before filing offstage, leaving a perfect salvo of madhouse wails in their wake. As a warmup show for their Sunday night stand at Coachella, this was all the glamour without hassling with ornery locals in two-dollar hats out in Indio.

  • Romana Machado
  • Duran Duran

Random notebook dump: "Totally digging on the dainty blonde in the
bubblegum card minidress."

Planet Earth
Hungry Like the Wolf
All You Need Is Now
Being Followed
Safe (In the Heat of the Moment)
Friends Of Mine
Leave a Light On
The Chauffeur
Blame the Machines
Ordinary World
Girl Panic!
Wild Boys
(Reach Up for the) Sunrise
Bond Medley/A View to a Kill
Girls on Film/Poker Face

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