Duran Duran plots 'Massacre' for spring run
March 11, 2008 12:03 PM
By Tjames Madison
Duran Duran [ tickets ] has outlined a spring US tour backing the band's latest set, "Red Carpet Massacre," featuring a theatrical touch carried over from the group's Broadway run last fall.
"We have been working on completely different arrangements for some of the older material and will be integrating a lot of our latest record into the performances," frontman Simon LeBon said in a press release announcing the tour, which kicks off April 29 in Vancouver and will hit 20 cities through the end of May.
"We need to keep things fresh--not only for ourselves, but also for our audiences, who can be assured of a lot of surprises with this new production," the singer added.
The group took over Broadway's venerable Barrymore Theatre for 10 days last November to preview material from "Red Carpet Massacre," which hit stores later that same month. Recording sessions for the album began in New York City last year with production help from Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, Nate "Danja" Hills and Jimmy Douglass. In the middle of recording, guitarist Andy Taylor split with the band and the remaining four members--LeBon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor and Roger Taylor--decided to start over from scratch.
The resulting album is Duran Duran's first since 2004's "Astronaut," which the band released following its 25th anniversary reunion tour in 2003. It was the group's first new studio effort in more than two decades.
The video for "Falling Down," the Timberlake-produced lead single from "Red Carpet Massacre," is streaming at Duran Duran's official website.
29 - Vancouver, British Columbia - GM Place
30 - Seattle, WA - WaMu Theatre
2 - Concord, CA - Sleep Train Pavilion
3 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara, CA
4 - Los Angeles, CA - Nokia Theatre
6 - Phoenix, AZ - Dodge Theatre
8 - San Diego, CA - Valley View
9, 10 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint
12 - Denver, CO - Wells Fargo Theatre
14 - Chicago, IL - Rosemont Theatre
15 - Detroit, MI - Masonic Temple Theatre
17 - Atlanta, GA - Chastain Park
18 - Orlando, FL - UCF Arena
19 - Boca Raton, FL - Mizner Park Amphitheatre
21 - Raleigh, NC - Koka Booth Amphitheatre
22 - Philadelphia, PA - Man Center for the Performing Arts
25 - Paradise Island, Bahamas - Atlantis
27 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion
28 - Boston, MA - Agganis Arena
30, 31 - New York, NY - Central Park Summerstage
Courtesy Live Daily