As the sun set on the Coachella Valley, Duran Duran took the stage Sunday in front of an audience from California to clear across the country, thanks to a live web feed.
The pop veterans proceeded to blaze through a string of their biggest hits, including an energetic "Planet Earth" with an extended intro.
The set really picked up when Ana Matronic sauntered onstage dressed in red to perform "Safe (In the Heat of the Moment)" off Duran's amazing new album, "All You Need Is Now." Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes has said that if Matronic wasn't in the Scissor Sisters, she would have to be in Duran, and she was like icing on the cake for this performance.
From there, Duran certainly didn't play it safe. Simon Le Bon conducted "The Chauffeur" wearing a driver's cap. "Ordinary World" was especially lovely with a live string section. And likely single "Girl Panic!" followed by latter-day live staple "(Reach Up for the) Sunrise" really seemed to get the festival crowd going.
Again, Le Bon role-played, this time as 007 in the stunning James Bond mix of "A View to a Kill." "The band designed to make you party" rocked "Girls on Film," segueing into Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" and back to close out the triumphant set.
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