Iconic ‘80s rockers Duran Duran, whose remarkably durable appeal was symbolized in yet another Billboard Top 10 spot for their fall release, “Paper Gods,” will perform April 1 at Bayfront Park in Miami.
Tickets for the concert go on sale 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at LiveNation.com, with various presales beginning Thursday, Feb. 11. Cost ranges from $39.50 to $149 (plus fees).
The Miami stop on the Duran Duran tour was originally scheduled to take place during the Miami Open tennis tournament in Crandon Park on Key Biscayne. The move came after Miami-Dade County advised the tournament that the concert, which required a separate ticket from the tennis matches, would violate rules governing commercial use of the park.
So the good times will ensue in Bayfront Park, where the opening act will be Chic, featuring Nile Rodgers, the bass-driven funk band responsible for such disco-era hits as “Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah),” “Le Freak” and “Good Times.”
Rodgers is among the diverse list of producers and performers who collaborate with Duran Duran on “Paper Gods,” the British band’s 14th release in a career that began with the self-titled 1981 EMI debut that included the hit singles “Planet Earth” and “Girls on Film.”
Also helping out on “Paper Gods,” the band’s first release for Warner Bros. Records, are vocalist Janelle Monáe (heard with Rodgers on the funky single “Pressure Off”), former Red Hot Chili Peppers’ guitarist John Frusciante, leading DJ-producer exemplar Mark Ronson and Kanye West-Jay-Z collaborator Mr Hudson.
“We found a whole new level of inspiration on this album,” says Duran Duran keyboardist and arbiter of aesthetics, Nick Rhodes.
For more information on the album and the tour, visit DuranDuran.com.