I caught Duran Druan at Red Rocks on Sunday. It was an incredible night with perfect weather. The played to a packed house with an incredible audience vibe. It was one of the best Red Rocks concerts I've been to. The band was in top form and seemed sincerely in awe of playing such an amazing venue.
In fact, Simon Le Bond wrote a note about on their web site.
He also mentions in the note…
Just before we made our stage entrance, we learned that PAPER GODS entered the USA album chart at no.10. That, my friends, is the highest US chart position a DD album has achieved in 22 years. You can imagine the euphoria that we took onto the stage with us.
Nile Rogers was there (his band Chic was the warm up) and he sat in on two songs he co-wrote with Duran Duran "Notorious" and the new song "Power Off".
During one of the slower songs, the crowd used their phone flashlights in lieu of lighters which was quite surreal when you looked towards the back of the venue.
Hey Reverb posted some great photos of the show…
including this photo of Nick Rhodes's stage rig.
- 4 Roland JD-XA's
- 1 Roland JD-Xi (seemed to be mostly for vocoding and in the photo you can see a mic cable patching into the vocoder mic slot)
- An iPad
You can catch a glimpse of the iPad in a recent video of "Pressure Off" at the Today Show at the 3m41s mark. Seems like he's just using it as a set list and for patch notes related to a song. Dig the A/B switch :^)
Earlier in the tour he was using a rig similar to the one mentioned in this Keyboard Magazine Interview:
- 2 Roland V-Synth GTs
- Alesis Andromeda A6
- Korg MicroKorg for vocoding
- Kurzweil K2000
- Laptop with mainstage…
This recent keyboard magazine "Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran on the guts and gear behind Paper Gods" he mentions he was moving towards JD-XA's with Mainstage. I guess he made the leap :^)
Anyway, if you’re a Duran Duran fan, your going to dig the show.
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