A Diamond in the Wind: Live 2011
(Eagle Rock Ent)
The pastel-laden clothes, the product-drenched hair, the Patrick Nagel-brushed album covers, and the videos—who could forget the videos! For a better part of the ’80s, Duran Duran were not only sewn into the archetypal fabric of MTV, but reserved an omnipotent corner in the domicile of pop culture icons. Back when there was actually an “M” in MTV, you couldn’t escape Simon LeBon mugging for the camera on that yacht in the “Rio” video or being nursed back to health by jungle natives so that he could continue to stalk his “prey” in the ravenous “Hungry Like the Wolf” video.
One of the often overlooked things about Duran Duran is that they’re more than just five music video-ready pretty boys who posed for Tiger Beat pics that ended up on many a teenage girl’s bedroom wall (although they were that, too). Unlike many of their lip-syncing cohorts during the golden age of the music video, these guys wrote their tunes and could actually play their instruments. Duran members’ diverse side projects and solo endeavors throughout the years have had them sharing stages and studios with the likes of Rod Stewart, Robert Palmer and Steve Jones (yes, the same one from the Sex Pistols). Now, their enduring legacy is aptly captured on “A Diamond in the Wind: Live 2011,” a jammed-packed DVD showcasing Duran Duran’s MEN Arena concert in Manchester from December 16, 2011.
Come for the show and stay for the behind-the-scenes and interview bonus features. From “Planet Earth” and “Notorious” to “Ordinary World” and “All You Need is Now” with all points in between, “A Diamond in the Wind: Live 2011” reveals Duran Duran doing what they do best, as strong as ever. Revisit a classic, charting new territory.