Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Duran Duran 'All You Need is Now' tour collection due

After the successful All You Need Is Now tour of the UK and announcement as one of the headliners at the upcoming BT London Live Opening Ceremony Concert in Hyde Park to celebrate the London 2012 games, Duran Duran, will put out live DVD/Blu-ray/CD A Diamond In The Mind on July 10 [Eagle Vision/Records].

Filmed and recorded at Manchester’s MEN Arena in December of last year, it was shot in high definition. The recording of the show will be simultaneously released on standard DVD, Blu-ray, CD, and triple-pack Deluxe Edition, containing all three formats (Blu-ray, DVD & CD) in an 8 panel digipack with bonus features, and an expanded 20 page booklet, all inside a foil blocked slip-case.

The DVD, Blu-Ray and Deluxe Edition releases also feature interviews with the band, behind-the-scenes footage of the 2011 tour and bonus tracks ”Come Undone” and “Is There Something I Should Know?”

The band’s first live release in almost a decade, A Diamond In The Mind bristles with classic hits alongside new tracks taken from their critically acclaimed album All You Need Is Now,  which hit #1 on download charts in 15 countries (including the UK).

Known for their epic productions, amazing visuals, ground-breaking stage sets and iconic style, this is only the second time in 10 years that the band have recorded one of their concerts in high definition sound and vision, giving fans a rare and unique opportunity to relive the experience.

Talking from Brazil, where the band are currently on the South American leg of their world tour, keyboardist Nick Rhodes said “we wanted to create a dynamic, interactive show, combining new technology with edgy design. The brief for our lighting designer was 'pixel punk.'

"This manifested itself in the convergence of hi-tech screens with a powerful, asymmetrical lighting rig. The primary aim was to re-invent our songs visually and introduce material from the new album as a unique sensory experience. With this in mind, the screens were populated by science fiction, supermodels, anime, psychedelic patterns and graphic design. 

"Four massive mechanical arms were programmed to swoop down over the stage, firing beams of light, like the aliens in War of the Worlds. And the audience was integrated with the show, as live cameras were turned on them, projecting their images behind the band. Hanging high above the stage, four giant heads presented another dimension to the production, as they came alive as band members, skulls, robots and a girl transforming into a leopard.

The show is a journey. It was already our movie, but the challenge loomed to translate this into a film that tells the same story for those who were not there on the night. In this case we used many cameras, to ensure no detail escaped. We deployed both slow motion, animation and various stylized film grades, which give the performance a dreamlike quality in places; but most of all, I think A Diamond in the Mind truly captures the widescreen energy and vibrancy of what really transpired that night, when Duran Duran played live in Manchester.”

Adding to this, lead singer Simon Le Bon said, “the 2011 UK tour was particularly significant for all of us on a number of levels. In the early part of the year, I lost my voice and we were forced to cancel several months of touring, including all of our British dates. It was a really difficult time for us as a band as we had a new album out that we were just breaking in and loving playing live.

"When I blew my voice out in Cannes, at the film festival in mid-May, we weren’t sure when we would be able to resume and the summer wait was long and full of anxiety – especially for me. The UK shows which were finally rescheduled for December, proved to be some of the best we’ve ever done – so the year that had been rather a roller-coaster, ended on a really high note.”

DVD, Blu-ray, and Deluxe Edition Track Listing:

1) Return To Now
2) Before The Rain
3) Planet Earth
4) View To A Kill
5) All You Need Is Now
6) Blame The Machines
7) Safe (In The Heat Of The Moment)
8) The Reflex
9) Man Who Stole A Leopard
10) Girl Panic!
11) White Lines
12) Careless Memories
13) Ordinary World
14) Notorious
15) Hungry Like The Wolf
16) (Reach Up For The) Sunrise
17) Wild Boys/Relax
18) Rio
19) A Diamond In The Mind

Bonus tracks:
Come Undone
Is There Something I Should Know?

CD Track Listing:
1) Before The Rain
2) Planet Earth
3) View To A Kill
4) All You Need Is Now
5) Come Undone
6) Blame The Machines
7) The Reflex
8) Girl Panic!
9) Ordinary World
10) Notorious
11) Hungry Like The Wolf
12) (Reach Up For The) Sunrise
13) Wild Boys
14) Rio


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