Review and gallery: Duran Duran, Genting Arena, Birmingham

Pop legends Duran Duran wowed their fans with an energetic homecoming gig at Birmingham’s Genting Arena.

Review and gallery: Duran Duran, Genting Arena, Birmingham

Wild Boys – Simon Le Bon on stage with Duran Duran at Birmingham’s Genting Arena

The band, fronted by Simon Le Bon,were joined on stage by special guest Seal, who has himself clocked up 30 million album sales across the globe.

It was a conquering return for a band, who have sold more than 100m records worldwide, on Friday.

They were formed in the city in 1978.

After the gig, their fans took to Twitter in their droves to praise the night and the energy of Le Bon and co.

One user, @scousenel said: “#DuranDuran were brilliant tonight @SimonJCLeBON just gets better with age!!! Wonderful wise words about Paris as well xxx. Meanwhile @littlemisschef9 tweeted: “@SimonJCLeBON amazing performance tonight #DuranDuran.”

On Friday night, the band performed tracks from most recent album Paper Gods and comeback single, Pressure Off.

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The crowd soon roared with excitement when the band played hits such as Hungry Like the Wolf, Planet Earth and Wild Boys.

Le Bon himself was as energetic as anyone in the arena, racing up and down the stage in his tight white trousers and, at the age of 57, showing he can still mix it with the best, keeping the crowd and tempo upbeat, especially performing a version of Grandmaster Flash’s White Lines. The Birmingham date was just one stop on their UK tour which sees them visit Glasgow, London, Bournemouth, Nottingham and Liverpool within the next week.

Duran Duran were part of the New Romantic scene of the 1980s, along with such music royalty as Spandau Ballet.

They have won a number of awards throughout their career, including two Brit Awards, a 2004 award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, two Grammy Awards and an MTV Video Music Award for Lifetime Achievement. They have also been awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

By David Callaghan

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