Setlist History: Duran Duran Debuts "Notorious" in 1987

On St. Patrick's Eve, 1987, Japanese Duran Duran fans were treated to the kickoff of the eagerly anticipated Strange Behaviour Tour.

After enormous success in the early '80s, the stylish UK heartthrobs split off into two brief side projects.

Singer Simon Le Bon, keyboardist Nick Rhodes, and drummer Roger Taylor formed Arcadia; while bassist John Taylor and guitarist Andy Taylor joined up with singer Robert Palmer, former Chic drummer Tony Thompson to make The Power Station.

"Some Like it Hot" by the Power Station, included, what some called 'Lead Drums'

Once those shenanigans shook out, the band tried to regroup but Andy Taylor wanted to have a solo career and Roger was flat out exhausted.

The three remaining Duranies soldiered on, and thanks to the production help of another member of Chic, Nile Rodgers, Notorious was created.

Duran Duran sing "Notorious" live on British TV.

Named after the Alfred Hitchcock thriller, the album would go on to reach #12 on the US charts but a disappointing #16 in the UK. Fans, however, were more than happy to have the band back and playing live again.

The tour kickoff at the Fukuoka Shimin Kaikan arena was top-loaded with seven songs from the new album, all live debuts, highlighted by "The Skin Trade," and the title track.

The cover of the 1987 Duran Duran tour program

Both songs would remain staples in the setlist of the band for years to come.

Sandwiched in the middle of the new tunes and the hits, the rejiggered Duranies, now with guitarist Warren Cuccurullo (formerly of Missing Persons) and drummer Steve Ferrone (who would later become one of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers), including both a Power Station and Arcadia single in the set.

A page from the 1987 tour program

The second half of the show, beginning with the 12th song, "The Chauffeur," concluding with "The Reflex" were all smash hits from their earlier days.

Speaking of Nile Rodgers & Chic -- Duran Duran is going on tour this spring and summer and Rodgers & Chic will be opening for them for its North American dates. Grab tickets for the Duran Duran Future Past Tour 2023 here.

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Last updated: 26 Mar 2023, 14:57 Etc/UTC