The resurgent — but did they ever really go away? — Duran Duran is headed to the Smoothie King Center on April 24. Following several presales, tickets go on sale to the general public via Ticketmaster on Dec. 12, priced at $29 to $110 plus service charges.
The local stop falls on the first Sunday of the 2016 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. The show is part of an extensive tour in support of Duran Duran’s 14th studio album, “Paper Gods,” which was released in September and entered the Billboard album chart at No. 10.
Appropriately, the opening act for the upcoming tour is 1970s disco funk band Chic, led by guitarist Nile Rodgers. Among other collaborations, Rodgers produced a remix of Duran Duran’s first No. 1 single in the United States, “The Reflex,” and the single “The Wild Boys.” He also produced and played guitar on the band’s 1986 “Notorious” album. He co-produced several cuts on “Paper Gods,” which finds singer Simon LeBon and company fully embracing the sleek, New Wave funk of their mid-1980s heyday.
Although the band has occasionally changed members, it has always remained active despite sometimes lengthy delays between albums. The current incarnation features LeBon alongside three additional members from Duran Duran’s original “Fab Five”: bassist John Taylor, drummer Roger Taylor and keyboardist Nick Rhodes. On recent recordings and tours, guitarist Dom Brown has replaced original guitarist Andy Taylor.
“Durannies” who were in grade school and high school when Duran Duran’s “Rio” dropped in 1982 are now in their 30s and 40s. They will nonetheless turn out in droves for the upcoming tour to sing along with “Save a Prayer,” “Hungry Like the Wolf,” “A View to a Kill,” “Girls on Film,” “Is There Something I Should Know,” “New Moon on Monday” and “Union of the Snake,” among many others. Duran Duran last performed in New Orleans at the 2006 Voodoo Music Experience in City Park.
Live Nation Entertainment is promoting the band’s 2016 North American tour, which launches in March and continues with its second leg through August. Fans who buy tickets online will receive a physical copy of “Paper Gods.”
A presale for Duran Duran fan club members starts Dec. 9. Citi card members will have access to a presale beginning Dec. 10. Users with the Live Nation mobile app can start buying tickets Dec. 11, the day before they go on sale to the general public via Ticketmaster.