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The Academy: 1st Show
Duran duran new york 1993 early show
unofficial live album
Venue Academy, New York,
NY, USA Dbi flag usa
Recorded 12 February 1993
Released Unknown
Label Unknown Label
Format CD
Length 11 tracks
Genre Pop
Producer Duran Duran
concert ticket
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February 12th 1993 - The Academy, New York, USA: 1st Show is an unofficial Duran Duran live album, recorded during An Acoustic Evening Tour at the Academy in New York, NY, USA on 12 February 1993.

About the album[]

The album is a recording of Duran Duran's early show at the Academy, a venue located at 234 West 43rd Street in New York. This was the first of two shows performed at the venue on this day.

Duran Duran (now a foursome comprised of Simon Le Bon, John Taylor, Nick Rhodes and Warren Cuccurullo) brought drummer Fergus Gerrand, two backing singers and a three piece string section to play this short acoustic set that lasted just over an hour.

"It's been a long time since we played in New York" announced Le Bon from the stage at the Academy. Duran Duran launched the show at around 7:30pm with their debut single "Planet Earth".

"Hungry Like the Wolf" followed which would have normally had most people dancing, but the opening songs were performed differently from the original versions that the audience opted to sing along instead.

Orchestral versions of "The Chauffeur" and "Notorious" took on qualities that made them just that much more mysterious.

The Wedding Album hadn't been released yet and fans heard songs such as "Come Undone" for the first time.

The three songs they played from The Wedding Album ("Ordinary World", "Come Undone" and "Too Much Information") featured more guitars and was an indication of the direction the band were taking in the early 90s.

Duran Duran closed the show with their ultimately defining hit "Rio".

Tickets for the show cost around $22.50.

Track listing[]

  1. "Planet Earth"
  2. "Hungry Like the Wolf"
  3. "Ordinary World"
  4. "Come Undone"
  5. "The Chauffeur"
  6. "Crystal Ship"
  7. "Notorious"
  8. "Too Much Information"
  9. "Save A Prayer"
  10. "Success"
  11. "Rio"


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