An Iconic Band Performs For An Iconic Event
Held on the site and date of the launch of Apollo 11 – July 16 at Kennedy Space Center in Florida – the show was the sole anniversary event at the location of the mission’s beginning five decades ago. Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed and walked on the moon. A third astronaut, Michael Collins circled above in the command module.
The iconic band blasted out song after song. It opened with The band opened with “The Universe Alone,” followed by “Planet Earth/Space Oddity,” “Anyone Out There,” “Astronaut,” and “Ordinary World.” It concluded the show with its fan favorites and mega hits Hungry Like the Wolf,” “Come Undone,” “Notorious,” “Girls on Film,” and “Rio.”
Duran Duran took the stage at 11 p.m., and played until 12:45 a.m. They were joined by a 16-piece orchestra and 12-member choir.
“The indelible impact of the Moon landing has been one of Duran Duran’s main sources of inspiration,” said Keyboardist and Duran Duran co-founder Nick Rhodes.” In the last half-century there have been very few events that have captured the world’s attention and united everyone in such a positive way. We are truly thrilled and honored to be a part of the 50-year celebration of the Apollo 11 mission, the performance tonight, at KSCVC where the launch took place.”
The evening also included a drone demonstration; after dark they were illuminated and stayed in the sky, looking like lightening bugs.