Megalomaniacal for $295: You and a friend can have Simon LeBon up close.

Duran Duran

"Durannies" have been waiting 18 years for the original Duran Duran -- drummer Roger Taylor, guitarist Andy Taylor, bassist John Taylor, singer Simon LeBon and keyboardist Nick Rhodes -- to reunite, tour and record. The recording has taken some time, so they decided to hit the road instead, and generate some cash.

Duran Duran is playing just 17 theater dates, creating a frenzy for tickets equal to that of the "Planet Earth" days. But there were a few catches with purchasing tickets. First, those who wanted to buy tickets during a presale event had to purchase a $35 membership to Duran Duran's fan club; that was on top of the average ticket price of $75.

Even more absurdly, for $295, purchasers received a ticket to the show within the first five rows and a chance to meet the band. One to two winners are selected at every venue to have their picture taken with the band and a memorabilia item signed. Winners are allowed to bring a friend to the meet-and-greet -- but that person also must have purchased the VIP package.


Duran Duran

Celebrity Theatre, 440 North 32nd Street

Scheduled to perform on Friday, November 28. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Show is sold out. Call 602-267-1600 for more information.

It all comes down to greed. For $295, Duran Duran better play the balcony at my apartment -- naked. I feel bad making cracks about Duran Duran, considering I'm an original Duranny. But the defeat comes down to one simple explanation -- Duran Duran is still hungry, all right. This time, however, the wolf is made out of $20 bills.


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