By Kristina Rideout
Duran Duran gave an intimate, hit-filled performance at Wilton’s Music Hall in London as part of War Child and O2’s Passport Back to the Bars event on February 19. The group was one of six bands performing in small venues throughout the month of February to support War Child’s efforts to bring safety to children in war zones all over the world.
Tickets for the shows were available by lottery to fans who donated to War Child with each entry. This year marks 10 years since the original Passport event, which was held for victims of the Iraq war.
Duran Duran played to a packed house of 300 at Wilton’s Music Hall, London’s oldest remaining Grand Music Hall. Fans were treated to a set list of favorites including “Hungry Like The Wolf,” “The Reflex,” “Notorious,” “Wild Boys” and “Girls on Film.” The band closed the show with their mega-hit “Rio.”
Duran Duran looked and sounded in top form, and did not disappoint their loyal fans who flooded Twitter and Instagram with photos and accounts of this rare experience. Singer Simon Le Bon was chatty with the crowd, and took the opportunity to speak about children affected by war before performing the band’s classic ballad “Ordinary World.”
Passport Back to the Bars has also featured shows by The Vaccines and RIDE, and will continue with shows by You Me At Six, Bastille and Elbow throughout February. All money raised will support War Child’s work in Syria, Iraq and Gaza. These small, stripped-down shows for hundreds of fans will have a great impact on many thousands of children.