Duran Duran have confirmed special guests Jake Shears and LIA LIA will join their Future Past UK and Ireland headline arena tour, taking place through April and May 2023.
Renowned for his work as lead singer with Scissor Sisters, the Future Past tour marks something of a full circle moment for Jake Shears.
The triple-BRIT-Awarded Scissor Sisters first joined Duran Duran to open their 2004 ‘Reunion Tour’ shows, later leading to vocalist Ana Matronic performing on Duran’s All You Need Is Now album, released in 2010.
Jake recently returned with the brand-new single Too Much Music, from his forthcoming solo album Last Man Dancing (out 2 Jun), which features collaborations with Kylie Minogue, Big Freedia and Amber Martin plus cameos from Jane Fonda and Iggy Pop.
Duran Duran’s Roger Taylor said: “We are absolutely delighted to be re-uniting with Jake Shears for our 2023 UK/Ireland tour, as he supports his fabulous new album Last Man Dancing. The Scissor Sisters were such an important part of our Reunion Tour in 2004.
“We also welcome the incredible LIA LIA from Berlin. The first time we heard I’m A Moth! we were all completely hooked. With the support of these two amazing artists, we couldn’t be more excited about our upcoming shows.”
Jake Shears said: “I’m thrilled to announce that I’m going to be a Special Guest for Duran Duran on their Future Past arena tour. It’s such an honour to be playing with them again. They are a massive inspiration with their continual run of incredible music. To say that I’m excited is an understatement. See you there!”
LIA LIA said: “When my manager called and broke the news about me going on tour with Duran Duran I locked myself in the bathroom, and the first thing I did was to call my mom. I’m beyond excited, thrilled & absolutely terrified! Living legends.”
The Future Past arena tour will see performances at seven headline shows across the UK and Ireland through the Spring of 2023.
The tour begins at Manchester’s AO Arena on April 29th, the band’s first-ever performance at the venue, followed by two dates at London’s O2 Arena, Leeds’ First Direct Arena, Birmingham’s Utilita Arena, the 3 Arena in Dublin and Glasgow’s OVO Hydro, marking Duran Duran’s return to the venue and the city for the first time since 2015.See Also:The Rise of Pop Music: A Look at the Evolution of the Genre
Duran Duran have also announced a 26-date North American arena tour, with both Bastille and Nile Rodgers & CHIC joining them as special guests across the entire run through 19 US states, and Canada, beginning in May through to September.
Tickets for Duran Duran’s Future Past UK headline arena tour are available here.
A deluxe edition of new studio album Future Past (Complete Edition) is out now via BMG. The 2LP set includes all 15 tracks from Future Past plus Duran Duran’s cover of David Bowie’s Five Years.
The first LP is red vinyl, the second is green vinyl. The gatefold package features a new silver/grey version of the cover art and also includes two 12″ x 12″ art booklets. Listen/order here.
April / May 2023 UK Headline Arena Tour Dates
April 29 – The AO Arena, Manchester
May 1 – The O2, London
May 2 – The O2, London
May 4 – First Direct Arena, Leeds
May 5 – Utilita Arena, Birmingham
May 7 – 3 Arena, Dublin
May 9 – OVO Hydro, GlasgowSee Also:King Stoneyy – Throne Talk