Duran Duran play Oakland – 1984

When: April 12, 1984

Where: Oakland Coliseum – Oakland, California

And: Ahhh – the “Seven and the Ragged Tiger” tour. My first ever concert (well, apart from non-rock shows my parents too me to — like the guy who sang the theme song for “Welcome Back, Kotter” — who was actually John Sebastian, formerly of The Lovin’ Spoonful.) I went all by myself — my mom didn’t even drop me off, which seems a little weird looking back. I was just 14.

I first spent some time in the pit in front of the stage and just about got heatstroke, so had to go up on the side. I actually had a twin-sized sheet that a friend and I had decorated and I held it up. (I don’t remember what it said, other than that it had the DD logo with the upright D overlapping the italicized one.) Alas, it got stolen when I put it on the chair behind me as I stood to watch the show. Lesson: Never trust a rabid Duranie when it comes to merch. LOL

My t-shirt from the show, still in its wrapper, and a concert program are around here somewhere…

One of my best photos (that’s not saying much):

And a close-up of the action in the pic above:


And for more from this artist…

Seven and the Ragged Tiger


  • Angie says:

    Has this version of Live in Oakland been edited with the special effects?
    Is it the complete concert with Simon introducing the band?

  • Per Hanssen says:

    Duran Duran in 1984. Jisses, this is pop history girl. Take care of these pics. I guess it must have been a blast. 1984 was a peek period for this group.

  • andrew says:

    hi vince you guys are great really love most of the stuff you did back then . i remember when you guy did the fooled again video and ourschool latrobe high was asked to come as a crowd . you guysv are really under rated . all the best keep drumming

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