Written by Mark Playle

A couple weeks ago Trisha casually mentioned that the British band Duran Duran were to play in the Rocket Garden at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida to celebrate the historic Apollo 11 launch and mans first trip and footsteps on the moon back in July 1969. 50 years ago then and certainly something extremely uneek and monumental and I felt we really should be a party to this amazing event. My flight home to see Trisha and our tickets to see the Birmingham boys were suddenly sorted.

Duran Duran have sold over 100 million records, had 18 American hit singles, 20 UK Top 20 chart positions and still perform all over Planet Earth. Duran Duran’s first single, Planet Earth, drew inspiration from the first Moon landing and they took their band name from a character in the 1968 Sci-fi movie Barbarella.

When we headed across to the Space Centre it was already dark and the moon was bright and full in the sky. As we laid our magic Pikes blanket on the ground DJ Evalicious was spinning the wheels of steel and unleashing some great tunes into the night air.

It wasn’t long before the boys were on stage and with the additional support of a choir and all the crew and staff they bashed out an absolutely perfect evening’s entertainment.

Throwing into the mix some great moon and space related covers from Bowie and the Police and throwing in rip roaring White Lines rendition all my boxes were well and truly ticked. A portion of the proceeds from the concert will support the STEAM education programs of the non-profit Aldrin Family Foundation.

Thank you Duran Duran thank you Planet Earth.

Happy days.

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