Watching Duran Duran’s triumphant Hollywood Bowl show last night (September 11, 2022), the finale of a sold-out, three-night run, I was reminded of seeing the late, great George Michael in his final L.A. performance, June 25, 2008, at the Forum.
Both emerged from the British new wave invasion of the early Eighties and achieved immediate pop stardom as early MTV staples. Having come up as pop stars with shiny, sleek videos, both faced an uphill battle to credibility.
Michael got there quickly, winning a Grammy, in 1989, for Album of the Year for Faith, on his way to becoming a pop icon. And by the time
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