In two weeks, NASA will celebrate the 50-year anniversary of their first Moon launch. To celebrate the special day, English glam-rock group Duran Duran will host a concert at the Rocket Garden at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
Apollo 11 made its historic launch, which landed the first two people on the Moon, on July 16, 1969, so the 50th anniversary will commence on July 16, 2019. Duran Duran, the Grammy Award-winners best-known for their ’80s smash-hits “Hungry Like The Wolf,” “Rio,” and “Girls On Film,” will take the stage at 10:30 p.m. DJ Evalicious will open the show, followed by a special drone performance by Studio Drift. Throughout the event, food trucks will be on site, along with adult beverages. Tickets are $300 and include parking. All proceeds from the event will benefit the STEAM education programs for the non-profit Aldrin Family Foundation.
Duran Duran keyboardist told Rolling Stone that he recalled watching the moon landing back in 1969 and remembers running outside to look up in the night sky right after watching Neil Armstrong take his first steps.
“It was surreal and awe inspiring — science fiction unfolding before us,” Rhodes said. “I tried to picture what it must be like for the astronauts who were up there — but it was all so utterly unimaginable. We’d simply never witnessed anything like it before. It felt like a new beginning. Everything was encapsulated in that one moment, nothing was ever going to be the same again. It represented hope, belief and opportunity – opening our minds to what mankind was capable of achieving.”
While Duran Duran has not released new music since 2015’s Paper Gods, the group just wrapped-up a tour in Europe and will cross the U.S. on tour this fall. Grab tickets to see Duran Duran on tour via Ticket Club here.
Photo: Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex via Flickr user Bernt Rostad