"Is anybody hungry?" asked Simon Le Bon as part of his inviting introduction to Hungry Like the Wolf.
"No, but we're thirsty!" came the collective response from those forced to stand around in endless queues at the few bars dotted around St Andrew's.
Birmingham City's football stadium was woefully inadequate for this sort of event. The traffic situation outside was utter chaos, but in the stadium, hundreds of people held up in bar queues were more likely to reach boiling point after the shutters went up as Duran Duran walked on stage at 8.30pm.
The Villa fan in me might surmise that St Andrew's simply couldn't cope with hosting an event for homegrown talent that had conquered Europe. But whatever the reason, it was unfortunate that the surroundings could not live up to the entertainment on offer.
The stage seemed to be in the right position, nestled in front of the main stand, surrounded by the modern horseshoe that has been developed in recent years.
This offered up an ironic twist for Simon Le Bon and co - who made their name in the 1980s as much through their model good looks as their groundbreaking music - as they were positioned in the same location that Steve Bruce finds himself in on a Saturday.
To think that Barry Fry also sat in the dug out, which was unceremoniously buried underneath the stage. Saying that, he would never have needed the microphone and amplifiers that Simon used to get his voice across.
Daniel Bedingfield finished his set with Gotta Get Through This at about 7.45pm and was warmly received by the younger members of the audience.
So just before 8.30pm the cheers raised the roof as Simon's white jacket could be seen snaking its way to the front of the stage.
One by one the band walked to their places on the stage before they launched into Sunrise.
The crowd in the standing area seemed to be concentrated to the left of the stage - probably because the entrance was at that side, I thought.
But my mother, who had come to witness the return of the heroes she saw at the Rum Runner more than 25 years ago, said the crowd always used to stand in front of bassist John Taylor, especially the female Duranies.
At the other side of the stage, lead guitarist Andy Taylor clearly loves the rock element of Duran Duran's music and even started to belt out the chords of Free's All Right Now later in the show. Andy might be from Newcastle, but he certainly knows his power chords as well as local boys Black Sabbath and Deep Purple.
Nick Rhodes, the antithesis to this side of Duran Duran, was twiddling knobs and generating effects from his keyboard in his typically pristine sequined trousers. He might be more of an old romantic than a new one now, but he should get credit for being the only bloke from Moseley to wear eye make up and get away with it.
Behind him at the drums was Roger Taylor, banging away manically during Wild Boys.
And Simon might have forgotten the words on View to a Kill and left the singing to the crowd on Save a Prayer, but his vocal chords are still as fresh now as they were when he was introduced to the band as a University of Birmingham drama student.
The St Andrew's show represented Duran Duran's second largest concert ever, staged 22 years after they wowed thousands at Villa Park.
Although the Blues might have come a long way on the pitch since then, the stadium was clearly not sufficient for this sort of event.
Also, there was noticeably empty seats around either side of the stage, something that Duran Duran are not very used to seeing.