Kennedy Space Center

Duran Duran Rocks the Rocket Garden at Kennedy Space Center Featuring a Drone Light Performance by Studio Drift

Duran Duran performed at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (KSCVC) in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11’s mission to the Moon.

This was the sole anniversary event at the location of the mission’s launch 5 decades ago. The British band collaborated with renowned artist duo Studio Drift, whose artwork, Franchise Freedom, was brought to life by hundreds of Intel Shooting Star drones at the top of the show, during the band's performance of “The Universe Alone.” This was performed together with a 40-piece choir and 16-piece orchestra. The performance took place in the Rocket Garden of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (KSCVC). Profits from the concert's ticket sales benefited the Aldrin Family Foundation’s STEAM education programs.

Watch the highlights from the show, along with interviews with Studio Drift co-founder Ralph Nauta and renown physicist and astronomer Professor Brian Cox, members of Duran Duran and astronauts Mike Collins (Apollo 11), Rusty Schiekert (Apollo 9), Gerry Griffin (Apollo flight director) and Charlie Duke (Apollo 16):

Nauta said, “The Apollo 11 Moon landing exemplifies what technology can do for humanity. We’re ready and excited for the next 50 years.”

Keyboardist and Duran Duran co-founder Nick Rhodes said, “The indelible impact of the Moon landing has been one of Duran Duran’s main sources of inspiration. In the last half-century, there have been very few events that have captured the world’s attention and united everyone in such a positive way. We are truly thrilled and honored to be a part of the 50-year celebration of the Apollo 11 mission, the performance tonight, at KSCVC where the launch took place.”

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