Today in Duran History – Bulgaria

On today’s date in 2006, Duran Duran played at the Winter Palace of Sport in Sofia, Bulgaria. This was part of the very extended Astronaut tour, and took place after Dom Brown officially took over as Duran Duran’s guitarist. This was also the very first show Duran Duran ever did in Bulgaria, and a little birdie told me that there’s actually a bootleg out there of this live show (but you didn’t read that from me).

Here’s a little Planet Earth clip from Bulgaria to start your week:

-R

 

 

 

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Question of the Day: Monday, October 20, 2014

Yesterday’s winner:  Picture E

ATE

This Week in Duranland – October 13, 2014 to October 19, 2014

It is Sunday, which means that I’m taking the time to summarize all of the official happenings in Duranland.  As always, if I missed something, comment on this thread to add anything I overlooked!

Unstaged
Duran Duran’s Unstaged is now available for rental and download in the UK via iTunes, according to this press release.

Joe Vizvary from Images in Vogue Interview
DuranDuranMusic has a new exclusive interview up on the site.  This time, it is with Joe Vizvary from Images in Vogue.  For those of you who are wondering who Images in Vogue are, they are a band who, in fact, opened up for Duran Duran in 1984.  The interview includes some background information on the band and the band’s experiences not only as their opening band for 3 shows but also the other connections they had.

Katy Kafe with Simon
Rhonda covered all of the highlights of this month’s Katy Kafe here.  If you missed it, start with blog post then head over to duranduranmusic.com to listen to it!

Guyliner
Fashionista.com published an article with the title, “8 Game-Changing Guyliner Moments in Pop Culture.”  Guess which band might have been featured?  For the record, I, personally, am a big fan of guys in eyeliner.

Anniversaries
A few anniversaries were celebrated this week.  First, Medazzaland turned 17 on the 14th.  Second, Big Thing turned 26 yesterday.  Beyond album anniversaries, we celebrated one year since Durandemonium, the fan convention we organized in 2013 in Chicago.  You can read about it on my day in Duran history post from yesterday.  All of these are making me feel pretty dang old!

Peavey’s Anniversary
Speaking of anniversaries, Peavey, the musical instrument company, is celebrating their 50th.  Apparently, John Taylor is helping them with that.  This picture, posted on Duran’s Facebook, was taken for it.

Peavey's 50th anniversary 10.14

Nile Interview
Nile Rodgers is one busy guy!  This week, he did another interview in which he mentioned his current work with Duran.  Check it out here.

Dell World
Duran Duran and Dell?  What’s the connection?  Rhonda covered it all here.  If you missed that blog post, I’ll let you know that it has everything to do with Austin, Texas, in November.

So, what did I miss?!

-A

Today in Duran History – San Francisco 1988

On this date in 1988, Duran Duran played at the Filmore in San Francisco, California.  This show was one of the ten shows in the Nine City Caravan Club Tour.  This brief tour of the U.S. and Canada happened before the band started on their lengthy Big Thing World Tour.  It was in support of the Big Thing album.

I managed to find the setlist for this show, which was:

God (London)
Big Thing
I Don’t Want Your Love
Hungry Like the Wolf
Do You Believe in Shame?
Skin Trade
All She Wants Is
Planet Earth
Winter Marches On
Palomino
Girls on Film
Notorious
Is There Something I Should Know?
Wild Boys
Drug
Save a Prayer
The Reflex
Rio

Was anyone there?  How was the show?

-A

 

 

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Question of the Day: Sunday, October 19, 2014

Yesterday’s winner:  Picture D

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How Many Shows of the First German Tour (October 30, 1981 – November 6, 1981) Did You See?

This week, in the continuing series about Duran tour participation, I am asking about the First German Tour.  This tour took place between October 30 and November 6, 1981 in the West Germany and, for some strange reason, in Sweden.  As always, I refer you to the band’s official website for all the specific dates and locations, which you can see here.

If you missed any of the previous polls about other more tours, the links can be found below:

Careless Memories Tour (November 29, 1981 to December 23, 1981)

Rio Part 1 (April 15, 1982 to July 27, 1982)

Blondie Support Tour (August 2, 1982 to August 21, 1982)

Rio Part 2 and 83 One Off Shows (September 23, 1982 to July 23, 1983)

Sing Blue Silver (November 12, 1983 to April 17, 1984)

The Strange Behaviour Tour (March 16, 1987 to August 10, 1987)

David Bowie’s Glass Spider Tour (August 12, 1987 to January 15, 1988)

Nine City Caravan Tour (October 19 to November 4, 1988)

Big Live Tour (November 11, 1988 to March 4, 1989)

Big Electric Theatre Tour (March 10, 1989 to April 26, 1989)

June 30, 1989 to February 21, 1993 dates

The first half of the Dilate Your Mind Tour (March 4, 1993 to May 9, 1993)

No Ordinary Tour (May 13, 1993 to December 10, 1993)

The second half of the Dilate Your Mind Tour (December 1993 to April 1994

The Thank You Tour (February 1995 to May 1995)

The Radio Festival Tour (May 1995 to November 1997)

The Ultra Chrome Latex and Steel Tour (Nov. 1997 to Oct. 1998)

The Latest and Greatest Tour (Dec. 1998)

Let It Flow Tour (Aug. to Oct. 1999)

Overnight Sensation Tour (Dec. 1999 to July 2000)

Pop Trash Tour (July 2000 to Feb. 2001)

The Up Close and Personal Tour (Feb. 2001 to June 2001)

The Reunion Tour (July 2003 to Dec. 2004)

The Astronaut Tour (Jan. 2005 to July 2007)

The Red Carpet Massacre Tour (Oct. 2007 to Oct. 2010)

All You Need Is Now Tour (Feb. 2011 to Aug. 2012)

How Old Were You When You First Saw Duran Live?

Which Tour Did You See Duran Play for the First Time?

Today in Duran History – Durandemonium

One year ago on this date, Durandemonium began in Chicago as Duranies converged onto the the city to enjoy a weekend filled with Duran related activities, including clubbing at the city’s Late Bar, an author’s panel, Duran games, a banquet, and a Diamond in the Mind on the big screen.  As I’m sure you know, this convention was organized by the authors of this blog and some of our good friends.  This convention took months to prepare, plan, organize and it was worth every minute as the convention was a success for both organizers and attendees alike.  Due to the convention, the Duran love was rekindled, strengthened and fortified by the attendees.  Likewise, friendships developed and strengthened during the weekend.  Truly, our big goals for the convention were met.  I love seeing attendees continue to be in touch with each other even now and make plans to get together for both Duran and non-Duran events.  Their fandom is that much stronger and much more likely to be long-lasting from attending a fan convention.  On top of that, many have developed what could be lifelong friendships.

If you are anything like me, you might want to take a moment or two to relive the weekend.  I suggest you take the time to read the blog posts below:

Something to Remember

Day 2 Report

Day 1 Report

The next question, I’m sure, is will there be another Durandemonium?  If so, when?  This is a question that Rhonda and I have talked about more than any other question.  The simple answer is that, yes, we hope that there are more conventions in our future.  Yet, we have struggled to get the next one off the ground.  One big factor is the fundraising one.  Conventions are not cheap.  In the case of Durandemonium, our costs included the banquet, the hotel, the movie screening, etc.  I put up a lot of money (we are talking thousands of dollars) and hoped that we would get enough attendees to cover the costs, which is pretty scary for someone who just has a teacher salary.  Thus, we encourage anyone who wants to support upcoming conventions to take a look around at our Cafe Press store.  While you would be helping us and future convention attendees out, you also can get some cool things!

On that note, I think I will take some time to look through my pictures and remember how truly fun the weekend was.

-A

"Maybe you think you're above it, but baby we know that you love it." – Red Carpet Massacre

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