Rock Legends: Duran Duran

This past Wednesday, I saw a little show entitled “Rock Legends” on AXS TV.  This isn’t a channel I normally turn to but did this night after I did a search for Duran Duran on my TV Guide app.  What is the connection?  Apparently, this series focuses on different legends of music and this week was Duran Duran’s turn.  I had no choice but to turn in and watch it, right?  I am always curious about what they include with these shows, how accurate they are, etc.

Originally, I was going to blog while I watched but I found myself just sitting on the couch in slight shock.  The show followed the usual format of providing their history, including how John and Nick formed the band, the connection to the Rum Runner, the New Romantic period, etc.  Yet, even with the history, the show provides…interesting interpretations.  For example, the reason that the band stopped wearing New Romantic clothing was because they knew that they wouldn’t “go anywhere” with that look, according to the show.  That’s new to me.  I knew that they moved away from the look but I had not heard/read that it was solely to hit commercial success.  Did they not have some success with Planet Earth?  That seemed to be pretty New Romantic in style to me, especially the video.  Another interesting statement was how having Princess Diana claim them as her favorite band increased their stardom and success, internationally.  Apparently, their music or live performances had nothing to do with their increase in success.

Then, there were the facts presented that I found questionable.  For example, at one point, they start talking about the band’s remixes and how they were very creative with them.  This, of course, is true.  Yet, the statement that followed had to do with the fact that the b-side of the singles were remixes.  Sometimes, that is true.  Sometimes, however, the b-sides were new original songs, but, of course, they didn’t dwell on that too much as they moved back to discussing videos with a focus on the Rio video.  The description was like a “Hollywood fantasy” with “conspicuous consumption”.  Of course, what is missed is that the consumption did not win the girl for any of them.  Why?  They were losers in the video.  It is funny, but, somehow, people miss that for the focus on wealth and fantasy.  The miss the humor.  Then again, the yacht for the video was described as Simon’s yacht.  sigh

Speaking of misses, there were some errors in the show that caught my attention.  The first one I noticed was that John and Nick had supposedly met at Birmingham Polytechnic, which most Duranies could tell isn’t true.  They lived around the corner from each other and were childhood friends.  Second, they made it seem like Andy was the third member to join as opposed to Roger.  A few minutes later into the show, the “experts” discussed the Girls on Film video.  One “expert” stated that Girls on Film was “consciously” made for the Playboy channel.  Hmm….I always heard that it was for nightclubs that were showing videos.  Perhaps, the error that really shocked me was when they called Seven and the Ragged Tiger the band’s second studio album.  Huh?!?!  Even as the show moves into 1984 and their description of Sing Blue Silver, I pondered where in that documentary does it show Duran Duran on tour buses as described in the show?!  I remember planes and limos.  Heck, I remember boats, even, but tour buses?!  Finally, I didn’t realize John left Duran Duran because he was more interested in Power Station.  While I’m aware that Power Station recorded a second album in the late 1990s, John didn’t actually appear on that album or go on that tour.

Beyond the errors, there were other choices in the show that made me almost recoil.  The biggest example of this is how they chose to cover the band’s career.  Like many of these shows, the majority of the time is allotted to the early days and the massive commercial success.  What this means, of course, is that the rest, which covers about 30 years has to be squeezed in an half hour.  This small amount of time means that some albums barely get talked about or…not at all, including All You Need Is Now.  While I appreciated the inclusion of Paper Gods, I was not okay with them skipping All You Need Is Now.  Frankly, I want all the albums discussed, to some extent.  Perhaps, they would have had space to discuss that album if they had not talked Arena, the film.  I think that is one that most Duranies overlook and with good reason.  Another choice made by the show that didn’t surprise me but bothered me is how they talked about the band and the fans.  For example, the very first line of the show is from some “expert” who says, “Duran Duran was so superficial, they’re deep.”  insert an eye roll here  Superficial?  On the contrary, I would argue that there is much more to Duran Duran than what is seen on the surface and I’m very sorry that this man cannot see that.  A few minutes later, they are described as a band that “reveled in being pop stars”.  Again, I would argue that this person only saw the surface.  As for the fans, the only time Duranies were mentioned were as “screaming” fans, fans who were upset by Nick, Roger, or Simon getting married or in relation to the band being “pin-ups” and “teen idols”.

Yet, of course, with all of my criticism, I always enjoy seeing shows on Duran Duran.  There is always a part of me that watches with a little bit of pride especially when a show wants to acknowledge their legendary status.  That said, there are many documentaries out there that do a better job providing the band’s history while describing their success, including ones like Behind the Music.  Perhaps, I also appreciate that these other shows feature the band members themselves telling the story versus music “experts”.  Plus, whenever I hear significant errors or stereotypes about the band and their fans, it is hard for me to love the show.

-A

 

There’s a Vampire In the Limousine

Once upon a conversation, I had a light bulb moment.

I know with 100% certainty that I’ve tried to ask, and answer…I mean guess (mostly incorrectly) why the band is not really on social media these days. That’s right, I’m writing about that. Again. (and this time, I’m not even angry.)

Yesterday in the midst of a conversation, something hit me that I thought I’d post here, and for the sake of this blog and the fact that I can’t find another good word…I’m going to liberally borrow a word used by someone else yesterday: the word mystique.

Since the inception of Daily Duranie, both Amanda and I have talked about the proverbial pedestal that the band firmly resides upon. You know, that perch fans look up to, aspire to reach, and hope to receive acknowledgment from. For some fans, the band simply cannot do any wrong, which is why for each (perceived) misstep mentioned on Daily Duranie, a certain percentage of fans recoil in horror, then lash out in anger, letting us know we’ve crossed that line for them. Right, wrong or indifferent, fans protect the band, their perceptions thereof, and the mystique that surrounds.

So what exactly is mystique? Not quite image, not quite brand…mystique tends to come along with both as a willing partner. To begin, I looked up the word in the good old-fashioned dictionary: a framework of doctrines, ideas, beliefs, or the like, constructed around a person (or band, adds Rhonda…) or object, endowing the person or object with enhanced value or profound meaning.  

It goes on to also describe it as a mystery or aura. So how does that really apply to Duran Duran? Easy. Think back to Rio, Last Chance on the Stairway, Save a Prayer. You know that feeling you get when you watch, that you could never get close enough to them to actually meet them? Funny how that creates the demand in wanting to do just that!  What about the very idea that they just seem so unattainable, so sacred and untouchable?? That’s mystique, and it is probably what keeps fans driven to reach the band.

For what I think is likely the vast majority of fans, that mystique is what has kept the fan base going for years and years. It never brings closure, it always keeps us reaching and dreaming, and for all but the very select few, it continues to be the carrot we chase.

That said, not everyone needs that mystique to remain a fan. Amanda and I tend to be in that group. We don’t have issues pointing out when they’ve disappointed us (obviously), and for the most part I don’t think we have any grand designs on how we think the band should act or should be offstage. I’ll go one further and say that the whole “sex god” mystique thing annoys the hell out of me anymore. I would love to just sit down with them over a vodka tonic, a glass of wine, a cup of tea or coffee…or even a damn bottle of water, and just have a freaking normal conversation about anything from a favorite painter to music. (and not their music, mind you) I don’t need them to BE “Duran Duran” or my childhood heroes in those moments. (At least not after I take a long, cleansing breath and admonish myself to act like a normal human being) Assuming of course, that I in fact have those moments. Which I do not. (Dreams are still free)

Personally, I’m OK knowing the good, bad and downright terrible. I don’t know why that is. I think maybe in my case it’s because I gave up on fairy tales a long time ago. Even so, that doesn’t make Amanda, nor I, better fans. Not by a long shot, actually. It makes us weird. Why wouldn’t we want to continue seeing Duran Duran the way we did when we were younger? The way we did even ten years ago?? Good question. I have no answer. In fact, it probably makes Amanda and I a bit dangerous because while both of us are the type to stomp in and throw back the curtain of Oz to see who is really working the machine…it also means we could ruin it for everyone else in the process, and I don’t want to do that. I know Amanda doesn’t want to do that either. Yet, if I’m being fair, it’s sort of what we’ve been expecting the band to do, by insisting they mingle with the public…isn’t it?

I’ve often said, including yesterday among friends, I don’t understand why the band doesn’t engage with fans. Are we really that horrible?? (rhetorical question, thankyouverymuch) Is the band really that old school that they don’t see the value? Is it just too hard to handle??

I still don’t know for sure. It was mentioned to me that maybe the band is afraid that if they stop being those pin-ups we know, love, and adore, and become just another “face” on Twitter, the whole mystique that has been built up around them for the past 30 years would vanish. Maybe that’s OK for me, or for Amanda…or for a few others…. but is it really OK for fans who have the band on a pedestal? I’ve said it myself: Duran Duran is my escape. Why would I want to take that away from people?? Would it help or hurt “Brand Duran” if you saw the band as attainable, reachable, touchable people? That sex-appeal and pin-up status might very well change if anyone could chat with Nick any time we wanted. Would you still see him as “The Controller”?? If John chatted any time we wanted, would Duranies see him differently? Even if the difference were welcomed and accepted – would fans miss being starry-eyed fans who cared about nothing but the music in the process?

I can’t speak for everyone else, and I wouldn’t dare try. At one point when we started writing, the very last thing I wanted was for the band to read our work. I told myself if was because I was writing the blog purely for fans and I didn’t care what the band thought. But really, I think it’s because I knew – if they broke the fourth wall and really acknowledged me as a person, it might change me, the way I saw them, and maybe even the way I write. I don’t really know if the band reads (I hope we amuse the hell out of them if they do because that makes it fun for me!), but I realize that my point of view changed regardless. My fandom has changed. I’m not a wide-eyed innocent, anymore…but I’ve come to the revelation it is not my job, my goal, or responsibility to completely ruin or damage anyone else’s view of them. I want to protect the pedestal, guard the image, value the mystique…but still call them out on the carpet when they’ve gone into the third fucking year of recording an album or complain about hearing “Hungry Like the Wolf” or playing the Greatest Hits Set List for the 50,000 time because otherwise, why blog??? Agreeing with everything all of the time is boring. If I stopped writing those “angry” blogs, people might think I’d gone soft or lost my edge. I simply cannot have it.

Oh hell no. I might be getting (a little) wiser, but I’m still Rhonda underneath it all. What you see is what you get.

-R

Question of the Day: Thursday, February 11, 2016

Based on yesterday’s poll results, the song that people who participated in the poll have not seen live in concert from the Rio era is Like an Angel.  Of course, there are songs that not many people have seen live from that era, including Last Chance on the Stairway, Lonely in Your Nightmare, My Own Way and Hold Back the Rain.

Of course, if you still want to participate in the polls about songs seen live in concert, go here and here.

Now, we move on to the Seven and the Ragged Tiger era.

Something more than dreams

On a day where precious little seems to be happening in the land of Duran, I’m lucky to have stumbled upon a news item worthy of discussion.

There is an article being circulated by a few news pages on Facebook  about a man who wrote his daughter an excuse for being late to school. Here’s the note:

excuse for school

Now, I realize that in the note he’s comparing Bruce Springsteen to God. I also recognize that for many readers, this is not a realistic, or even possible comparison, regardless of the reason. I’ll leave you all to debate that particular comparison or topic amongst yourselves, on your own forms of social media.

Instead, it had me remembering the time I took my own daughter out of school to go meet Duran Duran in Hollywood. At the time, Heather was eight, and she was in third grade. I should also mention this was at the signing for Astronaut, which came out in 2004. I’ve written about meeting the band, but I don’t know how much I actually said about just being with Heather for the experience. (I may have written some along the way, so I apologize if you’re reading and thinking, “Get over it, Rhonda. Who cares?!?” For the rest of you, this is new!) Not only was it Heather’s first time meeting Duran Duran, but it was mine too…and it was the only time either of us met them as a full group.

There are moments that happen in life when only later while reflecting do you begin to recognize their significance. That night is one of those times for me. During this particular period in 2004, Heather was getting heavily involved in dance. It was a huge commitment for everyone because I could never go anywhere without considering who would get her to the studio and back home at night. In addition to the time commitment, I felt like I was really losing my daughter in a lot of ways. Rather than spending quality time with me, she was being taught by circumstance to consider the studio her home, dance teachers and classmates her family. I missed her, but I recognized that dance was her passion, even at the tender age of eight. In the meantime, I’d planned a Duran Duran fan convention in New Orleans, met new friends, got involved online, and basically branched out on my own, trying to find and get reacquainted with the person I was prior to being “mommy”.

Along came the announcement of the signing. I wavered quite a bit before making the decision to go. Hollywood is a trek from my house (I almost never drive up there because I hate the traffic), it was during the middle of the week – twice – once to buy the album and get the wristband, another trip to actually meet the band for the signing, and I knew that trying to make the schedule work in between all of the other responsibilities I had was going to be impossible.

As always, I hesitantly tested the waters with my husband. Back then, I was afraid to tell him about events with the band because I knew he didn’t get it, and I knew it would just cause problems. I hate to say it, but I was a pretty wimpy wife back then. I figured I’d mention it at dinner, get the proverbial eye-roll and look of disgust, and then let it go. So I remember very uncertainly commenting about it – just an offhanded, “So, Duran Duran is doing an album signing in Hollywood, can you believe that?” sort of thing. Back then we had a small round table we ate at in my kitchen, and I remember Heather getting so excited. She was overjoyed that mommy would finally get to meet Duran Duran. In her head, there wasn’t even a question whether I’d go, or whether I’d really get to meet them. I was really kind of surprised that she understood the significance at her age, but for whatever reason, she did. She really seemed to understand that for me, this was a once-in-a-lifetime kind of thing, and that I’d waited since I was ten. That kind of made Walt take notice when otherwise, I don’t think he would have spent two seconds even listening. Fandom of any kind isn’t his thing, so I didn’t have any grand designs about having any sort of understanding from him about meeting Duran Duran. Going to meet a band probably seemed like a gigantic waste of time to him. Heather spoke so animatedly about it, saying that she wanted to go with me and how much fun it would be. Walt looked at me and said, “Why don’t you go then?” I am pretty sure my jaw hit the table.

Of course, I knew plenty of reasons why I shouldn’t. Dance classes. School for Heather. Driving up and back. What would I do with “the baby”? (“the baby” at that time was my son…who is now 16, about 5’10” and towers over me….and I don’t even remember now what I did with him that afternoon!!) After a little thinking, and pinching myself that I might actually get to meet Duran Duran, it was decided that Heather would only need miss one morning of school and…miss dance class to go to the signing. (Just to drive this point home: Heather never missed dance class. Not while sick, not while injured, not when friends had birthday parties, or for family functions. Never.)

So we went. It was one of the best experiences ever, and not just because I got to speak to Roger Taylor and tell him that he was my favorite band member and that I was so glad he came back. (Yes, I really did say those words. At least I didn’t tell him that I spent a good part of my days back when I was 12 waiting for him to show up on my doorstep realizing that I was the girl for him. I did have some good sense.) As exciting as it was to be so close to the band that I could tell Simon had seen the inside of a tanning booth at some point and that yes, Nick’s skin really was absolutely flawless…the best part was being there with Heather, and watching her see MY reaction.

How many times do we really get that chance to share something from our own childhood with our children? I don’t mean just taking them to Disneyland or whatever amusement park you spent time as – I mean a real passion. Something that truly defined you, or made you who you really are underneath all of that “Mom” stuff? For me, Duran Duran is very much that “thing”. (I laugh ruefully here, because little did I know in 2004 just how much Duran Duran was about to play part in my life. Little did I know….) I kept sneaking glances at Heather as she looked around at all of the people we were waiting in line with, and watching her reactions as we’d talk about the band. There was no filtering my love (or anyone else’s) or exuberance for the band. She was experiencing my fandom exactly the way I would have shown it even if she hadn’t been there. She saw the good, the bad, and maybe even a bit of the ugly.  But the best part for me was that it was something we experienced together.

I shared a part of my deepest, and sometimes darkest, inner me with my daughter. And as a result, Heather has never once…not even a little…ever made fun of this blog or what it has become. Let’s face it, the blog is a pretty easy target. Upon first glance, one might think it’s a cute little love note, or marginalize it to just being a serious symptom of being a fanatic. Two grown women, writing a blog about a band?!? The jokes almost write themselves. I know this, and Amanda knows this. My family (mostly) thinks Daily Duranie is a waste of time, no matter what I share with them about our traffic or the sheer amount of people who thank us or recognize Amanda and I when we’re together at a Duran show. I’ve learned to keep the blog to myself and not share with the family, or if I do share – I just make light of it, because it’s easier than hoping for respect I’ll never get. Not Heather. For whatever reason, and I tend to think it’s because I shared a little bit of what makes me “tick” with her that night, she’s never once made fun. She encourages me, tells me to follow my heart, and does exactly for me as I do for her when it comes to her dreams.

I don’t remember what I wrote on the note I gave to the school for her excuse. I’m pretty sure I didn’t say anything about standing in line for hours to get a wristband to see Duran Duran, though. I wish I had, because I think she learned as much about me that night as I did about her.

-R

Question of the Day: Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Based on yesterday’s question/poll, which you can still participate in here, the only song not played live from the first album is Khanada.  Of course, there were many songs that few people have seen live, including Anyone Out There, To the Shore, Night Boat, Sound of Thunder, Tel Aviv and Late Bar.

On that note, which songs from Rio have you seen live in concert?

80s Mix Tape…Romance Novella Collection!

Hey you 80s fans out there (and I know you’re reading…), I have some new reading recommendations for you, featuring a couple of fellow Duranies turned authors!!

If you loved Bring Me Back and Back Forever, you should pay special attention because Karen Booth is back with another novella to add to her Banks Forest series!  You might even recognize the title…

I’m also really excited to share that Bobbi Ruggiero, another wonderful Duranie-turned-author, celebrates her writing debut with her own entry into this 80s Mix Tape collection with her own novella. Rather than my mindless drivel, how about a taster of each “tune”?

Seven New Adult stories of love in the ’80s, inspired by songs of the decade… 

Save a Prayer by Karen Booth 
Angie Dawson never wanted to see Graham Whiting or his cheating face again, but her dream job at Music Maker magazine has her photographing his band. Angie had prepared to be a grown-up about working closely with him, but there’s one scenario she hadn’t anticipated. Graham wants her back. She wants him to be the guy he says he can be, but the band has massive tours planned and the groupies will always be there. How does a reunion with her ex end up being anything more than a one-night stand? 

Need You Tonight by Gwen Hayes 
Jacob Stone is on the run for a crime he didn’t commit, but when he’s stranded by chance with the only woman he’s ever loved, he can’t deny the need to possess her one last time. Mind, body, and soul. Typical good girl Becky McDonald has loved bad boy Jacob since they were kids, but even as she gives in to the passion only he can ignite in her, she hides the truth. One night of passion. One night of need. That’s all they can have, but it will never be enough. 

Kickstart My Heart by Autumn Jones Lake 
Russell “Chaser” Adams knows he’s destined to take over his father’s outlaw motorcycle club one day, but for now his father encourages him to pursue his music. Raised in a strict family with old-world traditions and their own secrets, Mallory Delov longs for glitter and glamor instead of blood and deceit. Chaser is unlike any man she’s ever known, she can’t help being drawn to him. On the surface they seem like complete opposites. Little do either of them know how much they have in common. 

The Fixer by Jenny Holiday 
Jenny Fields is a crusader. The editor of her college newspaper, she never met a cause she couldn’t get behind. So when the administration announces it’s tearing down the historic art building, she’s on the case. All she needs to do is get Matthew Townsend, the art department’s most talented student, on board. If she could just get the moody genius to answer his phone… 

Drummer Girl by AJ Pine 
Sam Walsh is done—done with college, done with guys, done with the whole scene. But her roommate coaxes her out for an epic last night to see an up-and-coming band. Ben McCarthy is the sexy drummer, the would-have-been valedictorian who dropped out three years ago to follow his dream. Tomorrow he and the band leave for London, but for one unforgettable night, it’s just Sam, the music, and him. Can a girl with her feet planted firmly on the ground fall for the boy who reaches for the stars when the only result is a broken heart? 

Young Teacher by Bobbi Ruggiero 
Control freak Julia Powers hates surprises. With the skills of a ninja, she keeps her ad business and personal life in perfect order. Matthew Gordon wants nothing more than for his band Joyride to go national. While he waits for his big break, he spends his days working in a sandwich shop—a job he loathes—and teaching guitar on the side—a job he loves. His days get a bit more interesting when a mysterious woman comes in for lunch. Imagine his surprise when she shows up at his door for guitar lessons. Unfortunately, Julia can’t play guitar to save her life, and her frustration threatens to ruin any chance of her finding happiness. Will he ever be able to teach her that she’s perfect just as she is? 

Just Like Heaven by Rachel Cowell
As a premed student, college junior Sarah Lattimore’s life is a carefully calibrated system of studying, studying, MCAT prep courses, and more studying. But when she walks into the first day of anatomy lab and sees her gorgeous TA, Sarah’s brilliant mind is suddenly racing in new directions. Grad student Josh has future aspirations toward cancer research. But the unbelievably cute, nerdy Sarah is in his section, and she’s…distracting. When admiring from afar turns to up close and personal, both their academic lives begin to fall apart. Will Sarah realize in time that being with Josh was the smartest choice she’d ever made?

80s Mix Tape

Available at the following online retailers:
The best part? You can grab your own copy…available for a very limited time…at just 99 cents!! Cheaper than a trip to iTunes, and a lot less work than putting together an 80s mix tape, besides!  Support a couple of fellow Duranies (hey, they’ve got a habit to support, too!) and get a great collection of 80s themed love stories at the same time.
-R

Question of the Day: Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Yesterday’s winner and the Group Picture Winner:  Picture 11

Group picture 11

We are now ready to move on to a different set of questions!  Since tour time is coming and since there has been a lot of discussions about set lists, we figured that it might be fun to ask people what songs they have seen, which songs they would like to see and haven’t, which songs they have seen and want to see again, and which songs they have seen that they would be okay with never seeing them again!  Fun, right?  On that note, let’s start at the beginning!

Please click on EVERY song off the list that you have seen live in concert!

Miami Open Proves Closed for Duran Duran!

Attention ticket holders for Duran Duran’s show at the Miami Open, Key Biscayne – this post is for you!

From duranduran.com:

“Due to unforeseen circumstances, the DURAN DURAN concert originally scheduled to place place at the Miami Open in Key Biscayne on Friday, April 1 has been moved to Bayfront Park Amphitheater in downtown Miami (301 Biscayne Blvd). Doors will open at 7:00pm and the show will begin promptly at 8:00pm with CHIC featuring NILE RODGERS who have been added to the show as the Special Guest (opening act). 

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause – and please note you will be refunded in full for your entire purchase amount (a credit will appear on your credit card statement within 2-3 business days).

If you were a ticket holder and you still wish to attend the April 1 concert at Bayfront Park Amphitheatre, Ticketmaster has emailed information about a special pre-sale to ensure you have a privileged opportunity to purchase tickets before the general public. This special resale is set to begin on Tuesday, February 9 at 10:00am and will end on Friday February 12 at 10:00pm. 

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Saturday, February 13 at 10:00am via Ticketmaster:   http://duran.io/1SDeyTI”

So, why the change? Despite the astonishing amount of legalese that was being thrown around, it appears to come down to simple “Not In My Backyard” syndrome. The Miami Open is held in Crandon Park, Key Biscayne, which is a beautiful, very exclusive, very upscale area. There has been an enormous amount of push and pull back between the park’s developers, the family who once owned the land, the county…and naturally the organizers of the Miami Open.

To be certain, there have been concerts at the Miami Open in the past, but apparently this year the Duran Duran concert is being offered as a stand-alone event with a separate ticket… that “may attract patrons who did not hold tickets to the day’s tennis matches“.      Goodness. We can’t have those Duran Duran fans showing up. Those raucous, loud….music fans. No, absolutely not.  Miami-Dade county claims the concert violates the terms of use, but what comes across to me, Ms. Music Fan, is simply that the folks that sit on the board of the Miami Open are scared to death that people like me…or you… might actually show up in their space.  And we’re positively unsightly, you know. 😀

So, rather than force hands, Duran Duran did the smartest thing possible under the circumstances and moved the concert. Who really wants to be in the middle of a legal battle over a concert?? I don’t blame the band.

Naturally, moving a concert isn’t all that easy. For one, they had to find a venue willing and able to work with the band in relatively short order. It’s February 8. The gig takes place April 1st. (I find nothing at all funny or ironic about this show being on April Fools Day. Absolutely nothing.) And then, there are the current ticket holders. This is the part of the equation that, depending upon your point of view, either sucks or works out wonderfully.  Let’s look at that:

First of all, the current tickets are being refunded, but that will take 2-3 business days, and let’s face it: tour tickets this time are not cheap, particularly if you’ve bought VIP.

Secondly, Ticketmaster is holding a special pre-sale for these ticket holders….tomorrow….presumably so that they are able to have the first chance at tickets for the new venue. On one hand, this is a kind gesture and one I appreciate the band taking the time to put in place. On the other, I don’t know what kind of securities will be in place to ensure that only those current ticket holders will be able to buy during this pre-sale. I have to hope that Ticketmaster will have their act together.

Thirdly, back to those refunds and tomorrow’s pre-sale. What if you really can’t afford to buy these tickets until those are refunded? The good news here is that the pre-sale goes on until February 12 and the public sale doesn’t begin until the following day. Assuming that whatever password information isn’t distributed (and I really hope it is not), one should still be able to purchase good seats.

Lastly, I can’t help but wonder about the people who were lucky enough to pull front row to the original venue. Can you imagine how that must feel? You had these awesome front row seats, but because of things completely out of the hands of the band – now you’ve got to try again. Will you be so lucky a second time?  Ugh. That’s a terrible feeling. On the other hand, if you wanted better seats and couldn’t get anything closer than 32nd row – here’s your shot.

Duran Duran absolutely did the right thing by changing venues. No one wants to be embroiled in a legal battle – the band doesn’t have time for it, and the press would not have been favorable. If they’re going to be on the front pages, I am pretty sure they’d prefer it to be about their music and not a silly legal battle that has very little to do with Duran Duran, and everything to do with people of extreme wealth, power, and privilege.  That said, I do feel for the fans who are inconvenienced, because this could happen to any of us. When you’re the one holding the ticket that has been canceled, changed, or rescheduled, it really does suck and feels like an unnecessary hassle or shakedown.  All for the love of this band!!

I hope it works out well for everyone involved – best of luck for tomorrow’s pre-sale!

-R

 

Question of the Day: Monday, February 8, 2016

Yesterday’s winner:  Picture 11

For the GROUP PICTURE WIN!  Which one do you like better?

Another Show: 2016 Mid-State Fair

This weekend, Duran Duran announced another show as part of their Paper Gods Tour!  This show is on Wednesday, July 27th in Paso Robles, California, at the 2016 Mid-State Fair.  Here’s how the official press release on duranduran.com describes it:

“PASO ROBLES (CA) – The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that multi-platinum superstars Duran Duran will perform in concert on..July 27 at 7:30pm. CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers will open the show. The concert is part of the annual Bud Light Concert Series and will take place in the Grandstand Arena at the Paso Robles Event Center.

The 2016 California Mid-State Fair runs July 20 through July 31. This year’s theme is “The Adventure Continues…”

Of course, what people probably really want to know is about tickets, including when they go on sale, how much are tickets, etc.

Fan Club Members:

Members of DuranDuranMusic received an email with the following information regarding ticket packages:

Duran Duran VIP community members will have exclusive access to pre-sale tickets beginning at 10am local venue time on February 16 until Noon local venue time on February 18.

1) The SILVER VIP Experience. $150 + ticket price 

– 1 Premium Seat in Rows 1-6
– Custom-designed Canvas Bag
– A copy of Duran Duran’s “Paper Gods” CD
– Custom designed Duran Duran beach towel 
– Commemorative VIP Tour Laminate and Lanyard 

2) The BRONZE VIP. $65 + ticket price 

– 1 Premium Reserved Seat (usually in rows 7-19)
– A copy of Duran Duran’s “Paper Gods” CD
– Custom designed canvas bag
– Commemorative VIP Tour Laminate and Lanyard. 

3) Fan community only regular pre-sale tickets (without VIP packages) will also be available. The best available “other” seats at all price levels. 

Non-Fan Club Members:

According to the press release, which I recommend reading here:

“Ticket prices for the show are $41, $56, $66 and $116 and will go on sale Friday, February 19, 2016. Tickets will be available starting at 10:00 am online at www.MidStateFair.com or by calling 1-800-909-FAIR, and at 1:00 pm at the California Mid-State Fair box office (2198 Riverside Avenue in Paso Robles) or any ValliTix location.”

Show announcements are always so exciting to me!  I like to hear that Duran Duran is making more plans and Duranies can make more plans as well!  Yet, it is interesting to me that they are still announcing some shows in the States as it really seemed that all possible shows were already listed.  This makes me wonder if there could be any other shows added to the pretty dang full tour schedule.  Let’s list what we know in order to figure this out.

The North American Tour 1st Leg starts on March 25th.  Could they add dates before that?  I suppose it is possible but it would be cutting it pretty close.  In fact, I can’t remember a time that they announced a show less than 6 weeks before the show happened.  It is a little over 6 weeks now until that first show so I’m doubting that they would add anything before the March 25th show.  The other pattern I have noticed is that they don’t play more than 3 nights in a row.  Maybe, they did at some point but I don’t think they have since the reunion.  With those factors in mind, when could they add other shows in North America?  There are a few dates here and there that they could add more shows but really not many.  The other question is–should they?  I think about the legs of All You Need Is Now Tour in which Simon had those vocal problems or when Nick got sick, both resulting in canceled shows.  Therefore, on one hand, I would worry if they added a lot more.  On the other hand, I like seeing show announcements like this one.  I’m sure that they want to play everywhere for everyone but, realistically, they can’t.

Will they add more shows after this one?  I have no idea.  Obviously, there are a few dates they could.  Will they?  Should they?  I do not have a good answer to that, either.

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