I know many of you haven’t heard that word since middle school biology, so let’s do a refresher. Symbiosis is any interdependent or mutually beneficial relationship between two persons, groups, etc.
Something miraculous happened today – my little write-up of the Spandau Ballet show was reposted and retweeted by the band themselves!! Spandau Ballet. That’s right. They took the time and interest to repost something a mere Spandau Ballet and/or Duran Duran fan had written. Call me flabbergasted.
There are moments in life where something happens and it feels like the filter that had been there diffusing the light and creating shadows has been removed. The view of everything around you completely changes. That’s kind of what today has been like for me as a Duran Duran fan. Over and over, I have had fans, fellow Duran Duran fans, tell me that they’ve met bands and artists…The Fixx, Spandau Ballet, Rick Springfield, Bryan Adams, among many many others. The one thing each Duran Duran fan noted was their shock that these bands and artists really wanted to meet their fans, the people who support them. At one point, it dawned on me that I really don’t have any idea what that is like.
On one hand this morning, I was overjoyed. We have never had blogs posted by a band like Spandau Ballet before. (All due respect to Rio- the Duran Duran tribute band though, because they support this blog by reposting our reviews and interviews about them, and we truly appreciate the effort!) While I maintain that we write this blog for the Duran Duran fan out there – it feels very good to be acknowledged by the people we idolize. That small acknowledgement is validation for a tremendous amount hard work, of which there is plenty – both seen and unseen. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing on Facebook. Spandau Ballet actually reposted my article?? I dashed off a quick note to Amanda to share in my joy. I don’t know why, but it never occurred to me that another band would repost a review of ours before Duran Duran ever did. Then again, it never occurred to me that any band would acknowledge our work because I’ve been trained to expect far, far less in the 4.5 years I’ve been blogging, not to mention the decades of being a Duran Duran fan prior. It has always been our choice to write. It has always been our choice to support – we chose to do this completely on our own, without being encouraged or forced to continue. But isn’t that also the point?
I suppose it’s vaguely similar to the surprise of having one’s photo taken with the President of the United States before ever having one with Duran Duran.
I’m thrilled that Spandau Ballet thought enough to repost my review as a Duran Duran fan of their show. Of course it was a glowing review they deserved, and of course that in turn helped their cause – which is to create interest and ultimately ticket sales. The thing is, it helps OUR interest too. We are always happy to expand our reading audience and support fantastic bands that are appreciative in the process, which is something we plan to do more often. Daily Duranie is about curating and cultivating symbiotic or even cyclical relationships between bands and their fans.
It is ALWAYS a good day when I see Duran Duran Summer Shows in my Twitter timeline and Facebook News feed!
Are your passports and credit cards at the ready, Duran fans?? This is not a drill! Duran Duran Summer shows are coming! Today, Duran Duran announced that they will be doing two summer festivals, both in Europe in the month of June. According to the ever-trusty duranduran.com, the band will be doing the Sonar Festival in Barcelona, Spain on June 20th (celebrate John’s birthday with him in Spain!), and on June 27th, the band will play at Night at the Park in The Hague, Netherlands.
As was suggested by many a Duran fan – it was no surprise to see the first Duran Duran Summer shows of 2015 announced as European festivals, and we look forward to seeing what more may take place in the months ahead. Take heart, US fans (and anyone willing to make the trip!!), you can come to my house. I’m baking cookies with my new mixer. -R
Duran Duran history for January 28 has me thinking about the old days of Casey Kasem and the American Top 40 that I would listen to on the radio (and watch on TV) each Saturday morning here in Los Angeles. On this date in 1984, Duran Duran was all over the countdown, as “New Moon on Monday” as well as “Union of the Snake” was featured on the broadcast for that day. It was a good time to be a Duranie!
Duran Duran history for January 27th takes us all to university – The University of Illinois, Chicago, where on this date in 1989 Duran Duran performed at The Pavilion on the U of I Chicago campus (UIC). The Pursuit of Happiness was the opening band, and the show was a part of the Big Live Thing tour.
I have the best friend ever. You all can stop competing for the title, because Amanda wins, hands down. I pale in comparison.
This past Saturday, Amanda and I finally got down to exchanging holiday gifts, because you know, the holidays are year round when you’re Daily Duranie. (I don’t know why. I just wrote that because it sounded reasonable at the time.) I will not tell a lie, back when it really WAS Christmas, I had no interest in any of it. If I could have gotten away with forgetting the whole deal and just ignoring the festivities, I would have gladly done so. It was just one of those times, and unfortunately – much of that feeling continues around my home these days. I go through the motions of each passing event, hoping that I will come out the other side with my typical sunny and rosy…hmm….reasonably positive…ok…my normal “hoping for the best, expecting the worst” attitude restored. So far, I don’t think I’m there yet. I’m trying my best. No, this is not chronic depression, this is just me trying to get through a very stressful time at home. We’ll just leave it at that and move on.
As I was saying, we Skyped and exchanged gifts. I am here to tell you that Amanda has “won” Christmas. The rest of us, including Santa Claus, can quit right now. Amanda took it upon herself to create a book commemorating the ten years of friendship she and I have experienced. The good, the band (that’s not a typo), and the downright hilarious.
This is no ordinary book. This is a full color, hard-bound 154-page (including our picture on the last page) printed book in a 8.5×10 landscape format. It has a full dedication that I won’t copy here, and the book includes photos, pictures of our concert tickets, quotes that we’ve said over the years to one another, anecdotes that she found and copied from old message boards that we were a part of, old blogs that we’d written, emails and private messages. It is truly a complete representation of most everything that she and I have been together in the very short ten years that we’ve known one another. I was completely flabbergast when I opened the package, and I pretty much remain that way this morning. I spent much of the past two days reading every single word in the book – I can’t believe she put this together (but now I know why she’s been so busy!!!), and mostly – I can’t imagine why she would do this for me, but I’m awfully glad she did.
I also have to thank Amanda’s sister, Jenny…more than I could ever put into words here. Her company, Interwoven Heritage Services, puts projects and oral histories like this together, and I know her help was invaluable, as was her time. If you ever consider putting your own story in print like this, I highly, highly recommend checking them out.
If I could, I would scan the entire book and show everyone right here on the blog. The reality is, I think we’d offend a great many of you in doing so. My husband, for instance, was quite surprised (not pleasantly, I might add) to read that his wife curses like a sailor, and drinks like a fish. (I really don’t. Much.) The fact that he was surprised by such things doesn’t really worry me as much as his actually reading this book does, to be honest! The band might not enjoy knowing that we have actually considered suing them for emotional distress more times than I can count. Fellow fans? Well, you’ve been the source of many a good laugh over the years. As have Amanda and I ourselves, I might add. We’re damn funny, at least in retrospect. That said, I do want to show off my gift, at least in part.
So as you can see, Amanda chose some of the pictures we’ve taken over the years – you have probably seen most of them on this site.
But then there are the pages themselves. Like any good book, she starts at the beginning….
While this wasn’t the first time we’d met – it was the first “tour” we ever did together. Two whopping shows (together – Amanda did a few more with other friends while I went back home!) and we were hooked, both to getting to as many shows together as possible and touring together…because as I say here, “Once you find people you can tour with – you stick with them.”
Our next tour together was for Chicago in 2006, right after they’d announced that Andy and the band had parted ways again. As you can see here – John Taylor is one full page, while the memories of that show, written by Amanda on the other side. Again – that story is from this blog.
She really did her best to tell the full story of what we’ve done so far…with hopefully more to come!
So those are just a few pages from what I think is the kindest, most thoughtful gift I have ever received and certainly do not deserve. I’ll let you all in on a little secret – I have to give Amanda a huge apology. For the past several months, probably since late-September, I’d really lost hope that we’d ever find a publisher for our manuscript. It was just too large of a project for me to compile on my own and send, and it seemed to me as though Amanda had no interest or time to put into it once she got started in her new job. Sadly, I put the book on the very back burner, and chalked it up to being yet another experience I had only seen part of the way through. I was disappointed that I didn’t see it through, but I felt like my heart wasn’t really in it if she wasn’t able to be dedicated to it either. It never occurred to me that the reason she wasn’t working on it was because she was basically writing and editing an entirely different BOOK! So, I have to apologize to her. I’d lost faith in our project at a time when I really should have been asking more questions! Someday that monster manuscript is going to be printed!!
We talked a little on Saturday about what might be coming next. Only the band knows for sure (and I honestly have my doubts about whether or not they even know!)…but I have to thank Amanda so much for this gift. It not only reminded me of just how much fun I’ve had over these past ten years, but it also rekindled a bit of my love for the band. I’d really kind of forgotten…which is EXACTLY why they shouldn’t wait so long between tours and albums, but at this point I think it’s like herding cats to get them to really see. Either they can’t see it because they’re so stuck on the whole “we’re a rock band and you are just fans…what could you possibly know?” thing….or they just really cannot even begin to understand how integral THEY are to OUR lives. Their history is really OUR history, and if nothing else, the book Amanda created for me really demonstrates that point. Someday, I hope to show at least one of them this creation and maybe then it’ll hit home. Here’s hoping they won’t be offended my my creative use of the word “bastards” in there….
Duran Duran history for January 26 reminds us that much of the time – we get rumors and “possible” news from many other sources than just the band. On this date in 1998, Billboard runs a story that claims Duran Duran will be leaving Capitol records, but of course (and I’ll bet you can guess the ending to this little tale…) the report is unconfirmed by either party.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m looking forward to some rumors about CONCERT DATES…especially since the band has been particularly stingy with not sharing even the slightest of snippets from their new album…at this point I’d be delighted to mull over the possibilities of tour dates, maybe the name of the artist who is working on the cover…perhaps even some new band photos…I’ll take anything!! (But I’m not desperate, you see…)
It is Sunday, which means that it is time to recap all the Duran Duran news. In general, things are mostly quiet on the Duran Duran front, but as Rhonda and I were saying this weekend, there is a feeling that things could get busy sooner rather than later. We shall see!
January’s Collector Corner
This month’s Collection Corner focused on the single, Save a Prayer. While we all may know the song and love it, I enjoyed reading the collector’s corner to not only remind me of the history of the single but also to find out how many versions are out there! The answer, of course, is many! Here is my little Save a Prayer story. When it was re-released in 1985, it was often featured in these daily (weekly?) contests on MTV where the video would go against another video. My best friend, at the time, and I were determined that Save a Prayer was going to win. Thus, we called and we called and we called again until the voting ended. Of course, this was the time when those calls cost and cost big. Needless to say, my parents were less than thrilled when the phone bill came and I had a big debt to pay off! Part of me didn’t mind too much, though, as Duran won! It seemed worth it to me!
January’s Katy Kafe with John Taylor
Members of DuranDuranMusic, the band’s paid fan community site, enjoyed the latest Katy Kafe with John. He did give some insight into making the album and there was some discussion about a few shows in the summer. Rhonda, of course, covered all of the highlights for all of us in her blog post on Friday. I will tell you this much. The kafe and Rhonda’s guess about festivals certainly has me thinking. If they really only do festivals, what am I going to do? Will I choose to sit this one out as I have sworn off festivals? Would I try to go but do the festival in a less painful way than I have other festivals in the past coughVoodoocough? I don’t have the answer yet but desperation, sometimes, calls for desperate acts!
A new Ask Katy question was posted on the band’s official website this week and focused on what the band thought about other bands from the Birmingham area that have been successful. John gives the response and it might not be what you would think!
Last, but not least, don’t forget that Duran Duran is performing on February 19th in London to support the charity organization, War Child, which works to help children affected by war. Details on how to get a chance for tickets is below and copied from the band’s Facebook:
For your chance to be entered into a lottery for tickets, and to help save children from war, go to http://warchild.org.uk/passport. Every £4.50 donation enters you into the draw to win a pair of tickets. Or text DURAN to 88450 (UK only, texts cost £4.50)
I know that if I was anywhere near close to London, I would be trying for tickets with a venue that size!!!
Is there anything I missed? If so, drop me a comment!
Today’s Duran Duran history takes us back ten years to 2005 when the band was doing promotion for Astronaut. On this date, Simon and Nick were interviewed on Richard & Judy (Channel 4) in the UK. From what I know, Richard and Judy are a married couple who had a number of different TV shows over the years in the UK. In 2005, their show was in the format of a daily chat show that aired in the early evening.
This interview apparently has been included on the bootleg entitled “Astronaut Promotion 3″.
Has anyone seen this? If so, please share some details!