Today is a very special day, and I am thrilled that it fell on one of my blogging days. On this date, eleven years ago – Dom Brown played his first gig with Duran Duran!
Has it really been that long?!? I don’t know where the time goes, but I’m glad that in this past year I’ve been able to see Dom play four times – not too bad for someone who lives across the Atlantic from him.
Normally, we don’t take time to celebrate anniversaries for each of the band members because we might not know the exact dates that each of them entered the band, but Dom is special because although to many of us he’s a permanent fixture, he was a gift that was discovered along the way. I’m thankful the band found and had the good sense to hire him because I can’t imagine a show or an album without his presence.
I was recently asked who my favorite band member was – the scenario given was that the band was in front of me, who would I go up to speak with first. At first, without thinking – I said Dom. After admonishing that while Dom is a lovely guy, he’s not really a member she asked me to choose again. I really couldn’t. It’s not that I wouldn’t want to speak to any of them (are you kidding me?!?) it’s just that I couldn’t decide which one. I love them all, but they’re all part of the group I’ve loved since I was ten! Dom is a little different since I met him some thirty years into my “tenure” as a Duran Duran fan, yet I’ve embraced him from nearly day one (I say nearly because I wasn’t at his first show!). To me, he is as much a part of the group as any of them, whether that’s right or wrong.
There are at least a few fans out there who like to remind me that he’s “just” the hired player (a hired guitarist who has co-written a good many of their songs off of recent albums, I might add), but to me, there’s no “just” about it. Dom stepped in after Andy left, filling some incredibly large shoes. He’s had to take an awful lot of ribbing and complaining from long-time fans about how he plays some songs, and in a lot of ways, he’s in an impossible position. The Andy fans are convinced no one can play better than Andy, and the Warren fans are 100% convinced Warren needs to be back in this band. He’s not Andy, and no, he’s not Warren. Personally, I think being Dom should be more than enough.
It’s been eleven years. I say it every year to Duran Duran, but it’s time to make sure Dom doesn’t get away and make this guy part of the band. Officially. Give him some credit and reward him for sticking with you through so much and for so long. It’s way past time.
Regardless, I couldn’t let this day go without sending best wishes and plenty of thanks to him. He’s a good guy, a very talented guitar player, and loved by many, including me.
I’m glad you’re a part of this band, Dom and I’d miss it if you weren’t the one on stage playing Hungry Like the Wolf, Save a Prayer, White Lines (and all of the rest) during the gigs. 😀 You’re still the best!