Yesterday’s winner: Pressure Off
Which song better represents the Paper Gods Tour: The Universe Alone or Face For Today?
Yesterday’s winner: Pressure Off
Which song better represents the Paper Gods Tour: The Universe Alone or Face For Today?
Last week, I began my catch-up with all things Duran with listening and blogging about the year end Katy Kafe with John. These year end ones tend to include the band member’s top book, movie, TV show, Duran moment and more. I missed all of them during our break so I thought it would be good to take time now to listen and blog. This week, I’ll cover Roger’s. As always, I’ll share what stood out to me but there will be a lot I will miss. If you want it all yourself, please head over to DuranDuranMusic.
Event of the Year:
Roger could not come up with a world event but his personal event is Aston Villa get back into what sounds like the playoffs called the premiership . While I’m not a big fan of football/soccer, I get fandom. I would be super excited, for example, if the White Sox made the playoffs and my dad would be over the moon! What I’m most amused by is Roger wondering why people get all excited by sports fandom. I think fandom is fandom. I could explain fandom. 😉
Roger really liked Apollo 11 since they did the anniversary of the moon landing. It brought out his interest in the space program again. Katy tells a very funny story about going to the premiere with Simon and Nick back in the day when she might have had a bit much to drink and had a conversation with Tom Hanks.
Roger discussed the mini-series, When They See Us, about the Central Park 5 because it was so sad and so well-done.
Mark Ronson is Roger’s choice for the best of the year. Rhonda brought me that album for Christmas and I have been listening to it quite a bit so Roger’s choice definitely makes me smile. He also mentioned the Elton John movie and how that made me check out more of Elton’s music this past year.
Favorite Duran Duran Moment:
The choice for our favorite drummer was, indeed, playing at the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. It was such a historical event and then they made the anniversary such an “incredible moment” with the accompanying musicians and drones. (I do wish that I could have seen it but…that general admission deal is tough, especially in Florida in the summer.) He also discussed how they are working in the studio and experiencing some “real highs” with that!
When to Hear New Duran:
The band is hoping to be finished around March! (Wow! Of course, I’ll believe it when I see it. Yet, I’ll still be hopeful.) He describes it as more organic (real drum and bass) and very different from Paper Gods. (That sounds good to me!)
Looking Forward to 2020:
“Releasing the album!” Of course, he also mentions the Isle of Wight show. On top of that, he acknowledges that there are a lot of calls to play in the UK.
Overall, Roger’s Kafe was short, sweet and positive, which made it nice. He also made me more excited about what the new album might be like and I found out that he loves cappuccinos. Who know?! Fun stuff!
Yesterday’s winner: Last Night in the City
Which song better represents the Paper Gods Tour: Pressure Off or Tempted?
Earlier this week, Duran Duran’s social media posed the question, “What is your favorite video from the first album?” There were numerous answers on both the band’s Twitter and Facebook pages. In looking at those answers I noticed three types of responses: A definite one video answer usually with a reason, a list of multiple videos or a video from a different album. These answers were ones I have come to expect from fans. I’m never surprised when fans don’t want to choose. I guess it is possible that people like the videos the same. I generally don’t have a problem picking one favorite but I get that not everyone is like me. (The world is thankful of that. Very thankful.) But what about the fans who don’t know which songs are on which album?
In thinking about this, it reminds me of a game that we did at our convention in 2013. In this game, everyone had an index card with a song, an album, or something else Duran relate. They could not look at the card but had to ask questions of other fans to figure out what their card said. I believe that I had some song on Seven and the Ragged Tiger but as I went around to ask questions, people told me that my card was some song on Rio. By the time I got to Rhonda, I was asking about each individual song on the Rio album. I distinctly remember her looking at me so weirdly like she thought I had lost my mind. I couldn’t figure it out until she told me that I was asking about the wrong album. Clearly, not everyone knew which songs were on which albums. I made some comment that maybe I should teach Duran Duran 101 at the next convention. Some people around me chimed in that they thought it was a good idea. Interesting.
When I think about that moment at the convention or people’s answers this week, my first thought is always a bit of surprise. People really don’t know what’s on the first album? Then, I recognize that while I know what is on the first album, I might struggle with songs on Liberty, for example. I know that Rhonda and I have a review to do for next Friday. What exactly comes next after Liberty? I would have think about it and then I would probably check to make sure that I’m right. What’s the difference for me? Simple. I have listened to the first album a heck of a lot more than Liberty. On top of that, the first album has been in my life a lot longer. As an educator, I can tell you that frequency with material makes a big difference in retaining information.
This leads me to think more about teaching and learning. I don’t think I’m bad when it comes to Duran and the band’s history. I have done a lot of reading on my own and watched a lot of documentaries (way more than once I might add). I like that kind of stuff. I like learning. Maybe that is a reason why I became a teacher. Funny enough, I especially like learning about things I’m interested in, much like my kids. Of course, I don’t try and learn everything about all things I’m a fan of. I guess for me it is about how big of a fan I am or how into it I am. I suppose that is sort of normal, hopefully.
What about the rest of you? How much do you think you know about Duran Duran? Does it matter how much you know? Do you think that all fans should know sometimes? If so, what? How have you learned about Duran Duran?
Yesterday’s winner: Face for Today
Which song better represents the Paper Gods Tour: Last Night in the City or Only in Dreams?
This has been a crazy week. I have had a lot of meetings after work, which means that I have been away from home a whole lot of time. It also means a heck of a lot less sleep than what I need. Why share this? Pretty simple. I’m asking a little for your forgiveness ahead of time. This isn’t going to be the deepest, most serious, most thought-provoking blog ever. Heck, I’ll be lucky if I spell everything correctly and manage to write in complete sentences.
Did anyone read this press release published on December 9th on Duran Duran’s official website?
December 9th, 2019
Duran Duran has announced their highly anticipated return to Ireland with an outdoor performance at St Anne’s Park, Dublin on Sunday 7th June 2020, in support of the release of their next studio album.
Tickets priced €59.90 inclusive of booking fee go on sale at 9 am next Friday, 13th December via www.ticketmaster.ie.
Duran Duran have sold over 100 million records, had 18 American hit singles, 21 UK Top 20 tunes and have continued to perform to huge concert audiences around the world since the band first formed in 1980.
Consistently fusing art, technology, fashion and a signature sense of style with their unique and infectious brand of music, singer Simon Le Bon, keyboardist Nick Rhodes, bassist John Taylor and drummer Roger Taylor have proven themselves timeless, always innovating and reinventing, to remain ahead of the curve.
Their last album, 2015’s Paper Gods, was the band’s highest-charting release in 22 years and has been hailed by critics and fans alike as their best body of work in more than two decades. Produced by Mark Ronson and Nile Rodgers, alongside Mr Hudson and Josh Blair, the record features collaborations with Janelle Monáe, John Frusciante, Kiesza and Jonas Bjerre (of Mew) A global, three year, sold-out arena tour followed.
Duran Duran is currently in the studio working on their follow-up to Paper Gods with several exciting collaborators, to be announced soon. This, their fifteenth studio album, is slated for release in the Spring of 2020, alongside a series of 40 thrilling projects and live events that will celebrate their long and illustrious career.
Tickets for DURAN DURAN go on sale Friday 13th December at 9 am
I didn’t see many comments about that press release when it came out but have seen more comments since parts have been discussed elsewhere. (By the way, it doesn’t mean much that I didn’t see many comments. There could have been some and I just missed them.) When I read the press release, the part that caught my attention was about the series of 40 thrilling projects and live events. 40? That sounds like a lot. (I get that it connects to their anniversary. That isn’t my point.) More than a lot, really. What all could that be? My mind jumps to lots of good ideas that could possibly be and could possibly not be true. The possibilities are endless. Are they including the three dates they have announced? If not, goodness…what the heck could they be? Of course, could I participate? If so, how many? When? I suspect that I’ll be lucky to hit ten or two or any. No matter how many I can and am able to do, my plan is simple. I want to celebrate the band and their anniversary.
This got me thinking, though. Do I really need to wait? Do I have to be at an event to do so? I don’t really think so. What happens if I cannot go to any? Will I not celebrate this monumental birthday? That is unacceptable. No, instead, I would like to celebrate them as much as possible. Umm….what if I try to do my own little 40 event commemoration? I could come up with 40 different tasks/methods/events, right? I’ll accept that challenge. Now, I recognize that I some of these 40 might not be super huge. After all, I’ll have to squeeze some of these in a short amount of time or cheaply. Besides, it isn’t a bad thing to cheer the little things, right? So, let me start now.
Rhonda and I have a daily calendar about Duran Duran. I can look at today’s date, for example, and find out that Duran Duran played in Japan in 1984. Recently, the daily calendar highlighted New Moon on Monday and the video that accompanied it. So, as a means of celebrating the band, I promise to take time out of my life when those types of anniversaries come up to watch or listen. On that note, let me share the lovely New Moon on Monday. After all, it is my favorite video of all time. Maybe it ranks on your favorites, too.
Yesterday’s winner: The Universe Alone
Which song better represents the Paper Gods Tour: The Chauffeur or Face for Today?
It’s a Thursday catch-up before my weekend begins!
The inductees for the class of 2020 were announced yesterday directly from Cleveland at the Hall of Fame museum. They include: T-Rex, Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, Notorious BIG, Whitney Houston, and the Doobie Brothers.
There are three things that happen whenever the subject of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame comes up. The first is that people complain about who isn’t listed. Secondly, other people are thrilled by at least one band on the list. Third, someone announces that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame isn’t relevant.
First of all, I’m always more fascinated by the acts that didn’t make it. You can call that “being negative”, I call it being critical of the process. I have that luxury since I work for myself. The real story here for me is understanding the convoluted, secretive, process for how these acts make it, or don’t. So for example, in this year’s class, we have both Nine Inch Nails and Depeche Mode. Yet Kraftwerk, who truly paved the road that both of those aforementioned bands travel upon, was overlooked. Kraftwerk has been nominated six times prior, yet bands that they inspired will be inducted before they are honored.
Another questionable outcome of this year’s inductees is that the winner of the fan vote – which by their own description of how the fan vote works is supposed to weigh upon the final decision – was not included. In this case, I breathe a sigh of relief knowing that I will live another year without the Dave Matthews Band being in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (if you don’t read my sarcasm here, you should), but I still find the outcome curious. Why have a fan vote if it doesn’t matter in the end? (also, thank goodness it didn’t matter this year. What happens when the day comes when it is Duran Duran?? If it didn’t make a difference for DMB, will it for DD??)
Secondly, I’m thrilled for Nine Inch Nails, and Depeche Mode. Yes, I feel as though the velvet rope keeping New Wave acts out of the RRHOF has been lifted a bit. I like seeing bands from the 80s and beyond be recognized and included. And, now that Trent Reznor and Depeche Mode will be part of the voting body in future years, it will be interesting to see if the list of nominees and inductees changes at all going forward.
Lastly, there is a difference between making a comment on news items, and being emotionally vested in something. Seeing the forest through the trees here is an important life skill that many seem to lack. As an example, my level of concern over the RRHOF (which truthfully is minimal beyond the day the nominees are announced, and the day the years inductees are mentioned) has far more to do with the larger implications on social history than it ever would about any one specific band or artist. I would venture to guess it is that way for many who choose to comment. Once again, I find it far more fascinating to ponder over the omissions than I do the inclusions.
There are always those who indignantly inform me that the RRHOF doesn’t matter anywhere else in the world besides the US, as if that somehow makes it matter less. “Oh, it’s only the US who cares and there’s a much larger world of people out there that don’t even think about it.” Of course that’s the way it is. The lion’s share of the music and entertainment industry is here in the USA. This is not news, nor is it a surprise! This is about the bigger cultural picture, not just whether Duran Duran has, or will ever be nominated. Whether or not Duran Duran even cares about the Hall of Fame is not something I’m arguing for, or against… I’m commenting on the news in general as it refers to music and social history. Carry on.
It’s the time again when Duranies can’t seem to wait for things to be announced, and instead hang heavily to online conjecture. So far, I’ve learned today—via Twitter—that the band plans to do shows in 2020, and that there are many “surprises” coming our way to celebrate DD40.
No kidding. You don’t say?!?
I don’t have a line of communication with DDHQ, nor do I have a bevy of insider information to share. That said, I can confirm that the band is doing festivals in 2020, because I’ve been following their announcements…just like everyone else. I also am aware that there are at least 40 surprises coming from the band, because DDHQ shared as much at some point… although your guess is as good as mine as to what those might be. I’m almost afraid for my bank account to even guess.
I’ve also heard unsubstantiated, not-even-remotely-confirmed tales of a new boxed set coming, a special show in Birmingham to commemorate the actual date of anniversary, a 4 week residency in Vegas at The Chelsea, and a new album that will drop just before their date in Ireland with an advance single…and who knows what else because I can’t remember some of the more outlandish things.
To be fair, some items on that list seem plausible. I can certainly see a new boxed set happening because why the heck not? 1997-2015, maybe??? I wouldn’t be shocked by the band playing in Brum because…well…they should! They’ve said over and over again that they hope the new album will be out in time for their festival appearances, and of course they’re going to have a single off of any new album as a promo, that’s what bands do! The only item I really question is the Vegas residency because…well…really?? The band has already played there a bunch during the interim between albums. That said, Vegas shows seem to sell well. I can’t imagine the band staying there for four weeks, but then again, they could fly in and out (although I still say “really???” Who knows? I’ll believe it when I see it, I guess. Regardless, tis the season for rumor, and we’ll keep you updated!
As for me, I’m out for the weekend! Stay safe and play nicely!
Yesterday’s winner: Tempted
Which song better represents the Paper Gods Tour: The Universe Alone or Wild Boys?
Yesterday’s winner: Pressure Off
Which song best represents the Paper Gods Tour: Save a Prayer or Tempted?