Category Archives: 2012 All You Need Is Now World Tour

New US date! Big anniversary dates!!!

First of all, did you see Duran Duran’s Facebook page this morning?  If you did, you probably already know that they are playing in Durham, North Carolina on August 21st at the Durham Performing Arts Center.  So to recap:

August 21 – Durham, North Carolina
August 29 – Chicago (Ravinia), IL

Did they give us the first and last dates of the US “superquicklikeabunnytryandcatchusifyoudrivesuperfast” tour?  Hard to say, but I look forward to filling in the rest of the dates.  That’s a serious HINT to Duran Duran’s HQ.  😉  I could continue to speculate, but instead I’m trying to figure out how I can drive to Wisconsin, pick up Amanda and then continue on to North Carolina.  Oh, and I’ve got to come up with a plan on how to convince my husband that this is all necessary and prudent.

Please be aware that if Duran Duran announces more dates throughout the day, this blog WILL be updated!

This date also marks two very special anniversaries in the lives of Duranies as well:

On this date in 1984, Duran Duran played Madison Square Garden in New York City.  I was not there on that fateful evening, but I was at home in Glendora, California.  The show was broadcast on KIQQ – which was a local radio station at the time (now defunct).  Somewhere, deep in my Duran Duran collection, lies a CD of this show.  What I love about the show, or at least the memory of it, was that on that night I was in my bedroom, observing the ridiculously obscene bedtime that my parents insisted upon.  I knew the concert was going to be on, so I went to bed on time, and snuck my Walkman into bed with me, slipped on the headphones and wrestled with finding just the right position for the Walkman so that it’d pick up the station without static.  All was fine and good until the band came on and I got excited.  I must have giggled at some point or something because it wasn’t long before my dad came in and busted me!  He took the Walkman away, I was grounded for a week, and never got to finish listening to the show until about 2004 when one of my friends happened to give me the CD.  True story!

If that all weren’t enough, the European release of the full All You Need is Now album happened just one year ago today.  What a year!!  There have been some major highs and serious lows to the year, with more to come on the horizon I’m sure.  There are days when it feels like I’ve barely blinked since the release, and then there are other days when it feels like last May and the UK-tour-that-wasn’t was a lifetime ago.  Makes me both wonder, and even kind of fear…what will come next!

If you haven’t checked Duran Duran’s Facebook page lately – you really should!  They announced that they’ve switched to Facebook’s “Timeline”, and they’re inviting all Duranies to come and share.  I’ll be curious to see what that timeline looks like in a week from now with all of the “sharing”!

-R

Tour Dates Recap and Speculation

This week in Duranland more tour dates were announced.  The Chicago date was made official and 5 European dates were listed.  Those dates are as follows:  Prague (June 27), Budapest (June 28), Verona, Italy (July 16), Rome (July 18), and Lucca, Italy (July 21).  So where does that leave the world tour in 2012?  Will more dates be added?  Where?  When?  Obviously, I don’t have a clue but I can give a recap about what we do know and then I can ponder about what I think!

Here are the complete list of dates that we do know for 2012, courtesy of dd.com: 
March 19-Melbourne, Australia
March 20-Adelaide, Australia
March 24-Perth, Australia
March 27-Sydney, Australia
March 31-Hunter Valley, Australia
April 28-Brasilia, Brazil
April 30-Rio de Janiero, Brazil
May 2-Sao Paulo, Brazil
May 4-Buenos Aires, Brazil
May 8-Santiago, Chile
June 27-Prague, Czech Republic
June 28-Budapest, Hungary
July 16-Verona, Italy
July 18-Rome, Italy
July 21-Lucca, Italy
July 23-Carcassonne, France
August 29-Highland Park, Illinois, US (Chicago)

Okay.  Where are there gaps?  When is it likely that they will take a break?  Have they gone everywhere we expect them to go?  (The key word there is expect.  We know that there are MANY places that they probably won’t go to and should!)  The first question I have is whether or not all of the cancelled shows from last summer have been rescheduled.  As we know, this is not the case.  There are many places that were due to have shows that haven’t been rescheduled.  Some of those places are:  The Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Russia, Sweden, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Cyprus, Spain, Portugal, and Norway.  While there are shows scheduled in both France and Italy, those shows are in different locations than the ones scheduled last summer.  Obviously, there are a lot of places that are due to have shows!  When could they be added to their schedule?  Then, of course, we have all heard that they are due to come back to the States, which fits with that Chicago show.  (Again, I’m not saying if I think this is good or bad here, people.  Just acknowledging the fact.)

Right now, they will be in Australia until the end of March.  The next group of shows happen at the end of April.  This leads them about 4 weeks of break.  Of course, some of that time might not be a real break as they might have promotion to do, including interviews and whatnot.  The group of shows in South America ends May 8th.  The next group of shows is the end of June.  This would give them a “break” from shows of 7 weeks.  While I think 3-4 weeks seems common for Duran, 7 weeks seems like a long time.  Will they then add shows before Prague and Budapest?  Maybe.  They could schedule for some other places in Europe.  After those 2 shows, they have about 2 weeks before Italy.  Will they fill in other European dates there?  Again, that seems possible to me.  Then, there is a month between Italy and the first known US date.  Will more US dates be added before or after Chicago?  Maybe Chicago is in the middle of the US dates.  Will anything be added after the US?  None of us know as of yet but time will tell. 

I am sure that there are many, many fans who are anxious to see what else Duran has planned.  On top of that, I’m sure that there are many, many fans who really want this information sooner rather than later!  I know that I will be waiting, watching, speculating and then commenting about what they do or don’t do!!!

-A

Going to Sit This One Out…Really?!

I’m in a mood.  Perhaps, it is because I desperately need a vacation.  Maybe, it is because this weekend is super busy for me and I don’t have much time to get things done.  Nonetheless, my mood did not improve as I ventured around Duran message boards.  It seems that there are a fair number of posters who are either not planning on buying the live dvd and/or are not planning to go to any shows, if Duran comes back to their part of the States.  What was the reasoning?  It isn’t lack of money, which would make sense to me.  It is because of the setlists that these people felt are “tired” and/or “boring”.  I’ll be the first to admit that I complain about hearing songs like Come Undone for 151st time but I can’t imagine not going to a show or not buying a dvd because of it.  To me, there is way more to a show than a setlist!  It also seems to me that people did not learn a valuable lesson last year and from other fans.

Let’s start with the premise.  Is the current setlist “tired” or “boring”?  In order to decide that, we need to analyze a current one.  Just today the band played in Singapore and here was the setlist:  Before the Rain, Planet Earth, A View to a Kill, All You Need is Now, Reflex, Come Undone, Safe, Notorious, Girl Panic, Leopard, Is There Something I Should Know, White Lines, Ordinary World, Hungry like the Wolf, Sunrise, Wild Boys, Girls on Film and Rio.  How many of those songs are standards?  I would say 11 are standards in that they play them at pretty much most of the shows.  These songs include their biggest hits from the Reflex to A View to a Kill to Rio to Girls on Film.  Then, they are playing a bunch of songs off of the new album.  This makes sense to me.  After all, isn’t the live show to advertise their current work?  I think so.  The argument could be made that they could mix those up some or choose different one.  Anyway, as of now, there are 5 new tracks on there.  That totals 16.  After that, there are a couple of songs that they seem to play for a tour and then remove, which included Is There Something I Should Know and White Lines.  That’s really it.  This setlist would equal about 2 hours.  The time playing seems fair to me.  So, the question then comes in, do they have to play so many hits?  That is debatable.  On one hand, they aren’t playing to crowds who are hardcore Duranies who own every album and who are dying to hear obscure album tracks.  They just aren’t.  So, if they don’t play any of the hits, they run the risk of alienating most of the crowd.  Could they exchange one or two hits for something a bit more unusual?  Sure.  I would like that.  Many others would to.  That said, while many of us would like something different instead of whatever track or tracks you are most sick of, there is a reason that they put setlists together like that.  I get it and accept it.  Besides to me, there is way more to a show than just the setlist.

As I explained in an earlier blog, which can be read here, there are many other factors that determine a great show for me.  Some of these other elements include the crowd, the people I’m with, and where I’m sitting.  The other most important factor that these fans seem to forget is the band.  Do they think the setlist is tired?  Are they sick of it?  More to the point, if they are sick of it, does it show?  Do they lack energy?  Do they seem not to care?  If the band comes out on stage and has a tremendous amount of energy, to me, I feed off of them.  My energy increases even with songs I’m sick of.  Goodness knows, Rhonda and I actually enjoyed Hungry in the UK and we are way sick of that one!  Do these fans really trust Duran Duran so little?  Do they really think that they can’t perform well enough, no matter if the setlist is old or not?  To me, that doesn’t seem very fan-like. 

The other part about this kind of attitude that doesn’t sit well with me is the lesson I have learned over the past year.  Last year, in May, Simon lost a third of his vocal range.  Many, many shows were canceled.  Shows I had tickets to were canceled.  I honestly didn’t know if he would ever be able to sick again.  To tell the truth, I really didn’t think he would be able to sing again.  On top of that, I truly get now that there are many, many fans who desperately want to see Duran Duran perform live, but haven’t been able to or can’t for whatever reason.  For those people, they don’t care what the setlist is.  They don’t care if some of us are sick of Hungry like the Wolf because they have never seen it performed once.  They might love to see it.  Of course, I see this attitude within the fandom on other topics besides the setlists.  I see people get annoyed at the venue choice.  I see people who can and are able to travel reasonably refuse to do it for some reason or another.  People just seem to want everything their way.  While I can understand having some demands, I don’t understand people who think that they should be able to decide everything when it comes to their fandom.  I mean…really…wouldn’t we all like Duran Duran to come place at our houses and play the setlist we give them.  I know I would, but I also understand that this will never happen.  

I guess my point is this.  Why not enjoy what you have as a fan?  Why try to be that picky about something as small as the setlist or whatever?  If you are able to get to a show, go and enjoy it.  Other people would love to be in that situation.  After all, you never know when it is going to end. 

-A


Chicago Date Reactions!

Last night after being questioned about the Chicago date, Duran Duran’s facebook status was updated to say that the Chicago show was on the continuing All You Need is Now tour but that they still had some details to work out with the promoters for that show.  I, of course, found it interesting that they did come to confirm that this date and location were true and to give an explanation as to why the information was not provided by them.  What was more interesting than that, however, as a student of fandom was the reaction from other fans.  Obviously, the reaction varied from excitement to frustration to disbelief.
Many fans were excited by this news of a date in Chicago in August.  Of course, the fans that are close to Chicago were overjoyed as were other fans that might be able to travel to the show.  The other group of people who seemed thrilled with this news are other US fans who now know that they are, for sure, coming back to the States and when.  For those fans, they want to know the rest of the dates and they want to know them yesterday!  Obviously, this Chicago date wasn’t released by Duran and the only reason the information got out was because the venue itself shared it.  August is still a long way off, a full five months away, in fact.  I get why people want the dates, though.  People want to plan.  For some people, this planning might be as simple as I need to know to ask for this date off.  For others, it might be to avoid dates for a vacation.  Still, others want to know to figure out what dates they can and will attend.  What will be interesting now that we have one date are how quickly the other dates, no matter how many or how few there are, will be released in some fashion.  Will Duran headquarters feel it necessary to speed up the process in order to control what gets out, when?  I don’t know.  I guess for those of us who are waiting for the rest of the dates, we can only hope.
Other fans used the opportunity to talk about their neck of the woods.  People commented on the status update to request shows in their location.  Some of these locations included big cities and some included smaller places or places that Duran has never played at.  Some people even suggested specific venues or dates.  Of course, many European fans were thinking about their part of the world and wondered why they haven’t received any information regarding shows there, especially since they are supposed to be happening in the summer and many were rescheduled shows from last summer.  I can understand this feeling.  If I was in Europe, I, too, would want to know the dates.  After all, everyone has to plan!  That said, I hope that they realize that the release of this US date had nothing to do with the band or their team.  It got out because of the venue.  Now, if they want to complain about the lack of dates to Europe or how they seem to be taking a long time with that in general, I totally get that!  Complain away as I’m not sure what is taking so long with those dates! 
The European fans were not the only fans to voice negative reactions.  Obviously, there are many other parts of the world that don’t have any shows to look forward to, no matter when they are announced.  Many of the fans in that situation were gracious, though, and expressed happiness for American fans.  Yet, many American fans did not seem happy, including some located in or near Chicago.  Complaints about the venue were heard.  Now, for all of the venues I have been to in Chicago, believe it or not, but I have never been to the Ravinia.  Thus, I cannot speak about the venue.  It may be a bad choice or not.  I don’t know.  Some of the criticism I saw included that the people who attend shows there are “snobby”.  Others said there are many areas in the venue where you cannot actually see the stage.  Some did not like that it would be outside.  Suggestions about other venues were made.  I can appreciate making suggestions, but this appears to be definite since the venue and many news outlets have reported this.  Duran isn’t going to change it.  Nonetheless, while reading these reactions, I cannot help but to think of the other group of fans I mentioned earlier, the fans that get no shows.  None.  Zero.  I suspect that they wouldn’t complain about the venue or location if they got even one show that they could go to.  Likewise, I’m sure that the European fans would love to have some show to plan for, no matter where it was.  At the same time, I can understand those fans that are unhappy with the venue or date.  The date isn’t great for me, either, as I’m required to be at work the next day.  A week earlier or a weekend would have made a big difference for me.  However, I do understand and acknowledge that there are fans that do not have this opportunity so I should appreciate what I have.  I have to put myself in their shoes for awhile. 
The last kind of reaction I saw was disbelief.  People doubted it because it didn’t come from Duran headquarters.  Even when they confirmed the date and location, people still question it since there was a statement made about details to work out.  Could the date fall through?  Sure.  Anything is possible.  We have learned that.  Yet, this date and location seems locked in and I bet those details are ones that we won’t even see or hear about. 
The varied reaction among Duranies tells me a lot.  It tells me that we have been doing this for a long time.  It tells me that the Duran machine isn’t always good about sharing information.  It tells me that when a show is announced, we almost all struggle to look beyond ourselves and our own wants and situations. It tells me that really not all fans are going to be happy at the same time.  It tells me that as crazy as yesterday was in Duranland, it is still the same old Duranland!
-A

You want US concert date rumors and info??

I had a great blog about mid-life crisis all written and ready to go this morning. Then I woke up and checked my phone.  I had no less than text messages (a rarity), and three of them had to do with Duran Duran.

In case you haven’t heard yet, and I’m doubtful that’s even possible given how quickly the news is spreading, Duran Duran is playing at Ravinia in Chicago on Wednesday August 29th. This is the first date we’ve heard, and yes – Daily Duranie has spies everywhere! (I’m totally lying about that, but we will gladly take any information that anyone wishes to share, anonymously or otherwise!!)
 Let me give just a bit of background info on dear old Ravinia to set the stage. Ravinia is an outdoor venue just outside of Chicago. It’s a beautiful setting with lots of trees, a lawn area and of course a seated section. Typically people take a picnic basket and enjoy a meal before the show starts. It’s a lot of fun and a unique way to go to a concert. It’s very similar to what happens at the Hollywood Bowl near where I live in California. Due to the fact that Ravinia is seasonal and holds a special place in the heart of Chicagoland, they sell what are called donor subscriptions to seats in the venue. That means that a person can buy several tickets to shows (if not all of the shows) throughout the season and have the same seats for each show, basically. This also means that it’s very possible many of the best seats in the house will have already been sold to “donors” for the Duran show…assuming of course that the ticket holders for this show will choose to attend. That said, this show goes on sale at the Ravinia box office on April 26th.  
Of course, as soon as I logged onto Facebook this morning, the complaints began filing in.  Once again, people are annoyed that we’re getting dates one at a time verses being announced all at once.  Others refuse to believe what is absolutely good information unless the band themselves announces. (It’s ON the Ravinia website.  That’s pretty solid info if you ask me.)  Still others are complaining that it’s a weeknight, and many many more are worried about presale dates.  
Pretty standard fare for Duranies overall, don’t you think?
Naturally this one date being leaked now begs questions such as:  when are the rest of them??  There are plenty of rumors flying around, including that there will be a very limited amount of US dates for this “tour”.  I have no idea what that means exactly, other than I should probably rethink my plan to take 6 weeks and follow the band around the US. 
(I’m totally lying about taking 6 weeks, too….but it sounded good, didn’t it?)    
One thing I will say:  I’m going on vacation from July 28 through August 11th.  The band should plan accordingly, and contrary to popular belief, that does NOT mean to have a show in California during that time, thanks!  
One more thing before I leave you all for the weekend, and that’s simply that Daily Duranie has hopes of doing meetups, pre and post show dinners and drinks, and maybe even a Duranie dorm or more for these shows.  We’re hoping to bridge the gap that DDM left behind in 2005 when they stopped organizing things. As more information becomes available to us, we’ll definitely share and start planning in earnest!  
-R

Where to Find the News?!

How do you get your news on what is happening with Duran Duran?  It used to be that I would get my news from the most obvious of places:  their official website.  If I didn’t get my news there, I would get it on message boards where people would copy a news item or would give a link to a news item.  Now, I find that I rarely go look at the band’s official website.  Instead, I feel like I get all of my news on social networking sites.  Am I the only one to notice this?  It seems to me that not all of the news is even updated on the official website.  I’ll give you an example.  This week, the band announced a new live DVD that will be coming out in early summer 2012.  Where was this information first posted?  It was posted on their facebook.  Now, it is posted on their official website.  Yet, other news hasn’t.  For example, yesterday their facebook’s status talked about the show in Carcassonne, France.  Apparently, the date for the concert there has been changed from July 27th to July 23rd.  They stated that the tickets for the 27th would be good on the 23rd.  Are these announcements on facebook or twitter good enough to provide information?  Then, what about unofficial information given by…say…John Taylor on twitter?  Do his tweets fill any hole of information or are the fans still lacking information?


When the upcoming DVD title was released this week, my initial reaction was confusion.  It took me awhile to even remember anything about a new DVD.  Luckily, some of my friends had better memories so they could remind me of the details.  They reminded of when and where it was filmed and when they planned to release it.  Now, why is it that I didn’t remember these details?  It truly could be that I have been a busy, busy person who can’t remember anything unless I write it down.  Another possibility is that the information was given in a quick little status update that I just skimmed over.  It didn’t seem like much in the midst of everything else I see on facebook on a daily basis.  Is there a way that they could make it more noticeable?  I don’t know but clearly it didn’t catch my attention.  I also wonder if there is enough information given.  What format will it be released?  Just DVD?  Blu-ray?  Where and how will it be available?  Can we preorder it?  Now, I suppose this extra information isn’t that big of a deal since it is for an upcoming product but what about that announcement regarding the show in France.  How come they had to change it?  There was no explanation given.  Did people with tickets to that show get informed?  Goodness, if they weren’t paying attention on facebook, would they have even known?  This information isn’t listed on dd.com as of this blog.  What if people aren’t on social networking sites?  How will they get seriously important information like this?  A date change is a pretty significant thing, after all.

Of course, not all information shared on facebook or twitter is as essential as finding out that your concert date has been switched.  Some of the information is really just fun or just works to increase people’s interest or excitement.  For me, most of this “information” is given by John Taylor in his subtle or not-so-subtle tweets.  This week, I have to admit that I took notice of a few of his tweets, including that European dates are about to be announced and that US dates are being confirmed.  Interestingly enough, both John and the official band facebook mentioned his book this week.  John said that his book would be released after the US tour.  The band’s facebook mentioned that he would be doing some activities as part of the book launch.  Being the kind of person I am, I did look to see if I could have any hints as to when this much anticipated book might come out by checking out Amazon in both the US and the UK.  According to Amazon US, the book is titled “Love, Death and Duran Duran” and is due out September 25th.  Amazon UK has the title as “The Million Little Seductions:  A Life in Duran Duran” and is due to be released on September 20th.  Hmm…this information leads me to wonder what John will cover in the book and leads me to try and fill in the blanks about upcoming tour plans.  I enjoy this kind of information!

What is different for me between the DVD and France announcements and John’s tweets about plans for this year?  What is the same?  The news on the DVD and France are official.  In my opinion, those need to be posted in such a way that everyone can get all the facts.  Thus, social networking sites are not enough as not all people are on facebook and twitter.  The news should also be detailed as the majority of questions should be answered in that entry.  On the other hand, unofficial news or little hints of what might be coming does not need to be mentioned on the official website or in a way that grabs attention, in my opinion.  The people who like those hints also like to find them and like to try to figure out exactly what they might mean.  I do, at least.  What do you think?  Is Duran Duran means of sharing news good enough for you?  Does it work well? 

-A 

What is the deal with VIP, DDM and Duran Duran?

I happen to know a few fans who are very excited about the announcement of shows in South America for later this spring.  The fan community in South America is vibrant, loyal, and ready to show plenty of love for Duran Duran when they arrive.  These fans have sat and watched as plenty of other places in the world were able to celebrate the music they enjoy with the band that they love, and soon it will be their turn to host the band on their own continent.

I’ve often wondered what it must be like for fans in other parts of the world.  Granted, I live in the United States, and as it has been pointed out to me on more than one occasion – we do get plenty of shows here.  No argument from me on that point.  I have no trouble maintaining my loyalty for the band because we do get plenty of attention from them, and when they tour, the only real questions are when they will be coming and how long they will be here.  In other places of the world, they begin with the question of whether or not they’ll be coming at all.

I’ve wondered if joining the paid fan community in places outside of the UK or US (and perhaps Europe) is even worth the money.  It’s well-known and understood that the community really offers very, very little in the way of “exclusives”, so the only value is in the presale tickets and the VIP packages that may be offered.  Sure, there is a fan forum on the website, Katy Kafe, and a handful of other things that can readily be found on YouTube, but aside from those things, there is very little use to being “in the club”.  It certainly does not feel exclusive, nor does it treat the members as though they are special to the band, which in this writers opinion is essential to the success of a pay-to-join fan community such as DDM.

This is why I was incredibly curious to see whether or not VIP packages, such as those that are regularly offered in both the US and UK, would be offered in South America.  There are fans from South America that have paid to be included in the fan community, so surely something would be in fact offered, yes?  Actually, no.  No there will not be VIP packages offered for those dates.  Aside from presale tickets, there is nothing “exclusive” or “special” being offered in countries that can rarely take advantage of any other wonderful item that is offered currently through DDM.  Honestly, this should be an outrage to those South American fans, if not the rest of us, because while nothing of the sort is being offered to them through their own fan community, one can almost bet local radio stations or the like will have contests and opportunities for other fans, who may or may not be nearly as loyal, will have the opportunity for meet and greets, early entry for the standing section at the front of the venue closest to the stage, among other things.  Is this really fair or an appropriate way to treat fans?

On one hand, I can see the point of DDM.  I am sure that while there are some fans from South America that populate the membership of DDM, it’s at least possible that they don’t quite match the number of those from the US or the UK.  In order to effectively offer VIP packages, they probably need to be able to give the promoter firm numbers that surpass what they can “promise”.  I can give DDM the benefit of the doubt on that count.  That said, I find it difficult to believe that there is no way they can offer early entry to fans who have (and will) buy tickets in the standing section closest to the stage.  I know bands with far, far less of a devoted following that are able to offer such things without much of a problem in South America as well as other parts of the world.

One really cannot argue that DDM was at least originally intended (or sold to them) to be a cash cow for the band, (whether or not they are actually seeing that money is beyond the scope of this particular blog) but that point comes through loud and clear.  There is little intention to make the fans feel as though they are part of a special group or that they are getting access to the band that the general public would not have.  Emphasis is on becoming a “VIP” member with very little offered for the additional cost in membership besides a few trinket type items at this point.  In most cases, if not all, meet and greets weren’t even offered on the US tour (the argument isn’t about whether or not meet and greets are worth the VIP ticket price here – that’s another issue for another blog), so I have to ask – what was the point beyond an inflated ticket price and a couple of merchandise offerings?  In the case of fans from other parts of the world besides the US and the UK, that cash cow point is in bold face type, since they can rarely take advantage of nearly anything else that the club has to offer.  Does membership really have any advantage?

I am sure that I will hear from at least one US fan that will gleefully tell me that they’ve been a DDM member since the very beginning because the presales are worth “the small price of membership”.  Sure, it’s not an astronomical cost to join DDM, but as long as people continue to pay – there is absolutely no motivation to change what members complain about on a daily basis.  Personally I feel that the DDM loyalty is completely misplaced.

Ultimately, the point of a paid fan community is getting lost in the translation, especially for those fans in places where VIP packages of any type aren’t even being offered.  If that were the only problem with DDM, it might be overlooked, but that is only the beginning.  Fans have been screaming of the obvious, glaring issues from its inception.  Surveys have been filled out and returned, with only very select and small problems being addressed and changed (and its important to note that the changes have not necessarily been in the best interest of the fans by any means).  In this day and age where Direct to Fan marketing is being heralded as the “new model” for the industry, I have to ask where the intelligence is in simply ignoring the requests of entire fan bases, such as the one in South America where fans are begging for their chance to enjoy a Duran Duran concert in VIP style.  At the very least – offer up some early entry for these loyal fans!

DDM has cited membership numbers, market demand and promoters as reasons behind the decisions to offer or not offer VIP packages.  Here is what I know for certain: if packages are not offered, and the “exclusivity” of being a fan club member doesn’t exist – membership numbers most definitely won’t rise on their own just due to a great album or a wonderful tour.   Try again, Duran Duran. The one very small sales tactic that Duran Duran and their management continue to forget is that sometimes in order to have GAIN, you actually have to GIVE.  Its simply not enough to put out a great record, announce some concert dates and sit back to wait.

-R

Panic is now banned….and other news!

Yes, yes I know I’m late coming to the table on this one.  I could blame it on jet lag.  I could blame it on my kids, and yes – I could even blame it on the band. (Why?  Just because I said so.)    The truth is, there is too much going on, and as soon as I settle on a blog topic something else comes up that I’d wished I’d comment on – and since this is The Daily Duranie as opposed to the  Hourly Duranie (don’t even THINK about it….), I post one blog a day, even if news breaks.  *sigh*

So, today’s blog is likely to be the most fragmented article you read this week…and I feel comfortable saying that because today is my last writing day for this week.  I’m “off duty” until Monday.  Take comfort in that, dear readers.  Take comfort.

So, anyone watch MTV lately?  Nah – me neither.  I gave that habit up in the late 80’s when they stopped playing good videos.  Then they stopped playing videos at all, and now I don’t even care if the channel exists.  Not even my 14 year old watches the channel.  She’d rather watch YouTube, and I can’t say I blame her.  That’s probably why I basically yawned and then stifled a good laugh when I read the varying news reports that MTV had the balls to ban Girl Panic.  Really?  Was that even worth the time it took to write the articles that surrounded that particular piece of news?  Interestingly enough, MTV is neither confirming nor denying the reports – probably because they already know that just by this “news” being yapped about, they’re giving Duran Duran the publicity they rightfully deserve.  Fascinating.  I don’t know or care whether the reports are true about the banning, but I do want to take a second to remind my fellow fans of a couple of things.

1.  MTV sucks.  They stopped supporting Duran Duran YEARS ago – and I don’t care that they gave Duran Duran that stupid ass Lifetime Achievement award in 2003.  It was at least 10 years too late.  Prior to that, they were only nominated 4 times, never winning.  That right there tells me everything I need to know about good old MTV.  Follow that up with John’s comment on Twitter about the MTV banning “Fuck em-it shows how out of date + out of touch they are”, and I think we’re all done with the nonsense that MTV really matters.

2. Anybody remember Girls on Film?  That too was banned, and that did anything BUT hurt the band.  One of my most favorite Easter Eggs from the Greatest DVD is a the end scene from Girls on Film where the band is holding up a very large sign that reads “Some people will do anything to sell records!”   This, my friends, is true.  Quite honestly, this could work well for them, and judging from their hits on Vevo and YouTube….it already has!  4.3 million views according to YouTube this morning (CA time) and counting…

3. All press *can* be good press.  This is a difficult mantra for those who aren’t in the industry to understand – but it’s true.  My advice is simply that if you’re going to post about the banning, specifically on message boards or places that aren’t Duran-centric, post the link to the video as well.  In the searches I did this morning, the video link to YouTube or Vevo is posted along with every article about the banning.  How is that not a good thing?  MTV can take a long walk off of a short pier – the band doesn’t need them.  Hello YouTube!  All press really can be good press!!

I don’t know who those “outraged” fans really are, but I welcomed the news, and so should you.  Bring it, MTV.  By the way, while you’re busy banning videos – perhaps it’s time to rethink the whole “Jersey Shore” thing….

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Touring Touring Touring

So the band is headed for you, Australia!!!  I can’t tell you how happy I am to have read this piece of good news!  So often Amanda and I will get email from fans in other parts of the world that are both happy that she and I are going to shows and completely annoyed that they themselves are not.  I speak for both Amanda and I when I say how uncomfortable our good fortune sometimes makes us feel.  We both know we have no right to complain (and I don’t think we complain about a lack of touring here – if we do, we should be smacked!), and yet we *are* thrilled that we have the chance to see the band.  That said, I’m happy to see that the band is expanding their touring schedule for next year to include Australia, and as I read this morning: Singapore and Hong Kong!   I suspect this is not to be the end of dates in other parts of the world to be coming our way so stay tuned!!

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I’m doing my favorite “not really an *official* band member but he’s been around so long now that I can’t imagine the band without him” band member a favor today.  He can thank me later.

Dom wants YOU.  He wants followers on Facebook, and he swears he’s even going to interact with us.  We will see about that.  My bets are that we scare the crap out of him…but you know, that’s OK.  Regardless, I am doing my part as a good Duranie/trouble maker and reaching out to my fellow people.  Follow Dom and while you’re at it – if you like British or even American classic rock/blues (I think he sounds WAY more blues than rock, but that’s just me)…buy his solo CD’s.  His solo music is absolutely nothing like Duran, but each CD is very, very good.  I have both of them, and while I’ve never reviewed them (maybe I should?) here on Daily Duranie…I love them and hope he does more. (and comes to the US on his own at some point!)  He’s brilliant and I would say that even if he wasn’t my favorite.  No really I would!

The link for Dom on Facebook?  Here ya go!  Dom on Facebook

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Today in music history….

It’s December 8th, and for me, this day will remain a day of sadness for the rest of my life.  In 1980, John Lennon was shot and killed outside of his hotel in New York City.  I was just barely 10 years old at the time, and it’s difficult for me to imagine – but at the time I hadn’t even heard of Duran Duran yet.  My best friend Marsha was a huge Beatles fan (she still is to this day – I think she has one of the biggest and best Beatles collections I’ve ever seen) and I’ll never forget seeing her face at school on that fateful day.  I was only 10 and I didn’t have any idea how to act.  All I could do was offer a hug and silently listen as she relay the details of what she’d heard that morning.  It was incomprehensible to me that someone would kill John Lennon.  I just couldn’t wrap my prepubescent mind around such evil.  I think at that age, I just hadn’t experienced death very often, much less murder (thank goodness).  I walked around school that day in a complete daze, just hoping that someone would run up and tell me that it was all a mistake.  I wasn’t even that big of a Beatles fan back at that time – I just knew how much pain my friend Marsha was in, and that was more than enough for me to handle.  Oddly, it was only after that day that I truly began to form a deep respect for The Beatles music, which continues to this very day.  They are the only band that I dearly love that I’ll never be able to see whole, and while I’m glad I grew up in the 80’s, I wish I’d had the chance to experience The Beatles as the generation before me.

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And finally, as a bit of fun while Amanda and I were waiting in the Edinburgh airport on Monday morning for our flight to Heathrow, we went through the numbers for our UK tour.  Yes, this really IS how we spend our free time…and yes, we are in fact crazy.  Wouldn’t we have to be at this point?  No, we didn’t do an accounting of our finances….we did an accounting of just about everything else, which I am now posting for your reading and laughing pleasure.

Number of hotels:  3
Number of cities traveled to:  6
Number of shows:  4 Durantastic Shows!
Hours of sleep throughout tour:  
Tuesday-3
Wednesday-2.5
Thursday-6
Friday-2
Saturday-7
Sunday-0!!!!!!!
Total: 20.5
Average:  3.4 hours per night.  We’re awesome!  (meant in the most American way possible!)
Number of drinks per person:
Tuesday:  1
Wednesday:  1
Thursday:  3
Friday:  6
Saturday:  5
Sunday:  3
Total:  19
Average:  3.16  (it was a slow drinking week, oddly….)
Hours spent in transit, including planes, trains, and automobiles:
(This is traveling time we incurred together)
Tuesday:  8 plane
Wednesday:  2.5 hours train, 15 minutes taxi
Thursday:  2.5 car
Friday:  45 minutes taxi, 3.75 hour train
Saturday:  15 minute taxi, 5 hour train, 15 minute taxi
Sunday:  3 hour car, 15 bus
Monday:  20 minutes taxi, 9.5 hours plane
In addition to that time, we each spent time traveling on our own to and from our separate homes/towns.
Rhonda:  Tuesday 11/29:  30 minutes car, 4 hour plane
                 Monday 12/5:  30 minute car, 4 hour plane
Amanda:  Tuesday 11/29:  2.5 car
                  Monday 12/5:  2.5 car
Total:  17.5 hours plane, 11.25 hours train, 7 hours car. Total:  35.75 hours spent TOGETHER in transit.  Not counting our own car/plane rides to meet up at O’Hare.  *sigh*  
Meals: (meaning meals per day, even if they were grab and go, super quick meals.  Also, Amanda and I ate at the same times, so it counts as one meal. Make sense?)
Tuesday:  1.5
Wednesday:  1.5
Thursday:  1.5
Friday:  1
Saturday:  2
Sunday:  1.5
Monday:  2
Total:  11 (this would explain my 5 pound weight loss….)
Number of live songs heard over our entire tour (obviously we heard most of them more than once!): 80
Numbers of hours listening to Duran:  8 hours  (not nearly enough boys.  Not nearly enough!)
Number of times saw Simon lick his fingers during Come Undone:  0  (Avert your eyes!  Look away!!!)
Number of times we were “sprayed” during White Lines:  0 (Luckily for Simon.  I would have climbed up on that stage and Dave would have needed to come for me….)
All of this adds up to one thing:  Priceless memories.   🙂  
Happy weekend, everyone!  Don’t forget to follow Dom!!!
-R