Category Archives: Duran Duran

Question of the Day: Friday, March 17, 2017

Yesterday’s winner:  Secret Oktober

Which song do you like better:  Taste the Summer or Violence of Summer?

Question of the Day: Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Yesterday’s winner:  Violence of Summer

Which song do you like better:  Band-Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas or Duran’s Secret Oktober?

Question of the Day: Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Yesterday’s winner:  Taste the Summer

Which song do you like better:  Violence of Summer or Winter Marches On?

Question of the Day: Monday, March 13, 2017

Yesterday’s winner:  Secret Oktober

Which song do you like better:  Taste the Summer or Valentine Stones?

Ultimate Box Set: Results Part 2

Today, I continue to share the results of fans choices for Duran Duran’s Ultimate Box Set.  I will also add a little analysis, too, because I like to.  I like figuring out the Duran Fan Community.  (Yes, I’m weird.)  In case you missed the beginning of this, I’ll give a quick summary, this idea was created by my friend, Nat.  The idea is to have the fans pick the songs that should be included on a box set, if something like that would be created.

Singles:

First, we came up with 7 singles that we wanted included in the box set.  They are as follows:

  1. Planet Earth
  2. Save a Prayer
  3. Ordinary World
  4. Girls on Film
  5. Pressure Off
  6. Rio
  7. New Moon on Monday

Album Tracks to Choose From:

Instead of listing the entire catalog of album tracks and force people to choose 7 from ALL of them, I broke down the albums into sets and asked people to choose 7 from each set.  So far, we have completed the first two sets (1st album through Liberty).  Here are the results so far:

  1. Friends of Mine
  2. New Religion
  3. The Chauffeur
  4. The Seventh Stranger
  5. Hold Back the Rain
  6. Lonely in Your Nightmare
  7. Anyone Out There
  8. My Antarctica
  9. American Science
  10. A Matter of Feeling
  11. Hold Me
  12. The Edge of America
  13. Palomino
  14. Vertigo

Once all four sets are completed, then fans will pick the 7 songs from that list of 28.

Analysis:

When I look at the 7 album tracks that were picked from the albums of Notorious, Big Thing and Liberty, I notice that the overwhelming majority of songs came from Notorious.  I could not have predicted that.  In fact, I would have thought that the majority of song would have come from Big Thing.  For example, I am really surprised that Land was not chosen.  I also rarely hear fans rave over the Notorious album.  Obviously, I know that the band plays the title track live and that it generally gets a positive response but…I don’t hear the push for those album tracks.  On the other hand, I was not surprised that Liberty’s album tracks were not selected often.  Liberty is not the most popular album amongst fans.  I didn’t realize that My Antarctica was that popular, however.

Then, when I look at all the album tracks selected so far, I realize that  there is a range from more of the Duran dance tracks like Hold Back the Rain to more of the mid-tempo range like Friends of Mine to more ballads like My Antarctica.  On that sense, I think the fans are doing a good job making sure that all of Duran’s skills and range are shown.  Of course, this may change with the actual vote of album tracks.

For the next couple of weeks, fans will choose album tracks from The Wedding Album, Thank You, Medazzaland and Pop Trash.  I would love for as many fans to participate as possible.  After all, the more who do, the more accurate the results.  To vote, go to this blog here!

-A

Question of the Day: Sunday, March 12, 2017

Yesterday’s winner:  Do They Know It’s Christmas

Which song do you like better:  Finest Hour or Secret Oktober?

Ultimate Box Set: Album Tracks Part 3

Today, we move on to the next part of our little series of polls.  The goal is to create an “Ultimate Box Set” through fan voting and participating.  In previous weeks, we have chosen the 7 singles fans would want included such a thing and we have chosen 14 album tracks from the first album through Liberty.  This week, we ask fans to choose 7 album tracks from The Wedding Album, Thank You, Medazzaland and Pop Trash.  Obviously, there are more tracks to choose from this week since we included one more album.  It just made sense to me to divide up the albums like this.  That means that the final poll on album tracks will include the 4 albums since the reunion.  After that, we will move to live tracks, demos/B-sides and side/solo project songs to complete the box set.

I do want to point out that this poll will be active for 2 weeks as I won’t be creating the next poll until then.  Why is that?  Simple.  Next weekend, I’ll be in California going to see a couple of shows from a band that we might talk and write about a lot.  I figured that more readers would want to hear about the shows over polls such as this.  On that note, happy voting!

-A

Question of the Day: Saturday, March 11, 2017

Yesterday’s winner (and science winner):  American Science

Which song do you like better:  Do They Know It’s Christmas or Early Summer Nerves?

Duran Does It Better!

Over the years, Rhonda and I have written many, many blogs covering Duran Duran presales, concert tickets and VIP packages.  In some (okay..maybe…many cases), these posts have been critical of some aspect of Duran Duran concert buying details.  Likewise, many fans have also expressed frustration over the process during the last ten years or so.  I remember a LOT of complaining (with good reason) about the use of Ticketmaster, for example.  Ticket prices have also been a big discussion over the years as have VIP packages and what they include.  Many Duranies express frustration that meet and greets are no longer a part of any VIP package.  Others wish that they got more for the money, in terms of either merchandise or parties or whatnot.

Usually, when the topic of fan clubs and presales happen in the world of social media, I hear fans discuss how this band or that band does it better because…These fans offer alternative methods to how Duran sells their concert tickets.  As time has gone by and ticket prices continued to increase, I had to wonder if these fans weren’t right.  Maybe Duran Duran needs to learn from other bands?!  Then, this week forced me to rethink this.

Rhonda blogged earlier this week about Depeche Mode’s method of presales where fans chose their city to buy tickets for and move up in line based on how many albums they purchase, how often they post on social media, etc.  She expressed extremely valid concerns about this system.  I agreed with many of her points but still planned on participating in the presale.  Depeche is one of my favorite bands and I always try to see them when I can.  That said, I don’t travel to see them so the idea of picking one city worked for me.  I did not do much else to improve my spot in line.  I purchased one album and that was it.  My schedule did not allow for more, even if I had wanted to do more.

Soon enough, the presale date rolled around and I found out that I was in the second group.  Okay.  I could live with that.  The presale time came around and I was prepared to buy ticket for a few friends and myself.  I asked for the 4 tickets and I got somewhere around the 20th row.  The ticket price?  With fees, they ran about $175.  Uh.  No thanks.  I do not mind spending money for concert tickets (that’s pretty obvious with Duran, right?).  I do have a problem of spending a lot of money for not great seats.  I thought I could do better.  Later in the day, when I had a bit more time, I decided to search on the map to see what was still available for the fan presale and for how much.

I’m posting the map here to explain what I discovered:

First, let me tell that I have seen Depeche Mode here (Chicago) many times.  Most recently, I had row M in section 104 back in 2013.  Those seats cost $119.  This time, I found that row M in section 103 was a VIP seat.  In fact, row MM in section 204 was also considered VIP.  How much are those VIP tickets and what do fans get for them?

***FRONT ROW PACKAGE*** 
– One (1) Front Row reserved ticket 
– Priority check-in and entrance 
– Pre-show hospitality with specially selected hot/cold appetizers, dessert, complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks 
– Hospitality room featuring themed décor, photo backdrop and playing your favorite Depeche Mode music 
– Crowd-free merchandise shopping (where available) 
– Merchandise item designed and created exclusively for package purchasers 
– Collectible laminate to remember your evening 
– Onsite check-in staff 

***HOSPITALITY PACKAGE*** 
– One (1) Premium reserved ticket 
– Priority check-in and entrance 
– Pre-show hospitality with specially selected hot/cold appetizers, dessert, complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks 
– Hospitality room featuring themed décor, photo backdrop and playing your favorite Depeche Mode music 
– Crowd-free merchandise shopping (where available) 
– Merchandise item designed and created exclusively for package purchasers 
– Collectible laminate to remember your evening 
– Onsite check-in staff 

***GOLD HOT SEAT PACKAGE*** 
– One (1) Premium reserved ticket 
– Merchandise item designed and created exclusively for package purchasers 
– Collectible laminate to remember your evening 

***SILVER HOT SEAT PACKAGE*** 
– One (1) premium Price Level 2 reserved ticket 
– Merchandise item designed and created exclusively for package purchasers 
– Collectible laminate to remember your evening

Right away, I noticed that none of these VIP packages include meet and greets.  I also realized that most of them do not describe what a premium seat means.  I think back to Duran’s VIP packages during this Paper Gods tour and I know that Ultimate had front row.  Gold packages included seats in rows 2 through 6.  DDHQ made it clear where the seats could be, at least in terms of rows.  Depeche doesn’t give any information.  Now, how much are these?  Some of the seats I found were:  Section 103 Row M for $585, Section 102 Row A for $950, Section 204 Row MM for $300.  Wow.  Yesterday, I saw prices for the Hollywood Bowl.  Prices for the front sections there ranged from $865 to $1495 through Ticketmaster.  These are not prices through a ticket broker.

Now, I’m sure that some of you are saying that Duran tickets are expensive.  Sure, they are.  The tickets for next weekend, for example, cost about $350 for second row center with some merchandise.  The Hollywood Bowl show cost $445 for us in October of 2015.  This price included second row center seats, merchandise and a party.  Depeche is clearly charging twice that for their packages there.

After seeing all of this, I have to admit that I’m glad that *my* favorite band is not Depeche Mode.  I couldn’t afford to go to many shows, especially VIP, that’s for sure.  The presale process would already limit where to get tickets and the price guarantees that it is just one city.  Perhaps, their team assumes that fans are only going to one show so maybe they will go all out for that one concert, in terms of tickets.  I don’t know.

Later this morning, I will attempt again to get tickets through the public sale.  I will not be buying VIP tickets, but I will try to get the best tickets I can for a price I can feel comfortable with.  Thankfully, I don’t feel the need to see Depeche up close.  This little experience taught me that Duran does the whole concert ticket thing pretty well, in comparison.  Yep, I’ve said it before and I’ll say.  Duran does it better.

-A