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Today in Duran History – Atlanta 2001

On this day in 2001, Duran Duran played at the House of Blues at Center Stage in Atlanta.  This was one of the five shows that Duran Duran played there in a row.  Once again, I can’t help but to say that this sounds like a fan’s dream.  Who wouldn’t love to go see them five nights in a row without having to travel?!?  Probably, the only thing that I would change is the venue.  It isn’t that I don’t like the House of Blues.  It is more about general admission (GA).  I am definitely not a fan of that.  I don’t like having to worry about when to line up, fighting for personal space once you are in the venue, not being able to leave to go to the bathroom without losing your spot, etc.  While GA is not as bad as a festival show, it isn’t much better, in my world!

On a related note, I have been thinking a lot about Duran Duran concerts.  I’m sure that it is a sign of me missing them a great deal as well as me needing a big distraction.  Anyway, yesterday, I asked the question about when people first saw Duran Duran live.  I will look at the answers I got and discuss those in a blog, at some point.  Then, I will ask how old people were at their first show.  Lastly, a couple of weeks ago, one of our favorite readers and guest bloggers mentioned how varied the set lists were during this 2001 Pop Trash tour.  It made me wonder.  Is he right?  How many different songs were on those set lists?  How many different songs have been on set lists for other tours?  I will try to find that information as well.  I suspect all of these future blogs will show a lot about Duran fans and about Duran shows.  I look forward to them all.

-A

Today in Duran History – Paris 1993

On this date in 1993, Duran Duran played at La Cigale in Paris, France.  Whenever I read or see anything about the Wedding Album Tour, I immediately think about how I saw the band for the first time during this tour.  This idea seems to fit with yesterday’s day in Duran history as Rhonda mentioned about how she wanted to be able to see a show in 1984.  I certainly did, too.  Well, I did after I found out about the tour!  I wasn’t really a Duranie until after the Sing Blue Silver tour was over as I always put my Duranie anniversary as April 1984 when The Reflex hit it big.  Anyway, I didn’t get to see Duran Duran live until 1993.

In 1993, I was graduating from high school and getting ready to attend college, out of state.  Really, Duran Duran was the last thing on my mind.  I never stopped loving them but I didn’t have many friends into them by this point and was busy living life.  Thus, I didn’t even know that they were touring until my one friend who liked them told me about the show.  When she suggested going (and can you believe that she had to suggest it?!?), I remember shrugging my shoulders and agreeing.  I distinctly recall agreeing because the show wasn’t far away and that the tickets weren’t that much money.  Now, I laugh at this since I have traveled far and gone out of my way to go see them many, many, many times in the last decade!  Silly me!

What was your first show?  How did you decide to go to that one?

-A

Today’s date in Duran History – Hartford, CT

On today’s date in 1984, Duran Duran played at the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford CT. This was of course, during their Sing Blue Silver Tour…or as I call it…the tour I’ve only been able to experience on DVD.  Tiger Tiger has always given me bittersweet chills of a tour I missed as well as a DVD (well VHS tape to begin with…the DVD came later) I adore.  I consider that DVD a part of my adolescence.  For that matter, maybe the band does too!

-R

Today’s Date in Duran History – Fashion

On today’s date in 1980…yes, WAYYY back then…Duran Duran opened for the band Fashion at the Rum Runner.  That’s right, Duran Duran opened for Fashion, not the other way around.

Isn’t it weird the way fame and circumstance work?  You’re on top one day, and then somehow – the band that opens for you ends up hitting it huge while you’re struggling to make ends meet as you’re hammering it out night after night.  Just one choice, one decision, may have made all the difference in the careers of both Fashion and Duran Duran.  You just never quite know what’s going to happen in this world – despite the best possible intentions and planning.

I suppose it’s true for all of us. We never really know what change in direction, what one simple, easily cast decision, is going to do for us. It could be as neat and trim as the decision to walk to work one day rather than taking the bus.  It could possibly be the agonizingly difficult decision of what university to attend.  We just never know.

Think about it.

-R

Today’s Date in Duran History – TV Mania!

Do you know what was released just ONE short year ago today?? TV Mania’s LONG awaited album, Bored with Prozac and the Internet?  There are times when I sit back and say “Wow, it’s been a year already?”, and this is one of those times. Where has that year gone???

For me personally, this is one of the very few albums in my lifetime that really made me sit back and take notice. Surprising (for me) in every sense. As I wrote back then, I fully expected to develop an instant dislike…or at least deep-apathy, for this album. That couldn’t be further from the truth, and as much as I enjoy listening to the album from my happy “home” (my computer, of course…as I’m still not quite bored with the internet, and Prozac just isn’t my thing), I love listening to it on vinyl even more. Even better? Warren REALLY outdid himself on this one. While I admittedly had trouble ever embracing him as a member of Duran Duran – his style of guitar just never quite worked for me – I still say his work on this album is nothing short of genius.

I still get a chuckle from the tweets sent from the @TVManiaMusic, and sometimes the tweets even give me a chance to stretch my brain a bit, which I enjoy.  I wish that Nick and/or Warren had the time/interest/compunction to communicate with fans…but I guess putting out an album that was a decade or more “in the making” was hard enough. Best not to push it. Can’t have it all, can we?

-R

Today in Duran History – Philadelphia 1984

On today’s date back in good old 1984, Duran Duran played at the Spectrum in Philadelphia.  Were you there??

I must admit, that is one tour I completely missed – and not by choice, but because I had overprotective parents.  I’ve spent my fair share of moments wondering what it must have been like among the screaming crowd on that tour. Even if I’d been able to go to any of the shows, I would have likely been in the back – one of my closest friends went to the show at the LA Forum and she sat in the very back row.  I can remember running my fingers longingly across the ticket stub she had pinned to her wall, wishing that I had a stub of my own on my brag board at home.  She would proudly say that while it’s true she sat in the last row, she was still there and I was not. Fair enough.  I will never know what it was like to see the band during their most popular years.  For as long as I’ve been a fan, I don’t know what it really sounded like to be in that kind of an audience.  Then again, when I go to shows now – I can actually HEAR the band.  Bonus??

Speaking of the 1984 tour, the Daily Duranie inbox received a request!  Is there anyone out there (see what I did there?) who was present for the Jacksonville (Florida) Coliseum DD show on March 25th, 1984?  If so – we have a fellow blogger that is looking for YOU, your stories and your mementos from the show.  Gigs Reflex is a blog dedicated to first concert experiences from fans just like us, and they are doing a blog post on this very Duran Duran show in Jacksonville Florida in 1984.  The blog will run on March 25th – the anniversary of that show – so if you were there and wish to have your stories , anecdotes or say, ticket stubs, t-shirts etc. included: Email Gigs Reflex.  They would like submissions by Sunday, March 16, so go, go, go!

-R

Today in Duran History – Orlando 2001

On this day in 2001, Duran Duran played at the House of Blues in Orlando, Florida.  During this tour, the band often played at the House of Blues in whatever city they were touring.  What else is interesting about this tour is that they would often play in the same city, same venue two or three nights in a row.  For example, they played the House of Blues in Orlando on March 9th and March 10th.  Later, they moved to play another House of Blues in Atlanta on March 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th.  In this sense, they played almost a small residency in each city.

While I did not see the band during this tour, I have to admit that this type of touring really appeals to me and would have some definite advantages for the band.  As someone who likes to see multiple shows on any tour, I would love to be able to pick a place to travel to, stay there long enough to actually see the sites and go to many shows.  Throughout my years as a Duranie, I have been to a few places that I feel like I have barely been to because I was only there for one day.  For example, during the winter 2008 tour, I was in Atlantic City less than 24 hours as I had a show in a different place the day before and the day after.  I would have liked to have been there longer but I wasn’t missing a show!!  I would also imagine that they might be good for the band as they wouldn’t have to travel as much or as frequently.  That would have to make touring easier and less exhausting.  Of course, on the down side, they might not hit as many cities, which could be tough on those fans who cannot travel.

What do you think?  Which is the better way for them to tour?  Multiple cities every week or mini residency in one city?

-A

Today in Duran History – Dubai 2012

On this date in 2012, Duran Duran played at Sevens Stadium in Dubai.  This was the first date after a month long break from touring.  After Dubai, the band went on to East Asia to play dates in Singapore, South Korea and Hong Kong.  Anyone go to this show?  How was it?

Here are a few clips from the show that I could find on YouTube:

Ordinary World-

Hungry Like the Wolf-

I have to say that seeing clips like this make me miss seeing the band live.

-A

Today in Duran History – Last Day on Earth

On this date in 2000, Last Day on Earth was released as a single in Japan.  As far as I know, it was only released as a single there and marked only the second single off the Pop Trash album with Someone Else Not Me being the first.  I wonder why they decided to release this song only in Japan.  Anyone know?  As for the song itself, it is a track off Pop Trash that I do enjoy and really seems to fit the Duran philosophy of living in the moment since this song asks what you would do if this was the last day left.  It is all about the idea of seizing the moment and living one’s life fully each and everyday.  The same philosophy  was more recently heard in the song, All You Need Is Now.

Like All You Need Is Now, it is a song that often opened up the band’s shows on the Pop Trash tour.  Here is a live clip of it here:

This particular clip was recorded at the House of Blues in Los Angeles.

What does everyone think of this song?  What do you think of this live performance?

-A

Today’s Date in Duran History – 1993 Munich

On today’s date in 1993, Duran Duran played Flughafon Rien/Terminall (you try typing that without rechecking the spelling 50 times…) in Munich.

In 1993, I wouldn’t have even dreamt of attending a show in Germany (or the UK…or really anywhere outside of California for that matter!)… I was just about to graduate from college at the time, and for Duran Duran was far from being at the forefront of my mind, and probably had been that way for a few years by then.

However, thinking of Germany does remind me of 2011 when Amanda and I traveled to the UK for what was to be the beginning of the tour for All You Need is Now.  Before I’d even left my house, I’d heard that the first shows I was to see had been canceled, so when I eventually met up with Amanda in the UK the following day, our wheels began to spin, trying to figure out what we could do to salvage the trip.  One particularly insane idea we’d had at the time was to go to Germany. My memory of the time has really faded, but I think John and perhaps Nick were in Berlin, doing some press. (I’m not sure if they had originally been slated to do a show there, but I think so – and in checking the dd.com website – they don’t have any of those dates listed since the entire tour was shelved)  We took the time to calculate how we could get there, how long it would take, and of course the cost and ended up staying in England as planned.  Admittedly, I’ve always wondered what the adventure would have been like had we decided to throw caution to the wind and go.  I think I have a teensy bit of wanderlust inside me, and when the band is involved, well, they’re pretty motivating that way.

-R