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Today in Duran History – Germany

Think back to 1987…what were YOU doing on April 7th??

If you’re anything like me, you’re saying “I have no idea”.  However, I can tell you that at this point in 1987, I was a junior in high school and was 16 years old.  I drove a Suzuki Samurai soft top that was probably “death on wheels” back then (somehow I survived and never once came close to tipping it over).  At this point in the school year, I would imagine I was getting close to finding my prom dress (I wore this incredibly large white dress – no, it didn’t really look like a wedding dress but it WAS big), and starting to think about college more seriously.  What’s really funny (to me) about this scenario is that my daughter is a junior in high school now, she’s starting to look at prom dresses, and yes…I’m forcing her to start really thinking about college.  Good times!

All of that aside, I can tell you that on this date in 1987, Duran Duran played at Grugahalle in Essen, Germany.  Were any of you there??

-R

Today in Duran History – Miami Signing 1995

On this date in 1995, Duran Duran did a record signing at a Blockbuster Music in Miami.  Based on the year, I assume that this signing was for the album, Thank You.  Did anyone go to that signing or another signing of that year?

Having only been to one signing, I have to wonder how different they are.  Obviously, in 1995, Warren would have been there.  Rhonda went to a signing for Astronaut so Andy was at hers.  Mine took place in 2007 for Red Carpet Massacre so it was just the four of them.  Despite the line-up changes, are there many differences?  Yes, I am sure that different stores having slightly varied rules and procedures for how to get to go, what could be signed, etc.  At the end of the day, though, do all signings feel the same?  Let’s face it.  The point of going to a signing is to get those autographs but also to have a minute or two with the band.  I also have to wonder how they decide these are the albums that should have signings and these aren’t.  Why not do more of these kinds of things?

By the way, if you want to read about our experiences at our signings, you can link here for Rhonda’s and here for mine.

-A

Today in Duran History – Behind the Music 1999

On this date in 1999, VH1 aired the episode of Behind the Music on Duran Duran.  I have to admit that I’m a complete sucker when it comes to documentaries on Duran Duran.  Even though, I feel like I could tell their story myself (and probably have to some poor sucker who got stuck talking Duran with me!), I still love how documentaries present their story.  I love to see who they are going to interview, what visuals they will use and what parts of the band’s story will be focused on.  For a time, I had a friend who would watch a lot of these with me.  We started to make predictions.  The people interviewed usually included Nile Rodgers, one or both of the Berrows brothers, the band, someone representing MTV, and Russell Mulcahy.  Some of the standard video footage would include videos of Rio, Hungry like the Wolf and Girls on Film along with scenes out of Sing Blue Silver.  The side projects of Power Station and Arcadia were always featured as was the success of the Wedding Album.  Despite being able to predict what was going to be shown and said, I still love watching them and this one is one of the best out there.  I suspect that I like Behind the Music so much because they made it all sound so dramatic.  Plus, I love what Richard Blade, the famous LA DJ said at the end.  He said something about how we weren’t there for The Beatles but we were there for Duran Duran.  Exactly.  They were/are that huge to all of us.  *sigh*

Of course, this episode of Behind the Music was redone or remastered as the band was finishing up All You Need Is Now.  I love that one, too.  Yet, I did find this original one on YouTube, in case you haven’t seen it or haven’t seen it in awhile.  What do you think of it?  What is your favorite part?

-A

Today in Duran History – New Orleans

On today’s date in 1989, Duran Duran played at Saenger Theater in New Orleans.  Were you there??

I remember New Orleans…I’ve been there twice now, and both times were because of Duran Duran.  The first time was for a fan convention in 2004 (can you believe that in September of this year it will have been TEN YEARS since Friends of Mine in New Orleans?!?), and the second time was for the VooDoo Festival in 2006….or as I like to call it “The Day I Discovered What It Is Really Like to Have Your Face Smooshed Into a Hairy Man’s SWEATY Armpit…All For The Love Of A Band.”  😀  Good times.

*shudders*

-R

 

Today in Duran History – Marvin Gaye

On today’s date in 1984, Duran Duran played at the Capitol Center in Largo, Maryland and dedicated Save A Prayer in memory of Marvin Gaye, who had been shot and murdered by his own father the day before.

Save a Prayer is a song that many Duranies have equated with uplifting spirits in times of sadness or crisis. There are a few DD songs that tend to be on the short list for those moments, and the band has been very kind in dedicating performances of their songs when appropriate.  Sometimes it’s the simple acknowledgment of grief that helps us get through the toughest of times.

-R

Today in Duran History – France

Happy April, everyone!  On today’s date in 1987 the band played at Espace Foire in Lilles, France.

Could there really be a less exciting note for April Fools?  Probably not….at least for me, since there really isn’t one single thing that I can draw upon from that date in history note to comment.

I did think about announcing that the band has set a release date for the new album – February 29, 2015.  But then I thought that might actually encourage them.  Can’t have that.

Then I thought about announcing my retirement.  But…that seems overdone, and quite frankly I can’t have all of you applauding like that. It’s not necessary.

I considered posting photoshopped pictures of the band,  but then Simon took my idea and actually shaved his beard off.   Damn.

I thought about temporarily converting the blog to be a worship site for another celebrity – but then I remembered that A. I don’t have time for all that; and B. I couldn’t come up with a good celebrity to follow that I could actually tolerate.

What’s really bad is that Amanda and I discussed plans for this several times over the year, and I think it’s fair to say that neither one of us thought to actually write anything down. So now, on “crunch day”, I can’t remember a single thing we’d discussed. Let’s all give a slow clap to my fading memory. It’s OK…I won’t even remember it in a minute.

So until next April Fools…you get a free pass from Daily Duranie.  But I can’t guarantee that next year you won’t find an entire album of “Fool” photos of the band, or a fake tour schedule…or even a fake set list written on a napkin. (Oh wait. We did that already.  Damn!)

-R

Today in Duran History – Jimmy Fallon

On today’s date in 2011…which feels like a lifetime ago right now even though it’s only been a mere three years… the band appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s late night TV show.  Guess what song they played??

Come on now…any and all of our readers should be able to guess this song.  I’ll give you three guesses and the first two don’t count!

Hungry Like the Wolf.

Hello Monday!!  Have a great week, everyone!

-R

Today’s Date in Duran History – Thank You

On today’s date in 1995, Thank You was released in the UK.

Opinions about this particular album vary widely among fans. Some dislike it, others embraced the work.  One very good thing (in my humble opinion) the album did for the band was bring Roger Taylor back into the fray – albeit temporarily – for work on Perfect Day as well as Watching the Detectives. Roger also appeared in the video for Perfect Day.  How can that be bad?!?  (answer: it can’t!)

-R

Today’s Date in Duran History – Simon, Simon, Simon…and Dom

Some bands have large fan bases that are happy to get new music. They pay to go to shows, they have fun, and that’s about the size of the fan/band relationship. Then there’s Duran Duran. They have people like me…who are intense (let’s not call it an obsession), long-time fans.  Some of us even blog.

Aren’t they lucky?!?

Originally, I had a “Date in Duran history” all planned out for today, but during some research, I realized we had the date wrong on our calendar. There is a method to what might seem like madness here at Daily Duranie, and so rather than re-run a historical point that we did for this date last year, I came up with my own! The trouble is, it isn’t quite history yet. However, I break rules all the time, and today will be no exception.

Just a day or two ago, I may have casually mentioned that I was nearing the point of resorting to posting videos of Simon’s more “signature” dance moves over the years, using them of course as points of discussion…along with maybe some voting and judgment. (I call it “commentary”) Today I stumbled upon the following video link (linked because of these called “copyrights” that YouTube, and probably the band…insists we follow…imagine that!):

Simon’s short and sweet DD14 update!

So they’re in the “refinement” stage. You know what *I’d* like to know…if I were well, able to ask?? What do they ultimately end up doing with all of the material they scrap? Do they keep it in case they want to return to it at a later point, perhaps for another album or something? I can see a case being made either way. Maybe they want fresh material for each album, and maybe they figure that going back to look at earlier work isn’t exactly the same as starting fresh. But on the other hand, that’s so much creativity. Maybe keeping it all for future reference gets the juices flowing when they need ideas? If “someone” knows, I’d love to hear the answer and reasoning!

Can you imagine the amount of material they’ve scrapped over the years? I’d love to be let loose in that vault (of course that’s assuming they actually keep all of that somewhere)!

But of course, Simon was VERY quick to say he won’t give titles or any information and that we’re going to have to wait. Here’s the thing: I can understand the “No Spoiler” rule. There is something special about hearing a finished song or album for the first time without preconceived notion. Admittedly, it’s been a long time since that last happened for me. Like since hearing some of All You Need is Now. I am very much looking forward to the feeling that comes with hearing brand new music for the first time. Anticipation can be a wonderful thing. That said, hearing absolutely nothing from the band for months on end – or only hearing the things none of us really want to hear, such as: “We’re not going to tour anytime soon – we don’t NEED to tour” or “We’re not sure when the album is coming out, but it probably won’t be until at least 2015.” can be pretty disheartening. So Simon, it’s OK that you won’t share titles or information. I respect that (and I might not necessarily start posting those dance videos. Yet.) But sending us little clips now and again to let those of us who are not in the UK know that yes, you’re still alive and working, and maybe just telling us where you’re at in the whole process, isn’t so bad. It keeps that connection established from the last album going. Many of us have never even been in a studio, and  hearing about the actual process is interesting. It’s funny when you think about it – a lot of fans have been around for over thirty years now and yet there really aren’t many who know much about recording an album or all of the tedious work that goes into the effort. I know it’s commonplace to the band, but for us – the people who care – it’s kind of an intriguing mystery.

If Simon’s little video weren’t enough, I was pretty surprised yesterday afternoon as I checked into Facebook and Twitter between naps (I’m getting over a bad cold and the couch has been my friend this week) to see that Dom Brown is actually alive, and not just an enigma that briefly appears to announce his next gig date on Twitter or Facebook. No, no. Dom showed up yesterday to mention that his wife (I applaud Martha!) has been getting on his case lately (I believe the words “kicking my butt” were used – which makes me like her even more!) to engage on Facebook and Twitter more regularly.

Men are funny. I think they can be far more utilitarian in nature than women. We women tend to be (just a weensy bit) more emotional. We talk. For example, some of the shortest emails I EVER get are from my husband. I will send long, flowing emails to him and I’ll typically get a one or two word reply. (My reply: Really?? You were somehow able to extrapolate ONE thing out of that long email that needed a comment – and a one word comment at that?!) I think that many males, and celebrities are not entirely immune to this and  think that Twitter and Facebook are utilitarian devices only. They are to announce whatever important “thing” is going on – and briefly so. The idea of getting on there to actually chat and get to know people is probably mind boggling. “Why waste that kind of time” That’s why so many resort to only posting their latest sales pitch, their latest gig…and then they run. Fast.

Admittedly, it could be that female fans might be intimidating, downright scary at times…maybe we even “threaten” relationships in that if a wife/girlfriend/significant other sees tweeting or communicating with one specific person going on, she’s undoubtedly going to be concerned. Fair enough. I’m also married. I know how that can be, and I can’t promise that every female fan out there is going to be respectful. For that matter, even I can be cheeky – because it’s fun, and because I don’t actually take it seriously.  Others might, I suppose. But for the most part, I don’t think many of us are out to ruin someone’s life. My point is that we’re not that scary. While yes, there’s always a risk of running into a crazy person here or there, we as fans run that exact same risk, whether it’s with a band member or it’s other fans. You learn rather quickly how to deflect, avoid, and block. My question is how can Twitter be any more frightening than running into the same fans over and over on tour, at the studio, or anywhere else?? At least on Twitter and Facebook you can essentially block the people that scare you. In person, you really can’t.

I guess I’m in the camp that believes it’s important to engage with fans however you can and are comfortable. That last part is key – and I want to make sure that the people who are bound to reply to this post read that last part again. I’m not accusing anyone of misusing Twitter – because I think that everyone has to decide for themselves how to handle social media of any kind. Maybe that’s a departure from how I’ve felt in the past, and I’m OK admitting that.  So what do I mean by “comfortable”? If you’re only comfortable announcing your gigs – then hey, that’s fine. If you’re only comfortable keeping Twitter as a sales tool, then that’s what you have to do. If you’re the type that only uses Twitter to make statements and isn’t entirely interested in the back and forth type of communication that can happen – then that’s how you’ve got to keep it. That might not be ideal, but as I said, we all have our own areas of comfort.

Another issue I see: I don’t think that there’s anything necessarily wrong with replying directly to a fan, even a female fan, if you want; but I also know that not every musician or celebrity is comfortable doing so. I can’t decide if it’s because they’re worried about calling attention to a particular fan, or if it’s because they don’t want to see the “Please RT meeeeee!!!” tweets over and over. The same goes for following fans, I suppose. Once you’ve opened that door, it’s hard to explain why some are allowed through and others are not. I’m not sure that there’s a need to explain actions like that to anyone though. I certainly don’t substantiate the reasons why I’m friends with some people and not with others, but that’s just me. I can’t necessarily say where the line should be drawn – I only know how I handle it for myself. It’s tough thing to find fault with no matter what someone does, and each person has to find their own comfort zone. I have no way of knowing what it’s really like to be a well-known musician, rock star or celebrity because I’m just me: Rhonda from Southern California. I tend to treat people, my friends – whether they are male, female, rockstar or celebrity, pretty much the same. If I follow you on Twitter, I’m going to comment to you as though I think you’re reading, and I’m going to pal around with you as though we’re at least friendly if not actually friends. If that makes me odd, well…then I’m odd, and I embrace the description. I just figure that at the end of the day, we’re all just people anyway.

That’s the longest blog I’ve written in a long time.  Just imagine how it’ll be once the band actually DOES start announcing titles.  I’d better rest my fingers now while I can!

-R