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Today in Duran History – Argentina 1993

On this date in 1993, Duran Duran played in Cordoba, Argentina, on their  Dilate Your Mind Tour of South America.  This little tour consisted of 4 shows in Argentina, a show in Uruguay, a show in Paraguay, a show in Venezuela and a show in Chile.  Did anyone see this particular show or any other show in this tour?

As I looked at the title of this tour, I’m reminded of one thing that Duran does that I have always thought is super cool.  I love that they use a lyrical phrase or line to title a tour or a DVD or some other project.  Dilate Your Mind is one of my favorites along with Sing Blue Silver, Strange Behaviour, Dancing on the Valentine, As the Lights Go Down and more.  What are your favorites?  Perhaps, this is why we often use lyrics to title our blog posts and more.

-A

Today in Duran History – Meet el Presidente

On this date in 1987, the song, Meet el Presidente, peaked at number 70 in the U.S.  It was the third song off the album, Notorious.    According to Duran Duran Wiki, which you can read here, the single version was different from the album version.  Another fun fact, according to that page, this was the first single to be released as a CD single.  How about that?!  Obviously, this song did not chart well. Do you think it was a bad choice?  If so, what would have been a better song to go with for the 3rd single off that album?  If you thought it was a good choice, why do you think it didn’t chart better?

Like the song or not, it seems to me that today might be a good day to go ahead and watch the video.  Enjoy!

-A

Today in Duran History – Tokyo

Way back in the dark ages…we’re talking 1982 people…Duran Duran played at Shibuya Kokaido in Tokyo.  I can honestly say that not only do I not remember this show (I definitely wasn’t there!), I really think that at that point in my life, my world began and ended at Sunflower Intermediate School in Glendora, California (a school that has since been closed).  I was eleven years old, and while I know I could have picked Japan and even Tokyo out on a map, overall the world felt an awful lot bigger to me then than it does these days.  I don’t know that I even dreamed about seeing the word beyond the US at that time.  There are moments when it is hard to believe there was once a time when the internet didn’t exist and we were forced to rely on radio, TV & magazines for our Duran Duran news.

Dark ages indeed!!

-R

Today in Duran History – Wembley 2004

On today’s date in 2004, Duran Duran played Wembley Arena in London, UK.  They played Wembley Arena five nights during this period in 2004: April 13, April 14, April 24 and then April 30 and May 1st.  I hear they sold the place out….

As you might recall, the band released a little DVD aptly named Live from London, which was recorded at Wembley during these shows… and if memory serves, there may have been a few theatre screenings of this DVD scattered across the US to celebrate it’s release.  Duran Duran on a big screen?  YES.

We should really do all that again, don’t you think??

-R

Today in Duran History – Happy Birthday Amanda!!

On this day in (a year I won’t mention today)…Amanda Pustz of Daily Duranie was born.  😀  Happy Birthday Amanda!!!

Let’s take a look at some special Amanda/Rhonda memories over the years, shall we?  In September of this year, I will mark 10 years as having known Amanda. Prior to our meeting in person at a DD fan convention, I did run into her posts from time to time on the DDF message board – but it was only after we met that I think she became more involved on the message boards and online communities for Duran Duran.  One might say that I was a bad influence.  However, I present the following as evidence in the contrary:

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Quick question: which one of us is holding the vodka bottle?

I thought so.

 

 

But…rather than embarrass Amanda (primarily because she will get me back in spades…and who really wants that?!?), I decided to pick out a few of my better memories with a few stories that go along with them:  (They aren’t in order. I’m not the organized one out of the two of us…)

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This is on Bourbon street in New Orleans. The date is right, so we were there for the Voodoo Festival Let’s see if anyone can guess what we’re yelling. (I’ll never tell…)

 

Below is from the same weekend. Club Ampersand – where a fan get together had been planned by DDM.  It was a fascinating beginning to the weekend, I must say.

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We made it to the star in LA and took photos. This isn’t just about it being Duran Duran, this is a memory that (for me) showcases how long we’ve worked together on our manuscript, this blog…and bigger dreams.

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Naturally, I can’t ever forget the trips we made to the UK. Who ever thought we’d go?? Twice?? In a single year?? Thankfully, I have a fantastic traveling partner.

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Success!!! This is a photo of us in Brighton Centre – I won’t ever forget that night, and I’m sure Amanda won’t either.

 

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And then there’s the night we finally found ourselves in front row!!

 

 

 

And lastly (for now), there’s Durandemonium. There is no way I would have ever attempted such a thing without her – and I can really say that had she not been there pulling me along – it likely wouldn’t have ever happened.  And now we’re planning another!

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We try to remind everyone that while the music is what brought us here, it really is the friendships that keep us coming back for more. Maybe I’m just a big sap, but as I was driving home in particularly nasty traffic last Friday afternoon, it occurred to me that if the band REALLY needs motivation to continue, or inspiration to write – they really need not look further than the real friendships that they, in an indirect sort of way, have helped to create.

Amanda, I hope you have a wonderful birthday – and next year, I hope we’re celebrating the release of some really fantastic music to add to the soundtrack of our friendship at the same time we’re celebrating your birthday!!!

-R

Today in Duran History

On today’s date in 1984, The Reflex hit the glorious spot of #1 in the UK.

Truth be told, this is one of those Mondays when I couldn’t decide if the historical waypoint should be about The Reflex hitting number one, or if we should celebrate that on this date in the year 2000, The Flintstones: Viva Rock Vegas with John Taylor was released.

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Come on…who doesn’t want to start their Monday with that??

-R

Today in Duran History – Nagoya, Japan 1982

On this day in 1982, Duran Duran played at Kinro Kaikan in Nagoya, Japan.  This show was part of the Rio tour, which began in Australia followed by this show and others in Japan.  After Japan, the tour moved to the States.  Did anyone see a show on this tour?  If so, what was it like?

Like Australia in 1982, this was the first time Duran Duran was in Japan.  Yet, it seems to me that Japan has always been a successful place for them as they have toured there regularly and often release extra tracks on the Japanese versions of albums.  Even John experienced more success in Japan during his solo days than other places.

-A

Today in Duran History – Roger’s Birthday!!

As anyone checking out this blog knows that on this date in 1960, a certain drummer was born.  That’s right.  It is Roger’s Taylor’s birthday!  Now, typically, when it is a band member’s birthday, we offer some commentary or some clips for your viewing pleasure.  This year I’m going for some Roger clips.  I figured that might be more fun than me going on and on about him in writing.  My plan here is simple.  Let me try to capture Roger in every era.

This first video really shows an image of Roger that I’m sure captured some attention.

Then, of course, we all could sense some of Roger’s shyness from this clip.

Of course, many (most?  all?) of us were deeply saddened when Roger decided to leave Duran in the mid-1980s.  Then, we were equally thrilled when we saw or found out that Roger appeared in this clip.

Then, the reunion happened bringing Roger back to Duran for good.  Here is a fan favorite, Roger’s version of Sunrise.

As always, Roger’s drumming shines through.  One of my favorite performances is in Before the Rain.

Ah, yes, Roger, certainly, has given us plenty of reasons to celebrate his birth each and everyday.  Happy Birthday, Roger!!!

-A

Today in Duran History

On today’s date in 1987 (that seems so long ago right now…), Duran Duran appeared on the final episode of The Tube.  Before anyone asks…yes, I did in fact google “The Tube”, because this American didn’t have a clue.

The Tube was a UK pop-rock music program that ran for 5 seasons. (Thank you, wikipedia)  It had live hosts such as Jools Holland and Paula Yates, among others.  (My brain is now starting to vaguely recall hearing or reading about this show somewhere…)

Once again, I learn something new as a result of Duran Duran and writing this blog.  The gift that keeps on giving.

-R