Ah yes, 2001. That was a very good year if you were a Duran Duran fan. At that point, I wasn’t very active on the internet – I’d check in to dd.com once in a while and read the message boards, but admittedly I wasn’t on the boards when the first teensy whispers of a possible fab five reunion started leaking about. I couldn’t say whether or not the rumors were being discussed on the boards or kept totally under wraps. I only remember the evening I happened to check into dd.com only to find that a new splash page had been put up with five faces on it…and I wasn’t entirely sure who a couple of the faces belonged to! My brain was saying one thing “Can’t be”, and my heart was saying another “PLEASE! You KNOW who these people are!!”
Every once in a while I’ll see a tidbit for a date in history that Amanda unearthed from one place or another and I’ll be surprised. I’m either surprised that she stumbled across that little bit of trivia, or surprised that such a thing happened. This is one of those tidbits…for both reasons. On this date in 2001, rumors of rehearsals for a tour with the original five hit the internet at allstarnews.com. I’m just guessing here, but I’m pretty sure those rumors must have set dd.com alight for the first time in at least a few years, no? Anybody out there???
Where were you on St. Patrick’s Day in 1989?
I can tell you where the band was! They performed at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis. Did any of our readers go?
Let’s see, on this date in 1989 I was in college at lovely Cal State Fullerton. I was a freshman in college, living in the dorms. I don’t remember a single thing about St. Patrick’s Day in the dorms that year, so I must have been fastidiously studying, not paying a single bit of attention to the holiday or festivities.
You see, the bit about being the Patron Goddess of Vodka (long story) came MUCH later…. and besides, this is an IRISH holiday!!
Moving right along…anybody at that Minneapolis show??
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.
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?
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!
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.
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?
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!
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?
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:
Hungry Like the Wolf-
I have to say that seeing clips like this make me miss seeing the band live.