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Live Audiences

Earlier this week, Rhonda posted a blog entry that got me thinking. In the post, she talked about how some artists have been recording songs or concerts from their living rooms and then posting them on the internet for their fans. She mentioned how Duran Duran seemed less than interested in doing something like this, acknowledging that for our favorite band a show is more than just playing music. It is all about the interaction with the audience, the chemistry that instantly develops and feeds both the band and the crowd.

Every time I see that Duran does not want to do some sort of performance, I feel a little sad as I know that “seeing” the band would give me great joy and take my mind away the world’s current reality. Heck, I get excited enough for their little Twitter chats that I cannot imagine how it would be to “see” them even on a video. Part of me cannot help but to compare them to other artists. For example, I saw a video of The Killers playing their new song from someone’s household bathroom. Not only did I enjoy the song but I loved seeing the joy they had from performing, from doing their job. So, while I did not offer any criticism of Duran or their decision not to do this in any sort of public forum, I found myself thinking it on some level. That said, this week, I had a change of heart on the topic.

This week I found myself back at work. No, I have not entered my school building but I have attended a heck of a lot of staff meetings via the internet. Many of these meetings focused on how the heck we are going to not only engage our student online but reconnect, relationship wise. In thinking about this daunting task, I found myself frustrated. Sure, I could post a question on something like google classroom to start a discussion. I could ask students to record a message to the class. Maybe, I could even hold a zoom session and invite students to join. All of these methods seem…less than adequate. Would any of these ideas equal what happens in a classroom when we are there face-to-face? No. Part of the classroom experience is being there all together. It is about reacting to each other’s facial expressions and body language. It is about having a shared experience that brings us closer to together. While comments can be made in an online setting, it is not the same as being truly together.

In thinking about this, I finally get how the band must feel. As I try to lesson plan, I am fighting this longing to pull all of my kids together, to be in the same room. I want to see my kids, to hear their voices through something other than a computer speaker. Without their presence, I am struggling to get excited, to really care about teaching. I always knew that I did the job for the kids but now I feel it deeply, in my core. I’m truly missing them terribly and finding this alternative to be unacceptable. I need the kids as much as they need me. Maybe this is how Duran Duran feels about their crowds. I know that I could stand up in my living room and talk about World War I (the next unit I was to cover) while recording myself but it would be far less enjoyable than if I had a bunch of teenagers in front of me. (Yes, I know how crazy that sounds!) How will I know if they really get what I’m saying if I can’t watch for confusion or see the moment when an idea clicks with them? It seems to me that the moment of understanding when the light bulb goes off is equivalent to when an audience screams for joy or claps loudly. It is the purpose, the point of doing the job. If Duran performs without an audience, they don’t have that reinforcement and feedback, just like I won’t without a group of kids.

So, I get it. While I still understand people’s desire to see Duran perform something, anything, I also get why that is hard for them to do. Unlike them, I have to force myself to attempt to despite the fact that it feels so wrong. Another reason that I have to hope that this pandemic ends sooner rather than later. Nine weeks of distance teaching will be nine too long for me.


Duran Duran History: July 7th Live Dates

Interestingly enough, when I look at my personal Duran Duran calendar, I notice that I have seen Duran Duran play more in July than any other month. Is that because of me–because other months don’t work as well? Or is it because they tour more in July? While I admit that it is by far easier to see concerts in the summer for me, I tend to think that Duran does play a lot in July. They certainly choose the summer to perform a lot more than say…January. I would figure that it might be easier on them, too. There is less of a chance of a problem, weather wise, in the summer. There are more options for venues, too. Anyways, what about this date, in particular?

In order to answer that question, I went over to the band’s official website to check out the complete tour. Here’s what I found.

  • July 7, 1987 – Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, IN, USA
  • July 7, 1993 – Sports Palace, Mexico City, Mexico
  • July 7, 2003 – Jo Hall , Osaka, Japan
  • July 7, 2007 – Wembley Stadium, London, UK ( Live Earth)
  • July 7, 2008 – Birmingham Nia, Birmingham, UK
  • July 7, 2009 – The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA, USA
  • July 7, 2012 – Skopsko Kale Open Air, Skopje, Macedonia
  • July 7, 2017 – Fox Theater, Oakland, CA

Interesting. While there were many other years that featured tours in July, this date was often a day off. Despite that, there are a few in this list that seems significant.

The first one that jumps out to me is that one in 2003 in Osaka. All right, Duran historians, what makes this one so important? It is, indeed, the first one of the reunion tour! It was the first time the Fab Five played live together since Live Aid. A DVD of the show was created and you can see many of the songs on YouTube, including this video:

Every time I watch clips from this show, I get goosebumps. I am not sure that it is the most amazing performance ever but it is the first time since Live Aid, since 1985. I know that I never thought I would see them together again and I’m sure that I was not the only one. I can only imagine how magical it was to be there!

The next one that grabs my attention is Live Earth 2007. It was a show to benefit the fight against climate change. The thing I remember is that Duran was the only band to play at both Live Earth and the previous week’s tribute to Princess Diana. I, for one, appreciate the heck out of the band when they do things like this. I know that some fans might not be as excited but I like that they show that they care. I found a clip of this, too!

The last show that is significant for me is that show in Oakland in 2017. While that show is a bit tainted for me due to my horrendous hangover, I did think the show was fabulous! I think the highlights for me and lots of others were Hold Back the Rain and Ordinary World. It is amazing how much adding one fan favorite into the setlist adds life into a show.

Of course, the other real key moment was the introduction to Ordinary World as Simon dedicated the song to his mom who had recently passed away. I can pretty certainly say that there wasn’t a dry eye in the crowd.

All in all, this date in Duran history seems to be filled with some significant shows and moments. Do you have any memories from any of these shows?


The Importance of Live Shows

I am moving super slowly today as I knew that I would. Yesterday, I went to Summerfest in Milwaukee with some friends. Summerfest, for those unfamiliar, is the “largest music festival” with a bunch of different stages and bands over an almost two week period. While it showcases a number of smaller, local bands, it also brings in headliners. Last night, that big act was the Killers.

If you have been reading this blog for awhile, you know that we adore the Killers. In fact, I would say that they are my second favorite band. What this means to me is that I will go see them whenever I can. I’m not sure that I would travel much to see them like I do Duran but I will buy any album and buy concert tickets when I can. Of course, throughout the night, I found myself thinking about Duran Duran and the importance of live shows.

I have not been to Summerfest in a really long time. I forgot exactly what it is like. While I had an amazing time, there are elements that I could have done without. For one thing, the festival does an absolutely awful job at signs so you have no idea if you are heading in the right direction to get to the right parking lot or not. Maybe if you go every year or lived nearby it wouldn’t be an issue but that is not me. The food choices also leave something to be desired as is the expensively priced and often poorly tasting. The same is true when it comes to drinks. Then, of course, it is all outside. I’m not a big fan of the outdoors. There is always a chance for sunburn or bug bites. Yeah, no thank you. Last night, though, the biggest issue was the heat. It wasn’t even that hot (low 80s) but the humidity meant that we were sweating…a LOT. Again, I’m not a big fan. But I was willing to put up with it as were a lot of other people. Why?

In between dancing and singing along to each and every song, I looked around at the audience. In some cases, I wondered what people were thinking. For example, the guy directly in front of me stood for the entire show but never moved at all. He did not even move his leg to the music. There was no waving. I’m not even sure that there was a lot of clapping from him. While I demonstrated the opposite behavior, we were both there for the same thing. We both wanted to see the Killers live in concert. Of course, there were also fans that got into it more than I did. (Hard to imagine, I know.) For instance, there was a guy at the end of the show, during Mr. Brightside, that got so into it that he took off his shirt to twirl it over his head. I also think about the fans in the front who reached out to touch Brandon Flowers, the lead singer, every time he came close.

So, what motivated all of us to be there? Yes, part of it for me was going and hanging out with some friends but why suffer through less than ideal food and gross summer humidity? I think the answer to that is simple. Absolutely nothing takes the place of a live show. I remember an interview with John Taylor years ago when he was asked about illegal downloading. His response focused on how those downloads do not replace the live show. He is right. Many record labels have figured this out, too. Touring matters. Live shows matter. I could buy all the albums by the Killers and listen to them over and over and over again. Yet, there is nothing better than hearing those songs live.

Every time I go to a concert I cannot help but to think of that frequently stated quote in John Taylor’s autobiography, “the music never sounded better.” This is very true during a concert. In fact, the music is so good that I often find myself connecting to songs differently or more deeply than I would have just listening to the album at home. The most significant example of this is Planet Earth. While I loved that song since the very first time I heard it, it was not my favorite until I heard and saw it performed live.

Knowing all this makes me think about the fact that Duran Duran has been so limited in terms of number of shows and locations. If you live in Vegas, for example, you have been very lucky. Heck, if you are like me, in that I have been able to sneak away to go, you are very lucky. I’m well-aware that lots of other fans are waiting to see Duran play live. The vast majority of Duranies have been anxiously hoping to see their favorite band in concert, knowing that there is nothing better, nothing more magical than seeing a band perform. This is why I have to hope that DDHQ really considers making some plans to get the band to parts of the world that has been significantly lacking in shows.

On that note, I’m off to take a nap.


Duran Duran Does Moscow in Style

Duran Duran played in Russia last night as an exclusive performance for Louis Vuitton to celebrate the LV exhibit at the Strelka Institute in Moscow. Not a bad gig to have on the books, I must say.

Here’s the setlist, courtesy of

  1. View to a Kill
  2. Hungry Like the Wolf
  3. Come Undone
  4. Notorious
  5. Pressure Off
  6. Ordinary World
  7. Girls on Film
  8. Rio

The band, along with most of the usual cast of suspects gathered in Moscow, although Simon Willescroft is already back in London at this point, going straight from the plane to stage as he finishes up his run of “Woman to Woman” shows before heading to Iceland. However, Erin Stevenson didn’t join Duran Duran on stage this time.

Currently, Erin is performing with Janet Jackson during her Las Vegas residency! While I know she will be missed by DD fans, it’s a fabulous opportunity for her! I mean, it’s Janet. Can’t really get bigger than that, and good on Erin for landing the gig!

So that leaves us wondering who is sharing the stage with Anna! We didn’t have to look very hard, as Anna spread the news herself via Instagram and Facebook.

Anna alongside Florence Rawlings in Moscow. Rawlings will take over on bv’s for the next run of shows.

“Brilliant show tonight in Moscow with Duran Duran. 
Introducing the brilliant Florence Rawlings on bv’s 
She smashed it xxxxx”

Anna Ross, Facebook, 6/17/2019

Florence is a stunningly beautiful vocalist from South London, who was born after I graduated from HIGH SCHOOL in September 1988. Good lord, the band is hiring children!!!

Now that I’ve gotten that out of my system and I’m over the shock….what else did I learn about her? She stood out as a star vocalist early in life, at the age of 13. It wasn’t until she finished her A-levels that she was signed to Dramatico Entertainment and began performing in earnest.

In 2009, she performed at several festivals including Isle of Wight, Wireless, and Guilfest. Perhaps more of interest to Duran fans – she has performed as the lead singer of Clean Bandit (2014) and is now a part of their touring band. She has recorded one album – A Fool In Love.

Usually, Duran fans are great at embracing new members of the touring band. I saw a few of my friends have already liked her Facebook page. I have no doubt that Florence will feel like part of the (extremely) large family in no time at all! Welcome to our slightly crazy, dysfunctional family, Florence!


Arena Anniversary and Live Albums

On this date in 1984, Duran Duran’s live album, Arena, was released.        This, of course, makes me think of my connection to the album and the other live albums of theirs.  I also give my little fantasy for live albums in the future.


This album was the first live album for Duran.  It captured the Sing Blue Silver Tour of 1984 and included the sentence, “recorded live around the world” on the sleeve.  This is unlike most live albums, which are recorded at one specific show.  Of course, we also know that the album featured one new track, Wild Boys.  Around the same time, Arena, An Absurd Notion, DVD was released along with Into the Arena board game.  Indeed, fans had a lot of material to watch, listen, and buy in late 1984!

I remember receiving this album for Christmas in 1984.  That year also marked the first walkman for me.  From what I recall, all of the kids in my family got walkmans that year.  For me, this meant that I could use the headphones while I listened to my brand new copy of Arena.  The family’s record player was located in the dining room portion of our living room/dining room combo.  I have distinct memories of sitting on a dining room chair, listening and pouring over the lyrics.  While I knew all of the songs (except for Wild Boys), I was fascinated by what changes took place, lyrically, from the original recording to these live versions.  Even as a kid, I analyzed everything Duran!

Looking back on Arena, I can now acknowledge both the positive and negative aspects of the live album.  It obviously featured a lot of the band’s hits, including Is There Something I Should Know, Planet Earth, Hungry like the Wolf, and Save a Prayer.  Yet, it wasn’t until the reissue of 2004 that Girls on Film and Rio were included.  It also included some fan favorites that weren’t hits, but were well loved like New Religion and Careless Memories.  Still, many other songs seemed to be missing.  I recall being surprised that the Reflex was left off since it was such a huge hit in 1984.  It is a rather short album in comparison to the 90 minute sets that they commonly then.  The main criticism about the album, though, is that it was simply too polished.  It lacked the feel of a live album.  I cannot disagree, which is, perhaps, why I don’t tend to play this one much.  I have heard far better bootlegs of that tour, which seem to capture the feeling of that era more.

Live from London and A Diamond in the Mind

Since Arena was released, fans have enjoyed two other live albums, Live from London and A Diamond in the Mind.  Live from London focused on the reunion of the Fab Five and came out 20 years after Arena.  During that time, I loved to listen to this one as it had all the great hits and really made me feel as if I was there at the concert.  Of course, it didn’t hurt that it also came with a tremendous live show DVD and a lengthy documentary about the band’s history and the reunion.  What more could a fan want?!  It didn’t hurt that I also got to see the concert in a movie theater with lots of other Duranies.  While it wasn’t a live show, it wasn’t the next best thing!

Truly, I didn’t think it could get any better until A Diamond in the Mind came out.  This one, released in 2012, focused on the All You Need Is Now era.  In 2004 and 2005, I couldn’t imagine a better time in Duranland, but by 2011 and 2012, I knew that the AYNIN era made me even happier.  During Astronaut, I went to a bunch of shows and had an amazing time.  Yet, AYNIN came at a time that my fandom needed a shot of energy and pure Duran-ness.  That album and tour gave me more than a shot.  They gave me lots more as Rhonda and I started this blog and began to plan meet-ups.  It also featured a couple of trips to the UK, which will always be special.  Like Live from London, I was also able to see the DVD part in a movie theater with other Duranies as part of Durandemonium, our little Duranie convention in 2013.

Hopes for Future Live Albums/DVDs

Ideally, I would love a live album and DVD for each album cycle.  I know that the show at the Budokan in Japan will air in Japan on December 10th.  Hopefully, maybe, possibly, this will be made available elsewhere after that?!  I, for one, would love it.

Another idea that I would love if the band would consider would be to record all of their live shows.  They could either make them available for purchase or include them in VIP packages.  For me, I would love to have every show I have been to available to listen to after the fact.  They would bring back lots of good memories.

What about the rest of you?  What do you think of the Duran’s live albums?  What would you like them to do in the future?


Ultimate Box Set: Live Tracks Analysis

Last week, Duran Duran fans selected the seven songs they think would best represent Duran’s live performances.  This selection was part of a series of polls to create the Duran Duran Ultimate Box Set.  So far the box set includes the following:


  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:

  1. New Religion
  2. The Chauffeur
  3. Hold Back the Rain
  4. Friends of Mine
  5. The Man Who Stole a Leopard
  6. The Seventh Stranger
  7. Paper Gods


  1. Secret Oktober
  2. Late Bar
  3. Beautiful Colours
  4. I Believe/All I Need to Know
  5. Salt in the Rainbow
  6. Planet Roaring
  7. Faster Than Light
  8. (Come Up and See Me) Make Me Smile

Now, we can add the following set of songs.

Live Tracks:

  1. New Religion
  2. Careless Memories
  3. The Chauffeur
  4. Rio
  5. Wild Boys
  6. White Lines
  7. Planet Earth

So, what do I think about these songs?  Was anything surprising?  I have to admit that I wasn’t terribly surprised by any of the songs chosen.  As I stated in yesterday’s blog, it is interesting to note that many of these songs are played at every or almost every show (Rio, Wild Boys, White Lines and Planet Earth).  I would say that the band is more likely to bust out Careless Memories and the Chauffeur over New Religion.  In fact, I don’t think they have played New Religion live since 2008.  Interesting to note that Roger Taylor recently stated that he thinks they should put both New Religion and the Chauffeur into the setlist.  I, for one, would love that.

In looking at this list, I cannot help but notice two other aspects.  First, none of these songs would be considered ballads.  While the Chauffeur is a slower tempo, it does not fit the description of a ballad.  Most of the songs chosen have a lot of energy, in fact.  Perhaps, fans believe that the songs that are the most exciting are also the best live.  The other aspect that I noticed when I examined the list is that for the most part they are all from the early part of Duran’s career.  The only exception is White Lines.

When I personally think of these songs live, my thoughts gravitate to the fact that many of these songs feature JoSi, including Wild Boys, Planet Earth, and Careless Memories.  Some of these songs also featured some audience participation, including White Lines, Planet Earth, and Rio.  What about the rest of you?  What do the rest of you notice about this list?

From here, we will work on side/solo project songs that should be included.  One person has recommended including 12 inch remixes.  What do the rest of you think about that?  Is that a good addition to a box set?  While you are thinking about that question, make sure you have voted here for the Power Station and Neurotic Outsiders songs that should be considered.


Ultimate Box Set: Live Songs FINAL Vote!

Fans of Duran Duran Live, this blog post is for you!  As dedicated readers know, we have been working on creating an Ultimate Duran Duran Box Set from fan preferences.  Fans have chosen 7 singles, 7 album tracks and 7 b-sides/demos.  Now, we need to make our final selection of best live songs to capture the quality of Duran’s live performances.  We began this task by  listing the 50 most often played songs and asked people to choose their 7 favorite live songs.  Then, we eliminated the 15 songs chosen the least, leaving 35 songs left.  After that, we did the same thing again decreasing the list to a more manageable 21.

Today begins the week long chance to pick the 7 live songs that will be included in our imaginary Ultimate Box Set.  When voting, people might consider which songs capture the band’s live performance.  Perhaps, one might think about songs that sounds so much better live.  No matter what criteria you use to cast your votes, I wish you some fun.  My advice:  Don’t think too much.  If you do, it will be next to possible to actually choose!  I, for one, look forward to the results and analyzing those next week!


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Feel It in the Air: Duran Duran – Mohegan Sun

On Thursday April 7, I attended my 16th Duran Duran show. Although I’m a lifelong American fan dating back to Rio, I had never seen the band until 1997. In fact, nearly all of my Duran concerts occurred between the Medazzaland and Red Carpet Massacre tours (14 shows between 1997-2008, evenly split between the 90’s era and reunited lineups). As I sat with my wife and one of my sisters the other night, waiting for the show to start and chatting with other Duranies, these thoughts ran through my mind.  How was it that I was only seeing my 2nd show in the last 8 years? Of course, starting a family, buying a house, and job demands all get in the way, as does “Durantime” and the band’s lack of touring. Regardless, I made up my mind to go into the show completely open. I was going to enjoy it, even if they played “Hungry Like the Wolf” for two hours straight! (Well, maybe that would be a bit much…but you get my point.)

A little over 24 hours later, as I write this, I am still processing what was an amazing live performance of songs old and new.  Rather than go song by song, here are some general observations:

We’ve come too far to give up who we are. 

Chic’s set was awesome. Nile and the gang played all of their hits—“Le Freak,” “I Want Your Love,” and “Good Times”—in addition to a medley of other songs that he’d written for other artists. The highlight was a cover of David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance.” I won’t lie, I have always loved disco (before Duran Duran, my favorite artists included Andy Gibb and the Bee Gees…I was born in the early 70’s and that’s what I grew up with!) and seeing Nile perform these songs live was a dream come true. He has an energy and enthusiasm for life that comes through in his music. Nile introduced “Get Lucky,” a song he wrote with Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams several years ago, as the response to his cancer diagnosis (and he is now cancer free!). I had never heard “Get Lucky” but it resonated with me—musically and lyrically—as Nile, Duran, and all of us fans have truly “come too far to give up who we are.” Nile Rodgers and Chic perfectly set the stage for Duran with their funky, high energy performance.

Is it out of choice that you’re here next to me, or just the aftermath of moments as they pass?

 That line—from “What are the Chances”—is one of my favorites in the entirety of the Duran catalogue. As with any lyric, its interpretation depends on the listener. Last night, I wondered if it might refer to the relationship between Dom Brown and the band. Dom has been a loyal part of the Duran family for over a decade now, not just as a “touring” guitarist but co-writer on the last two (amazing) albums. Much has been made in the Duran fandom of his status (or lack thereof) as an “official” member of the band. All I know is what I saw and heard last night: an amazing show, with great chemistry, much of it involving Dom. Gone is the tension that marked the later Warren years and the initial reunion involving Andy (where something about the “Fab 5” just felt off). Now, they seem as relaxed and sure of themselves as they were in the early 80’s, and surely Dom deserves some measure of credit for that. “What are the Chances” was amazing, emotional, and a standout from last night’s show. I have been on the fence on the track for months now, but last night put me over the edge. Dom was also great on “I Don’t Want Your Love.” While I’ve seen different lineups perform that song, the Mohegan Sun show marked two firsts: The first time I’ve ever heard Dom play it, and the first time I’ve ever heard the guitar solo played properly, like Chester Kamen played it on Big Thing. Even the dreaded “Hungry Like the Wolf” sounded livelier and refreshed (my wife noticed that as well and she is no Duranie!). “Ordinary World,” another song I know some feel should be dropped (more on that in a moment) also sounded great, thanks to Dom’s faithful rendition. While I don’t fully understand the relationship between Dom and the band, and the fact that he seems to be kept at arm’s length at times, I only know what I saw last night. I hope to continue to see him playing with Duran for years to come.

We’re all busy being human; we remember.  

So when it comes down to it, there isn’t much I would change in last night’s set. “Last Night in the City” was far better live than I ever would have imagined, with Anna Ross doing a great job. As noted above, so too was “What are the Chances.” “Paper Gods” was the perfect opener. Complimented by the visuals of the band (minus Nick, unless I missed him) singing the Mr. Hudson backing vocal on the big screen, the band took the stage. Roger’s percussion and Nick’s synth line followed Simon’s vocal, and then the crowd went nuts as John’s bass kicked in. Putting “Wild Boys” earlier in the set (rather than toward the end, where it usually is if they play it) was a great decision. It got the crowd rocking early and followed the momentum of their entrance and “Paper Gods.” Perhaps the highlight of the night were two of the tracks that Nile Rodgers cowrote—“Notorious” and “Pressure Off”—played with the hit maker himself, who returned to the stage. His chemistry with John, Dom and Simon reinforced the fact that Duran truly is like a second band for him. Even “Hungry Like the Wolf” and “Ordinary World”—two hits that seem far overplayed and I could do without—sounded great last night and I would not have removed them.

That being said, I would make a few changes.   While it seemed well received, I would have eliminated “Come Undone.” I understand the band’s attachment to their few 90’s hits. However, we’re nearly a quarter century removed from The Wedding Album. If an 80’s hit like “Union of the Snake” or “The Reflex” can be omitted from the set, surely “Come Undone” can as well. Why not replace that spot in the set with something from the first three albums? “Last Chance on the Stairway” could easily function as an early mid-tempo number that would give the guys a breather while offering the fans (even the casual ones) a song they likely know.

Likewise, “Danceophobia” is a misstep that need not be repeated live. I understand from reading interviews how much the band worked on the track, and of course there is the celebrity connection with Lindsay Lohan performing on the studio version. If the goal is to get the casual Duranies to buy Paper Gods, why not replace “Danceophobia” with “Face for Today” or “Butterfly Girl”?

Finally, the band should either play the guitar-driven, 1993 version of “Too Much Information,” or go all-in and swap it out with “Drowning Man” and strip the guitar from that track (if they are so bent on playing something more from The Wedding Album). The sped-up, electro “Too Much Information” completely ruins one of their best songs.

Those quibbles aside, it was a great show for both long time Duranies and casual fans. The past may very well be “another country” but last night, for a few hours, Duran Duran, Nile Rodgers, and Chic successfully blended past and present songs for an amazing show.

HIGHLIGHTS: I Don’t Want Your Love, Paper Gods, Notorious, Pressure Off, What are the Chances, Planet Earth/Space Oddity, Save a Prayer, Sunrise/New Moon on Monday medley.

LEAST FAVORITE: Danceophobia, Too Much Information, Come Undone

MOST SURPRISING: White Lines continues to be a song that people go nuts for, even though most Duranies would probably like to see it replaced in the set. Yes, Rhonda, he still spit the water, although we were a section too far back to feel it.

BIGGEST OMISSION:  I understand the need to promote Paper Gods, but would it have killed the band to include something from All You Need Is Now?  All they need do is look at how Sunrise has become such a huge fan favorite, even with casual fans.  The same could be true of the song All You Need is Now if given the chance.  It has the same anthemic quality.

BY THE NUMBERS: Paper Gods (5), Rio (3), The Wedding Album (3), Duran Duran (2), SATR (1), Arena (1), Notorious (1), Big Thing (1), Thank You (1), Astronaut (1), & AVTAK.


I wish I was on that plane

Can’t really beat a great review, and from what I’ve heard all over from fans who were there – the Duran gig at ACL/Formula-One for FanFest was amazing.

Let’s be honest: we’re all dying for shows. I don’t know if the band really gets it or cares, but fans miss them. GREATLY. It’s been a whopping three years since their last tour, and if you’re not from the states or didn’t hit one of those shows on the final leg of the All You Need Is Now Tour (or if you had the bad luck of having your show canceled), it’s been even longer since you’ve seen them. I have a sneaky suspicion that at this point, even a lackluster show with Hungry Like the Wolf on continuous play would have been universally cheered, even by me….but make no mistake – this was a solid show by anyone’s standards, and I’m posting a link to a review by Austin City Hall to prove it!

Daily Duranie had several friends in attendance at the show while the two of us (Amanda and I) sat at our individual homes silently weeping into our vodka tonics (ok, perhaps that was just me. I’m not sure what Amanda did on Saturday night.). It was fabulous to see Twitter and Facebook inundated with photos and even videos from the show.  While I wiped my tears and sniffled a bit, I checked out videos and pictures and felt like I was there. (almost)  Admittedly, I wish I could have gone, and the experience of sitting at home and getting the play-by-play the next morning only makes me more resolute to get to shows next year. If they tour. (PLEASE TOUR. SOON!)

Ah yes, I can almost taste the desperation lingering in the air around me….I feel the days of pre-sales, cursing, cocktails, and road trips almost upon us….

Until then, here’s some fun to keep you going (special huge thanks to Michele McKeever and her husband for being ROCK STARS and taking so much video!!!) I organized it all into a playlist, and if I get time – I’ll try to organize it in order of the set list that night.  Enjoy!!


Duran Duran at Dell World 2014

Austin is getting the Duran Duran love lately, aren’t they?  Just to note – if I hear of even ONE Duranie from Texas complain about the band not playing near them, I will cheerfully remind you of the time they’re spending in your glorious state this Autumn.

This love has now spread to Dell World, which is November 4-6. If you are keeping track, this means that they’ll be in Austin on November 1st for the ACL/Formula-One gig, and then they’re playing Dell World on November 4th for their opening event where they will headline along with Weezer. Neither event is for the faint of pocketbook – if you’re planning on going to Dell World and don’t have an “in”, you’re gonna pay $895 for the entire convention…but if you register now, you can bring a “colleague” for free.  (I believe in our case, fellow Duranies are absolutely colleagues!)

Daily Duranie will not be in attendance for any of these shows this November. Personally I can’t justify the cost, nor the time spent in travel. I know Amanda feels similar. We both feel it’s a ridiculous sum of money to spend to see the band at this particular point in our lives. Nothing personal, but we’d rather wait for a real tour and do a road trip with all the trimmings and experience new music if at all possible. I know other Duranies are happily throwing their money at Dell and counting their blessings at being able to go to both the F-1 event AND Dell World in a single week. I applaud their efforts, but my cash is staying in my bank account.

Granted, the rest of the world has taken notice of these upcoming shows, and I’d have to be blind not to see the rather pointed comments coming from all directions other than Texas. Fair enough. It is true, the band apparently likes Austin.  I wish I knew what to say to make the sting lessen, but all I’m coming up with for now is that they say there will be a tour… some point.