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Question of the Week: What Song Best Represents the Red Carpet Massacre Tour?

For this week’s survey/question, we are continuing to try to figure out the song that best represents a tour. So far, we have asked about the song that best represents the Paper Gods Tour and the All You Need Is Now Tour. The answers so far have been Pressure Off for Paper Gods and All You Need Is Now for the AYNIN Tour. Obviously, we are going backwards in this set of questions. This week, we are asking about Red Carpet Massacre.

As I began researching the Red Carpet Massacre Tour, I immediately noticed that the band played a ton of different songs, at least in 2008. I checked out 2008’s setlists in particular because that is when the band played the majority of shows in support of this album. Does that mean that I missed some songs? I am sure. That said, these are probably more representative. Anyway, according to, the band played 39 different songs in 2008. Interestingly enough, there are a handful of cover songs as well, which you can see on the survey. Because there are so many songs to choose from, I would go with my gut. Which song says Red Carpet Massacre Tour the most?

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Red Carpet Massacre Lessons

Last week (or earlier this week, depending on how you look at it), Rhonda blogged about the ten year anniversary of Red Carpet Massacre.  After I got over the shock that ten years have gone by, I started to really think about what that album era means to me.  That time really shook my fandom and made me question quite a lot.  I think the fact that I got through it made my fandom a lot, lot, lot stronger.

Astronaut Era

Before I dive into the lessons I got during the years of 2006-2009, I have to acknowledge what fandom was like for me during the Astronaut era of 2004-2005.  That, of course, was when I had jumped head first back into the fandom and into the fan community.  I spent a lot of time online on message boards and wanted to make a lot of friends within the community.  If someone asked me then about what it was like to be a Duranie, I guarantee that I would have said something about how it was a non-stop party and that everyone was really great.  It felt to me that I had a thousand best friends and the potential for thousands more.  Everything about the fandom felt fun.  Were there some signs that everything wasn’t rosy and perfect?  Sure.  I blew them off.  I ignored them.  I continued on in my happy way.


As soon as the rumors about the next album started to fly, the fandom seemed to take a turn.  Suddenly, opinions were flying across each and every message board.  Was Andy going to be on the next album?  Would the band use a hip hop producer?  Was the rumor to Justin Timberlake true?  If so, what does that mean for how good the album is going to be?  I couldn’t keep up and found myself feeling dismayed.  Pushing my thoughts and feelings about those rumors to the back of my mind, I focused on how divided the fan community was.  Some loved the ideas and others hated them.  I hated the division.

I tried to hold off judgment but I, too, had concerns that it wouldn’t be like the Duran I knew and loved.  While that worry lingered, I found myself desperately wishing for things to go back to the way they were during Astronaut when everyone was happy.  I realized right then that I couldn’t do that.  I couldn’t go back and I couldn’t keep the fandom in a bubble.  It doesn’t work that way.  I needed to figure out how to just go with the flow.

New York City

During 2007, I went to see the band perform twice in New York City.  The first time was with Rhonda at the fan show in June of that year, which only added to the division and strong feelings.  I found my worry growing exponentially as it felt like the band wasn’t sold on their album either as I saw them stand on the stage demonstrating less than confident body language when introducing the five songs they played from a CD that night.  My biggest fear?  It wasn’t that the band had created an album that I would hate.  I figured that I could get through that.  No, my biggest fear was that my friends would leave the fandom, that I would be left alone, that all the fun I had in 2004 and 2005 were never be repeated.  While I, too, had many criticisms over what I saw and felt that weekend, I didn’t say much.  I feared that I would add to the reasons for people to walk away, for me to walk away.  I didn’t want that.  Thus, I watched as many of my friends vented their frustrations and concerns while I tried to hold on to my fandom for dear life.

With that goal in mind, I went back to NYC to see the band perform on Broadway in November.  I hadn’t planned on going as my closest friends weren’t going but when decent tickets popped up and my friend who lives there was interested, I jumped at the chance.  The reason was simple.  I hoped that the band would ease my anxiety, that my fandom would be given a shot of armor to get through this battle of sorts.  It worked.  I saw a very different band that night.  Instead of the anxiousness I witnessed in June, the band on stage in November was tight, thrilled to be performing, and confident.  They embraced their performance and allowed me to as well.  I went into 2008 in a stronger stance.

Fall 2008 Tour

Somehow, through the messiness that was Red Carpet Massacre and shifting friendships, Rhonda and I decided to go to a few shows in December of 2008.  It was there that the shift in my fandom that started in late 2006 was almost complete.

Throughout 2004 to 2008, I focused a lot on what I should be doing, thinking and feeling as a fan.  I wasn’t doing this consciously but looking back, it is clear.  Should I love Astronaut?  Should I hate Red Carpet Massacre?  Am I supposed to try to find the band after shows or not?  What’s the cool way to respond to being near the band?  I watched my fellow fans closely and often followed their lead.  Some indicated that I should keep my fandom at arm’s length, that I don’t need to show my fandom that much.  They believed that there was a definite line that should not be crossed.  Cool fans don’t need to be up close.  Cool fans don’t want to be where the band is.  I never questioned.  I never asked why.  I just followed the lead.

During those December 2008 shows,  I decided that I needed to do what works for me, what makes me happy as fan and that it is okay if it is different for others.  They should be able to do what makes them happy as fans.  How did I come to that conclusion? Two things.  First, two shows happened that I wish that I could do over.  Why?  Well, in the case of the first one, instead of just being happy to be there, we complained about a lot.  Some of it was definitely legitimate but still stupid for us to focus on.  For the second show, we had the chance to be up front and didn’t take it, in order to be cool.  Can you imagine?  Yeah, I kick myself for that.  Second, I did a lot of talking with Rhonda as we drove around that weekend.  Our conversations made me realize that I didn’t like the direction my fandom was going.  I wanted to still have fun and I wanted to have good times at shows.  Since then, we have made the best of the shows we have been at and always try to get the best spot possible (within reason).

Overall, the RCM era tested my fandom quite a bit.  I had to figure out who I was at a fan and what I needed to have fun and what I needed if I was going to continue being in it.  Really, it also pushed Rhonda and I into taking action, which led to this blog and where we are today.  While RCM isn’t a favorite of mine, I can appreciate the lessons that came along with it.


Happy Tenth Anniversary, Red Carpet Massacre!

I remember the first time I listened to a song from Red Carpet Massacre. It was Night Runner, and boy was I ever shocked. I think I was on the carpet, perched up on my knees in the very room I currently occupy. The evolution from den to nursery to office in ten years is a fairly good indicator of the changes my life has taken during that time, oddly enough.  On that day though, I sat up on my heels, listened to the opening notes, and then checked to make sure I was listening to the right band.

Night Runner was unlike anything I’d ever heard from Duran Duran before. Slow but deliberate, and wait, was that falsetto hovering about in the chorus?!? This was not the Duran Duran I thought I knew. Without even looking at the message boards to gauge how other fans felt, I took an immediate and visceral dislike to Night Runner. It was everything, including-but-not-limited-to-Justin-Timberlake, that I hated about music at the time. It was not one of my finest moments as a fan.  I cringed every single time I heard it.

Then Skin Divers came along. As I like to say, “they had me until the chorus”. It’s true. Musically, the song was brilliant. If only Timbaland had kept his “wicky-wicky” rapping out of it. Alas. I just did not know what this band was thinking, and with every interview or update where Nick or John would tell us the album was the greatest thing since sliced bread, my sense of dread grew into an ever-hardening pit in my stomach. What were they hearing that I just couldn’t?

When Red Carpet Massacre was released, I was almost relieved because the sense of impending doom was over. It took me time, but I did learn to enjoy “The Valley”, “Red Carpet Massacre”,  and even “Last Man Standing”, but I felt like I just couldn’t get on board with the album as a whole.  Thank goodness I wasn’t a blogger back then!


At the time, I was just so mad. Like a lot of fans I’ve spoken with in the years since, we felt like the band had completely ditched its original fan base in favor of a younger crowd.  I can remember seeing various people scoff at that comment, self-righteous and smug in their fired-off responses. The fact is – that’s kind of how fandom works. Some people really do take it all very personally, and while it can certainly be a double-edged sword, without those types of fans, bands (or just about anything else) don’t make it for long. Loyal fan bases are what carry bands, TV shows, sports teams, and pretty much anything else, through the tough times.

I still don’t really “get” a lot about the album, but I clearly see the direction in which they were headed. I have many reasons to appreciate the album’s place in Duran’s history. Hindsight can be a beautiful thing! I just don’t think they had the choice at the time to work with someone who not only saw where they were headed, but also appreciated where they had come from. They desperately needed someone with the ability to finesse the music and sound they wanted in a way that would actually suit the band.  But again – it’s only hindsight.

In many aspects, Red Carpet Massacre paved the way for Paper Gods.  They could have never written or effectively executed Paper Gods, had they not expanded their horizons with Red Carpet Massacre. I don’t know that the fan base would have been as ready to embrace Paper Gods, had we not had the experience we did with Red Carpet Massacre, either.

One difference between the two albums is that Paper Gods continues to embrace and celebrate who Duran Duran has always been, while looking ahead and challenging their fans. This is something that I’ve always loved about this band. They continually force me to expand the boundaries of how I (and every other fans) personally define who they are. Sometimes, I enjoy the process; other times, it makes me very uncomfortable until I get it. That’s art.

I find it hard to believe it has been ten years since Red Carpet Massacre was released. Like nearly every other album, in some ways it seems impossible to have been that long and in others, it feels like a lifetime. For my family – it has been. My youngest was born the April after the album was released, and on this very day in 2007, I was at home, incubating away! Now she’s nine-and-a-half, and reminds me every single day of why I fear the teen years that lay ahead!

Happy anniversary to Red Carpet Massacre! One thing that album, and even Paper Gods, to some extent, has taught me, is to never second guess what this band will do next!


Recent Duran Duran Albums

I have history on the brain.  Yes, part of the reason, is because I am teaching history this year.  Part of the reason could be that we do a daily Duran Duran history blog post.  Yet, this week really made me think about history.  Why?  Obviously, there was this little rumor this week about Lindsay Lohan in connection to the next Duran album.  Any and all news and rumor should be making me think about the future, right?  This one didn’t.  It made me think of the past, specifically recent Duran Duran albums and their reactions from fans.

First, I thought about this time of year four years ago.  Think back.  What was going on three years ago in December?  I’m sure that many of you guessed it.  The Duranie universe was all excited!  We had a new single in All You Need Is Now along with the video that accompanied it.  The digital copy of the album was about to drop.  Each and every day was filled with some new piece of information, new interview or new video clip, etc..  Social media was hoppin’ and many, many Duranies were spending hours upon hours hanging out on Twitter and/or Facebook.  Life seemed really good and the future was definitely bright.  While I’m sure that there were some fans who weren’t all that excited or didn’t like what they had heard so far, those fans were few and far between.  In general, most fans were pretty thrilled with the state of Duranland, at least from what I could tell.

This, of course, is not how I think of the Duran sphere when I think back three years before that.  2007 saw the release of Red Carpet Massacre.  Like the release of All You Need Is Now, there was plenty of news to share and discuss.  In contrast, though, from the AYNIN era, the discussion wasn’t overwhelmingly positive.  Instead, debate was the most common occurrence on message boards, then.  While some were excited by Red Carpet Massacre and the working relationship between Duran and Timbaland and Duran and Justin Timberlake, others weren’t.  The fans who liked RCM, I’m sure, probably felt like they were doing a whole lot of defending the band and the album whereas the critical fans kept trying to explain why and how this album was so bothersome to them.

As I return to the present, I try to place this rumor in the context of recent Duran history.  It seems clear to me that rumors like the one we had this week fit way more with the RCM era than the AYNIN era.  Clearly, if the rumor turns out to be true, there are some fans who would like Lohan to be on the album or would be okay with it for whatever reason.  There are many other fans who would not for the reasons brought up this week and more.  From what I saw, the discussions already started forming the same camps as fans did in 2007 over Timbaland.  Some fans instantly defend the band or try to find/point out the positives.  The less-than-excited fans try to articulate why this rumor bothers them so.  Not fun.

Is this the normal ebb and flow of Duran Duran and Duran Duran fans in that, for one album, the fans (in general–not everyone but most) love the album, but then question the moves made for the next one? If so, then, perhaps, one just needs to accept that as part of being a Duranie.  For me, personally, I hate the fact that unlike AYNIN, there seems to be little excitement.  There seems to be a lot of debate and some concern.  I so wish that wasn’t the case.  Now, in fairness, perhaps, this concern and debate will change once facts are known.  Maybe part of the problem is that the album has taken so long to be finished that people couldn’t sustain excitement but that it will return with the release of #DD14.

Until then, don’t blame me for being wanting to be stuck in the most recent Duran history with All You Need Is Now away from Lindsay Lohan and the cast of thousands that supposedly have worked on DD14.  Just send me  to the eagerness of a Mark Ronson produced, very Duran Duran sounding album.


Today in Duran History – Atlanta 2008

On this date in 2008, Duran Duran played at Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta, Georgia.  This is the same venue that Rhonda and I saw them play at, in the summer of 2012.  What was our experience like there?  Well, it was difficult to get to without a car as it is in a residential area.  It was also extremely hot and muggy.  Humidity was very strong.  Perhaps, it would not be as bad in May as it was in August.

Was anyone at this particular show in 2008?  How was it?

I did find a number of videos from this show on YouTube, but chose to include the band intros video as they are always a favorite of mine!


Today in Duran History – Las Vegas 2008

On this date in 2008, Duran Duran played at The Joint in Las Vegas, Nevada.  This is one of those shows that I so wished that I could have attended.  Many of you might be thinking that my desire to have been there has to do with Vegas and how Duran shows are typically crazy there.  While that might or might not be true, depending on how you look at it and who you talk to, the more significant reason is that Duran had a couple of guests appear on stage with them.  Typically, I am not super wild about that as Duran is all I really need at a Duran show.  Yet, this one I would have been down for!  Who was the surprise guests?  They were David Keuning and Brandon Flowers from The Killers!

People who have been reading this blog for awhile now know that both Rhonda and myself really, really like The Killers.  At times, we have even talked about going on tour for them!  Thus, this would have been an ideal special guest for us.  Lucky for us, I did find some video of them all doing Planet Earth!  How cool is that?!

Were any of you there?  What was it like in person?


Today in Duran History – Los Angeles 2008

On today’s date in 2008, Duran Duran played at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.  This show was part of the Red Carpet Massacre Tour.  Were you there?  If so, how was it?

While I’m sure many of you are aware that the Red Carpet Massacre era was not the favorite Duran era for the authors of this blog, there were a couple of really that I really liked about this tour.  The first one was something Rhonda and I talked about just this past week.   I loved their clothing for this tour.  I loved the Jackson Pollack aspect of the paint splashes across the black or white clothes combined with block lettering of song titles or whatnot.  I always paid attention to who was wearing what words and wondered why they chose those words on that given night.  Yeah, yeah, I think too much. I enjoy that sort of thing, though!  The other thing I really loved was the Electro Set as I have talked about here before.  I did find this clip of Last Chance on the Stairway from this particular show, which I thought was cool.


How Many Shows of the Red Carpet Massacre Tour (Oct. 27, 2007 – Oct. 3, 2010) Did You See?

I am continuing my series of blogs/polls about which tour was the most popular.  Last week, I asked about the All You Need Is Now tour.  If you did not vote, you still can here.  These polls simply ask how many shows you saw.  One aspect of the question that I didn’t think about is the question about canceled shows.  Do those count, people wanted to know?  They had every intention of going but didn’t when those shows weren’t rescheduled.  To me, if you made up the shows at a later date, they shouldn’t count.  If you didn’t, though, they should count.  The Red Carpet Massacre Tour also had canceled shows.  This time, I included that as an option.  If that fits you, I would love for you to comment about how many shows of yours were canceled.

Also, be aware that I included the dates of the Red Carpet Massacre Tour.  According to, this tour did not start until right before the Broadway run.  Some people might think the fan show in June of 2007 would count since Night Runner was played, but the band’s official site says no.  It wasn’t.  That show was part of the Astronaut tour.  Likewise, the tour ended in 2010, just a couple months before the iTunes release of All You Need Is Now.  With all this being said, how many shows did you attend??


Today in Duran History – Perth 2008

On this date in 2008, Duran Duran played at The Esplanade in Perth, Australia.  Did anyone attend that show?  How was it?

I wonder how many times they have played in Perth.  While I know that there have been many tours to Australia, I wonder how often Perth and that region of Australia has been lucky enough to be  on the band’s chosen agenda.  I know that there are a lot of places, nearby, that long for shows and just don’t get them.  I have to give those fans a lot of credit as they remain fans despite not having that huge reinforcement of concerts.  Truly, I wish that Duran could hit some of those never played or rarely played places on the next tour as I know how happy those fans would be.

On a completely different note, I did want to remind everyone about sending in those 5 favorite John Taylor pictures for our daily questions.  You can send them in via email ( by DM on Twitter or by message on Facebook.  We have gotten some but I know that there are plenty more John fans out there!  We will collect them until April 19th.  Thanks!!!


Today in Duran History – Sydney 2008

On this date in 2008, Duran Duran played at the Sydney Entertainment Centre in Sydney, Australia.  This show was part of the Red Carpet Massacre Tour, which started in the fall of 2007.  While it was no secret that Red Carpet Massacre isn’t a favorite album of mine, this tour had one really cool feature, in my experience.  No, it wasn’t the appearance of the Timbaland vocals.  It was the electro set.  Before I saw it for myself, I remember hearing about the electro set and thinking that this had to be one of the worst ideas Duran had yet!  I thought it sounded cheesy at best.  Besides, I wondered, if we needed more of a reason to remember that instrumentation beyond keyboards weren’t really featured on this album.

Then, I went to see one of those shows on Broadway that Duran did in November 2007.  It was a spur-of-the-moment decision in many ways for me as I didn’t buy tickets originally.  It was a great decision, though!  While the performance didn’t make me love Red Carpet Massacre, it did make me think better about it and better about a number of songs.  It also made me completely rethink the electro set idea.  The electro set I saw that night looked a lot like the electro set in Sydney, in terms of songs.  They played Last Chance on the Stairway, All She Wants Is, Warm Leatherette (cover), I Don’t Want Your Love, Skin Trade and Tempted.  I was lucky enough to also see them cover Kraftwerk’s song, Showroom Dummies.  Within 30 seconds of Showroom Dummies, I was in awe.  I loved how in sync they were.  I loved how focused they seemed to be.  I loved the song choices.  I took back everything that I had thought.  Now, I would certainly welcome a return of that!

What did the rest of you who saw the electro set think?  I did a little searching on YouTube so we can all enjoy!