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Duran Duran at Jimmy Kimmel!

I’ll let you in on a little secret, Duran Duran fans: never wear skinny jeans to a show in 90 degree + heat.  Just a tip.

The time in the dreaded GA for the Jimmy Kimmel backlot concert (but “preferred GA of course, thanks to MasterCard) line went fast, although there were a couple of points where I felt like I needed to sit just because of the heat…and I live in Southern California! (albeit farther south and much closer to the coast!) My fellow line-dwellers and I passed the time talking about the band, of course, and musing about the shows to come.  We saw the band arrive in their customary black SUV (hope I’m not giving much away there), and was treated to sound check, where we soon realized we were going to hear “You Kill Me With Silence” later on. Our line was formed outside of the fence to the backlot, and chain link on the fence was mostly blocked by plastic, but in between sections there were gaps that worked beautifully for catching glimpses. We were able to see that Mr. Hudson was going to join the band onstage, for instance…and then there was that moment that we saw Simon strip off his t-shirt.

So, back to the line…

At about 5:30 (an hour later than we’d been told), we were allowed onto the backlot and found spaces by the stage. My choice in spots is still the topic of discussion amongst friends today because rather than make a beeline for Dom’s area of the stage, which I wholeheartedly admit is my typical first choice, I took a spot at about third “row” directly in front of Simon. I don’t know why I did that, except that I wasn’t with Amanda, I figured I’d get the whole scene that way, and honestly – there seemed to be more room in front of Simon’s microphone.  Go figure. After waiting for what felt like forever (I had forgotten how much my lower back hurts while waiting in GA!), we had some dude from the show come out and try to warm up the crowd and explain how it all was going to go.

Not long after that, the show started. And as always, this is where things start to get fuzzy for me. I blame John Taylor for that, because he came out to the front of the stage and genuinely smiled. Like anyone who has ever seen John up close, I was convinced he smiled at me. Yes, there were 500 people in the crowd. No, don’t try to talk sense into me. I write a blog, remember?  Good sense left my body a LONG time ago.

Rather than attempt to write my way through the show, I’m going to try to cover this by bullet point summary:

The Band:

They all looked great. I will applaud the rhinestoned jacket on John, the mouth shirt and black/white leather jacket on Simon, and yes, Dom’s polka dot shirt (that collar had to have been hot though,  it was fully buttoned!)  I won’t lie, I can’t remember what Nick or Roger wore. My excuse is that they are only out front for a very short period of time, and let’s face it, I stood there for several minutes just coming to terms with the idea that I was there, they were in front of me, and I was about to hear some Duran.

Set list:

The band played six songs: Pressure Off, Last Night in the City, You Kill Me With Silence, Hungry Like the Wolf, Save a Prayer and Sunrise. They went back and did several of them more than once to account for lyrical cough, cough errors and whatever else the band felt they needed to correct.

As an aside, I was treated to Hungry Like the Wolf not just once, but twice (did they know I was there or something?!?) The first time, I didn’t see it coming when Simon asked the crowd if we’d been fed, and then launched into “Is anybody hungry?” I groaned, and then, remembering that this was for TV, I cheered and sang right along with everyone else….and then did it all again.  Yay!!

Back Up Singers:

This was the first time I’d seen Jessie and Anna together live. In a lot of ways, I think it’s good for Anna to have someone to work with, because maybe it gives her a little more energy. I don’t love the current stage set up with the platforms that line the back of the stage, though. It’s very linear, and I don’t know why – but it bugs me. Jessie and Anna are off to one side, and while I was concerned that they’d be stuck back there, they do come to the front of the stage for various songs. They also have every song completely choreographed which really reminded me of the Big Thing era, and I’m not sure I like that. I tend to prefer the more natural movements of when Anna was alone with the band, overall that time felt far more organic and more like a family or team atmosphere rather than a staged production.

Mr. Hudson:

Ben was present for this show, and from what I could tell – he was there to play guitar. This puzzles me, and I’m not even going to pretend otherwise. When I realized he was there, I thought perhaps they were going to play “Paper Gods”, but that didn’t seem plausible for this show. Then he came out during You Kill Me With Silence, and took Dom’s spot on stage. That doesn’t mean Dom wasn’t still on the stage – he was, but he moved further back while Mr. Hudson played and sang on the microphone. It just seemed strange. There was absolutely no interaction between Mr. Hudson and Dom, which is completely unlike what I’ve seen with Dom and any other guest artist the band has ever had on stage with them, including Mark Ronson and Nile Rodgers – two HUGE names. To be completely honest, Dom looked bored stiff and awkward during the song. There just doesn’t SOUND like there’s enough guitar to go around, and if the band’s goal is to make sure fans understand in these moments that Dom is not a valued member of the stage band (at the very least), it’s working.  That’s unfortunate, because on any other song the band does, you can see the love and affection they seem to have for one another. I like Mr. Hudson, don’t get me wrong, but there was no chemistry, no playing off of one another, and instead it felt very much as though Dom was just some guy in the background playing back up to a producer that none of us really know.

Overall, the band played a good show at Jimmy Kimmel last night and it was a taster of what is to come. I’m looking forward to the next three shows with my partner-in-crime, as fun as last night was, it’s never the same without Amanda (even though she is threatening to make me stand alone at GA shows from now on).

Road trip!!!

-R

Duran Duran on Today Show!

It is Thursday, and my friends…it has been quite a morning.

I dutifully programmed the DVR to record the Today Show, because like most of you, I had other requirements that took me away from my television this morning while the Paper Gods took over the Today Show.  As a result, I spent the time between 7:30 and 10am in traffic, dropping my youngest off at school, and explaining to a fellow parent at said school that no, my son…who is 16…is not my husband. Nor is he the father of my youngest for that matter.  (Yes, that really WAS quite the awkward conversation, actually.)

So, as I raced back home, there was one thought on my mind: watching the Today Show in PEACE!  The good thing about the DVR is that I was able to speed through the sections of the show that were quite frankly, of zero interest, and get to the good stuff!  I stood in front of the television, remote in hand, as the camera would scan the crowd and marveled at how many familiar faces I saw in the audience. Man, do Duranies ever get around, I must say!!  There were so many there, and I have to admit that I was almost more excited about seeing fellow fans than I was the band!

I watched as the band played a teensy bits of Notorious and Save a Prayer before cutting to my local news update (who really CARES about traffic and weather anyway?!?).  Then I saw Savannah Guthrie embarrass herself as she called the new album Paper Goods (I’d have been flustered up there too, but then – I write. I don’t actually speak on camera for a living, and there’s good reason for that.)  The band played Hungry Like the Wolf and about half of Pressure Off before once again cutting to my local news. Completely annoying. It’s a shame that they didn’t cut Hungry Like the Wolf because that’s the song everyone knows, but naturally – that’s the way TV works. They’re going to cut the song that is less recognizable. This of course had nothing to do with the band at this point, because I was watching on the West Coast, and the Today Show isn’t even live here. By then, it’s just videotape, and edited at that. I’m pretty sure I saw songs out of the order that the rest of the country saw them in. (Yeah, we might have nice weather while the rest of the country is neck-deep in snow, but we definitely don’t have live morning TV or awards shows!)

Last Night in the City was about the only song that was shown completely intact – and with Kiesza sharing the stage with Simon, which was great! There was only one slightly off-moment during that song, and it was when Kiesza got down on her knees in front of Simon. I was happy to see Simon have the good sense to get on his knee as well, because otherwise, it would have just looked awkward.

Lastly, I saw Ordinary World during the Hoda/Kathy Lee show, which also great, although Simon seemed to strain quite a bit during parts of the song – I’m giving him a free pass on that simply because it had to have been done pretty early in the morning. It looked and sounded like it was early, anyway.  Thankfully, the powers that be allowed that song to go through to the end, and then Hoda and Kathy Lee mentioned that they enjoyed going back to the 80’s. Well, Hoda and Kathy Lee, that’s lovely, but that particular song was released on December 2, 1992… Fact-Checking:  kind of important.

The best part of my day? Social media has been completely taken over by photos of Duran Duran at the Today Show. I LOVE IT!!  I love seeing all of the photos of my friends who were there…lo and behold, even Daily Duranie was represented!

Even a little piece of Daily Duranie was in attendance at the Today Show. Photo courtesy of Pam Greenfield.
Even a little piece of Daily Duranie was in attendance at the Today Show. Photo courtesy of Pam Greenfield.

I’m having so much fun seeing everyone with their photos and reading the experiences that everyone is having,  this is really the best part of a new album being promoted…and we have much more to come!  If you’re not already getting our blog by email, I encourage you to sign up, that way you’ll never miss a single post!

-R

Duran Duran History – Northwest Afternoon

Duran Duran history for March 9 – on this date in 2005, Duran Duran appeared on Northwest Afternoon in Seattle.

I’ve watched the band’s interview from this show, and I recall a certain Durandy having a moment with the band.  Unfortunately I can’t find the interview clip from the show, but I did locate a video of Simon and Andy with acoustic performances of “Chains” and “Save a Prayer”.  Good stuff!!

-R

Duran Duran History – Perfect Day

Duran Duran history for February 24: on this date in 2001, the cable network channel E! airs Fashion File, which contains a Duran Duran segment.

Additionally, and only “slightly” more interesting (Ok, a lot more interesting!), on this date in 1995, the video for Perfect Day was filmed, which features a certain Roger Taylor on drums for the first time since 1985.  Not a bad way to begin a Tuesday!!  -R

Duran Duran History – Fairlight

Duran Duran history for January 5: On today’s date in 2001, the Fairlight portion of the series The Shape of Things That Hum, including interviews with Nick in 2001 is aired on channel 4 in the UK.

Every once in a while, I will run across a particular point in history for Duran Duran that I have no idea about – and this is one of them. So I did some research and have discovered a few things:

  1. The UK has way better TV than we’ll EVER get here in the US.  An entire show on synthesizers?? Where do I sign up for THAT cable?!?

  2. No matter how long I’ve been a Duran Duran fan, I still have not seen or heard it all.  That makes me smile. Wanna know why I’m still a fan and why I can still write this blog? THAT’S why. There’s always more to learn.

  3. This show is on YouTube. Thank the UNIVERSE for YouTube!!

  4. I love the title of this show. That alone is a keeper.

-R

Today in Duran History – Talk Back Live

On today’s date in 1997, Duran Duran appeared on Talk Back Live on CNN to discuss teen violence.

Talk Back Live was a show on CNN from 1994 until 2003 and was billed as the first real interactive TV show.  The audience could call-in with questions/comments, but they could also send faxes (!!) or even go online using CNN’s partner CompuServe in order to interact in the chat room, and then the panelists and guests could address those comments and questions if they chose.

I tried to find a video clip, alas – I came up empty.  Did anyone watch this?  -R

Today in Duran History – Fashion Rocks

On today’s date in 2003, Duran Duran performed on Fashion Rocks.

If your memory is fading (like mine…), here’s a little trip down memory lane for you:

Part of my problem is that now that they’ve done Fashion Rocks a few times, I’d forgotten what songs go with what show.  I’m sure some of you are sitting reading this and remember EXACTLY what they sang, what Simon wore and how John’s hair looked.  I wish my memory were that good…but it’s not.  (They played Girls on Film!) Now that I’ve watched this clip again, I remember sitting and watching this in 2003, marveling over the fact that the band was back together and that I really was watching the original Fab Five on my TV.  They all looked happy and healthy, and I could hardly wait to see them again.

Fast forward to this year, 2014 – and while yes, the personnel has changed in one case, I still remember thinking that they all looked happy and healthy, and I could hardly wait to see them again.  Funny.

-R

 

Duran Duran – Fashion Rocks

Last night, Duran Duran appeared on Fashion Rocks, which was broadcast on CBS stations here in the US, and if you were lucky – you were also able to catch the international live stream.

This was not the first time that the band had appeared on the show. They also appeared on the first two in 2003 and 2005, and this is actually the third time there has been a Fashion Rocks show, so I daresay that this point – the band OWNS the show.  (I’m a loyal fan, no matter what!)

For me personally, I spent the afternoon anxious as certain not-exactly-band-members sent photos of everything from the apparent
“liquid lunch rider” (A rider is basically known as the requirements a particular band or performer has tacked onto a performance contract. For example, Duran Duran has a rider for when they go on tour or perform somewhere and it can include everything from the type of bottled water they prefer to specific types of candy they want stocked or what wine and food they want in their dressing rooms.) to a pre-show selfie…to a photo of a very shirtless (and hairy) Paul Stanley from KISS.  I felt like I was there…or at least 2500 miles away watching it all from my computer screen.

Oh wait.

As I said more than once over Twitter, I was getting more and more anxious for a show that I wasn’t even going to be in the audience to see.  For me, this has been one of the longer Duran Duran “droughts” I’ve experienced in a while, and although I know many of you have been touting your patience and unconcern for the next tour for the past couple of years…I, on the other hand, feel like it’s been forever. If that makes me crazy or insane, I would just like to remind you that you’re reading a Duran Duran fan blog that *I* take time to write nearly every day.  I think the “insane” part has been well-documented, don’t you?

Between Mr. Dom Brown, the rest of the band, and quite frankly – the rest of the country – because I am on the west coast, where we didn’t see the show until a good three hours AFTER everyone else, I was on pins and needles by 9pm. (Ok really it was more like 6:30 pm my time, but who is really paying that much attention?!?) It was fun seeing everyone tweet about how great the band looked and sounded. I couldn’t wait to see them for myself.

So, that brings me to last night’s show. Truth be told, I am not necessarily a fan of Usher, Enrique, Miranda Lambert, Pitbull or whomever else I had to endure to get to the Duran Duran portion of the evening. Thank goodness for Twitter, where I could let my thoughts flow like stream-of-consciousness poetry. (I apologize to my Twitter followers, if I have any left this morning.) The good news is, my previous proclamation, that Duran Duran OWNS Fashion Rocks, was proven true. They were all over that show last night. If they weren’t on stage, they were being announced as a “coming up soon” act. I saw more of All You Need is Now (the video) than I’d seen in months (well, aside from the 50,000 times I’ve tearfully watched my own copy, sobbing about my loneliness into my coffee in the morning as I prepare to compose the blog each day), and during the time I watched the show – there was even a cute little interview segment where they replayed clips I’d already seen from the Road to Fashion Rocks.  All in all, I think the show should be renamed “Duran Duran and Fashion Rocks”, because they do.  Well…Duran does. I’m still not into the whole fashion gig. (Sorry Nick, but you already confiscated my Duranie card from the last time I said that.)

However, there was one portion of the evening that garnered my interest, and that was of course the point just after the Road to Fashion Rocks clips ended. Nico and Vinz and Afrojack both did a little something with Duran songs for their part, and then the whole reason for this show existing appeared onstage to play a little medley of The Reflex, Girl Panic and my personal favorite, Hungry Like the Wolf.

Here is a video of that performance, which I like because it gives a completely different point of view from what we saw on television last night because the person was there at the event. It’s a great overview, and I’m not distracted by Simon’s beautiful ring, his shoes (which I adore)…or anyone else who happened to get camera time:

To recap: The show should be renamed Duran Duran and Fashion Rocks…or better yet, just Duran Duran Rocks…I’m envious of lunchtime riders and selfies outside of dressing rooms… I like Simon’s shoes a lot..they didn’t show enough of John on TV last night and too much of the female percussionist…and I’m anxious for new music and a tour.  I think that about covers it. At least what I’m willing to say publicly, anyway.

So what did you think of the show…and is anyone else looking forward to the time when we’re talking pre-sales and we’re plotting our escapes from reality so that we can go play with the band?!?

-R

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today in Duran History – Fashion Rocks

I’ll bet the band is feeling a small sense of deja-vu this week, and the reason for that is on this date in 2005, Duran Duran performed for the Fashion Rocks show, on stage at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City.  As most Duran fans should know, the band will be performing once again at Fashion Rocks, this time at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, tomorrow evening.  It will be televised (US) on CBS from 9-11pm (EDT/PDT).  

But for now, let’s look back at Fashion Rocks 2005:

-R