Category Archives: touring

Are you going to live in the moment for this one?

We’re really coming down to release day on the new album. (Once again in case you didn’t read yesterday: All You Need Is Now, available December 21 on iTunes.  The single, also named All You Need Is Now is available December 14 – also on iTunes!  Duran Duran needs to pay me for my plugs, don’t you think?  Kidding boys, no worries. :D)  Just last night some very excited and enterprising Duranies found that for a very short time – one could download Mediterranea from iTunes UK (not sure if that’s still the case – I’m in the US so I couldn’t do it), and for an even shorter time – All You Need Is Now (the single) was up and available for purchase.  I never heard if anyone actually got that downloaded.  I’m assuming yes, but don’t send it to me – I’m waiting until I can buy it legally on December 14th.

Since the last concert that I attended in support of Red Carpet Massacre, my friend and writing partner Amanda and I have been talking about our dreams and game plan for the next tour.  We really want to live life to the fullest on this one, because as I’ve touched on before – you just never know when is going to be the last time.  I’ve always had to hold back on shows, whether it’s by only doing a show or two, or not trying to get front row – and the fact is, seeing Duran Duran in the front row is on my “bucket” list. (things I want to do before I kick said bucket!)  Another major item on my list – seeing Duran Duran in the UK.

Truth be told, just 10 short years ago, I never thought I’d be seeing Duran Duran anywhere but near my home in LA – much less even considering the idea of seeing them on their home soil. I thought it was odd to go to more than one show on a tour! (and my delightful husband still thinks it’s weird – “Don’t they just play the same songs every night?”)  Well, I don’t think it was as much that I felt it was odd, as much as it was that I figured it was beyond the scope of what I could ever do.  Now I’m talking seriously about flying to the UK and doing my own “tour” there if there’s an opportunity.

I just don’t want to look back in 5, 10 or even 3 years from now and say “I wish I’d done…..”  I want to live in the moment and enjoy the band at what I really believe will be their best.  I don’t care about the charts, I don’t worry about whether the band is going to be a commercial success because I believe all of that will take care of itself.  I just want to ride out the moment with them and I hope that you all will do that for yourselves as well, regardless of whether it’s going on tour with the band, or in other aspects of your lives.  Enjoy the moment!

-R

South Africa and Rio

I am not a news writer.  I take that statement very seriously, because I have almost zero interest in being the first to print a story, or the first to uncover juicy information about the band.  I’m also not a music critic.  I love music, and while you will read my opinion on songs here from time to time (as well as shows that I’ve been to), I know that I’m no expert.  My interest is in pop culture and the fan base – and I try my best to stick to that format here at Daily Duranie.  That said, from time to time, a news byte will come up that seems to cross over from news, and I’ll cover it as I see fit.

Last night, Duran Duran announced that they are having to cancel their South Africa shows in December.  By my count – they had little more than a week to go before performing, and in their press release, the band cited that the promoter defaulted on the contract, forcing them to cancel their shows.  You can read the official announcement here.

As the night wore on, speculation – Duranies L.O.V.E. to speculate – rose. (including this one. Hence the blog…)  Announcements were released from the South African promoter that the ticket sales were low.  They wanted the band to do fewer shows, and they could not come to an agreement.  Interestingly enough, I had just read that the shows were selling well, but of course, I am not in South Africa, and I have no idea what “well” really meant.   Naturally Duranies all over the globe wonder what this has in store for the band.  Does it mean the band will play elsewhere?  How does this affect the promotion for the new album?  Is this a sign of what is to come?  The speculation goes on…

My take is simply that while it’s unfortunate that the band had to cancel shows – this this a touring band by all means – it is not the end of the world.  I don’t know how large their audience really is in South Africa, and I don’t mean to diminish their worth – but the fact is, if they had a huge audience there, I have to think that they’d have made it a point to perform there far more often than they have.  From the time they announced their shows in South Africa, I questioned the value in choosing to perform there and possibly perform new music there first – but it was more a question rising from lack of knowledge about the South African fan base than anything else.   I do feel for the fans who are not going to have the opportunity to see them in December, because ultimately it is those fans who will come away as the victims in this business.

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The question of Rio has come up on the boards once again – perhaps it never really left – and I find it necessary to address it on the blog.  Just this morning I read a thread  where a fan mentioned that the newer music (the very few snippets we have heard so far) sound nothing like the classic sound from Rio and that the band is still trying to play the modern sound – and that it won’t work.

Of course, for every fan that feels that way, there are several others that will take that fan down in flames.  The replies varied from those who tried to prove that the snippets did in fact sound classic, to those who questioned why someone would want a recreation of Rio to begin with.  Interestingly enough, I myself have wondered that same thing from time to time, and I’ve done some very unscientific research, which I’ll share.

It seems as though the younger the fan, the less likely they are to want an album that sounds like it should have been the follow up to Rio (or even less likely – a recreation thereof).  That alone speaks volumes to me.  My assertion is that it’s not really just the music that the fans want recreated.  I would suggest that for all of you out there who look back to Rio with a certain fondness, that perhaps it’s the spirit of the time you’re looking for.  The fans want to experience that moment again – the newness of the music, the fact that the band was sitting on top of the world, the youthfulness of 1985 (because most of us were in our early to mid-teens at that time)….it’s the spirit of the time as much as it is the music.   Music is very much about sentimentality.  When we identify with a song as deeply as some us did with the Rio album, or the first album, it truly seems to take on a life of it’s own.  It becomes part of the soundtrack to our lives, so to speak.  We each carry memories that go along with that music, and for some of us – it’s a moment in time that we want to live over again, even if we don’t necessarily cognitively acknowledge it.  I would guess that most who read the blog are saying “No way.  I want that classic sound because it’s what is Duran Duran.   I don’t need Rio over again, I just want the band to sound like Duran Duran.”   I would agree.  However, I would also say that for many, the Rio album = Duran Duran.  They can’t separate the two, and their feelings for one blend into the other.  I would go so far as to say that’s why Mark was so set on having the band embrace that and own it as opposed to trying to recreate the wheel to a certain extent, which truthfully – I think the band has tried to do over the years, even if they themselves don’t recognize that in themselves.

Ultimately, it will never been 1983, 1984 or 1985 again.  While those moments were fun, and I will never forget the glee I would experience when watching the band on MTV or sitting through the American Music Awards or the Grammy’s just to get a glimpse of the band if they were there, it’s far past time to move on from there.  Rio was a wonderful moment in time that I never hope to recreate.  Some things are just too perfect to mess with.

-R

Rumor Frustration

There are times when the Duran world is quiet and then there are other times when there is something happening everyday.  Now, we are in between the two.  It isn’t exactly quiet but we are still all in wait mode.  Yet, this waiting is filled with rumors galore.  It seems that there is a new rumor each day.  There are so many rumors, in fact, that it is tough to figure out what all is being speculated.  Right now, Duranland is filled with discussions regarding what songs will be featured on the physical release of the album, when and where Duran will play on tour, the status of their websites, and which record label will actually release and distribute the new album.  While I’m thrilled that the message boards and conversations with my friends are filled with discussions regarding these rumors, I know that the authors of this blog are getting sick of them.

Obviously, part of our annoyance about the various pieces of gossip is that we want to know all of this now!  We definitely want to know which record label they are going with for sure, in order to just be able to learn the news, react, make our prediction on how it will turn out for the band and move on.  As far as tour dates go, clearly, we crave knowing the exact dates and locations in order to begin plotting.  Until we know these, we don’t know how many shows we will be able to go, what kind of travel arrangements we will need to make, where and how to get tickets, etc.  On a personal note, typically, tours are when we get together in person so we would like to know how long we will have to wait before seeing each other again.  Yet, this desire to know everything immediately doesn’t explain our annoyance completely.
I am wondering why there are so many secrets regarding all of these and more.  Why can’t the band share this information with us now?  What would happen if we knew the official record label?  Would that make us buy fewer copies?  Would that stop them from getting the promotional opportunities they hope and need to have?  How would that hurt the fan base?  As far as touring goes, I understand that they might not be able to give specifics like, “On April 9th, they are playing in city A,” because they might still be working out all of the details.  That said, can’t they tell us, for sure, that they will be playing in x country between date A and date B?  What harm would that do?  Would that stop us from buying tickets or going to the shows?  Yes, obviously, any and all information is met with possible criticism and praise from the fans. Yes, the possible negative statements would last longer if information was revealed sooner rather than later.  Yet, I would like to believe that the fans could take any and all information.  We are capable of learning the truth and dealing with it.  We have done it before and do it again.  
Thus, I’m asking, begging, pleading the band to provide us with more information.  Until then, I’m going to sit in frustration and annoyance and that can’t be good for anyone.
-A

Happy Birthday!!!

Today’s blog post is going to be short but sweet!  I would like to wish my blogging/writing partner a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY today!!! 

It is amazing to me how attending a simple little fan convention in the fall of 2004 could have lead us here.  In the spring and summer of that year, we may have recognized each other’s posting name on DDF but didn’t know much about each other.  That all changed very quickly when we met in person at the Duran Duran Fans Convention in September of 2004 in New Orleans.  While my writing partner was an organizer of the event, I was a simple attendee.  We both were there to meet fellow Duranies and to be among others like us.  We wanted to share our extreme excitement by the band’s reunion and upcoming album, Astronaut.  The second night of the convention found the two of us bouncing from bar-to-bar on Bourbon Street with a group of fellow Duranies.  During that evening, a bond began to form as we just seemed to click.  That instant click was reinforced by the following winter and spring.

By December 2004, tour dates were announced and Duranies all over the world began to make plans about which shows to see and with whom.  Neither Rhonda nor myself thought it was strange to be making travel and concert plans with people we had only met once as we decided to go to shows in Chicago and Milwaukee together.  These decisions were not so carefree, in reality, as they featured money exchanges for tickets and hotels.  Again, the instant click moved right into instant trust.  I had no concern about money when I bought VIP tickets for us and another friend of ours.  She had no worry about reserving a hotel room.  During that brief weekend in the Midwest, we found ourselves laughing and enjoying ourselves in ways that have rarely been replicated for us at any point in our lives.  They were that unique!  We knew during that weekend that we had found a touring partner but that we also had found a friend for life in each other.

Since that first convention and first show together, we have attended many more shows together, traveled to see each other just for fun (without the band!), and have been there for each other during whatever real life situation comes up.  For all of this and more, I can truly only give thanks to the band that brought us together as friends and now as writing partners.  We know that this isn’t the end of the line for us but simply the beginning.

On that note, I wish Rhonda the best birthday ever and to remind her that the best is yet to come!!!

-A

Dying for a Show!!

I am dying for a show.  It is as simple as that.  My desire for a show is increasing with every piece of news and every rumor about the new album.  Non-fans might think this is silly or obsessive but I’m willing to bet that most other Duranies are feeling like I do (except those lucky fans in South Africa!).

The last show that I saw was in July of 2009.  It is simply unacceptable that I have gone almost a year and a half since I have seen the band perform live.  To me, there is nothing better than a fantastic Duran show, one that is filled with energy and includes lots of fun interactions with the fans.  I miss singing with John Taylor, screaming for Dom, laughing at Simon’s classic moves, and grabbing Rhonda’s arm during all JoSi moments.  I’m longing for those pre-show meetups when Duranies gather in some restaurant or bar to meet each other for the first time or to see people you haven’t seen for awile.  Those post-show gatherings are great, too, as we are ready to have more fun to burn off the energy we got from the show!

I miss making all of the plans in regards to shows, to tours.  I love that moment when the tour dates are announced and I can begin plotting about which shows I might be able to get to!  My partner-in-crime and I then get to *squee* together as we begin to formulate our plan about which tickets to buy, which hotels to stay at, how to travel to each show, etc.  The message boards are usually full of activity as everyone posts which shows they are going to and meetups discussions start, which works to build everyone’s anticipation!  I miss all of this!  I long for all of this! 

To me, this time in Duranville is much like a long road trip.  On a long trip, I’m usually good for the first few hours but the last half hour is simply unbearable.  I know that we are close but aren’t quite there yet.  I am beginning to see the exit and can’t get there fast enough.  My patience is almost gone.  I need something to keep me going.  I don’t care if it more snippets of new songs or an actual release date or an updated website but I need something!!!  (Although, I would really like some dates…)  😀

-A

Touring Suggestions

Like many Duranies, I am dying for a show.  As I’m sitting here in my living room, I’m hoping that the band and its management, whereever they may be, are talking about the upcoming tour that I assume will happen.  Before they finalize all of their plans, I have some suggestions for them.  😀

Like real estate, a good tour, in my opinion, depends on location.  While I have loved seeing shows in fun places like New York City, New Orleans, Atlantic City and Las Vegas, I would really be good with smaller cities that are closer together.  Some of the fun cities mentioned here are the most expensive ones.  I want to have less expensive places to go in order to go to more shows.  I’m sure that the band would like this as well.  The close together aspect is also an important one as driving for hours between cities isn’t fun, even with the best company.  Driving wears us out and we can’t have as much fun during the actual show and that isn’t good for anyone!  Therefore, I may recommend spacing out shows as needed in order to allow the fans some down time!

Venue choices are also important.  I have seen the band in large arenas, smaller theaters and large club type venues (House of Blues types).  Truly, I would pick the smaller theaters because I love the intimacy of a smaller show but I require actual seats.  I’ll be on my feet during the whole show but would love to sit while I wait.  Again, this allows me to have more energy and have more fun during the actual show.  On top of that, it means that I don’t have to fight for space, which happens at any and all general admission shows.  This type of battle usually doesn’t work well for short people like me!  The last benefit to having actual seats is that I don’t have to get there super early to get a good spot.  This extra times allows more time to spend with other fans, having a nice dinner, getting a drink or two and relaxing.  I think that the dedicated fans deserve this!

While the locations of the shows and the venues play a role in how great the show is, the band makes the real difference.  I always have more fun when the band actually interacts with the fans in the audience.  Who doesn’t love making eye contact with Simon, John or even Dom?  Who isn’t looking for a way to get Nick or Roger’s attention?  Of course, the set list makes a big difference as well.  Personally, there are many songs that I have heard enough to last me a lifetime (I’m thinking here of songs like “Hungry Like the Wolf”).  I also don’t need any songs that force Simon to do something unnecessary like the finger licking thing of “Come Undone”.  I’m sure that many Duranies would disagree with this but this is how I feel.  One way to make most Duranies happy, however, is to play more obsure songs like “Late Bar” and “Secret Oktober”.  Heck, I think most of us would be happy with a larger variety of songs played.  I always prefer songs with lots of JoSi moments, though!

Lastly, the band could include better customer service, which begins with the announcement of the tour dates.  Can we please have some advance notice before the tickets go on sale?  I don’t need a month but a few days to a week would be nice.  Then, can we include more to the VIP packages?  I would need a strong reason to pay for VIP at this point since they are SO expensive and the little extra gifts are not doing it for me.  Of course, this leads me to discuss merchandise available for purchase.  Many of us like to buy t-shirts but they need to both fit and look good.  The material should be soft but not see through.  The image on the shirts should look nice.  One thing that the band should sell is a means of getting the show on cd or dvd or both.  I would LOVE to have a copy of every show that I have been to. 

While I’m sure that I haven’t covered every aspect of touring, I know that I would be a much happier Duranie if some, or all, of these suggestions were followed.  (By the way, I’m free to tour anytime after the first week in January and have vacation the third week of April!!!)

-A

The Games People Play

As promised yesterday on Twitter, I’m revisiting the subject of our fan community today in the blog.  Ok, so the reality is that there’s no breaking Duran news for me to report….I admit it.  😉  In all seriousness though, is it just me or does anyone else out there in Duranland (Duranverse?  Durankingdom??) notice how cutthroat the community can be at times?

I have no frame of reference for other fan communities, as I only have enough time and energy for one truly favorite band!  I just know that after so many years of being a Duran Duran fan and being involved in the community – it’s very hard to ignore the constant game playing that seems to take precedence over friendship whenever the band is involved.   That said, why is it so important to make sure that you have the “most”?  For instance, the most pictures with the band, the most drumsticks from Roger, the most meet and greets, or the most and best information with regard to where the band is staying or hanging out after a show.  Are those things really that important, and do they really make someone more or less of a fan if they do or do not have them?  I’m not sure I can really answer that question within the framework of our blog…so let me bring up a few thoughts to ponder:

Why is it that men don’t seem to have a problem “sharing” the band?  What I mean by that is specifically – when I’m on a board, or at a show and I want to know something, whether it’s where everyone is staying before a show, where I can find a picture/unreleased song/album, etc, where everyone is going after a show, etc – if I ask just about any Duran fan that is male – they have absolutely no issue telling me.

What do we really get out of playing “the game”?  Honestly.  Think about that.  Yeah, I suppose you could say that you’ve got a boatload of drumsticks at home, or an entire album filled with pictures of yourself with all members of the band….but really, does that REALLY get you anything else in life?  Call me crazy, but if you’re willing to throw other fans, possibly other friends under the bus in order to get closer to the band…what are you really getting out of it?

Lastly for today, when does it end?  Meaning – at what point do you think the band will become less of a trophy to win and more like something special that connects all of us?  The band is something to be celebrated, not something that should require strategic networking, secrecy and deception.  I’m not saying that we should all go to our nearest Duran Duran board and broadcast that the band is staying at such and such hotel – that’s just stupid – but on the same token, the next time someone comes up to you after a show and says “Hey, where are you guys hanging out after the show?”  Maybe, just maybe….you’ll feel comfortable telling a fellow fan.  After all, at this point in our lives, we should be celebrating the fact that the band still tours and plays a great show.

Tomorrow (barring any exciting news from the band…):  A set of FAQ’s for any “new” fan to a message board!

-R

Fluff!

Today’s blog is full of fluff…and I make no apologies for that.  It’s one of those days where I can’t think clearly enough to put anything hard-hitting together, and so I’m going to just gush instead.  🙂

Has anyone seen the photos or video from the bands’ appearance with Mark Ronson yesterday?  (if not, you should check out gimmeawristband.com for photos and youtube for video – I found one of Planet Earth that was great and I’ll post the link below!)  The band looked great, and I loved that Mark was all in his 80’s glory as he was playing the guitar – I would swear I had similar hair at one point during the 80’s.  😀  A couple of comments:

*The Eagle has landed…on Simon’s belt, again.  I couldn’t ignore that the infamous eagle belt has been resurrected.  Some love it, some don’t…but it was there in all it’s glory.

*Plenty of JoSi moments for those who like that sort of thing…it was good to see John and Simon smiling and happy, and it did make me wish I was there!

*Nick was wearing….sneakers???  Really?!?   Jeans can NOT be far behind, my friends.  All that really did was give me permission to ditch the heels, save my forever aching feet and be proud in my own sneakers as I stand in GA this tour…which I will!

*I loved John’s t-shirt…so much that I already own one of my own.  Love that we’ve finally gotten rid of the Red Carpet Massacre-wear.  I’m so used to seeing the guys on stage in basic black/white, to me it’s how they belong.  I’m sure they’ll have something different going on for the next tour, but I do love a man in a suit.  😉

*Musically (oh yes, they did play didn’t they?), they sounded great.  I thought that maybe the beginning was a little slow – but given that the video was taken from a live show and of course the sound wasn’t balanced the way it would have been had it been taken directly from the sound board, I thought they sounded great.  I have to wonder what Mark thought about being on stage, playing with the band he seems to idolize so much….that’s a subject I would LOVE to hear more about from him if given the chance.

I hear more dates are to be announced soon, and the video from yesterday only makes this fan more excited!

Promise to back to my more analytical self tomorrow…..

-R

Tour Dates in South Africa

Today, there was an official Duranie alert as the band announced tour dates in South Africa during December.  While I’m not anywhere near there, announcements like this get me all excited as they do for countless other Duranies!  People are thrilled with the news, even if they are unable to go, as it is clear that life in Duranland is about to pick up.  It seems we won’t have to wait long for official word about the album and tour! 

Fans have been discussing and analyzing both the announcement on duranduran.com and the email sent out about the presale from Duran Duran Music.  Two lines, in particular, from the official announcement have captured people’s focus.  The first line that grabbed people mentioned that this mini-tour is the beginning of a huge promotion campaign in regards of the upcoming release of their latest album.  There seems to be universal consensus among fans that this means that there will be a ton of tour dates to follow!  The only question seems to be when will those dates start and where exactly they will go.  Will they do more shows before 2011?  Around Christmas?  Will they do them in the U.S.?  Europe?  People’s minds are already guessing about when they will be coming close to them, geographically, and then plotting about how to get to those shows, myself included!  The other sentence that has captured people’s attention can be summarized by saying that the new album is going to be released shortly after these tour dates (December 8th-12th, by the way).  Does that mean that the album will be released this year or in the beginning of 2011 as they have been promising?  Time will tell but that certainly doesn’t stop the fans from speculating! 

No matter what specifically happens in terms of an album release date or tour dates, I love when alerts like this come out!  I get excited for what is coming and love that other fans do, too!!

-A

Rumors, gossip, alerts and other things that excite us

This is a Duranie Alert.  


Words we all live for, as Duranies.  Typically those words mean major news – and even more typically, a tour!  Longtime fans are used to the drill, or so we think.  We know that when dates are “announced”, they show up on the front page of DDM or DD.com and at that point, we have mere hours to get ourselves together enough to buy tickets, presale or otherwise.  The funny part is – and really, it IS funny if you stop long enough to think about it – we all tend to completely lose our heads when a tour is announced.  The saying “Keep Calm and Carry On” really should be posted everywhere on Duran Duran message boards, maybe it would help!!  

In any case, it has been quite a while since the last US shows have been announced.  They played in Las Vegas and Orange County last July, and they haven’t really played a public show since.  I think it’s nearly to the point where people are going to explode without a show. (or at the very least they’ll need to enter counseling.  Well, at least *I* will.)  With that in mind, any piece of news that is thrown into the fan community is kind of like when you go to a koi pond and throw a breadcrumb in the water.  The fish go into an absolute frenzy to get it!  

The past few days, weeks really, there have been little bits of news to be read here and there.  Nothing earth shattering, but simple things like John appearing on Richard Blade’s show on First Wave, or Ronson announcing that Duran Duran would be playing with him for two UK dates, the fact that both Ronson and Richard Blade have mentioned that the upcoming album would be out in time for Christmas, and the fact that all of the boys have been out in public in one way or another.  Then there is the gossip, which has notably increased just a bit this past week.  Rumor about possible South Africa dates were circulating on a board or two, and some other gossip about Duran Duran looking for a lighting director for a yet to be announced tour.  (funny how we never hear WHEN the tour is supposed to be – but just that someone knows someone else who was contacted as a possibility for the job)

All of it makes the Duranie, especially the show starved Duranie, (yours truly included) have their radar up and at the ready.    Then I laugh when I think that the possibility exists that in just a few short weeks – I may have to send my husband that YouTube video I came upon yesterday!    

Like the rest of you, I wait in preparation, and I look forward to blogging about the experience!