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?

-A

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