First Celebration – Anniversaries

This has been a crazy week.  I have had a lot of meetings after work, which means that I have been away from home a whole lot of time.  It also means a heck of a lot less sleep than what I need.  Why share this?  Pretty simple.  I’m asking a little for your forgiveness ahead of time.  This isn’t going to be the deepest, most serious, most thought-provoking blog ever.  Heck, I’ll be lucky if I spell everything correctly and manage to write in complete sentences.  

Did anyone read this press release published on December 9th on Duran Duran’s official website?

December 9th, 2019

Duran Duran has announced their highly anticipated return to Ireland with an outdoor performance at St Anne’s Park, Dublin on Sunday 7th June 2020, in support of the release of their next studio album. 

Tickets priced €59.90 inclusive of booking fee go on sale at 9 am next Friday, 13th December via

Duran Duran have sold over 100 million records, had 18 American hit singles, 21 UK Top 20 tunes and have continued to perform to huge concert audiences around the world since the band first formed in 1980. 

Consistently fusing art, technology, fashion and a signature sense of style with their unique and infectious brand of music, singer Simon Le Bon, keyboardist Nick Rhodes, bassist John Taylor and drummer Roger Taylor have proven themselves timeless, always innovating and reinventing, to remain ahead of the curve.

Their last album, 2015’s Paper Gods, was the band’s highest-charting release in 22 years and has been hailed by critics and fans alike as their best body of work in more than two decades. Produced by Mark Ronson and Nile Rodgers, alongside Mr Hudson and Josh Blair, the record features collaborations with Janelle Monáe, John Frusciante, Kiesza and Jonas Bjerre (of Mew) A global, three year, sold-out arena tour followed.

Duran Duran is currently in the studio working on their follow-up to Paper Gods with several exciting collaborators, to be announced soon. This, their fifteenth studio album, is slated for release in the Spring of 2020, alongside a series of 40 thrilling projects and live events that will celebrate their long and illustrious career.

Tickets for DURAN DURAN go on sale Friday 13th December at 9 am

I didn’t see many comments about that press release when it came out but have seen more comments since parts have been discussed elsewhere.  (By the way, it doesn’t mean much that I didn’t see many comments.  There could have been some and I just missed them.)  When I read the press release, the part that caught my attention was about the series of 40 thrilling projects and live events.  40?  That sounds like a lot. (I get that it connects to their anniversary. That isn’t my point.)  More than a lot, really.  What all could that be?  My mind jumps to lots of good ideas that could possibly be and could possibly not be true.  The possibilities are endless.  Are they including the three dates they have announced?  If not, goodness…what the heck could they be?  Of course, could I participate?  If so, how many?  When?  I suspect that I’ll be lucky to hit ten or two or any.  No matter how many I can and am able to do, my plan is simple.  I want to celebrate the band and their anniversary.  

This got me thinking, though.  Do I really need to wait?  Do I have to be at an event to do so?  I don’t really think so.  What happens if I cannot go to any?  Will I not celebrate this monumental birthday?  That is unacceptable.  No, instead, I would like to celebrate them as much as possible.  Umm….what if I try to do my own little 40 event commemoration?  I could come up with 40 different tasks/methods/events, right?  I’ll accept that challenge.  Now, I recognize that I some of these 40 might not be super huge.  After all, I’ll have to squeeze some of these in a short amount of time or cheaply.  Besides, it isn’t a bad thing to cheer the little things, right?  So, let me start now.

Rhonda and I have a daily calendar about Duran Duran.  I can look at today’s date, for example, and find out that Duran Duran played in Japan in 1984.  Recently, the daily calendar highlighted New Moon on Monday and the video that accompanied it.  So, as a means of celebrating the band, I promise to take time out of my life when those types of anniversaries come up to watch or listen.  On that note, let me share the lovely New Moon on Monday.  After all, it is my favorite video of all time.  Maybe it ranks on your favorites, too.


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