Happy Birthday Dom 2019!

I have another Duran birthday to cover! Earlier this month, I was lucky enough to share a little of what I love about Nick Rhodes to celebrate him and wish him the happiest of birthdays. Now, I turn to the person behind the guitar. That’s right, it is Dom’s birthday!!! Like Nick’s birthday blog, I’m opting to share a little bit about what I love about Dom and why I’m super glad to have him in Duran.

The first time I saw Dom play live was in March of 2005 during the Astronaut Tour. While I had seen him make a couple of TV appearances in December of the previous year, I didn’t pay much attention. In 2005, I could not ignore him. I would go so far as to say that I appreciated the heck out of him. Like many, then, I was so upset when I discovered that Andy would not be touring with the band during that week as he had traveled back to the UK to be with his critically ill father. While I desperately wanted Andy as I was one of the last people to see the Fab Five live (or so it seemed), I understood and was grateful that Dom could step in. After all, I didn’t want the shows to be canceled. During that week, I saw Dom play in four cities: Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Moline. My biggest take away then. This guy had no ego. He helped make the songs sound like Duran without drawing one ounce of attention to himself. In my mind, he did exactly what he should have.

Fast forward to October 2006 when the band had just announced the departure of Andy Taylor. Again, I found myself at a show in Chicago, wondering what the heck it was going to be like without Andy. At the time, I had no idea if Dom was just filling in before someone permanent came in or what. I assumed that he would play as he did in 2005. Yet, I saw something different that night. He still was respectful, professional, but he also was part of the show more. I distinctly remember noticing him sing back up during Sunrise as I turned to Rhonda and welcomed him to the band. While I was still heartbroken over Andy, Dom’s presence felt right, good. Even his introduction showed this:

The next tour provided me something new to pay attention to when live shows. That’s right. I started to notice the DoJo, those moments when Dom and John seemed to really jam. I went to see the band perform on Broadway in the fall of 2007 when they played the entire Red Carpet Massacre album. After the show, I told Rhonda about how awesome the song, Tricked Out, was live. She didn’t believe me. It sounded so different live. If that was not enough, the DoJo during the song was mind-blowing, to say the least.

The next album cycle found Dom more and more active with the band. I loved seeing him in the video for All You Need Is Now, for example. I’m glad that he participated as a writing partner on the album as well. Then, I saw him give some interviews or on video clips like this holiday greeting.

He managed to do something else pretty amazing, which is to help make Hungry Like the Wolf live more tolerable. Heck, part of me even began to look forward to it. Impressive.

If all of that was not enough, Dom also has a solid solo career that I recommend that Duranies check out (if you haven’t already).

All in all, I’m so glad that he is around and part of the Duran Duran team. He certainly has made my fandom better and I wish him the happiest of birthdays!!!

-A

3 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Dom 2019!”

  1. This was a fantastic look at Dom! The band now has three Gemini- how on Earth do they manage? Seriously, it is great that Dom is humble. It must have been a little hard during the early days when a lot of distressed fans viewed him as a ‘substitute’.To play music written by another and make it your own is not easy, and Dom has done that, with respect.To work so closely with Duran can’t be all unicorns and sprinkles-the guys met while young and that is a lot of history to navigate.All the “in jokes’, the intimacies, even the arguments and ‘off limits’ things that families have-and here’s Dom learning all that and how to fit in.I know they will probably never make him an ‘official’ member, but they clearly consider him a valuable contributor and a member of the family.I appreciate him for all of that and treasure the wink and nod I got from him after my thumbs up at the last concert. He won’t know me if we passed in a hallway but that night he saw my joy and reciprocated.He is an asset to the band and I hope they never let him go.

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