“I hate to bite the hand that feeds me”..how about that Olympic concert?

I have to be honest, I never thought I’d see or hear of Duran Duran playing in the Olympics.  It’s just not something I ever gave any real consideration, and not because I didn’t think they were worthy.  (They certainly are!)  I guess I chalk that up with being in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in that I suppose it would be a nice gesture, but there’s something a little “establishment” about it all at the same time. Don’t get me wrong, I think it really is outstanding that they are playing on Friday in London, and they should be very proud of themselves. I certainly am a proud fan. I just never expected such things, in the same way that I never expected MTV to get off of their high horse and give them the credit they deserved for helping make that stupid station what it became (and then lost in a blaze of ignorance) for all music history.  When it became apparent that rumor was to be reality and the band was truly going to be playing at the Olympics, one of my first comments was “I’ll be damned.  That band really *does* matter to someone other than the fans. Who knew?”

One question that has been asked MANY times to Daily Duranie is if we know whether the concert is to be televised.  On one hand, I appreciate that so many think that Amanda and I are really that in the know.  I’m also completely humbled when I have to tell those people that I have absolutely no idea, but that I doubt it.  I wish I had better info, but I just don’t unless I myself do the research to find the answer.  So, research is what I have attempted to do.  I’ve searched online only to see that the concert is being held at what is called the Olympic Festival – and that the opening ceremonies will be broadcast on giant screens at what appears to be the same time as the ceremony itself.  That leads me to believe that either the concert will be shown at a different time, or it will not be televised at all.  I’ve checked my own  television stations, NBC (in America that is who is coordinating the Olympic broadcasts)….and I’ve found absolutely nothing.  A few fans are saying that the concert will be streaming online, but so far all I have found on that have been reports that the Olympic Ceremonies will be streaming, not the concert at Hyde Park.

More than a few fans have posted nastygrams to the band’s Facebook page, wondering why no information for viewing has been posted, and quite honestly some of them have been rather pointed in their assumptions that management isn’t doing their job or doesn’t care.  It is probably a little more rare than it should be that I find myself standing up for management. In this case – I feel it necessary.  To begin with, I highly doubt that the organizers for the concert have taken the trouble to let the band’s management know how fans in each country of the world can tune in to see the concert in their particular set of circumstances – if in fact the concert is even going to be shown, whether streaming online or otherwise.  Call me crazy, but I would imagine they have quite a bit going on at this moment in time.  It’s probably one of those things that might get mentioned at some point, but I feel pretty confident that if in fact the band’s management knew – they’d gladly share the information.  I also feel confident in saying that while yes, it would be nice to have management come out and say “Hey, we aren’t sure about broadcast information just yet” just so that way we all know and recognize there’s no conspiracy here….I suspect they’d have to be posting that nearly continually in order to satisfy Duran fans.  Sometimes it is just better to say nothing than continually say “We don’t know.  We STILL don’t know.” I try very hard to remind myself that while I am fairly good about managing a household (My kids might say otherwise….), I have never managed a band before. I don’t know what their job is like, and to be honest, I don’t want to know.  It makes my head hurt to even consider what it might be like at times. It’s not always easy to remind myself to hold my tongue or fingers when I think something should be done better, but I try.  Most of the time, I fail miserably.  I think we would all agree that it is far easier to sit on the sidelines and find fault than it probably is to be on the inside actually doing the work.

In the meantime, if you find good information on where we can all watch the concert – post it on our Daily Duranie Facebook page or tweet us – we’ll gladly repost it!!

8 thoughts on ““I hate to bite the hand that feeds me”..how about that Olympic concert?”

  1. Oh good, I thought I was the only one that didn't know when/if it would be televised or stream. I was more interested in what time it would be able to be viewed, rather than IF it would be available. I guess we shall wait!

  2. From my understanding, the concert is not directly a part of the Olympics. It's a part of a series of concerts in Hyde Park that a company has set up to coincide timing wise with the games. If they're planning on televising the show somewhere, I can't seem to find it on the website. Here's a link to what they've posted about it all http://www.btlondonlive.com/hyde-park

  3. Thanks Xandra. I read most of that online this morning when I did my research for the blog, and what I understand is that this is done through a different promoter. (I'm assuming this is because the Olympics themselves are enough of an undertaking without having to handle and promote a concert on top of it all…) That said, it is still an Olympic show – being done under the name of the Olympics – in fact it's being done as part of the Olympic Festival being held in Hyde Park throughout the games.

    You're right though about televising – that's essentially what I was saying in the blog. There's no info on it anywhere so I must assume it is not being broadcast.

  4. Ok so Duran Duran get on stage at 20h, I believe there is a 5 hours difference with here Montreal (east of America) so it would be at 15Hand the tv show the opening at 16h on the sport channel but I saw at the 14h on another channel the V channel (sorry I don't think it is visible outside Canada but don't know for sure). Normaly I don,t think they would offer a huge show like that if it was not visible for the athletes and people of the world. Surely not in a complet coverage but maybe a bit on giant screen on the stadium and on tv. I know this can be anoying not to know, but often the rule is let make it a surprise so I understand the band management not able to offer some clue. As always many people believe that the band is their own, not really, and in a case like that they have to follow protocole. Surely one day or another we will have it on internet or dvd.


  5. I am so glad I have you guys. 🙂 I have been on vacation, in a. beer-coma, and had a moment of panic wondering if it was being televised. I come to Daily Duranie and lo-and-behold you are addressing the issue.Keep up the hard work. Toni

  6. I wish that we were able to have some answers for everyone, but we just don't. I've been told by more than a few people that it's all secret and that's why we don't know when/where it will be televised. My experience (I have actually been in the Opening Ceremonies for the Olympics – when it was in Los Angeles in 1984!) is that while the show itself is a secret, they still typically provide details for when it will be televised simply because, well – they obviously want people to watch. I know the point is that we won't know what will or won't be shown, but in this case, the concert is a completely separate event from the Opening Ceremonies. I don't think that broadcast will be woven into what is going on at the Opening Ceremonies, based on everything I've seen and read online. Regardless, I'm sure their portion will show up on the internet at some point. Maybe I'm different from others, but I would have liked to have seen the whole show (as opposed to just Duran's portion)…oh well… -R

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