I apologize for the lateness of the blog. I have gotten far behind the Duran happenings due to losing my beloved kitty. I admit that I haven’t been very focused and have had lots of interruptions with people contacting me to express their condolences, which I completely need and appreciate. Nonetheless, I did have a chance to see the band on the UK’s Loose Women and enjoyed every minute of it. I only watched it once and admit that I didn’t hear every statement made but I did have a few comments. Go figure.
I think many Duranies were excited about this particular show because, I believe, it is the first one where we have seen Duran perform a new song, their current single, “All You Need Is Now.” Now, I can only imagine that playing a song for the first time in front of an audience might be unnerving. I know that I saw them perform “Night Runner” at the fan show in June of 2007, at what was probably their first performance of that song. Based on that performance, I did not expect much as that early performance of “Night Runner” seemed to me to be awkward for the band. They did not seem at all comfortable. Simon, in particular, seemed to be having a hard time figuring out how or when to move. To me, this indicated that the band wasn’t all that comfortable with the new album and the direction that they were taking. Therefore, I thought that this performance might be equally as telling about how they are feeling with their new material. Based on what I saw, they are COMPLETELY comfortable with it. They feel good about it! Simon seemed to know exactly what to do with himself during the song, physically. John and Simon kept sneaking glances at each other in a “look at how cool this is” fashion. The chorus was a particular high note with the vocals of Simon, John, Anna and Dom blending together nicely. Overall, they seemed happy. I can’t be more happy that they are happy with this new music. This makes me truly looking forward to a tour and seeing this song, in particular, live. Of course, there was a lot more to the show then just this performance.
The fun, having-a-good-time feel ran through the interviews, especially when all four of them were being interviewed at the same time. I had a hard time following because so many people were talking and laughing at once! I noticed that they were smiling the whole time. I don’t think I have ever seen Nick smile so much at one time! Of course, I had a good laugh, as well, when Simon struggled to come out after his introduction as it appears as if he might fall! He handled it well but I know that I was entertained by the moment. Besides the solid performance and the carefree spirit of the interviews, I did gleam a bit of information as well.
There were three comments that I took note of. First, I noticed that the interviewers said that the official release in February was to coincide with the 30th anniversary of Planet Earth, their first single. Fascinating. This was a rumor a couple of months ago and now appears that it might really be true. I even blogged about it at the time! When I first blogged about it, I wasn’t too keen on the idea. Now, I’m not sure. I like the idea of having AYNIN have a separate release date to show its significance but I also like the idea of connecting the new with the old. After all, isn’t this album about celebrating the classic spirit of Duran Duran? Besides, AYNIN will have a separate date with the early downloadable release next Tuesday via iTunes. It seems more like a win now. Second, I noticed that when asked about Mark Ronson being a fan, John commented that it was a lot better than being with a non-fan. Hmm…is that a comment about Timbaland, Timberlake, or even Nate Hills from RCM?! I don’t know but it is keeping me thinking. Lastly, there was a question about Andy. The question came from a fan who had emailed in and basically asked them if they would take Andy back if he wanted to come back. John didn’t answer that. Instead, he said that Andy didn’t leave twice, technically, as the interviewer had said. That really makes me think about what he means by that!!!
Overall, the show did what it was supposed to do. I want to see more performances of the new material. I want to see them enjoying themselves, each other and the music. I also want more information in regards to those statements I mentioned above. Dang that band for keeping my attention on them and what they are doing! Luckily, more shows and interviews are supposed to follow! I cannot wait!!!