Taste the Summer!! (No really, it was in their setlist!!!)

Summer is killing me right now. I can’t complain about the heat – well, at least I couldn’t until this week, but even so – 90 degrees F isn’t THAT bad, but it’s my schedule that is really killing me. Or maybe it’s the lack of schedule. I can’t really decide. Suffice to say that the punishing daily schedule I had when all three of my kids was in school has drastically changed, both because it’s summer (no school) and because while my oldest is out of school, my son has started his homeschooling program and my youngest is still going to school. Where I once had “free” time for exercising (my least favorite thing but it’s still a must) or writing the book I am now supposed to be supervising PE (also exercise, but not my own) for my son, or I’m supposed to be teaching…or maybe I just need to change his schedule to better suit my own. I really don’t know. It’s just taking some getting used to, but I always feel out of sorts until I know what I should be doing and when. Mondays come and go and I feel like it should already be midweek, which is where I’m at today. It’s Tuesday here, but I feel like it should be Thursday.

I have to admit something: I have no idea where the band is today. (Here’s a quiz – does the BAND even know?!) I know they either were or maybe still are in Istanbul, but without looking at their tour schedule, I really don’t know. All I do know for certain is that this is July 10th where I am, and I recently saw a set list that I had to look twice at to be sure I was really reading what I thought I was reading…and it’s true, Taste the Summer was on the setlist for Istanbul! At first, well, after making sure I really read that correctly, my reaction was more along the lines of horror. “What? THAT song?!? Really. REALLY? Out of all of the songs in their catalog they picked THAT one?” What’s funny here is that Amanda did a sort of poll recently on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.  To make a long story short, Taste the Summer was the one song on the final list of songs that people do not wish to ever hear again that was not currently found on their setlist. (I hope that makes sense. Basically – they don’t typically play the song live and yet the fans still don’t wanna hear it.)

Now, either the band is playing with Daily Duranie for doing that poll – ha ha very funny – or they want to show us how good it can really be. Assuming of course that they have no idea who we are or what Daily Duranie is (I think it’s pretty safe to assume), I am fascinated and curious why they chose to awaken Taste the Summer from it’s deep slumber. I am hoping to find a clip of it live from Istanbul on Youtube and see it. I suppose the obvious is that yes, it’s summer!

We’ve all mentioned that it feels about time they breathe some new life into the setlist. Just today I read an article on Yahoo music, and Nick mentions that they are not a selfish band.  They don’t come out on stage and play only their new album with no other hits. This is true..and I suppose in this regard the band just gives, gives, gives! Many of us (myself included) have slammed them for not playing new stuff, gems from the back catalog, etc.  Well, they’ve played something different now. While it might not have been an obvious choice to me (I still stand by Secret Oktober and Late Bar even though they played SO in Brighton and I love them for it….and I’m not afraid to say so.), I have to admit my curiosity has been peaked. Mostly I wonder – when on earth did they find time to practice this, and if they can pull this out of the bag, what ELSE can they do?!?

I really hope this is not a one-time thing. It’s really nice to hear things we wouldn’t expect, and I have to admit – I sure wasn’t expecting Taste the Summer. They’ve got me looking forward to August when it’s my turn to see them again!

Speaking of August, have I mentioned my fear of melting in the Biloxi heat while braving the General Admission line hoping for my one and only shot at front row?? If there were ever a moment where I wish I had an “in” with the band, I’d beg them to take mercy on Daily Duranie and get us to the front rail without having to die in that line all day.  Yes, I know – keep dreaming.  We ALL have dreams,right? Hopefully that dream will keep me from heat stroke that day!

-R

A Diamond in the Mind Facebook Premiere – The Daily Duranie Review

Happy Monday!

Before we begin our review and reactions from the Facebook Premiere of A Diamond in the Mind yesterday, the blog has hit a milestone that we’d like to share and celebrate with all of you. As of yesterday, our blog hit 100,000 page views!!  That’s amazing, and we have all of you to thank! It was back during the beginnings of our blog in January of 2011, when we heard from someone who came to be one of our most inspirational readers and kept us going when we weren’t sure anyone besides ourselves and a handful of close friends were reading. That person simply encouraged us to keep writing and sharing our story, and we have. We have you to thank, Enitupsar for keeping our spirits up and all of your wonderful support.  We really can’t put into words how much we thank you!  Not sure if you still read, but if so – we hope the blog continues to both entertain and enlighten. (at least we try!)

So yesterday was the big Facebook/Qello Premiere! Did you catch it? Daily Duranie (both of us) saw the premiere as we chatted via phone. Both of us also had our iPads out so that we could tweet & chat. It was technologically very overwhelming, and we don’t mind saying that after the show, we were exhausted, and it wasn’t even our own production! Overall, the technology behind the premiere worked, but not without various bugs and issues. Success in viewing the broadcast depended upon what a viewer was attempting to watch it on (PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, SmartPhone, etc.) and what type of browser they were utilizing. To begin with, many people were frustrated with a blank screen and continued to refresh until finally a video appeared…a sigh of relief was heard worldwide! Some others had trouble chatting, it was extremely slow depending upon what you were viewing the broadcast from. Many people, including Daily Duranie, noticed that the broadcast was not nearly as clear as we would have expected. At times the resolution would improve, but then in others it was extremely pixelated. The technical reasons (warning: this is being translated rather poorly from “engineer-speak”) behind that include that the information rate coming to your modem might be slow, and also that unlike YouTube, who has servers in every major regional area of the US, Qello likely does not; therefore broadcasting from one central location – bit rate gets lost, and pixelation happens!   Still one other problem was that the commentary for the first portion of the show was unheard by many.  It wasn’t until after 25 minutes into the broadcast that people started figuring out how to get the commentary to work.  Even in the case of Rhonda, once she figured out what to click or unclick for the commentary – it wasn’t until she refreshed the page several times that the commentary finally began to work. Fans are still confused (including us) whether this commentary was truly exclusive for this premiere only or if it is to be included on the DVD. Obviously we would hope it was included somewhere because there was so much information – the show itself, chatting with fans across the world and the commentary on top of it all – one would truly need to view it all more than once to really grasp everything that was happening.

Where to begin with the commentary? It took some adjustment in getting used to the fact that while you’re watching the show, all of the sudden the music would lower in volume and you’d suddenly hear Nick, John, Roger or Simon. The information given was enlightening, in particular during the few moments when they’d speak about the show itself rather than the history of each song. It’s not that we didn’t want to hear the history of the songs of course, but it was more pertinent to the DVD when the commentary was about the Manchester show.  For example, Amanda really liked hearing Nick talk about the heads above the stage and how difficult it was to program them to be in complete sync with the sound. Both Amanda and Rhonda were reminded of how fabulous Leopard is live when they were discussing the decision to have everyone clap in unison during the beginning of that song. (It really is one of the most special parts of the show when you turn around and see that every single person in the venue is clapping together – this song deserves to be PUT BACK IN THE SETLIST!)  Rhonda loved hearing John talk about the ending moment of Rio and that feeling of exhilaration we all feel, that the show can’t possibly end. It was those moments that made the commentary so special and we really wish we could hear it all again.

The show itself of course, was amazing. It reminded both of us of all the UK shows over again and how special each one truly was. We are both anxious to watch the DVD again simply because with so much going on, there were assuredly many subtle moments that were missed due to so much additional stimuli. We need to watch the DVD again in the somewhat peace of our homes.  We need to watch with no one around so that when we squee over John and Dom playing Hungry Like the Wolf right in front of the camera no one threatens to send us to the funny farm or divorce us…well, Rhonda. (*ahem*)

Immediately following the show was the question and answer session. Fans submitted questions to Qello that would be answered by the band. Part of the issue here was that there were no clear expectations set for fans by either the band or Qello. None of us really knew how this portion of the broadcast would be handled. We didn’t know how long the band would be “chatting”, we were unaware of whether this would be via phone, internet, video, etc, nor did we know how many FAN questions would truly be addressed. As such, there were many, possibly unrealistic, expectations on the part of the fans, including Daily Duranie. Basically, several still photos of the band came on the screen in a sort of slideshow type presentation while very poor audio quality voice-over was running in the background.  One had to have their speakers turned all the way up, and even then it was difficult to hear the band – the only way we can really describe this is to have you picture a conference call or even a radio interview heard online. The sound was that poor. So, any thoughts of actually chatting with the band or connecting with them were instantly put to rest. There was an interviewer who asked questions of the band that were handed off to her by another employee of Qello – so there was really no communication between the band and fans as was likely expected by many. During this question and answer session, it appeared that very few fan questions were actually asked – the band spent twenty minutes on phone with the Qello interviewer, and of that time, we believe that there were about 5 questions that were addressed as being “Fan” questions. Of course, there could have been more than that asked – but only 5 were given a fan name and location (of the fan). Many fans were disappointed that so few fan questions were addressed. Naturally, the explanation was given that there were thousands of questions submitted and so only a few could be asked, but that begs the question as to why the interviewer simply didn’t just stick to fan questions. I suppose we’ll never fully know that answer. For the most part, it would seem that diehard fans (and we have to assume that it was mainly diehard fans that tuned in) really didn’t learn anything new from the Q&A, although it was still entertaining. Once again we have to say – if expectations are set in advance and information is given openly, perhaps just maybe, less people would be disappointed. Maybe.

The fan reaction to the entire broadcast varied wildly. Many fans enjoyed the show, as did we, but the Q&A did ultimately seem to fall very flat and ended the “party” on a down note, unfortunately. Plenty of fans commented very publicly that the Q&A felt much more like a recorded broadcast than a live show. We would have to agree, even though we are well aware and convinced that it was in fact – live!  (Note to band: there’s no need to post photographic evidence because those conspiracy theories are going to run wild no matter what. You’re dealing with a very cynic and stubborn bunch!) Our point is simply that due to the band needing to call in and not interact directly with fans, it just felt like we were listening to a radio interview. Not that it wasn’t interesting or that it wasn’t live – it was, but it didn’t have that same excitement as even tweeting with John or Simon when they are on Twitter. It just wasn’t the same. Perhaps for future shows like this, it would be easier for all involved to really do something using Twitter. Nick took to Wendy Laister’s Facebook page (via Wendy of course!) after the show, responding to comments that fans didn’t believe the call was live – and in doing so he also answered a few questions from fans on her page. Just taking the short amount of time to speak directly with fans made all of the difference. Sometimes it’s not all the flashy technology, it’s taking that little bit of time. Five minutes of direct response on social media vs. twenty minutes of a third party interview…it’s worth considering at the very least. One might not need to spend six hours tweeting with fans during an all-day/evening tweetfest party such as Andy Taylor has done in the past, but we have to say the thought counts. There were many fans, however; that chose not to watch the broadcast at all, citing that they were getting the DVD and that they were insulted by the idea of having to pay money to see it online. We can’t even count how many times we have read those very words online in the past week or so. While yes it’s true that one needed to pay in order to see show, the amount of money was so nominal that it would seem other issues must really be involved and we have to ask why, and what can really be done to make a broadcast like this more attractive for fans in the future? Our fear is that there were so many small negatives, but negatives all the same commented about all over social media that there’s no way to get people interested enough to tune in next time…and yet for many yesterday (including Daily Duranie), we would easily do this again.

Both of us loved the show and we thoroughly enjoyed being able to chat with friends from all over the planet while watching. There was a sort of party atmosphere that took place, and while yes – we were definitely overstimulated after it was over, we would do it again in a heartbeat. None of the negatives, even the Q&A, were enough to make us not want to pay for another premiere. Just how often is one able to put aside their daily lives for an afternoon and get together with fellow fans and friends from all over the world and celebrate the band we all love? That’s what yesterday was truly about. Sure, we could really spend a lot of time and energy complaining about our high expectations, and we are sure that many Duranies will do just that – but at some point we have to realize that it was all FUN. The small stuff is really just that, the small stuff. We’ve learned over the past couple of years from writing the blog that Duranies are nearly impossible to please, and we are the most impatient bunch of people on the planet. We recognize that fact in both ourselves and in all of you (mostly).  Yes, we could and probably do spend more than enough time complaining and probably not nearly enough time just enjoying the band…so we’re taking our time right now to thank them.  We had a great time yesterday. We live about 2500 miles apart, and so seeing the premiere together would have been impossible without a plane ticket involved, and let’s be honest here – we try to save those plane tickets to come and see you, the band, perform. Yesterday was the closest we could come to seeing the show together, and we had an excellent time.  We hope the band does it again and that more fans will join in on the fun and leave the negativity at the door because at the end of all of this, the memories we will have will be of laughing and celebrating our fandom with all of you – not of whether the Q&A session was live, how many of our fan questions were answered, or how sharp the resolution really was.

-A & R

Parachutes, Sparkly Pants, Froggies and Diamonds…

How about that Facebook Digital Premiere of A Diamond in the Mind?

Rhonda and Amanda spent their afternoons glued to our computers, cell phones, iPads, Facebook, Twitter and who knows what else watching the premiere.  There is much to be said, applauded, lauded and laughed over….which will be done in tomorrow’s edition of Daily Duranie.  We hope you’ll check it out and laugh with us.

In the meantime, we are putting out a personal appeal – did you see it?  What did you think?  Here is your chance to sound off!  Send us a comment here, Facebook, or Twitter.  We want to hear from you!!

Until tomorrow, may your dreams include sparkly pants, tambourines, leopards, guitar picks, drumsticks and a generous helping of JoSi.

Rhonda & Amanda

Today’s the Day!!!

It is an exciting day in Duranland!  Duran’s latest DVD, a concert performance entitled A Diamond in the Mind, is being premiered via Facebook at 2 pm EST.  For some of us, it will be the first chance to see most of the performance (I have seen a few clips like Planet Earth and Wild Boys).  Others have had the DVD in their hands.  Yet, for all of us, it will the first time to see the live question and answer session with the band.  Also, and perhaps more importantly, it will be the only time to watch something like this together.  Yes, obviously, all Duranies can’t be together today but we can via the internet!  It reminds me of those Live from London screenings that others mentioned earlier this week on this blog.  For those of you who weren’t able to attend one of those in late 2005, it was a great time!  I was lucky enough to be able to drive to Chicago and see the screening with friends.  There were 10 screenings around the country in which the Live from London DVD was shown in movie theaters.  The band had filmed some introduction that was also aired.  Now, some could argue that it seemed wasteful to watch a DVD in a movie theater, it was completely worth it.  The theater was full of Duranies and by the second song, we were all singing along.  It felt very similar to a regular concert atmosphere.  I suspect this will feel the same!!!  Of course, I think this might be a step better as it isn’t limited to people close to 10 screenings but is open to everyone!  Yes, the time doesn’t work well for everyone but it still allows for everyone (no matter where they live) to participate if they so choose.  Also, instead of filming a clip, the band will appear live to answer actual fan questions!  We didn’t have that opportunity for Live from London. 

I will be watching today’s premiere from a friend’s house.  It will be a little Duranie party!  I will also be in communication with Rhonda (duh) but I hope to be around various social networking sites so that I can participate with all the Duranies around the world!  See, to me, this truly is a win for the fans.  We get to watch Duran all together.  We get to ask questions of the band.  It has all of the best qualities of fandom, in my opinion!  So, how about the rest of you?  How are you going to watch today’s premiere?  Will you be watching by yourself?  With other Duranies?  What about questions to the band?  Did you ask any?  I confess that I asked one.  Obviously, I won’t hold my breath that my question gets asked as I’m sure there were TONS of great questions asked!  Will you be participating with other fans online?  Where?  Twitter?  Facebook?  Message boards?  Some other place? 

I’m sure you all won’t be surprised to know that Rhonda and I will be reviewing it all tomorrow.  I’m not sure how much detail we will go into about the actual DVD part as we might wait to do that when we actually get our copies.  Yet, I’m sure that we will talk about the question and answer session.  We will also be discussing what it was like for the fan community!  As you can tell, I’m excited!  I can’t wait to see the show!  I can’t wait to see my local Duranie friends!  I think today will be fun to be online and react to everything together!  It is a good day to be a Duranie!

-A

If you need more information about today’s digital premiere of ADITM, I refer to Rhonda’s posts earlier in the week, which you can read here.

Are You a Groupie???

Last night, I was with some friends at a local comedy club.  Before and after the show, of course, we talked about what is new in our lives and plans we had for the summer.  When I was asked that question, I hesitated.  Do I tell them about the tour I have planned next month?  It is certainly on my mind as Rhonda and I were on the phone, right before I left, talking tour and other things.  Why hesitate?  Why not share something that I’m looking forward to?  Well, I think I gave that some thought before responding about touring because non-fans might not understand.  They might think it is crazy to fly into New Orleans, drive to Biloxi for a show, drive to Atlanta for a show, drive to Durham for a show and then drive to Portsmouth for a show before turning around and going back to Durham to fly home.  Worse than crazy, they might ask one question I always dread:  “Are you a groupie?”  Luckily, they didn’t ask that question and seemed generally excited for me.  That said, there have been times I have been asked that and I’m sure there will be more in the future.

When I have been asked if I was a groupie, I never know how to respond.  First, I never know how they are defining a groupie.  Is it the female lead character in a movie like Almost Famous?  Is it like Pamela Des Barres in her books?  Do I assume that?  If so, then, I assume that they are asking if I follow the band in order to get the ultimate autograph (some sort of sexual contact).  Obviously, the answer here is no…but my answer is really not the important part.  Of course, some may use the word to describe someone who just follows a band.  Nonetheless, the term never feels good.  It never seems positive.  It always feels like some sort of put down. Then, I wonder if I’m the only one who has been asked this.  Are other fans asked this?  What about male fans?  Do they get asked this?  Do fans of actors or sports teams get asked this?  Certainly, movies like Bull Durham would say that there could be sports fans who follow a team in order to have some sort of sexual contact.

Do you know what I think is really strange?  I have seen and heard other fans call each other groupies or have implied that other fans are displaying stereotypical groupie like behavior.  At those times, they certainly aren’t using the term to tell someone that she is fabulous.  Nope.  They used them as insults.  Why do this?  Why would other fans use a term like groupie?  What purpose does that serve? 

So, let me ask the rest of you here.  How do you define “groupie”?  How do you think others typically define it?  Is it a term used only for females?  Is it a term used only for fans of rock/pop bands?  Have you been asked this question of whether or not you are a groupie?  What do you think the best way is to respond to that?  Have you seen fans call each other groupies in an insulting fashion?  Any ideas why fans would do that?  Obviously, I would welcome any and all answers to this.  On top of my concern about having to respond last night, I’m also working on a chapter in the book that mentions groupies.  I generally would like to know how people define it and how it comes up in our fandom, in Duranland. 

-A

The Notorious Press…Again

Duran Duran has been doing a ton of press lately.  It seems like a day doesn’t go by without me reading a new article or seeing a new video of an interview.  While I adore seeing the band get attention, get press, I continue to find myself frustrated by how they are covered as well.  Yes, yes, I realize that I’m taking it too personally and/or that this type of situation is not unique to Duran Duran as it has been happening with everything lately.  First, let me give you a couple of examples then ask the questions.  Is it important to respond?  If so, how? 

The first piece of news that caught my attention for this lately is an article that was featured in a variety of news sources.  The link here was in MSN Music.  The part of the article that bothered me was this,
“In interviews recorded to accompany the band’s concert DVD “A Diamond in the Mind,” bassist John Taylor admits his friend’s frustrating health crisis almost led to the band’s breakup.  Taylor says, “I did consider that this could be the end of the band. … There’s no way you can avoid those thoughts. Obviously one felt for him — he was living it — but we were all looking at, ‘Wow, what does this mean if it doesn’t come back?'”  Maybe it is me but the term “breakup” creates a pretty strong image.  A breakup, to me, can imply that there was conflict, that there were some members going one way and others going a different way.  This, again, is how I’m interpreting the term which is very different than the band calling it quits, saying that they were done together as a united group.  Now, perhaps, I’m sensitive to the idea of the band stopping.  Maybe, I am being a little too protective of the band.  I just don’t like the idea of anyone thinking that the rest of the band was so upset with Simon or his situation that they would call it quits as we all know that this wasn’t the case.

Then, the second piece of press was today’s video from People.com.  The headline ran like this–Duran Duran:  Our Old Songs Are Our Best Songs.  Then, the video clip didn’t show them making that statement.  Yes, clearly, they talked about their old songs and how those are songs that people want to hear live.  Okay.  Later in the video, which you can see here, John and Simon talked about how they are still creative and enjoy making new music.  They also talked about how their career has shifted from making an album and touring to support that album to making an album to support touring.  Yet, instead of having something about that as the headline…no, People decided to say that their “old music” is their best music.  Well, why the heck would anyone want to check out their latest album then?  This is so unbelievably not helpful.  On top of that, why imply that was the quote and not show the quote.  Is that what they said?  I don’t really know.  The video clip seems out of context to me. 

Am I the only one annoyed by this?  Maybe, I am.  Maybe, it’s me.  If that’s the case, I’ll enjoy a couple of drinks tonight with friends at a comedy club.  Clearly, it is what is needed.  If that’s not the case, how should Duranies react?  Should we just know the truth ourselves?  Is that enough?  If it isn’t, how should we deal with it?  Would we and the band benefit from having a truth team of sorts that would respond via comments or email to whatever news source?  Food for thought on a Friday.

-A

Salt in the Rainbow

I’m having difficulty getting started today…and no, it’s not a hangover from fireworks, food and a few adult beverages over the course of our Fourth of July festivities yesterday.  In many ways, the holiday was really a rainbow of sorts, and today is the salt.  It feels very much like a Monday, which is a sick, cruel joke (Midweek holidays are just wrong.), and it’s also a sad six month anniversary for a friend of mine who lost her twelve year old daughter named Jessie to cancer (DIPG, you can google it) earlier this year.  I think of that family nearly every day, and whenever Jessie comes to mind, I give my kids an extra tight hug.  I’m a mom first and foremost, and I just can’t imagine what it must be like to lose a child – regardless of whether your child is four-legged and furry or human.  So to Stacey and Erik and your family, I hope you are all hugging one another tightly today.  This road seems impossible at times…but I know you’re navigating the best that you can. I hurt for all of you.

What I would like to do here though is put out a bit of an appeal with regard to our book and the chapter I am currently working on, which is conventions and meetups.  I myself have planned a convention for Duran Duran fans in 2004, but I would really like the insight of others to include in my research on the topic. Have you been to a convention (even if it was the one in New Orleans in 2004)?  Were you there as an attendee or a planner??  Have you ever attended other Duran fans meetups or other events?  What about Duranie sleepovers or parties?  If so – I want to hear from you!  I’d like to know about your experience, how you felt when you attended such events or planned them.  Did it help you participate more fully as a fan?  Did you learn to appreciate being part of a community?  Do you think you became a bigger or more loyal fan as a result?  Please note than when I ask if you became a bigger fan – I don’t mean in relation to others – I mean did you feel like you loved the band even more than you did prior?  If you have anything you’d like to share with regard to that topic, please email me (Rhonda) at dailyduranie@gmail.com.  Please put “Convention Chapter” in the subject line, thanks!

Have you bought your ticket to the Facebook Premiere of A Diamond in the Mind yet??  If so, I’ll see you on Sunday….look for me, I’ll in the front on Dom’s side!  

-R

We’re living our lives in a networker nation

Tour riders. I really know nothing about them other than they exist, and that for some bands and performers – they can get pretty wild with their expectations and demands. For Duranies, I’m fairly certain I can assume that we’ve ALL seen/heard the clip from SBS where dear old Spy Matthews (Tour Production Manager for the Sing Blue Silver tour in 1984) is on the phone, presumably with some lowly assistant venue type person, reading them the riot act over the band’s demands…aka…their tour rider. I didn’t know much about Stolichnaya vodka until that fateful video viewing…but of course after that, I had to try it when I got to college, and yes, I always remember Stoli because of Sing Blue Silver. (Note: I don’t hold the band responsible for my underage drinking in college, nor do I blame them for their bad taste in vodka.)  Cristal though? Not bad, actually. Good times.

I am way, way behind in my news reading, but something caught my eye today as I repeatedly pressed the “delete” key while going through my news…and the item comes from none other than Mr. Steve Aoki, DJ Extraordinaire. Apparently a few weeks back Steve’s tour rider became public information, and every news outlet from here to London and back decided it was news worthy of running. The rider contained seemingly wild things such as packs of underwear and t-shirts, organic fruits, champagne… (His rider notes that it must have a cork!  In the name of Duran Duran – what in the hell are people trying to pass as champagne these days???) and 1 1/8 ounces of local grass. Well then. There you have it, right? Not so fast…because not an entire day after this tour rider surfaced, Steve responded on his own blog, clearing up a few things. You can read his entertaining and yet educational response right here.

As I said, I really don’t know much about tour riders. In the past I did some work for a band who was really just starting out, and their tour rider was fairly non-existent. Those guys were just hoping some fans would pay for their dinner and get them some cigarettes, and you know – a cooler with some cold drinks would have been nice. They openly dreamed of the day they could have a rider like Duran Duran (They had opened for them for several shows while they toured the US in 2005), and during some moments of humor – they would talk to me about Nick’s rolling wine storage cabinet that accompanied the band while on tour. I don’t think those guys knew much about wine, but they were certainly impressed. Now that I think about it, they never mentioned much in the way of excess beyond the wine storage cabinet, but I can’t lie – reading Steve’s rider makes me wonder what Duran’s must look like, or did look like back in the day.

So, I invite you to have a little fun, get creative, and think outside the box a bit. What would you want on a rider if you were touring?

Happy 4th of July to our US readers today – enjoy those fireworks and be safe!!

-R

I Take the Dice…or a Diamond…or just a piece of cake!

I love it when good things come together.  Some of my favorites?  Peanut Butter and jelly, ice cream and hot fudge, cheese and crackers….

Duran Duran, Qello (pronounced “kwellow”…like yellow) & Facebook….all rolled up in one yummy premier.

After getting myself thoroughly confused yesterday, I was pleasantly surprised to be contacted by Hagan Blount of Qello yesterday afternoon.  Hagan is the Director of Social Media for Qello, and he was kind enough to walk me through what Duran fans might hope to gain by grabbing a premiere ticket to see Diamond in the Mind on Sunday.

Ultimately, this premiere isn’t meant to draw from DVD or Blu-Ray sales, and that’s an  important point.  This show will be sort of like the frosting on a big cake, because while the show itself will be amazing – through the power of Qello, I’ll be able to squeal with delight over JoSi moments with Amanda, even though we live thousands of miles apart.  I’ll be able to chat with my dear friend Fabiana, who lives in the opposite hemisphere, about her painted face appearing above the band in Rio…and I hear that the band has even done an exclusive audio commentary for the premiere!  When the show is over, I might even have a chance to tell the band just how incredible it was to see them perform in their own country, since the band will be calling in from their tour stop in Istanbul to do a special Q&A session for the Facebook Premiere after the show.  It’s adding another dimension to our viewing experience, and while sure – it’s going to be great just to get the DVD or Blu-Ray, I think there’s something extra special in watching with other people who get Duran Duran just as much as I do.

It’s the sweetness of the extras that put me over the edge, and yeah…for less than $5.00 I’m willing to bet the cake is going to taste delectable. I can’t even get a large coffee at a local Starbucks with all the trimmings for that.  The number one comment I have read in the past 24 hours regarding the Facebook premiere is “Why should I pay for this when I’ve already paid to get the DVD?” While I would agree that on first glance it might seem to be the very same thing as watching the DVD once it’s delivered on the 10th of July, it’s really not for one simple reason: community.

One constant that Amanda and I come back to over and over during our research on fandom is the idea of community.  While the band and their music was/is the catalyst; it’s the community, the connections people have made with one another, that keep us returning through fantastic music, rough moments, and hopes for the future. I have to admit, I don’t even have the DVD or Blu-Ray on pre-order yet because watching it here alone doesn’t hold the same excitement that seeing a live show with friends would.  I’ll eventually order it (I promise!), but while I’m interested – I guess I wasn’t that excited.  Until today.

One of my biggest concerns with the premiere was my overall confusion as to where to get what and when.  The answer is embarrassingly easy.  One needs to buy the ticket through the Premier application on Facebook. (You can find this right here.)  I did have concerns about Facebook security, purely because like most of you – I’ve heard enough nightmares and had my own account hacked more than once.  I’ve been assured though, that since Facebook bought Zynga (who powers the Facebook “credit” application), those issues have been addressed.  While I can’t promise my readers the unthinkable will never happen, I can say that I did go back and buy the ticket and I refuse to live in fear.  Concern, maybe…fear?  Nevah!  Once I purchased the ticket, an email was delivered to me with instructions of how I can go over to Qello to experience my 30 day “All Access Pass”.  I took a quick peak, but I can promise – I’ll be going back over there during any spare time I can carve out of my day.  Did you know they have the Rio Classic Album video over there? They have videos from Culture Club, INXS and much, much more…and this is just in beta. On the day of the premiere, I understand that there will be a link that those of us who bought tickets will be able to access, and I’ll be there waiting for the show!  As I said yesterday, I really think Qello is worth checking out, and I can imagine that in the coming years, we’ll be buying tickets to experience more and more concerts “live” online.  Can you imagine the day when we never have to miss a single Duran show simply because we can’t travel to get there?  I can…and I think the day might have arrived.

So, after chatting with Hagan, he convinced me to run and buy my ticket, so I did.  I know many of you are yet to be convinced, and perhaps my blog does nothing to sway you. While I can understand that, I also have to say that it’s less than $5.00 to try this out.  Many of us spent over $60.00 to order the deluxe package sight unseen that we’ll watch in our own homes with no one around to be excited with (in most cases, anyway).  I paid less than five bucks to watch the presentation, hear an exclusive audio commentary, chat with friends during the show, and participate in an online Q&A after the show with the band.  Seems like a pretty fair deal.

Now to win one of those VIP tickets….(I have no idea what’s included with those, but I want one!)  See you on July 8th, make room for me in front of Dom!

-R

Want You More (Well, Duran Duran anyway!)

I’m still trying to figure out Qello…the Premier application on Facebook…VIP tickets…and all of the contests leading up to when the postman finally delivers my copy of Diamond in the Mind to my house. It’s Monday, and my head swims. Could be from a very long weekend, could be confusion, but could also very well be from the pitcher of sangria I made yesterday for the adult family members present at my sons thirteenth birthday party….

I don’t know about anyone else, but I’ve been hesitant to sign up and pay my $4.90 to see Diamond in the Mind “live” next Sunday (July 8th). It’s not that I don’t want to part with my money, it’s that I really just don’t get it…and I don’t mind saying so. Surely I can’t be the only one out there that is a little befuddled. I had a fairly good run of keeping up with the technological advances until now. I knew and understood the varying sources of social media and entertainment. I was a whiz at Facebook, and while I still don’t love Twitter, I use it. More and more often now though, I’m hearing of new apps and things that I not only have never heard of, but embarrassingly enough, I have no idea what they are for, how to use them, or why I’d even feel like I need them. Should I just go grab my rocking chair and be done? Probably not. So, like the good Duranie I am, I did some reading this morning and I was rewarded not with answers, but with more questions. This is troubling.

I guess part of my trouble is that of course, the concert isn’t really live. Not that it should be, but it’s more of a case where I’m wondering if it’s really worth paying to see it online as opposed to popping the disc into my Blu-Ray and watching it when it finally gets to my home a few days later. I see that they are promoting the event as something that will be broadcast worldwide, so of course that means that while I’m watching here at home in California, theoretically Amanda will be watching in Wisconsin, my friend Michelle will be watching on the east coast, and my other friend Michelle will be watching in the UK…and so forth. I see there is also to be a live Q & A with the band as they call in from Istanbul immediately following the broadcast on Facebook…or is it Qello?? I took some time this morning and checked out the Qello website. It would seem that for a music fan that likes an abundance of concerts and things, Qello is the sweet spot. It reminds me of a cable TV station that solely runs concert video, along with some extra yummy tidbits on the side. If I were sans children…I’d consider an ongoing membership, but for me, getting TV time is difficult, and my computer time seems to be spent writing and blogging with very little actual video viewing. After thoroughly reading up on Qello (and no I still don’t feel as though I’m an expert), I checked out the Duran Duran Facebook page. Apparently this premiere is being done through streaming on Facebook (Again I must ask – wasn’t this originally going to be streamed using the Qello app?  I’m confused!), and in order to “attend” this premiere, you’ve got to buy tickets, which appear to only be available through Facebook unless you really want to spend $4.99 a month to have “all access” through Qello.

I have no trouble with the money to see the premier. I want to make that clear. I know many fans who have a real axe to grind regarding that, but that isn’t where I’m headed. Those of you who do have a problem, I get it – and if you want to write a blog about that, feel free. My trouble is that I don’t like the idea of giving my credit card info to Facebook due to their continued security issues, and yet it’s not clear what is the best way to use Qello…or if I should just view the show through Facebook…if that’s even going to work. (I’ve got visions of the whole thing crashing due to site traffic, but that’s just me overthinking it all, I’m sure because that sort of thing never happens, right??) I just don’t quite get it.

I don’t necessarily think that this is a case of mixed messages or lies of omission…or impropriety on the part of the band (Just trying to cover all arguments I’ve seen, some of which I feel are ridiculous.), I think it’s mainly a case that I’m completely misunderstanding, and I’m sticking my neck out to say that perhaps I’m not the only one. If I am, well…it wouldn’t be the first time. I really can’t tell from looking at my “friends” or even Daily Duranie’s Facebook “friends” just how well “attended” this premier will be. However, I do believe that with a little more explanation as to how this will work, those like myself who might be on the fence will be happy to jump on over.

Here’s hoping someone will read, notice and be willing to help some confuzzled fans!

-R