Yesterday’s winner: The Chauffeur
Which song better represents the All You Need Is Now: Friends of Mine and Hold Back the Rain?
Yesterday’s winner: The Chauffeur
Which song better represents the All You Need Is Now: Friends of Mine and Hold Back the Rain?
Yesterday’s winner: Before the Rain
Which song better represents All You Need Is Now: The Chauffeur or Come Undone?
Yesterday’s winner: Blame the Machines
Which song better represents the All You Need Is Now Tour: Before the Rain or Careless Memories?
Yesterday’s winner: All You Need Is Now
Which song better represents the All You Need Is Now Tour: Being Followed or Blame the Machines?
The song that best represents the Paper Gods Tour: Pressure Off
Which song better represents the All You Need Is Now Tour: All You Need Is Now or A View to a Kill?
A friend of mine (heh heh) sent me a text last night saying that he was finally seeing A Diamond in the Mind for the first time last night.
After picking myself up off the floor from shock (His first time?!? What??), I sat and thought about that. I own that DVD, and I’ve seen it quite a few times – including once at a movie theater with a bunch of Duranies! (which was truly some of the most fun I’ve had outside of going to a live gig!)
The All You Need is Now tour is special for me. Although I traveled to see the band when they played the last few shows on the Red Carpet Massacre tour, I don’t think I quite “bonded” with the band over that album. To be fair, that whole time seems very vague and blurry in memory. I’d had a baby in 2008, and it was December when I flew into Philadelphia with Amanda to go and see the band at Foxwoods, Atlantic City and finally Montclair, New Jersey. I can remember bits and pieces from the shows, but not much else other than Amanda and I trying to outline what the heck we wanted to write about. We hadn’t even started this blog yet!
By the time the All You Need is Now tour started, Daily Duranie was in full swing, which for me – likely has a lot to do with how I feel about that tour. Not only did I live through the experiences, but then reflecting on them, and writing about it all has somehow cemented the memories into my brain. Amanda and I went to the UK for four shows in November/December of 2011, and then we also flew to see the band in Biloxi, Atlanta, Durham, and Portsmouth during the following summer. The driving was rough, but I don’t regret a single moment. My memories of seeing the band, touring the UK, then going to the Southeastern part of the US for my first time, are vivid.
I love Diamond in the Mind for a lot of reasons. The first is that the guitar player that *I* recognize and know best is prominent. Yes, I unapologetically adore Dom. Tell me all about Warren’s brilliance or Andy’s hard edge – I have seen Dom perform with Duran Duran at least 40 times now. I saw Andy four times, and Warren just three. To me, Dom *is* their guitar player, all semantics aside. He belongs on their stage, and in their videos, films, etc.
While I will never say that Paper Gods wasn’t a great tour – it was polished, precise, and lived up to the same standard every single night – I will still argue that there is something special about All You Need is Now (Diamond in the Mind was filmed at the Manchester gig on this tour). As I said to my friend last night, I guess I must prefer the seemingly lack of choreography and polish. Paper Gods was a production, which was great. It had all the dancing, singing, theatrics and great performances you might expect. Aside from a few very minor differences that occurred over the course of the entire tour – nothing really changed from night to night. I knew right where John would walk, or when Erin would come downstage to dance. It was indeed a true production, very similar to what you’d see if you saw Chic (which, by no accident – was the band that co-headlined with Dura Duran for much of that time).
All You Need is Now, on the other hand was a live gig. Little things changed, the set list would get refreshed, and it just felt less rehearsed, more like a true live gig. Some people don’t like that. I just did. When things would happen that were new – I’d silently thank my lucky stars for being there that night to see it because it may not ever happen again. I felt like some of that was caught on video for Diamond in the Mind.
Then again, maybe it really is just me. I was in a good place for the All You Need is Now tour. I loved Duran Duran so much – the blog was new, the experiences were all new for me – I appreciated every second so much. Paper Gods was like that too, but differently. I worried more about stupid things. I think that for part of the tour, I didn’t appreciate the things I should have at the time. All of those things may have fogged my vision and memory a bit. I’m not sure.
What I do know is that we’re a matter of months from the next album (after a very long winter, of course), and as always – we never know how it’s going to go. I find that during this particular part of my life – things sure change a lot from day to day. As I’ve been able to see the band more recently, I’ve made a promise to myself to enjoy my time, both in seeing the band, and with my friends. I take the time to put myself out there, to be genuine with people – and to say how I feel about them. It is sometimes difficult not to get caught up in the drama of the moment, but I think I’m starting to realize that our time is short. The little things really are very little, in retrospect.
I’m thankful to have DVD’s like Diamond in the Mind to watch every now and then. The memories are good, particularly during times when life is a little rougher than normal. While I wasn’t in the audience for the show that was filmed, I remember exactly how I felt the night I saw them in Brighton, surviving on pure adrenaline after spending the entire day/night prior on a planes from Los Angeles and then Chicago. I kept pinching myself throughout the show, not quite believing I was really there in the audience seeing Duran Duran in the UK. I still haven’t forgotten they played “Secret Oktober” that night, and how Amanda and I were nearly blown off the sidewalk by the crazy gale winds as we attempted to walk back to our hotel from the venue. I can remember laughing so hard we could barely flag down a cab – the poor guy probably thought we’d had a few too many, when in fact we were just overly exhausted. And lost.
Now that I’m off of work for winter break and officially done with all the various tasks I needed to complete for Christmas, I can start to think about the upcoming Duran shows! As we know, the band is due to play in Cancun on the 29th before moving on to the Washington DC/Maryland area for shows on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. 2017 will feature more Duran show as two have already been announced (the shows in Rancho Mirage at Agua Caliente in California) and more are expected to follow.
When the shows in California were announced, many/most Duran fans expressed surprise. Haven’t they played enough in the States, many wondered. Obviously, fans outside of the US felt disappointed that nothing was announced in their neck of the woods. I, for one, can understand that feeling. After all, is there anything better than seeing Duran live?! I personally don’t think so! That said, is the move to return to the United States for a third year unusual?! Let’s find out!
When looking at the history of Duran tours, I feel that there have been different eras from the early days with the Fab Five, those middle albums of Notorious, Big Thing, etc. following the last of the tours with Warren after Medazzaland and Pop Trash. Currently, we are living through the post-reunion tours that began immediately following the Astronaut album. How much has the band toured since the reunion? How much for each album? Where did they go? Let’s find out!
Astronaut was released in October 2004. The band played shows that fall, according to the timeline on the band’s official website:
October 3, 2004 – Columbia Halle, Berlin,Germany
October 11, 2004 – The Beacon Theatre, New York, NY, USA
October 12, 2004 – The Beacon Theatre, New York, NY, USA
December 2, 2004 – The Arena at Gwinnett Center, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (Star 94 Jingle Jam)
December 3, 2004 – Cox Arena, San Diego, California, USA (Star 100.7 Jingle Ball)
December 5, 2004 – Sony Studios, Culver City CA, USA (Bailey’s – The Set)
December 6, 2004 – The Pond Theater, Anaheim, California, USA (Star 98.7 Not So Silent Night )
If you analyze these shows, they played 7, 6 of them were in the US.
Then, of course, they toured a lot during 2005. They shows were split into different parts of the world.
1 show in January in Europe
45 shows in February-March in North America
29 shows in June-July in Europe
16 in July-August in US
3 shows in Japan in August
4 shows in September-October in US
1 show in December in Argentina
9 shows in December in Europe
That is a lot of shows–108 shows in total.
2006 saw more Duran shows:
1 in January in the US
1 in February in Italy
1 in August in Monaco
1 in September in Hong Kong
6 in September-October in Europe
10 in October-November in US
That’s 20 shows in 2006. Add to the 2004 total and the 2005 total and it equals 135. 82 were in North America (61%).
2007 saw the release of the album in November. The band played shows around the release:
14 shows in the US in October-November
1 show in Argentina in November
2 shows in Europe in December
5 shows in the US in December-January
Total of 22 shows with 19 in the US.
1 show in Italy in February
8 shows in New Zealand and Australia in March-April
5 shows in Asia in April
23 shows in North America in April-May
20 shows in Europe in June-July
1 show in the Middle East in October
9 shows in South America in November
8 shows in North America in December
Total number of shows: 75 with 31 in North America
1 show in Russia in June
6 shows in US in June-July
2 shows in the UK in July
Total number of shows: 9 with 6 in the US. Total number of shows for RCM: 106 with 56 in North America. The band played less shows for Red Carpet Massacre with slightly less percent in North America at 53%.
This album was partially released in December of 2010 and fully released in 2011. Shows began in 2011 to support the album.
3 shows in the UK in March
22 shows in North America in March-April
3 shows in Europe in May
4 shows in the UK in September
25 shows in North America in September-October
1 show in Brazil in November
11 shows in the UK in December
1 show in Ireland in December
Total number of shows for the year: 70
8 shows in Europe in January-February
1 show in the Middle East in March
3 shows in Asia in March
6 shows in Australia in March
6 shows in South America in April-May
14 shows in Europe in June-July
1 show in Asia in July
11 shows in the US in August
Total number of shows: 50.
Total number of shows for All You Need Is Now: 120, which is more than Red Carpet Massacre and less than Astronaut. The percent of shows in North America was 48%, the least amount of the three.
Paper Gods was released in September 2015. The band played shows that fall.
1 show in the UK in September
8 shows in the US in September-October
11 shows in the UK in November-December
Total shows: 20 shows
20 shows in North America in March-May
3 shows in the UK in May-June
6 shows in Europe in June-July (5 in Italy)
28 shows in North America in July-September
1 show in the UK in December
Total shows: 58 (with 1 more to go!)
The total number of shows (so far) for Paper Gods: 78 with 72% in North America.
Clearly, Duran Duran usually plays more than 100 shows per album cycle. Therefore, it is not surprising that the band plans to play more in 2017. What is interesting and different is the amount of shows in North America. Since the band reunited in the early 2000s, they have played about 50-60% of their shows in North America. During the Paper Gods Tour, however, that percentage has increased to over 70% with more shows planned. Therefore, it isn’t the number of shows that is surprising or note-worthy but where they are playing that is. While I love the fact that I, along with my other North American friends, have had many chances to see Duran, it would logical and fair for the band to try to reach other parts of the world after the spring US shows.
On today’s date in 2011, Duran Duran played at the Bell Center in Montreal. This date was of course included in the All You Need is Now tour.
On this date in 2011, Duran Duran played at Tower Theatre in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This was, of course, part of the All You Need Is Now Tour. I remember waiting anxiously for each and every show to finish during this time as I had tickets to see them in Chicago a few days after this. I was very concerned about how Simon’s voice would hold up after losing his voice, for lack of a better description, months prior. Simon held up well and here is the setlist.
BEFORE THE RAIN
A VIEW TO A KILL
ALL YOU NEED IS NOW
BLAME THE MACHINES
IS THERE SOMETHING?
LEAVE A LIGHT ON
HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF
On today’s date in 2011, Roger was interviewed by Mark Collins on Wave 105, a radio station in England – I believe it’s located in Southampton.
Interestingly enough, as I was trying to search for a snippet from the interview (couldn’t find one), I did find mention of the interview from Facebook. This was, of course during the time when the band had to reschedule those initial tour dates for All You Need is Now due to Simon’s vocal issues.
Here’s the little mention on Facebook:
“Mark will be having a quick chat to Roger Taylor of Duran Duran on Friday morning at about 11:45. Duran Duran recently had to reschedule their dates in Brighton and Bournemouth because of Simon Le Bon’s laryngitis and will now be live at those venues towards the end of the year.”
Underneath, there were a couple comments from Duranies – it’s still a thrill for me when I see names I recognize. It reminds me that the world isn’t nearly as large as one might think.
Such a tough time for Duranies, myself included. That summer was a nail biter for many, wondering if Simon would really be able to sing again. Thankfully, he wasn’t quite done with us yet! (Nor we with him!!) I’m looking forward to the day when shows are announced and talked about again….anyone else??