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Jimmy Kimmel Show 2005 – Do You Remember?

On this date in 2005, Duran Duran performed on the Jimmy Kimmel show.

I tried finding some YouTube footage, but there was none to be found…which surprised me. So, in order to find some sort of context, I went way back in the news archives on the band’s website. I had forgotten just how busy the band was back in 2005. I mean, their tour for Astronaut was underway, and they were announcing dates as quickly as possible, updating on nearly a daily basis. (For example, on March 1st there was a post that was the NINTH update for the US tour!) At the same time that the band was touring and performing, they were taking time to do shows like Jimmy Kimmel, and attend parties and things like the Vanity Fair Oscar party.  Roger and Nick attended that party, and were able to congratulate Cate Blanchett on her win (Cate had attended the DD show the night before) The band was running around like crazy, likely burning the candle at both ends. That same day, an article with the headline, “More than a Nostalgia Act”, was printed in the OC Register reviewing their show at the Staples Center. A day later, they were announcing the CD/DVD combo to Greatest. At the time, I don’t even think I really noticed the amount of activity as much as I noticed a day rarely went by without the band announcing some sort of news on their website.

Hindsight is funny that way, I guess.

Nowadays, while we wait for the band to make their return to the road, I think we’ve grown accustomed to their being less news, overall. It isn’t as though the band isn’t working hard, it is that I think we’ve settled into a new sort of “normal”. They still do press, they still attend parties, but it doesn’t seem quite so frenetic. The pace seems manageable, and above all – at least in my opinion – it doesn’t seem quite so likely that the candle is about to burn out.

At least, that is the hope I hold on to from day to day.  I’m not quite ready to bid this band, or any of the members within, a fond farewell.   So while I marvel at the pace kept in 2005, I actually enjoy the pace of 2017 a bit more. I can keep up!

So, do any of you remember the Jimmy Kimmel show from 2005?

-R

 

Do you remember the website for Something You Should Know?

During the frenzy of 2005, something else was going on besides just Astronaut tour dates. Something You Should Know was coming our way.

A director saw a story that needed to be told, and had spent time going around the country interviewing fans for a documentary named Something You Should Know.  M. Douglas wanted to tell the story of Duranies, explain why we were fans, and what kinds of things we would do to express our fandom. Many of my friends were among those he had interviewed for this documentary, and they were excited to know that at some point in the future, their tales might have ended up on a big screen.

The timing could not have been more perfect for such a venture. After a long hibernation for many, the re-emergence of the Fab Five with the Astronaut album provided just the enticement to come out of the shadows.  It seemed like I was running into fans nearly everywhere I went, and it made the journey that much more exciting. Like many of you, I sat waiting for the announcement that he documentary would be released. On this date in 2005, the website for Something You Should Know was launched.

While the documentary itself did not turn out quite as I had imagined – the storyline seeming to sensationalize the “slightly bizarre” behavior of fans rather than tell more of an honest story, I can remember being very excited to hear that someone even thought there was a point to fandom at all.  The irony (for me), is that now having been rejected a few times for trying to tell the honest story of fandom – I can see why it was easier to sell the sensationalized stories. I could easily step up on my soapbox and lecture why this is so wrong, but I’ll refrain.

You’re welcome. Happy Valentines Day!

This is one of those times where, as I’m writing, I’m thinking about how this feels like this happened so long ago.  A LOT of life has gone on since the website for Something You Should Know was launched. Even so, I remember…do you?

-R

 

Duran Duran in Puerto Rico in 2005 – Do you remember?

On this date in 2005 The Astronaut Tour made its way to Puerto Rico. Funny how I don’t even remember that date on their tour itinerary! At the time, I was busy planning my own trip to Chicago for a show in March.  The idea of traveling even farther for a show seemed pretty unrealistic.

Famous last words… although I’m trying to rein myself back in with the traveling, at least for now. My next shows are near Palm Springs – a very easy 90 minute drive for me.  That said, I’ve traveled more to see Duran Duran than I have in order to go on vacation with my husband and family.

However, back in 2005? Life was very different. I distinctly remember the argument…I mean discussion I had with my husband when planning my trip to Chicago. He felt (and still feels) that going to more than one show each tour was a waste because it’s the same show.  We compromised at one show (which I ignored. I went to two during the same weekend anyway). At that time, even flying to Chicago to see Duran Duran felt like a huge, wasteful luxury – but a trip I was more than willing to make. I couldn’t wait to arrive, see friends and go to a concert with people who didn’t take offense to my screaming in delight for the drummer. I would be with Duranies. People who understood who I was at my core.

I can’t imagine having enough nerve to have brought up traveling to Puerto Rico back then with my husband, but I know a great many Duranies traveled well beyond the shores of the US…or even the UK and Europe…to see the band at that time.

Duran Duran at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico Jose Miguel Agrelot in Hato Rey Puerto Rico, February 8, 2005.  Do you remember?

-R

Remember DD performing What Happens Tomorrow on GMA?

I’m sick. Not horribly so, but enough to where I’m having trouble staying awake and I’m fighting the urge to crawl back into bed. (although I’ll be honest: that last part is pretty normal for midweek!) As such, I’m keeping this post short and sweet.

On this date in 2005 – which was a very good year for Duranies, I might add – Duran Duran performed What Happens Tomorrow on GMA (Good Morning America), along with Save a Prayer.

I know from looking at our own “Day in Duran History” spreadsheet that there are a number of things that DD has done on the 1st of February throughout the years. Selfishly, I continue to keep picking THIS item because I remember that time period so well. It was exciting to be a fan. The original lineup was back together (as is evidenced by this video – fun seeing Andy on stage with them again), they had released a new album, and they were back on TV. It was like the 80s, without acne and frizzy hair!

So, forgive me as I spend another day thinking back to a really fun time in my life – and likely yours as well as I take another gander at Duran Duran performing What Happens Tomorrow on GMA!

-R

Do You Remember What Happens Tomorrow?

I remember the Astronaut era. Who doesn’t? Thinking back to 2005 (and even a bit prior), it was like a rebirth of my own fandom.  I discovered the online Duraniverse for the first time, I engaged with other fans, found a best friend, and found a real home in the community. I know that in hindsight, many think back on Astronaut as though it wasn’t a best effort by the band.  Some fans have said that the juicy, meaty stuff they like wasn’t quite there. I’m not entirely sure I want to agree, but that’s OK. For me, the album marked a new beginning.

One of my favorite songs off the album from the very beginning was a song that I first heard at the 78-03 show Duran Duran played in Costa Mesa, California on July 16, 2003 called “What Happens Tomorrow”.  It was one of two songs (“[Reach up for the] Sunrise” being the other) they played in their set that would eventually end up on Astronaut.  “Virus” was also played, but was not included on the US/UK version of the album.

One of the qualities I most enjoyed about the song was ultimately left on the cutting room floor. The middle section of the song – the “Silent Icy River” section was much slower than the rest of the song and served as a bit of a break. I liked it because it added some texture, but I can also see why the band decided to nix it.  The slower section probably would have been much tougher to “sell” for radio, and at the time, I think the band wanted support from radio. Taking the mid section out made the song pure pop, which is likely what they wanted and needed at the time. I suppose that is the risk of introducing songs to audiences so early in the recording process. If the songs end up being changed, the original audience can be put off – which may or may not have been the case with What Happens Tomorrow.

When the song was released in the UK on this date in 2005, it was done without the slow midsection, and the “Silent Icy River” portion was made into its own song and included on the single as a “B” side.

Oddly enough, in my search to find “What Happens Tomorrow” on YouTube, I ran across video of Duran Duran playing on NBC for New Year’s Eve in 2004, which I think might be the last time Duran Duran played on NYE prior to just recently. I’d forgotten, and maybe some of you have too.

Without further adieu…

-R

 

Question of the Day: Saturday, January 28, 2017

Yesterday’s winner:  The Universe Alone

Which song do you like better:  Astronaut or Faster Than Light?

Question of the Day: Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Yesterday’s winner:  New Religion

 

Which song do you like better:  Astronaut or Big Bang Generation?

Question of the Day: Thursday, December 29, 2017

Yesterday’s winner:  Astronaut

Which album do you like better:  All You Need Is Now or Rio?

Question of the Day: Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Yesterday’s winner:  The Wedding Album

Which album do you like better:  Medazzaland or Astronaut?

Question of the Day: Saturday, December 24, 2016

Yesterday’s winner:  Astronaut

Which album do you like better:  All You Need Is Now or Paper Gods?

P.S.  There will not be a question tomorrow as many people will be busy with the Christmas holiday.  The question of the day will return late on the 26th.