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You’ll see I’m right some other time

Last night wrapped up a brief two-date stay for the band in Austin, Texas as they played a gig at Dell World, headlining with none other than Weezer. I don’t keep up with the day to day travel plans of the band (Yes, you all can heave a great sigh of relief because I still have my feet firmly planted in reality), but I would imagine they must be headed back to…well…where ever it is that they’re going next. I’m hoping that means back to the studio to finish up #DD14 (not even going to mention that they still haven’t even told us it’s name yet…if it has one…I hope it’s got one…) and that we will hear that the album is FINISHED SOON.  (too emphatic??)

What I would like to use this post to comment on is not how well the band did last night – I hear it was a great gig, by the way – but instead on a review for the show at ACL on Saturday night. The review, as Dom tweeted, was mostly glowing, which is always nice to read.  The pictures that accompany the article, taken by Suzanne Cordeiro, are simply outstanding – and if you haven’t taken a gander yet, you really should.

The article makes a point though, that I, as one of those “rabid fans” the writer mentions – must take issue. The article quotes, “Also laudable was the absence of backing tracks which the synth-heavy act could have easily employed without complaint from their rabid fan base.” I’m certainly not going to argue over backing tracks, but I am *definitely* going to say that the large portion of THIS particular fan base would (and does) absolutely know. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I really dislike it when critics assume we’re stupid. I’m a fan. I’m not deaf, blind, crazy…or really even very rabid. I certainly don’t bite. At least not hard.

The truth is that we do know when backing tracks are used – we can hear it even if we don’t acknowledge. It is really difficult to stop yourself and say “Hey, is Nick REALLY playing synths here?” when you’re busy screaming for John Taylor to marry you or you’re too busy staring into Nick’s gorgeous eyes or watching Simon’s infamous dance skills, but we still notice in the back of our minds. We might excuse it, but let’s face it – in the very same way that we know when Simon skips a line or fumbles lyrics, we know when something is up with the sound, and to assume otherwise is just really discounting our intelligence, whether or not we choose to comment on it one way or another.

Secondly, and perhaps just the slightest bit more important to me for reasons that are about to be crystal clear, the article says something else that I (and plenty of others) keyed in on.

“…with core members Nick Rhodes, John Taylor, Roger Taylor and Simon LeBon along with touring guitarist, now full-time member, Dom Brown the band has soldiered on…..” 

Yes, I did see that “full-time member” comment, as did many other readers and fans. On one hand, the fact remains that even when asked directly, John said that Dom is a permanent member of the band for as long as he wishes to remain. What he is not; however, is a “founding member”…which apparently is the sticking point for many fans out there who still insist on calling him everything from the “stand-in guitarist” and  “touring guitarist” to the less-kind comments such as, “not-Andy(or Warren)”, and “the hired-gun”. Any time the mere mention of Dom being a “full-member” of the band comes up, another fan is quick to say that he’s not a member of the band and that he never will be. The band themselves drive this point home entirely when they post press picture after press picture of Simon, John, Nick and Roger without any sign of Dom.  In doing so, they make the point that he’s “just” a touring musician without even needing say the words. (Albeit a touring musician that has writing credit on more than one of their albums at this time…but apparently that’s different.) For me personally, it makes Dom’s situation with the band seem slightly precarious, because it never really FEELS like he’s permanent. I spent the better part of a year wondering if he was even going to be on this next album because the band never mentioned him, and Dom himself was fairly quiet and didn’t say much about working with Duran – instead focusing on his own studio and production work. Then of course we were slammed with the big news of John Frusciante working with DD, which wasn’t necessarily comforting if you like Dom’s work with the band. (The band did come out with AMAZING quickness to say that Dom was still going to be touring with the band, though…which my heart appreciated.)

On the other hand though, is it possible that the band is finally beginning to see the light? I must admit that seeing the number of people reacting to that short one line comment and asking Dom directly if it’s true startles me. When I read the review, I immediately assumed that the comment was made purely because Dom has been around now for the better part of the last ten years. It’s pretty difficult to call him temporary after that length of time. I assumed that like me, the writer considered him part of the group, even though the band has never once officially communicated his permanence, which is well overdue and would settle a lot of the chatter. It is very difficult to even begin to accept a new guitarist when we’re constantly being shown that there isn’t one, at least not one that the band values enough to include in their press material, merchandise or otherwise. We take our cues from the band, and in this case – if the band doesn’t appear to value Dom, it is no wonder that many fans still think of him as another stand-in or less.

While I have my own doubts as to whether this was a subtle way to really solidify Dom’s position in the band or if it was really just a carelessly made comment by someone who is relatively unaware of the real situation – there is no doubt that other fans saw it and are wondering for themselves if this really means something….and the chances of getting real answers from the band at the moment seem slim.

-R

 

 

 

This Week in Duranland – October 27, 2014 to November 2, 2014

It is Sunday and time to summarize the past week in Duranland.  As always, I will pull together information from duranduran.com, duranduranmusic.com and Duran’s and the members’ various social media.

Simon’s Birthday
Monday was Simon’s birthday!  As always, he had a message for everyone in response to all of the birthday wishes.  Did you check it out?  Did you also check out his birthday playlist on Second Life?  What did you think of his choices?

Nick’s Frieze Collection
Like art?  We certainly do and were excited to see some photos from the collection that Nick curated for the Galerie 1900-2000 at Frieze Masters on duranduran.com.

Austin
I’m sure, by now, each and every one of you are aware that Duran played in Austin last night as part of the Formula1 Fan Fest.  Social networking sites have been plastered with pictures and videos of their performance.  What does this say to me?  It is really very, very simple.  We are dying for #duranlive.  If this is how the fan base, both in person and not in person, react to one show, imagine how it would be for a few shows, a mini-tour, or a full-blown tour?!  Anyway, from everything I have seen, the show was a success and the band sounded and looked fabulous!  Seriously, I could spend all day just looking at the pictures and watching the videos posted both by Duran Duran, by fans in attendance or by fans sharing what they have found online.

Here is the setlist that Duran Duran posted:
Austin setlist 14I was surprised to see Psycho Killer on the setlist.  While it is nothing unusual for Duran to throw in a brief cover, this is a new one.  I will be on the lookout for video of that one.  How well did Duran cover Talking Heads?  Did it blend well with Girls on Film?

Now, readers, I encourage you to post the best pictures and videos here! Let’s see the best that is out there!!!

Russell Mulcahy
I love to see Russell Mulcahy get the credit he deserves for being a fabulous music video director.  Billboard.com discussed how important he was to the medium this past week, which you can read here.

1984
Billboard was busy this week!  On top of discussing Russell Mulcahy, they also published the Top 10 Pop Albums of 1984.  Can you guess what made the list and where?!  Check it out!

WIRED Magazine
Nick will be in the December issue of WIRED magazine.  He will be discussing GENEU.  It should be an interesting read!

Rehearsal Pictures
Who doesn’t like to see pictures of Duran Duran rehearsing?  Who doesn’t like seeing new pictures of the band?  I think many fans get particularly excited about seeing pictures when the band has been away from the spotlight.  It reassures all of us that they are alive and well.  Plus, I’m sure that it worked to get everyone excited for that show in Austin!  Check out the latest in dd. com’s gallery!  While you are visiting, check out how the gallery is organized now.  I like the changes!

Alright, Duranies, what did I miss?!

-A

Duran Duran at Dell World 2014

Austin is getting the Duran Duran love lately, aren’t they?  Just to note – if I hear of even ONE Duranie from Texas complain about the band not playing near them, I will cheerfully remind you of the time they’re spending in your glorious state this Autumn.

This love has now spread to Dell World, which is November 4-6. If you are keeping track, this means that they’ll be in Austin on November 1st for the ACL/Formula-One gig, and then they’re playing Dell World on November 4th for their opening event where they will headline along with Weezer. Neither event is for the faint of pocketbook – if you’re planning on going to Dell World and don’t have an “in”, you’re gonna pay $895 for the entire convention…but if you register now, you can bring a “colleague” for free.  (I believe in our case, fellow Duranies are absolutely colleagues!)

Daily Duranie will not be in attendance for any of these shows this November. Personally I can’t justify the cost, nor the time spent in travel. I know Amanda feels similar. We both feel it’s a ridiculous sum of money to spend to see the band at this particular point in our lives. Nothing personal, but we’d rather wait for a real tour and do a road trip with all the trimmings and experience new music if at all possible. I know other Duranies are happily throwing their money at Dell and counting their blessings at being able to go to both the F-1 event AND Dell World in a single week. I applaud their efforts, but my cash is staying in my bank account.

Granted, the rest of the world has taken notice of these upcoming shows, and I’d have to be blind not to see the rather pointed comments coming from all directions other than Texas. Fair enough. It is true, the band apparently likes Austin.  I wish I knew what to say to make the sting lessen, but all I’m coming up with for now is that they say there will be a tour…..at some point.

-R

 

The Party Was (IS!) about to begin

How many of you out there have been waiting for a SHOW?!?

You are in luck – because today my friends, our chanting, begging, pleading and overall insanity has been answered.  Duran Duran has announced their first public, US show since the end of the All You is Now tour in 2012.

They are playing at the Formula One Gran Prix Fan Fest in Austin Texas on November 1, 2014. Tickets for this event go on sale on Tuesday, September 2nd.  (I truly think this might be one of the longest advance notices for pre sales that we’ve ever gotten!)

This is being billed as a very special “VIP” event (according to the band’s own song, All You Need is Now…this information alone should send us running in another direction. Just saying.).  Here are ticket prices and some information direct from the band’s VIP community (paid fan community):

1) Ultimate Floor Experience Ticket – $575 each

Treat yourself to a one-of-a-kind VIP experience! An Ultimate Floor Experience Ticket provides you with premium open bars, passed hors d’oeuvres, and a spectacular stylized space as only ACL (Austin City Limits) Live can deliver. This level is “dancing room only” and also gives you access to the exclusive after-party on the Music Porch after the concert.

2) Balcony Ticket – $325 each

A Balcony Ticket provides you with legendary views of the stage in theater-style seating, access to the Jack & Jim gallery featuring the iconic photography of Jim Marshall, and access to the exclusive after-party on the Music Porch.

**There are no meet and greets associated with these packages and there is no guarantee a particular driver or artist will attend the after-party.

Tickets go on sale for Duran Duran VIP fan community members at 10am CST on Tuesday, September 2nd.  So, you must be a VIP fan community member for this pre-sale, and apparently they are not working with Artist Arena for ticketing here – not sure if this is a permanent thing or for just this show, but they are working with Crowdsurge now, and if you do not currently have an account there, you should probably head over there and set yourself up with one in advance of the sale to save yourself time and headaches.

It has been quite some time since the band last played here, and I know just from Twitter and Facebook that a lot of people are extremely excited, or at least they were until they saw the pricing. I can’t blame them – $575 for a floor ticket is a lot to chew. It does sound like a really fun weekend, and a great venue.  I have no doubt that many will fork over the cash without blinking and have a great time. I look forward to seeing the photos and hearing the stories of a fabulous weekend.  I won’t be participating in the pre-sale this time around, so I’m curious to hear how it will go with Crowdsurge – drop Daily Duranie a line and let us know what you thought of the pre-sale if you participate!!  Also, if you’re planning to attend the show, let us know – we’re looking for some Special Correspondents!

-R